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.  Join Dr. Betsy Clark for a unique look in to the culture and traditions of Scotland while you spend time with the locals. Discuss poverty, criminal justice, social justice, and elderly and hospice and home care needs in Scotland (Great Britain) with your local counterparts. Explore poverty and social policies with Professor Gerry Mooney from SWAMP Project in Pollock (southwest Glasgow).  Interact with social work counterparts for substantive meetings at facilities such as St. Columba’s Hospice, Open University Edinburgh and Social Work Scotland. Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey: you will have an opportunity to interact with a local non-profit organization or community project. Explore iconic locations such as Glasgow Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle, Oban, Isle of Mull and many Scottish highlights including attending the internationally acclaimed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Join us to explore community social work programs and to give back on your enriching journey!


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Community Social Work Journey to Scotland led by Dr. Betsy Clark

PRE PROGRAM EXTENSION - LONDON, ENGLAND

LEADER SPOTLIGHT:
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark, 

PhD, MSW, MPH

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. Her most recent book, “Choose Hope (Always Choose Hope),” is a resource for patients, families, and professionals experiencing a crisis of hope.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

College. 

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Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

 TRAVEL
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


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
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


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


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England: London | 4 days & 3 nights plus flight time|  July 27-31, 2019 | $1,699

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Day 01: July 27, 2019 - Depart for London, England
Depart the U.S. today and make your way London.Depart the U.S. today and make your way London.


Day 02: July 28, 2019 

​Arrive this morning in London, where your guide will meet you at the airport for your transfer into London City. Store your bags before heading out for your guided tour of the city with your guide using your Oyster card (a form of electronic ticket used for public transport in London).

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and head to the hotel for check in around 3:00 PM. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight:  Melia White House (or similar)
Meals: Lunch


Day 3: July 29, 2019 
After breakfast at the hotel, continue exploring London with
your guide via public transport.

First up, the Changing of the Guard! Head onward to lunch at a local restaurant.


This afternoon you will visit Westminster Abbey. The Gothic masterpiece of Westminster Abbey has been at the heart of British history since the formation of the Abbey by Edward the Confessor in 1065. The Abbey became the coronation church for the English monarchy in 1066, was transformed into the modern stone Abbey in the reign of Henry III and has since been the venue for countless magnificent, joyous and sometimes unfortunate royal events. In modern times the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and funerals of the Queen Mother and Princess Diana have etched the Abbey into the common memory of billions around the globe. A visit of Westminster Abbey takes in such highlights as the Coronation Chair, the medieval Lady Chapel, museum containing a collection of royal effigies, and the Abbey Gardens which whisk you away from the hubbub of the city.


Return to the hotel where dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight:Melia White House (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: July 30, 2019
After breakfast at the hotel head out with your local guide again to continue your explorations of the city.

First stop today is St. Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s Cathedral, the most recognizable feature of the London skyline, was completed by one of Britain’s most accomplished architects Sir Christopher Wren in 1711. The marble floors, expansive dome murals and Victorian mosaics have provided the backdrop in recent times for the state funerals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher as well as Jubilee celebrations. Destroyed and rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and an unlikely survivor of the Blitz, the Cathedral has earned a place among London’s most popular sights. Climb into the iconic dome for stunning views across London, try out the acoustics of the Whispering Gallery and head down to the crypt to see the tombs of heavyweight historical figures like Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.


Next stop is a visit to the Tower of London on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of the city. The Tower of London has nearly 1000 years of history and intrigue and has been used at various times as a palace, barracks, military stronghold, zoo and most famously as a prison incarcerating famous names like Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes. During a visit to the Tower you can see crown jewels worth over £20 billion, meet the ravens who legends say have the fate of the Kingdom in their claws, talk to the distinctive Yoeman guards with their white ruffs, and learn about the gruesome torture that went on within the walls. The Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the only intact medieval buildings on the list.


Stop for lunch before returning to your hotel for some free time to explore on your own. Make use of your Oyster card to venture out on your own if you like. There are many fabulous places to explore!


