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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 email@example.com 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.