The Health Project is for young people who would like to contribute to a healthier world
The Health Project is a volunteering opportunity for young people with a health-related background in study or work.
Experience new cultures
There’s nothing quite like living in a brand new country, working with people from all around. Imagine the things you’d learn!
Get a new perspective on global health systems
Dare to be different! Contribute the Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being and broaden your perspective on institutional, mental or physical health.
Get out of your comfortzone
If you don’t try and experience new things, you’ll never find your full potential. Challenge yourself, and discover the best version of yourself.
Projects & Destinations
Discover health in Uganda
When in Ghana, you will be able to do an observational internship in different parts of a hospital, depending on what sparks your interest.
Mental healthcare in Brazil
Are you interested in mental health? In Brazil you will focuse on creating and executing outreach programs that aim to raise awareness on prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCD) amongst young people.
Health related systems in Europe
When volunteering abroad in Europe, you van discover all three health pillars. Are you interested in mental health? Maybe Poland is something for you! Or phsycial health? Lithuania has a perfect project for you! What about institutional health? Discover Italy!
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The Health Project, Nour Project and Medicine Project are offered twice a year. Application rounds for the project open in October & March. The next deadline for the Health Project is the 30th of March.
With The Health Project, you will be volunteering for Sustainable Development Goal #3. You’ll expand your knowledge about international health-related systems by setting up your own healthcare campaign. But let’s be honest. You are not going to change the world by a six-week volunteering project. We focus on leadership development, so with impact, we mostly mean the impact you can make on yourself. By learning from another culture and gaining experience in a new setting, we aim to develop the mindset & skills of a future leader.
How it works
In the Netherlands, we will personally guide you to find a project you like and that fits your personal needs and we will help you prepare for your time abroad. Abroad, another AIESEC office will be your support system during your experience.
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1. Preparation Program
Before travelling abroad, you will attend a national preparation programme. Here you will be prepared for the working conditions that can be expected in the hospitals and NGOs abroad, as well as the potential culture shock that you will be faced with. Furthermore, this phase focuses on raising awareness for global health issues.
2. Project abroad
In the month of December to March (Winter edition) or June until September (Summer edition), you will travel abroad to partake in a volunteering experience for six to eight weeks. Based on your preference, you will be assigned to a health institution in Ghana, Brazil or Eastern Europe in your proposed period of stay
3. Reintegration program
Upon returning to the Netherlands, you will meet up with other participants to share your experiences and discuss the challenges you were confronted with. This phase aims to encourage you to think about the knowledge you have gained during the exchange and how you can apply it to your daily life and the practice of healthcare.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the costs of the Health project?
The basic fee for participating in the Health Project is 349€. In return, you receive complete personal guidance throughout your entire experience both in the Netherlands and abroad, as well as extensive preparation and reintegration.
Housing and airport pick-up are provided by the local AIESEC committee in the destination country.
How is the Health Project different from the Medicine Project?
Although the Health Project stems from the success of the Medicine Project, and both are related to learning about foreign healthcare systems, the projects are very different. The Medicine Project is an observational project in an African hospital in which Medical students learn about and positively impact the processes in the hospital. The Health Project’s scope is wider than just hospitals. When going on a Health Project, students can also work at NGOs to learn about one of three types of health: mental, physical and institutional, in order to positively impact the social well-being of a foreign community.
I am not sure yet if this is the right thing for me, can I talk to someone in person?
Yes! You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure to get you in contact with someone from the closest AIESEC office for a coffee chat.
When will I be able to go abroad?
Right now, AIESEC in the Netherlands is striving to be able to send students abroad from January 2021 and onwards, if the COVID-19 situation permits.
Will I need a visa to volunteer abroad?
Yes, but only if your project is outside of Europe! A member of the local AIESEC board in your city will help you through the process of applying for a visa.
How does the current COVID-19 situation affect the Health Project?
The COVID-19 crisis makes it difficult to cross borders, especially those around Europe. That is why the projects in Africa and South America are put on hold until it is safe again. This means that the focus lies on volunteering projects within Europe for the remainder of the corona crisis.