Social Work Abroad Program (SWAP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing international learning opportunities for US-based social work students.
Aiko Yep, LCSW
Aiko Yep's passion for international exchange opportunities arose after an eye-opening volunteer trip to Ofaakor, Ghana. Deeply moved by the community life she witnessed and the incredible people she met there, she felt urged to create opportunities for others, particularly social work students who work with such diverse populations, to experience societies and cultures abroad. In 2010, Aiko collected a team of officers to revive the International Social Work Caucus at California State University Los Angeles where she served as president for two terms. Aiko obtained her MSW from CSULA in 2012 and has continued to travel and learn about the world. She's volunteered in India, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Ghana and participated in learning excursion to Thailand and Spain. Aiko joined the SWAP Board in 2012 and currently serves as the board treasurer. Outside of SWAP, Aiko worked for three years with older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia in the adult day center setting and has been involved in the field of homeless services since 2007, currently serving as Associate Director at PATH (People Assisting the Homelessness) in San Jose. She has worked with San Jose State University students as a field instructor since 2016.