BSW Student Tia Lowry is Headed to Nepal
Social Work student Tia Lowry (BSW, '14), was selected to spend the upcoming summer volunteering with International Volunteer Headquarters in Nepal through the "HOPE and HOME" program. Tia will be assigned to work in an orphanage in a Nepal city from June to August 2014. She will primarily be serving in a mentor role, assisting children residing in the orphanage with their schoolwork and prosocial skills. Tia will work with the orphanage staff to develop programs and address agency needs. In addition, she will be engaged with the surrounding community to find sustainable solutions for education, health, conservation, and development issues.
Tia credits her education in the Social Work program, specifically her increased understanding of the value of cultural humility, the ways in which she has learned to serve cultures different from her own, and the importance of serving vulnerable populations, as the most important components to prepare her for this upcoming experience. Tia, who is currently completing her practicum experience with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Laramie, believes that her social work field education is helping her to develop the skills of youth mentorship and advocacy.
Although Tia says she is nervous about trying to learn Nepali during her short time in the country, this anxiety is overshadowed by her excitement to be immersed in another culture, having the opportunity to show love and compassion to the children in the orphanage, and the opportunity to connect with volunteers who are passionate about promoting the well-being of vulnerable children.
Tia exclaims, "I am excited to be working with this small system [the orphanage] and to gain an understanding of how the bigger picture - policy, culture, etc. - affects what happens on a day-to-day basis."