This year, with the support of the Wellantcollege Excellence Scholarship, 3 students went away for a challenging experience abroad. The Excellence scholarship is annually awarded to ambitious students who aspire to challenge themselves during their internship by either staying for a longer period abroad, or choosing for challenging context or culture.
This year, the 3 students have been sharing their experience on our social media.
Japan and South-Africa
Maaike and Noa, students from the Food department, have been travelling to Japan to immerse in the Japanese culture and its food industry with a focus on the culture and processing of wasabi.
Diederik, studying Urban Green Development, travelled to South-Africa. Wanting to learn more about permaculture drove Diederik to arrange an internship at Erdwurmboer in Albertina. Due to climate change temperatures are rising around the globe, so the knowledge of agriculture in warmer regions of the world can be of use in Europe as well.
Cultural and personal development
Next to the professional knowledge and skills they acquired, e.g. on the cultivation of wasabi or regenerative agriculture, all students agree on the fact that cultural and social aspects of their adventures are integral part of the internship. How do you relate to the culture of another country, to expectations your internship company has of you, to the corporate culture, the language? All these aspects contribute to the learning process within an international internship. You acquire competences such as being able to work in an international team with cultural differences, daring to express yourself in a second or third language. On a more personal level for example, your flexibility and adaptability are put to the test.
Maaike, Noa and Diederik were forced to prematurely end their adventure due to Covid-19 international restrictions. We are happy that they came back safe and sound, and hope that we can soon invite other ambitious students to use the Excellence Scholarship.