What's Included

Day 01: Depart for Poland
Depart from New York today and fly to Warsaw, Poland. Gateway city is subject to change.

Day 02: Warsaw, Poland
Upon arrival this morning at the Warsaw Chopin International Airport, you will be met and greeted by a local representative and transferred to your hotel for lunch by individual arrangement. 

Depending on arrival flight timing you will have some free time with lunch on your own today. All travelers will gather late this afternoon with your national guide for an early afternoon orientation and welcome briefing.

The Golden Tulip Hotel is centrally located in the business district and offers every comfort including an onsite restaurant and bar, spacious gym and sauna, and rooms equipped with a safety deposit box, LCD television, hairdryer, toiletries and free WiFi.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Golden Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Warsaw- Cultural Exploration Dedicated to Irena Sendler
Many people are familiar with Irena Sendler and her heroic actions during WWII. A Polish nurse, humanitarian, and social worker, Irena served in the Polish Underground during World War II in German-occupied Warsaw. She was imprisoned for several years, but eventually received Poland’s highest honor, the Order of the White Eagle.

Your explorations today will highlight her accomplishments and heroism during a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto and tour of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. It was established by the Nazi German authorities in the Muranów neighborhood of the Polish capital in 1940 in German-occupied Poland.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your exploration of Old Town. This historical center of Warsaw dates to the 13th century and is situated in the middle of a beautiful market square. Much of Old Town was destroyed during the Second World War and was later reconstructed. The reconstruction efforts were honored by UNESCO adding it to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1980.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight:  Golden Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Warsaw- Professional Program
Professional members of the program will interact with social work counterparts this morning and afternoon for substantive meetings at a local hospital, clinic or university such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center that focuses on cancer control and epidemiology and has an onsite Center of Palliative Care.

Program Mission: From its inception, social work has been a human rights profession, and regardless of geography, national borders, cultures, social structures, or stage of economic development, the principles of equality, human dignity, and social justice remain fundamental to our work. The group will have the opportunity to better understand the history, the progress, and the current problems social workers face in Eastern Europe to compare and contrast these with the "Grand Challenges of Social Work” initiative in the United States.

After a local lunch, visit a higher education facility such as the University of Warsaw to meet with social work faculty and learn about social work education in Poland with a focus on research and social health/public health issues like homelessness.

Later meet with a community group like Rak and Roll—Win Life (Rak means cancer). This breast cancer charity will give you a firsthand chance to meet with a non-profit organization to learn about their good works. 

Accompanying Guests:
After breakfast, accompanying guests will depart for a guided orientation of Warsaw’s local flea markets to get a sense of everyday life in Poland. Spend time this afternoon in the Wilanów Palace, which serves as a branch of the National Museum. Wilanów Palace, a splendid example of Baroque architecture, was built in the 17th century as a summer residence for King Jan III Sobieski, prominent Polish sovereign and victor over the Turks in the Relief of Vienna in 1683.

Enjoy dinner in the home of a local Polish family including a chance to share in the cooking duties.
Overnight: Golden Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Travel to Hungary
This morning, make your way back to the airport for your short flight to Budapest, Hungary. Say goodbye to your local guide as you will be met upon arrival by a new guide in Hungary.

Lunch will be provided on arrival before making your way to the local hotel for check-in at 3:00 pm this afternoon.

The Hotel President Budapest is in the business and historical area of town and has numerous nearby restaurants and shops. They have free high-speed Wi-Fi internet access, bathroom amenities, hairdryers, an in-room safe as well as onsite business center, fitness facilities and onsite dining.

Enjoy a dinner cruise sailing along the Danube River to take in the gorgeous scenery. 
Overnight: President Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

​​Day 06: Professional Program - Budapest
Professional members of the program will interact with social workers and other allied medical counterparts this morning and early afternoon for substantive meetings focusing on health care social work including cancer, hospice and palliative care as compared to that of Poland.

Visit a hospital such as Szent Lazlo Hospital to learn how the hospital and local hospice facilities are helping patients with end of life care and the role of the social worker within the overall healthcare system. Later, visit a local hospice such as the Budapest Hospice House, started in 1991.

Continued discussions on:

  • Current advances and successes of social work practice in both countries.
  • Compare and contrast contemporary issues and problems such as adequate health care.
  • Understand educational preparation and expansion of social work educational programs.
  • Review epidemiology and social policy related to diseases like cancer and alcoholism.

Guest program:
Today the guests will explore the Hungarian National Museum with the local guide. Founded 200 years ago, the museum is dedicated to the history of Hungary and has a permanent exhibition that includes furniture, textiles, weapons, metalwork and ceramics.

Late this afternoon, the group will visit the Central Market Hall for some time to explore the market independently. Built at the end of the 19th century, it is the largest indoor market in Budapest and has a wonderful food market that is a must-see, even if you don’t buy anything.  

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).
Overnight: President Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Professional Exchange & Cultural Exploration
This morning, meet with a professional association such as the Hungarian Hospice Foundation or Hungarian Hospice-Palliative Association. Hospice care was introduced to Hungary with the establishment of the Hungarian Hospice Foundation by Alaine Polcz, in 1991. The Foundation has been providing humane hospice care for patients in Budapest for more than 20 years. The Hungarian Hospice-Palliative Association (HHPA), a national association, was established by 19 hospices in 1995.

