- Master of Social Work Student Returns to Ningxia to Work
6 years of working and studying experience with government, non-government and corporate sectors makes her a dedicated and qualified social worker.
Started her career with governmental organization and moved on to corporate sector, Tu Wenwen realized it may be the “third sector” that could unlock her potential and passion most when she was first exposed to social work in India in 2002. Therefore, she earned an opportunity to work with a well-established international NGO in China to try out her capacity. Collaborating with the local partner, Tu Wenwen worked independently in the field to plan, implement and evaluate an HIV/AIDS intervention program in South China. The working experiences benefited her tremendously in terms of both developing expertise and understanding NGOs. More importantly, she saw in herself the inclination and qualities of being a social worker, which made her finally decide to become a professional.
Tu Wenwen joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai of India in June 2005 studying master of social work. Integrated social work practices, development theories, social welfare administration and media and communication were the essentials among other courses. The emphasis was also given to enhance research capability and practise lecture learning in concurrent field work. She worked in India with a NGO serving senior citizens (especially dementia patients) for one year, a rural NGO for rural development for one month as well as a grassroots NGO working for displacement issue. Through all those supervised field work, she had an immense exposure to various issues and different levels/types of organizations.
Also her previous working experiences as a project manager with governmental organization and as a market researcher with a multi-national corporation (both in Shanghai) proved to be an edge for her to grow into a professional social worker or development practitioner. Not only had her organization, project management, communication, and researching skills been enhanced but also the experiences enable her to understand the interplay of government, market and civil society and to acquire a deeper perspective and holistic picture of social issues and social development.
Tu Wenwen was born and brought up in Ningxia Autonomous Region Ningxia. Currently, she expects to work for her hometown with an organization that has programs/researches in Ningxia or is keen on starting programs or research there. She believes her perspectives about NGO sector as well as development, her commitment to social work field and her skills acquired through vast experiences and exposure in the past six years would make her capable and confident to contribute her bit to Ningxia and its people.
In the practice, she is interested in rural/urban community development, displacement, health, women, education, etc. Also she is interested in NGO sector in terms of NGO’s accountability and NGO-State relationship. Please reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think she might be just the one.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
P.S. She’s returning to China at the end of June. So she may not be able to work until the start of July.