A world of experience

For a long time, Master of Social Work graduate, Quan Hong knew he wanted to be a social worker.

“I decided to pursue social work because I have been helped so much in my life by social workers who came from all over the world,” remarks Hong.

He had his first experience with the profession while living in Hong Kong as a refugee. Social workers from across the globe visited the camp to lend their help, and wanting to do something himself, Hong began to volunteer within the camp by counselling other refugees.

“I consider this a privilege to have been helped by [social workers] and work alongside them. They have shown me how helpful and meaningful being a social worker can be. This was the driving force for me to become a social worker, with the simple hope that one day I can go back to the refugee camps and help people back there,” remarks Hong, who adds that one day he would like to work in a refugee camp in Africa or Afghanistan.

His resume boasts extensive experience in the field, including work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Philippines Refugee Processing Centre and Doctors Without Borders, among many others.

“I am indebted to others who have helped me along the way,” he says. “Carleton and the School of Social Work are some of them. The School has been an excellent experience where I learned a great deal. Its program and professors also have inspired me to become a good social worker.”

Currently living in San Francisco, Hong is working with the elderly at the Institute of the Aging, while volunteering in his spare time.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-11b/594.htm

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