This past January NASW- Michigan announced that we are cosponsoring a research trip to Cuba, October 12 - 20, 2013, specifically for social workers, to learn about Cuba’s social welfare system: Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability.
This email is a follow up to let you know that planning is well under way and about a dozen of your colleagues have already signed up to take part in this exciting international learning opportunity. There is still time to sign up, so if the trip seemed too far off in the distance when you received the first email, or your circumstances have changed and you have the opportunity to think about it now, please check out the information that follows in this email.
NASW is offering 40 CE's for members who participate in the trip as an added bonus! (For further information on CE's, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
As I have shared with many of you before, my previous trips to Cuba have been very rewarding, broadening my perspective on the ways in which societies choose to respond to their health and human service needs, and inspiring me with the spirit and commitment of the Cuban people who continue to work on creating a society that is good for all of its citizens. I have no doubt that all of you who participate in this trip will be stimulated to think about our work as social workers from a new perspective.
Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW
Social Welfare in Cuba:
A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability
October 12 - 20, 2013
You are invited to participate in the Eco Cuba Network research tour: Social Welfare in Cuba: a Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability, October 12 - 20, 2013. Here is our updated Eco Cuba Network webpage with more information on the tour, including a draft program: http://www.ecocubanetwork.net/social-welfare
The registration form is found on the webpage of our licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider: Global Exchange Reality Tours. http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/social-welfare-holistic-view-human-and-environmental-sustainability
To access the form, scroll to the bottom of the page and key in your custom tour code: 2013.10.5. Your registration form will appear. Simply fill it out and submit it. You will receive further information once your form has been received.
Eco Cuba Network and our colleague, Eastern Michigan University Professor of Social Work Marjorie Ziefert, are developing a program for this tour to meet the professional needs of the US social workers who participate in the tour. We will endeavor to integrate into the program the meetings and site visits that reflect the professional needs and interests of our participants, to whatever extent possible.
I and my colleague Dr. Michele Frank, who lives in Cuba and works in the mental health field there, are very much looking forward to developing this program with you and helping you to meet the Cubans who share your professional interests and areas of expertise.
Here is our Orientation Packet that deals with the practical and logistical aspects of the tour (including the round trip charter flight schedule from Miami to Havana.
Please do not hesitate to email or call Eco Cuba Network staff with any questions about the practical, logistical and programmatic aspects of this tour.
Pamela Montanaro, Coordinator
Eco Cuba Network
ECO CUBA NETWORK, a 20 year exchange between US and Cuban environmentalists, promotes US-Cuba environmental travel, communication and collaboration. Check out our website at www.ecocubannetwork.net for more information.