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Health Care Work Exchange 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

From 1.6.2015 to 31.5.2017 the project “Health Care Work Exchange 2015” will offer 100 apprentices and students of health care vocational schools an opportunity to carry out an internship in all countries participating in ERASMUS+. Foremost apprentices and students in the fields of nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education and in medical technical assistance in radiology, laboratory, functional diagnostics, and surgical technical assistance can participate in this ERASMUS-mobility project. By means of an internship abroad, the students will be able to develop and further their practical skills and expertise as well as improve their social and foreign language skills. As a pool project, participation is open to vocational students and teachers in the field of health care throughout Germany. The prerequisites for participation and application forms are available on the project website ( A complementary addition to this project will be the organization of 20 staff mobility exchanges for training and/or teaching abroad. Teachers from vocational schools will be able to visit educational institutions, companies or organizations active in the European health sector for one to five weeks. During this period, they will be able to teach at a vocational school and/or do a work placement or job shadowing in an enterprise or organization involved in vocational education and training abroad. Since 2007 over 30 vocational schools throughout Germany have joined a consortium administered by the EU Liaison Office (EU-Hochschulbüro Hannover/ Hildesheim) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover with the aim to design and implement a mobility project that meets students’ needs for high-quality and technically challenging internships abroad. In addition, more than 100 partner organizations throughout Europe participate in this project. University teaching hospitals, private medical practices, rehabilitation centers, public and private hospitals and clinics offer internships and a variety of educational institutions assist as intermediary partners in finding and organizing internships in their region. Emphasis is placed on organizing internships that meet the specific needs of the trainees to gain professional practical experience and which serve to improve their social skills with regard to communication, perception and reflection, especially, for example, when interacting with patients of different age groups and cultural backgrounds. High-quality internships lasting from 4 to 22 weeks in these fields of health care specialization at teaching hospitals and other facilities in the European Union will provide a means for students to gather new experiences, expand their competences and improve their foreign language skills. Likewise, internships abroad will serve to enable students to learn first-hand about the various approaches to health care and different types of social systems. In this manner, they will gain a more comprehensive understanding of their profession. Further, such internships can enhance the attractiveness of mobility throughout Europe in terms of vocational training and also foster greater sustainability in improving of career opportunities. All of the internships are designed to satisfy the practical training requirements set up by the state ministries of education and the participating vocational schools, while still incorporating the personal interests of the students at the same time. This project can also significantly contribute to the internationalization processes of the partner organizations. In part, the transnational exchange of knowledge and pedagogical method can lead to modifications in vocational education and increase the level of awareness of all parties involved of the importance of lifelong learning within an intercultural context. Moreover, the project can foster greater transparency of the health professions within Europe and contribute to the development of the EU labor market.

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