Hosting Australian social work students on exchange: the search for equity and mutual benefit between the Global South and North

King, Julie, Miles, Deb, Jones, Peter, Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, and Watling, Hannah (2021) Hosting Australian social work students on exchange: the search for equity and mutual benefit between the Global South and North. Australian Social Work. (In Press)

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Abstract

Social work programs in the Global North are increasingly engaged in international student exchange with countries in the Indo-Pacific that belong to the Global South. However, there is a paucity of literature exploring the experiences of the institutions that host these exchanges. This article reports on the findings of a qualitative project that sought host institutions’ perspectives on the value of student exchanges. The findings indicate a perception that some mutual benefit and reciprocity can be established in international exchange but that disparity in resourcing, absence of opportunities for hosts to travel to Australia, and the privileged status of knowledge produced in the Global North maintains an inequity between exchange partners. These findings highlight the need for steps that can be taken toward reciprocity while demonstrating the impact power imbalance can have on the nature of Global South–North student exchange programs.

Item ID: 69354
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: Indo-Pacific, Qualitative Research, Host Institutions, Partnerships, Global South, Global North, Social Work Student Exchange Programs
Copyright Information: © 2021 Australian Association of Social Workers
Funders: Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (AOLT)
Projects and Grants: AOLT Grant Number ID14-37210
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 21:42
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2399 Other law, politics and community services > 239999 Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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