Name: Gashaye Melaku Tefera
Countries where you have worked or studied:
Ethiopia, USA and ADVANCES countries (UK, Denmark, Poland, Portugal, France)
Universities and qualifications before ADVANCES:
- MSW, Addis Ababa University
- BA in Sociology, University of Gondar
- Previous professional experience/Fields of social work practice
Gashaye has vast experience in the non-profit sector in Ethiopia where he developed and managed various projects focusing on women empowerment, education, human rights, and reproductive health. He also worked as a lecturer at Jimma and Ambo Universities. Besides his professional career, Gashaye is a songwriter.
Three things that you most value about the ADVANCES programme:
- Its balanced approach towards global-local practice
- Its timely courses and supportive professors
- The experience with diverse groups and countries
Message for other social workers thinking about applying for a place on ADVANCES:
If you aspire to be a global social worker who is also in touch with local realities and perspectives, ADVANCES is the right place to be.
Sample Project: https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/pavingtheway/
Personal Blog: https://yenenardos.wixsite.com/gashayemelaku
Topic of research project:
Towards Culturally Relevant Social Work Practice: Combating Gender Based Violence Among Refugees In Ethiopia
Where were you based for Semester 4?
Current position and place of work:
Atlas Corps Fellow at United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Virginia, USA