International Aid & Development

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"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Mahatma Gandhi

International Aid and Development (IAD) is a multi-disciplinary minor offered in English for both Dutch and international students. The main aim of the course is to prepare students for working in an overseas development context whether it be for a local NGO in a developing country or a larger humanitarian organisation.

The course is offered once a year during the second semester which runs from February to July. During the first half of the semester (Feb-Apr), students are taught the necessary knowledge and skills through a series of in-class sessions. These are very practical in nature and combine theory with practical examples and case studies. Subjects include 'Development in Practice', 'Key Issues in Development'  'Intercultural Competences', 'Facilitation Skills' and 'Development Theory'. The primary objective of this training is to prepare students for their 6-8 week placement in the second period (May – July).

Overseas Projects and Teams

At the start of the minor, students will divide themselves into small teams of 2 to 3 persons and choose a relevant overseas project from a shortlist provided. These projects are chosen based on a diversity of interests and on the quality of the organisations. We are aware of the dangers of 'voluntourism' and make every effort to ensure the projects are sustainable and well-managed. Previous projects locations have included Ghana, Nepal, Tanzania, Indonesia, Kenya, Cambodia and Colombia.

During the first period, your project team will be assigned a coach who will guide you through the preparatory phase and support you in developing a research plan. Each team will, in addition to the practical overseas work experience, is required to carry out a small participatory research project that is relevant for their local NGO and fulfils the requirements of the course.

If you are looking for a minor that will enlarge your worldview, force you to think critically about a wide-range of issues, allow you to have a life-changing overseas experience and give you friendships for life, then this is the course for you!

"We chose this minor because we thought it sounded really interesting, and it was a good match with our study and future ambitions. The minor is slightly more expensive than other minors, but we thought it was definitely worth the investment. This minor could change your career path."

- Bibi Bronfers & Dianne van der Craats

Here you can download the full course outlines .

Project in Cambodia

 

Admission requirements

Successful completion of at least one year university education and/or relevant professional experience.

Availabe for

Available for all Hanze students and exchange students

Costs

Project work abroad is compulsory. Travel and subsistence costs are not included nd are therefore the full responsibility of each student. This is approximately 2000 -  €2500 per student (depending on location, vaccination needs, etc).

When

Offered in semester 2

Contactperson

Jonathan Tipping (j.j.tipping@pl.hanze.nl)

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Jonathan Tipping

(050) 595 71 48
 j.j.tipping@pl.hanze.nl          

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