Dinner will be provided a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight: Melia White House (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 5: JULY 31, 2019
Head to the airport today for your flight to Glasgow to connect with the rest of the group.


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.​​

POST PROGRAM EXTENSION - BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND

Enjoy a tour of London with a private guide. Make your way around town via public transport like a local as you explore some of the
most historic sites of the city. London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom and home to the British monarchy.​

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Day 01: Depart for Scotland
Depart from a Newark area airport and make your way to Glasgow, Scotland. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! 


Day 02: Glasgow - Arrival & Welcome
Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred to Glasgow city center. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow City. From the magnificent St. Mungo Cathedral to the People's Palace and Glasgow Green, explore the city’s rich past as a religious center and one of the most important industrial cities in Britain. The Victorian architecture offers a striking contrast to the extensive parks of the West End.

Explore Glasgow Cathedral, also called St. Mungo’s, a superb example of Scottish Gothic architecture. The building is no longer a cathedral but still a place of worship used by a Church of Scotland congregation. The building itself is in the ownership of the Crown, maintained by Historic Scotland, and is one of the few Scottish medieval churches to have survived the Reformation unscathed.

Enjoy afternoon tea with snacks at the delightful Willow Tea Room before heading to the hotel to check in this afternoon (around 3:00 pm).

All travelers will gather later this afternoon with your national guide for a late afternoon orientation and welcome.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at a local restaurant.​

Overnight:  The Principal Grand Central (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Day 03: Glasgow - Professional Program

Professional members of the program will spend the morning with Professor Gerry Mooney for a visit to the SWAMP Project, located in a post-1945 council estate in Pollock.  Pollock has long been identified as a deprived area with all the usual social problems and issues. Your visit will also entail a journey around some of the other key areas where poverty and deprivation are issues, not least in the East End of the city. You will have an opportunity to see for yourself some urban policy interventions and regeneration programs and their impact in addressing these long-term issues.  Discussions with Gerry will focus on poverty and social policies in contemporary Scotland in relation to Scottish devolution and the issues of Scottish independence. Also focus on social policy and criminal justice among other topics of interest.

Lunch, with Professor Mooney, will be provided at a local restaurant this afternoon.

Finish up your professional exchange with a visit to the Marie Curie Hospice this afternoon (or similar). Spend time with their team to visit the hospice and talk to their staff about topics of mutual interest. Their key aim is to promote the best quality of life and death according to the wishes of each individual patient. Learn how palliative care helps with not just their physical problems, but also social and psychological. Discuss how this extends to their family and friends and the role of social workers in this setting.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will enjoy a tour of Glasgow with your guide. First stop is Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, one of the most visited attractions in the city house in a magnificent building with 22 themed state of the art galleries displaying 8000 objects. Onward you will head to Glasgow Green, the People’s Palace. It tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the present day. The city’s social history can be explored through a wealth of historic artifacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays.


Dinner is by individual arrangement.  
Overnight:  The Principal Grand Central (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch













Day 04: Glasgow - Cultural Exploration
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and head for Oban.  In route you will enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is part of the Trossachs National Park and provides unique views of the surrounding mountains, close-ups of various islands, and a chance to spot local wildlife.

Stop for lunch today at a local pub or café.

Next visit Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Most notably, Inveraray Castle featured in the television drama "Downton Abbey". The Castle is a unique piece of architecture and was the first of its size and type to be built on the West Coast of Scotland. Visitors to the Castle will be able to explore the many historical rooms available to the public.

On arrival in Oban, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight: Muthu Alexandra(or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Oban -  Cultural Exploration 
The group will depart after breakfast for Craignure via ferry and cross to the Isle of Mull by coach. From there take another ferry from Fionnphort to Iona as a foot passenger.

Iona is a holy isle, an enduring symbol of Christianity in Scotland. St, Columba and his followers came here from Ireland in AD 563 and founded a monastery that became the heart of the early Scottish Church. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship. Iona Abbey church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, whilst work on restoring the living accommodation began in 1938, following the foundation of the Iona Community. Today, the Iona Community continues the tradition of worship first established by St Columba 1450 years ago. Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites.