The focus for this visit will be to learn more about the role of social workers in meeting the physical and emotional needs of those with life-limiting illnesses such as advanced cancer. Exchange best practices and lay the groundwork for future international collaboration.

Guest program (morning):
After breakfast, accompanying guests will explore the Great Synagogue including the Emanuel Trees. The Synagogue is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. It was built in Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish style, in the wake of Romanticism. The remainder of the day will be spent exploring Budapest with the rest of the group.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will explore St. Stephen’s Basilica and Synagogue, the largest church in Budapest. St. Stephen’s Basilica, which reflects both a neo-classical and neo-renaissance style of architecture, is named after Saint Stephen who became king of Hungary in 997. Enjoy a brief stop along the shores of the Danube and observe the WWII memorial “Shoes on the Danube".

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant like the Trófea Grill.
Overnight:  President Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Professional Exchange - Debrecen, Hungary
Depart this morning for the drive to Debrecen. The capital of Hungary’s Northern Great Plain region, Debrecen has been one of the cultural and social centers of Hungary for almost half a century. Since 1538, the most marvelous minds of Hungarian culture and science learned in the famous Reformed College.

Lunch will be provided in route today.

This afternoon, a meeting has been requested to visit the University of Debrecen which has a Master’s in Health Social Work program. Meet with faculty and students to compare social work curriculum and training. Focus on research and social health/public health issues such as homelessness and the role of social workers in providing assistance and guidance. Explore specialty areas such as school social work and gerontology social work as available.

Guest program:
Enjoy some free time to settle into your local hotel this afternoon or visit the University with the professional members of the group.

Dinner will be provided tonight at a local restaurant.
Overnight:  Lycium Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Cultural Exploration - Debrecen, Hungary
​This morning, the group will explore the lovely city of Debrecen. All great cities can be identified by famous parks. In the case of Debrecen, this is called Nagyerdei Park Forest, the nation’s first conservation area. Only a ten-minute ride from downtown, the park offers total peace and quiet in the shade of hundred-year-old trees as well as countless entertainment options. Enjoy exploring some of Debrecen’s other cultural highlights during a driving tour as you make your way to lunch.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey. This afternoon, the group will spend time with a local community program or non-profit organization dedicated to providing a valuable service to the local people. 

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight: Lycium Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast​, Lunch

Day 10: Return to Budapest
Drive back to Budapest this morning with lunch provided in route.

Stop to explore the SISSI Castle at Gödöllő. Count Antal Grassalkovich I (1694–1771), one of the most notable aristocrats of the 18th century, began construction of the largest Baroque palace in Hungary around 1735. The double U-shaped, 8-winged building was flanked by a church, orangery and bath house to the north, and stables and a riding hall to the south. The unique architecture of the Palace served as an exemplary model for other Hungarian palaces of the Baroque period. Historical traditions, a variety of cultural events and its wonderfully restored, uniquely impressive complex and surroundings make the palace one of the most attractive and exciting buildings and institutions in Hungary.

Continue via motor coach to Budapest and check back into your local hotel this afternoon for some time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Share your memories and experiences with other travelers during your farewell dinner in Hungary.

Overnight: President Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast​, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Fly back to the U.S.

Today say goodbye to Hungary, departing for the airport early this afternoon for your flight back to New York. 

Meals: Breakfast​

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

Social Work Journey: Honoring the Past and Forging the Future Journey to Poland and Hungary

led by Dr. Betsy Clark

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Detailed Itinerary

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From its inception, social work has been a human rights profession. Regardless of geography, national borders, cultures, social structures, or stage of economic development, the principles of equality, human dignity, and social justice remain fundamental to the essence of social work. Understanding the challenges, advances, and successes of social work in Poland and Hungary can help you recognize how social workers have used the motivation of social justice to engage in social action, sometimes facing imprisonment for their activities during times of authoritarian regimes. One educational focus will be to trace and celebrate the efforts of Irena Sendler, a remarkable and heroic Polish social worker who, at age 29, managed to save 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, and Ottilia Solt, a sociologist and underground journalist who fought for the rights of the poor in Hungary during communism. Solt is credited with setting up the illegal “Fund in Aid of the Poor" and with establishing the first Hungarian School of Social Work in 1989. Despite significant barriers, the profession of social work in both countries is forging its future path. You will have the opportunity to better understand the history, progress, and current concerns social workers face in Eastern Europe while comparing and contrasting these with the "Grand Challenges of Social Work” initiative in the United States. Join us for a memorable experience!

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Warsaw, Poland; Budapest & Debrecen, Hungary| 11 days | October 12-22, 2018 | $5,299

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark, 


Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark has held leadership roles in health care, academia, and non-profit organizations, most recently serving for 12 years as the CEO of the National Association of Social Workers. Her areas of clinical focus include cancer, hope, and loss and grief, and she sits on numerous boards of cause-related or professional associations. A strong advocate for women's rights and economic equality, Dr. Clark currently is the President of the Start Smart Career Center and the co-author of the "Smart Women" book series which focuses on mentoring young women for workplace success and career advancement. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and

a Master of Public Health from

the University of Pittsburgh and

a Master's and Doctorate in

Medical Sociology from the

University of North Carolina.

She also holds a Doctor of

Humane Letters from Wartburg


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