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Health Care Work Exchange 2016
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The “Health Care Work Exchange 2016” project will enable 100 apprentices and students of health care vocational schools from 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2018 to carry out an internship in all countries participating in the ERASMUS+ Mobility Program. 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 are invited to participate in this project. By participating in an internship abroad, students will be able to further develop their practical skills and expertise as well as improve their foreign language and social skills. As a pool project, participation is open to all vocational students of health care specializations throughout Germany. Prerequisites for participation and application forms are available on the project website ( this project offers ten teachers from the vocational schools actively involved in the network one to five-week mobility exchanges for a short training and/or teaching period abroad in educational institutions, companies or organizations active in the European health sector. Teacher mobility exchanges include teaching and/or training at a vocational school or job shadowing and/or training at a relevant enterprise or organization.Over 45 vocational schools throughout Germany are actively involved in the project partner network “Health Care Work Exchange” administered by the EU Liaison Office (EU-Hochschulbüro Hannover/ Hildesheim) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Meanwhile more than a hundred partner organizations throughout Europe, such as university teaching hospitals, private medical practices, rehabilitation centers, public and private hospitals and clinics offer such Erasmus+ internships. In addition, numerous educational institutions offer their services in securing and organizing internships in their region. Together this network aims to create a mobility project to meets students’ needs for high-quality and technically challenging internships abroad. Emphasis is placed on designing internships that meet each participant’s specific needs for gaining practical experience in their profession and that serve to improve social skills with regard to communication, perception and reflection when interacting with patients of different age groups and cultural backgrounds. Internships lasting from 4 to 22 weeks will provide students a means to learn more about various approaches to health care and different types of social systems, to gather new experiences abroad, and to improve their foreign language skills. In this manner, they will gain a more comprehensive understanding of their profession and improve their career opportunities. The internships satisfy the practical training requirements set up by the state ministries of education and the vocational schools, while at the same time incorporating the personal interests of the students. Thus such internships can enhance the attractiveness of vocational training mobility throughout.This project can also contribute significantly to the internationalization processes of the partner organizations. In part, the transnational exchange of knowledge and pedagogical methods 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.

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