Enjoy a packed lunch today before returning to the mainland and back to your hotel.


Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant. 
Overnight: Muthu Alexandra (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

​​Day 06: Travel to Edinburgh 
After breakfast, check out of your Oban hotel and depart for Edinburgh.

In route you will have a photo stop at Glencoe. Glencoe really does merit the description ‘spectacular’. The best approach is from the south on A82, one of the major routes through the Highlands. The road climbs over the bleak expanse of Rannoch Moor and drops down between the steep scree-strewn sides of Glencoe. Awesome mountains, such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters, loom on either side with riverine scenery at the bottom of the glen. The name Glencoe means ‘Valley of Weeping,’ and has a melancholy air thanks to it being the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Continue through Fort William.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant this afternoon. 


Stop for a visit at the Highland Folk Museum. The museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of early Highland people. This living history museum tells how Scottish Highland ancestors lived, built their homes, tilled the soil and dressed. An award-winning attraction, the Museum encapsulates human endeavor and development in Highland life from the 1700s to the present day.

Continue to Edinburgh where you will check into your local hotel.

Dinner is by individual arrangement. 
Overnight: The Principal Charlotte Square (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch













Day 07: Edinburgh - Professional Exchange
This morning professional members of the group will meet with staff from a local university such as Open University in Edinburgh. Their School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care has nursing, health and social care as well as social work departments. The Open University (OU) is one of the largest providers of social work training in the UK, with around 250 graduates every year. Their flexible study arrangements fit in with work and home life of their students, so they can carry on working while they learn.

After lunch continue onward to meet with staff from an organization such as Social Work Scotland or the Scottish Association of Social Work. Discuss their roles and responsibilities including influences on policy and legislation. Also talk about their role in supporting the development of social work and social care workforce. 

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Highlights include the State Dining Room, the Sun Lounge, The Queen’s Bedroom, the Crew’s Quarters and the Engine Room. After lunch visit Holyroodhouse for a tour and afternoon tea. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace is The Queen's official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past. Mary, Queen of Scots lived here between 1561 and 1567. Visitors can explore the 14 historic State Apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a program of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight:  The Principal Charlotte Square(or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 08: Edinburgh - Professional Exchange
Professional members will continue your meetings with a visit to St. Columba’s Hospice. Members of the National Association of Palliative Care Social Workers will also be present this morning for a roundtable discussion session on topics of mutual interest.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will have the morning free to explore independently. Spend the afternoon with the others at Cyrenians.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will volunteer with staff from Cyrenians. For nearly 50 years, Cyrenians has served those on the edge, working with the homeless and vulnerable to transform their lives by beginning with their story, helping them believe that they can change their lives, and walking with them as they lead their own transformation. Spend time learning about their organization while you engage in hands-on activities giving back at one of the area projects like The Farm (a social enterprise located just outside the city). This working farm produces fruit, vegetables and eggs and is also home to a community of vulnerable young people, many with experience of homelessness. They help the community to grow people, providing a range of opportunities for individuals to develop skills and confidence as a step towards a settled lifestyle. You will get involved in some of the day-to-day tasks of the farm.

Dinner is on your own this evening. 
Overnight:  The Principal Charlotte Square (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 09: Edinburgh - Cultural Exploration
Head out on a walking tour of the Royal Mile. Start with a visit to Edinburgh’s Castle rock, a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries.

Lunch is by individual arrangement this afternoon. 


After a lunch break visit Rosslyn Chapel. Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel is a unique building with its and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. The chapel took some 40 years to complete, its ornate stonework and symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – artists and visitors ever since it has been completed. Today, there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively. Rosslyn has survived turbulent times and has recently been undergoing an extensive program of conservation to ensure its long-term future.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at the Prestonfield House (or similar). Featuring a nightly performance by acclaimed Three Scottish Tenors, Scotland’s most famous evening of traditional Scottish music, bagpipes, fiddles and dance with wine and dinner is not to be missed! Moments from the bustle of the Royal Mile, enjoy a memorable evening of emotive song and spirited dance. A delicious 4-course dinner of Angus beef and Orkney salmon with wine and taste of haggis accompanies this unmissable evening of traditional hospitality and entertainment.
Overnight: The Principal Charlotte Square (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast​, Dinner


Day 10: Depart for home

Return to the local airport for check-in for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement.


