Eunice Amante - Bachelor of Social Work
After completing her practical placement at Stand Tū Māia, a community social work and a residential service, Eunice managed to secure a job there as a therapeutic care worker.
“I’m passionate about people and I want to support them through challenging situations in a practical way – that’s what led me to social work. I chose the Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Auckland because I knew it would give me a foundation around bicultural social work that I wouldn’t be able to get back home in the USA.
“The programme has taught me so much, professionally and personally. It opens up many pathways beyond traditional social work, such as community work, probations, youth work and research. I’ve enjoyed working alongside the same cohort throughout the degree, and my classmates have been a really great support system.
I’ve loved the balance of lectures and real-life practical placements.
I completed a placement at Stand Tū Māia, a community social work and a residential service for children who have experienced trauma. Once I’d completed the placement, I managed to secure a job there as a therapeutic care worker.
“I love building relationships with the kids at the residence and seeing their growth over time. Our kids have been through a lot in their lives, being able to walk alongside them through the highs and lows and holding their stories has been such an honour.
“Once I graduate, I’d love to work for a grassroots organisation that involves the community in identifying families’ needs and giving them tools to provide safe and loving homes for their children. Communities are what surround families and their children, so we must strengthen communities to support families in a sustainable way.”