What are the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
I chose Norway because of the social welfare system and how the social work profession is taught practically. For example empowering people, promoting human rights and ensuring quality and living condition for the people.
Where do you study and why did you choose this institution?
In my home country I am studying at the institute of social work, Dar es salaam Tanzania. I chose the institution because of quality of education about social work profession provided as I want to develop my career in helping people, promote human rights and promote positive changes in my country and community, or society in general.
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived and did you find the impression to be true?
My idea about Norway before I arrived was that it was raining a lot, and I thought about the snow, mountains, rocks and waterfalls. And yes, it's true, but not as much as I expected.
I am very impressed with the food, especially the potatoes as we farm a lot of potatoes in my country.
People have a little bit of social life, though you have to break the ice and start talking to them. Also the hospitality, they are caring and respect eachother.
People in Bergen value their city and are proud of being here. They're likely to talk about Bergen and not Norway.
Compared to your country, what are the main differences when it comes to student life in Norway?
The main difference is that student participates in sports, hiking and exercise a lot and they have different games. I am very impressed.
What is the most important academic outcome of your time as a student in Norway?
When it comes to academic issues I have learned that social work is not about sitting in the office, rather it's all about outreach and reality.
Also the responsibilities of social welfare is not for the government alone, rather the whole society, and in collaboration with other professions.
Another thing is about working with theories, ethical principles, and values to make sure that this acts as guidelines for the better services of the users.
Are there any personal experiences as a student in Norway you would highlight?
- Exercise is very important for our health. For example hiking, and walking.
- Technology and weather can change people’s culture. For example due to the cold I found myself with difficulties to talk as I used to when I was in my country.
Would you recommend studying in Norway to students at your home university? Why/why not?
Yes, I would recommend it because of:
- Career development due to high practice of social work.
- Education system provision.
- Ability to learn new a language and to learn about a new culture
- Technology, which will allow high availability of studying materials.
What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
I am studying social work in classroom and by practical training.
In the future I would like to work with children, people with disabilities, addressing violence, abuse, educating / facilitating positive parenting, and issues concerning human rights.
I hope to promote positive changes by challenging laws and policies of the country through reforming and implementing.