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.

Northern Ireland: Belfast | 4 days & 3 nights|  August 8-11, 2019 | $1,899

Scotland: Glasgow, Oban, Edinburgh| 11 days | July 30 - August 8, 2019 | $6,299

Extend your stay for three additional nights in Belfast. Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital and lies along the banks of the
River Lagan on the east coast of Ireland. Famous as a port city and for its colorful past, it is a must see while you are in the UK.​

Day 01: August 8, 2019 - Fly to Belfast
Fly to Belfast today where you will meet up with your local guide and driver for your transfer to Belfast City.


On arrival enjoy a black taxi tour of the city. This is a political history tour of West Belfast’s murals telling the story of the Troubles. The award winning tour has been broadcast worldwide. Take in sights at Falls Road, Shankill Road, Peaceline Wall, Crumlin Road Gaol, as well as the Murals.


Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.


Head to the hotel this afternoon for check in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax with dinner on your own.

Overnight:  Europa Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 02: August 9, 2019 

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for your explorations of some of the key sites of the city. Your first stop today is to Titanic Belfast. Located in the heart of Belfast, Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in an iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. Opened in April 2012 to coincide with the centenary of its launch, the self-guided journey begins on entering the building’s giant atrium, where the visitor is surrounded by the four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. As you journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition, you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

Enjoy lunch at a local pub or cafe.


Head onward to visit Crumlin Road Gaol to experience the history inside the former prison, which dates back to 1845. Closed in 1996, it also played a significant role during the troubles in Belfast. Designed by Charles Lanyon at a cost of £60,000, it was one of the most advanced prisons of its day and was built within a five sided wall on ten acres. The prison was designed to hold between 500–550 prisoners but during the civil unrest in Northern Ireland especially during 1970′s as many as 900 prisoners were held here. The Gaol has now been turned into a major visitor attraction and conference center. You will be able to tour of the prison and hear the varied history of the Gaol that dates back to 1845. Visit the execution cell where 17 men were executed between 1854–1961 before heading to the Governors office and the restored cells of C wing. There will be an opportunity to walk along the underground tunnel that links the Gaol to the courthouse where the prisoners were led to the Gaol after being sentenced.


Return to the hotel where dinner is on your own this evening.


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


Day 3:August 10, 2019 
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for your day trip to explore the North Antrim Coast. Encounter Northern Ireland’s favorite giant Finn McCool at the new Giants Causeway Visitor Center on the North Antrim coast which opened in the summer of 2012. According to legend Finn McCool created the Giants Causeway by building stepping stones to Scotland to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner! The new visitor center explores the major themes of mythology, geology, landscape, ecology, culture and social history based on the UNESCO World Heritage site that consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago after a volcanic eruption. There are various interactive exhibits and short video presentations within five designated interpretive exhibition areas and the self guided visit will culminate with a spectacular two minutes audiovisual projection of a volcanic eruption flowing over the walls and onto the floor.


Stop for lunch before heading onward to visit Carrick-a- Rede, on the Antrim Coast. This spectacular rope bridge spans a chasm 30 meters deep and 20 meters wide. Originally a seasonal working bridge for fishermen, it connects a small island to the mainland. Its construction once consisted of a single rope handrail and widely spaced slats, which the fishermen would cross to bring ashore salmon caught off the island. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by today’s two-handed railed bridge. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views. Underneath the bridge are large caves, which often served as a safe haven for fishing trawlers escaping from winter storms.


Return to Belfast and head to dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:Europa Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4: August 11, 2019
Head to the airport today for your return to the U.S. and your connecting flights home.


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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