Exchange program the Netherlands

Aangeboden uitwisselingsprojecten vanuit Nederland

CIF the Netherlands has organized over thirty Exchange Programs in the past 31 years and has hosted more than hundred participants from thirty two countries. Since 2009 the program is organized in close co-operation with the University of Applied Sciences, School of Social Work and Law in Amsterdam.

The general goal is to promote professional, cultural and educational exchange for professionals working in the field of Social Work/Human Services. The program combines practical and theoretical information about the social and cultural environment of the Netherlands. Cross-cultural exchange is a crucial part of the program, therefore in the selection process, preference is given to invite participants from different countries. In this way opportunities are provided for professional development, sharing with and learning from each other as well as broadening professional and personal horizons.

The program has a duration of two full weeks.

Orientation

The first week offers a ‘general program’ for all participants, organized in cooperation with the School of Social Work and Law in Amsterdam. This period provides:
– a theoretical framework to understand the social, economic and cultural trends prevalent in the Netherlands with a historical perspective
– building group cohesiveness, tolerance and understanding.

Every participant presents work methods and intervention strategies, as well as the socio-economic situation and cultural trends of her/his own country. This facilitates cultural exchange, cross-cultural training, and sharing of ideas and skills.

A specific theme might be chosen to deepen knowledge and understanding of that theme and facilitate exchange with students, studying that subject. Participants don’t have to work in the subject of the theme, but are asked to link their professional experience in their country to the subject and deliver a presentation to the students and other interested parties.

Agency Placements and Host Family Living

The second week offers an “individual program” organized by CIF Netherlands’ coordinators focusing on the specific field of work, chosen by the participant. agency visits in different parts of the country are organized. During this week, participants live with host families, which offers a unique insight in Dutch culture and daily life.

Language

The working language is English which the participant has to master sufficiently to be able to participate and gain fully..

Number of participants

CIF The Netherlands will select 6 participants. In case applications are received for the same kind of work related experience / professional background these participants will be placed together to maximize the opportunity to learn from the visits to the agencies as well as from each other.

Financial conditions

The participant’s fee is € 350. The fees are used to cover the costs related to the organization of the program. The fee covers accommodation during the whole period: apartment living for the group of participants together in the first week in Amsterdam; host family living during the individual program in the second week. Please note that no grants can be provided. Travel costs to and from the country, as well as visa and insurance are the responsibility of the participant.

International Professional Exchange Program 2018 (29 september-13 october 2018)

On september 29, we will welcome the participants of our 31st International Exchange Program 2018 in the Netherlands. The theme for this year is “Neighborhood oriented collaboration” provided by the University of Applied Sciences, School of Social Work and Law in Amsterdam. The present changes and challenges in the social field provide a unique opportunity to look at innovative methods to offer  a suitable array of services usually centered in the neighbourhoods to citizens who are unable to fully participate in society on their own. These ideas about reaching out to people are set in the present social and political reality of the Netherlands. It will give a unique chance to experience both the theoretical and practical side of this approach and relate it to one’s specific field of work.

The program is divided in a one week ‘general program’ for all participants and a one week ‘individual program.

The ‘general program’, organized by the School of Social Work takes place in Amsterdam. The participants will be introduced to “Neighborhood oriented collaboration”

They will meet and interact with students and visit organizations working with this approach. The participants will be asked to relate this approach to their own worksituation, or the organization they work for. As accommodation is shared, the participants will have an excellent opportunity to get to know and support each other, to exchange views and experiences and to explore the city of Amsterdam.

For the ‘individual program’, organized by CIF coordinators, the participants will be placed in different parts of the country and get an exposure to different agencies in their chosen field of work. All set against the changes that take place in our care system, which is asking a lot of all professionals and volunteers that are part of our system. Please note that it is not possible to actually work in the agencies.

In this week participants will stay and interact with host families, a great way to learn more about the daily life and culture of the Netherlands.

You can apply for the program before the 1st of April 2018 at info@cifnetherlands.nl.

More Information about the program you can find here

For more information about CIF International, its National Branches and Programs go to the CIF International website.