The international exchange programs offer professional, cultural and
educational exchange opportunities. The program combines practical and
theoretical information about the social and cultural environment of the
host country beside Cross-cultural exchange the participants who come
from many different countries.
Exchange programs are offered in a number of countries and still other
countries are in the process of planning programs. Program structure is
the same in all countries but the duration of the program varies from 10
days to 18 months. Some programs require the payment of a fee. CIF
Turkey has been organizing program for foreign
social workers, youth
leaders, special educators and related professionals since 1994.
A CIF-participant (whether in Turkey or abroad) must:
- be professionally
qualified and employed as a social worker, youth leader, special
educator or other social work related professions;
- be involved in
direct service with clients and have a minimum of 3 years
- understand and
speak English fluently (some programs require a degree of fluency in
the local language as well).
Expectations and reality
To ensure that the expectations of the participants do not exceed the
realities of the country's social work scene and the natural limitations
of each program, the following information is provided:
The participant must
pay his or her own way to and from the county in question.
The participant must
have full travel insurance coverage including third part liability.
CIF will not be
responsible for living expenses which are not related to
participation in the actual program. This means that the participant
will need money for his or
her own expenses such as gifts, personal
travel etc., and for all expenses before and after.
Participation is a
full time involvement. Therefore, the participant should not allow
family members or friends to visit during the duration of the
program. CIF can not take responsibility for visiting friends or
The participant is not
permitted to work while participating in the CIF program.
Language barriers may
require that field experience is limited to observation only.
CIF recommends that
the participant becomes a member of his or her branch after