Integrating Dual-Disciplinary Learning in a Cross-Cultural Setting: Reflections on Field Education in South Africa

  • Emily Sanford Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University


In this personal narrative, a dual degree student in divinity and social work explores how her understanding of the integration of Christian ministry and social work practice were enriched by a summer field education placement in South Africa. Encounters with language barriers highlighted the importance of building relationships based upon establishing rapport and listening with empathy. The lessons from this cross-cultural experience have implications for interdisciplinary education.