«Moabit ist Beste»

Cristina Hanser, Masterstudentin der ZHAW Soziale Arbeit, berichtet von ihrem Austauschsemester in Berlin.

Berlin ist auch nach drei Monaten immer noch aufregend und inspirierend. Es gibt so unglaublich viel zu sehen hier.  Immer wieder lädt einen die Grossstadt ein, sich auf eine Entdeckungsreise zu machen. Berlin besticht durch seine Vielfalt. Je nach Lust und Laune zieht es mich in die unterschiedlichen Kieze und Ecken von Berlin.

Strasse in Berlin. Das Lichtsignal leuchtet grün und jemand hat ein Herz auf die Ampel gemalt.

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Dayton day 10 – Farewell

On this last morning of the study week in Dayton, we headed to Xenia, a small town near Dayton. We reviewed two weeks with many discussions and visits to several local social service agencies. The end of the exchange was to be hold in the premises of a social project called «One Bistro».

Aussenansicht eines Bistrots das grün eingefasst ist. Es stehen zwei Sitzbänke vordran und links des Bistrots geht eine Treppe hinauf.

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Dayton day 9 – Alzheimer and last presentation

La’Cole, Sandra and Werner report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

This morning Jane and Beth came to class to talk about senior adults and community services for them. One of them works for the Greene County Council on Aging. The other one works for the alzheimer’s association. The Greene County Council on Aging does several things for seniors over sixty years old. I had the impression their service is similar to what we call the SPITEX.

Studierende in einem Klassenzimmer während einer Präsentation. Drei Studierende stehen vorne.

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Dayton day 8 – Snazzy Wednesday!

Adam, Karin and Kilian report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

Today’s special topic was immigration. We were able to talk about how the people of Switzerland and the U.S view the idea of Immigrants and of Refugees. After an equally interesting and entertaining presentation, the bunch of Swiss and US students split up in two groups for the afternoon activity. One group went to the Childcare Centre of Montgomery County. The other 10 students were honoured by having the possibility to go to court and meet a judge and a prosecutor at the juvenile court and detention centre of Greene County.

Ein Richter sitzt in seinem hellblauen Hemd und mit einer roten Krawatte vor seinem hölzernen Richterstuhl.

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Dayton day 7 – Homelessness and drug treatment

Audrey, Ayleen and Isabelle report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

Today’s presentation was on poverty and homelessness. Poverty looks the same in both countries in terms of who it affects. In Switzerland, people receive assistance with rent, food, and inclusion back into society. In the U.S., people can receive assistance with housing and food, but it takes longer to receive those benefits if they are accepted.

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Dayton day 5 – Juvenile and Adult Detention

Pere, Rahel and Doug report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

Today we compared the juvenile and adult law and detention of Switzerland and USA. In discussions and by visiting the rehabilitation center of the green county in Ohio, we figured out how the different systems work, which advantages and disadvantages they have. It was a gaining experience for us to have a look inside a juvenile detention center and sharing the know-how with the director of the institution.

Ein blau-weisses amerikanisches Polizeiauto steht auf einem Parkplatz vor einem Gefängnis.

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Dayton day 4 – Services to children and families

Jashae, Sandra and Janine report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

We got the opportunity to do a presentation comparing and contrasting the different services to children and families that Switzerland and the United States offers. Because the topic of services to children and families can be such a broad topic, we decided to narrow it down and focus on children who suffer from abuse, as well as the foster care systems.

Studierende und Mitarbeitende in einem Kinderhospiz in Dayton Ohio. Sie hören aufmerksam einer Frau zu, die etwas über das Hospiz erzählt.

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Dayton day 3 – Independence day

Sarah Twill, lecturer of the Wright State University (WSU), reports from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

On Tuesday, July 4th, the Swiss and US students and faculty served lunch at the House of Bread. Each day, the House of Bread serves a hot and nutritious lunchtime meal to 250-300 people. The agency’s mission is: to prevent hunger and serve as a bridge to beneficial community resources.

Studierende helfen in einer Suppenküche bei der Essensausgabe.

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Dayton day 2 – in class

Pia, Laura and Jasmine report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

Today was the first day of class. It began with delicious donuts that were provided by Doug, one of the professors. After discussing the itinerary for the next two weeks, the class did a «get to know you» activity. One American student was paired with two Swiss students.

Klassenzimmer mit Studierenden und einem Dozierenden, der vorne steht und spricht.

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Dayton day 1 – the arrival

Uwe Koch, lecturer and Daniela Schmid, research associate of the ZHAW School of Social Work, report from the study week in Dayton, Ohio.

On Saturday, July 1, two lecturers and twelve students from the ZHAW School of Social Work arrived at the airport of Dayton, Ohio. Doug, a lecturer of the Wright State University (WSU), picked us up and drove us to the dorm at the WSU Campus.

Sicht aus der Luft auf die amerikanische Stadt Dayton in Ohio.

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