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VVOB’s internships are designed for Flemish students to take their first steps in international cooperation. A majority of these is aimed at students from the teacher training colleges. During several months they can participate in a VVOB programme or in one of our partner institutions. This provides them with the opportunity to combine the experience of a foreign culture with their first experience of work as a professional in the international development sector.

As an actor in international cooperation, VVOB wants to take part in the trend of internationalisation of education. Our programme offers a structural framework and guidance to the students who wish to conduct their internship in one of our partner countries. We believe that through shared experiences, contacts and interactions, mutual understanding between different cultures and peoples can be enhanced and promoted. This also leads to a more correct imaging of the development world. As such the interns indirectly contribute to awareness building within the Flemish society about development cooperation.

By linking the internship as close as possible to specific needs within the VVOB programme or with our partners, we also hope to gain maximum benefit from the student’s contribution and effort.

VVOB’s internship programmes are open to all Flemish college students. The personal qualities that we value most are those of attitude: commitment, an open mind and a strong sense of self-reliance.