From May 20-31, CIPUSA’s affiliate office, Columbus International Program (CIP), hosted a delegation of eight social workers from the Shenzhen Nanshan Social Service District in China, which is led by CIP’s partner, Kang Hou Chen.
Shenzhen is a major city in China’s southern Guangdong Province, situated just north of Hong Kong. Shenzhen is the 10th most populous city in China with 10.35 million people, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world as a center of manufacturing, technology, and finance, while boasting one of the busiest ports in China.
The delegates stayed with host families in Columbus, Ohio and got an overview of the American social work system though meetings with state and local social service organizations, and colleges and universities that teach social work. The delegates enjoyed the fast-paced program, focusing on the specialized topics of elder care, domestic violence, family relations, drug abuse, and volunteer management.
In addition to meeting with local organizations, the participants enjoyed getting a taste of life in Columbus with visits to the Asian Festival, Franklin Park Conservatory, and Easton Mall, to name a few. The delegation celebrated the end of their program with an American tradition—a Memorial Day picnic at Bicentennial Park, where they received their certificates of completion and enjoyed the early summer weather.
Before returning home on June 5, the delegates spent a few days visiting Niagara Falls, Washington D.D., and New York City.
For more information about CIPUSA’s affiliate office, Columbus International Program, please click HERE.
Posted by Lindsey Walsh on
June 8, 2016 at 5:02 PM