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Doing a traineeship and intern abroad

What are reasons to choose an international internship?

  • You gain new experiences. For example, for the first time you are without your family or friends in another country for several months. You are going to live for a longer period of time in a different place, in a different culture. You can suddenly do new things, from diving on coral reefs, to multi-day jungle trips or living in a city with millions of people!
  • You experience what it is like to be in a completely new environment. You learn what it is like to live somewhere else, find your way in a new city, observe how you arrange transport, do the shopping and communicate with each other. You notice that life is different because the climate is different. You also learn a lot about how you respond to these types of changes. Are you adapting as easily as you expected? Or do some things prove to be difficult to get used to?
  • Your degree of independence grows enormously. You are completely on your own two feet. You will often cook for yourself in your own apartment. And you meet new people everywhere, where you live, your internship, etc.
  •  In many cases you will also learn a new language or, for example, improve your English.
  • For some studies, an international internship is a 'must'. International business or tourism students often go on an internship abroad at least once, but sometimes you can also do your graduation internship abroad.
  • Working interculturally. You will find that working is very different from traveling in another country! The work culture can be very different - from very practical (working hours) and communication (direct or very indirect) to more cultural aspects (for example the relevance of hierarchy in the organization).
  • An international internship often helps to distinguish yourself from others. As all the points above indicate, you have not only gained many additional experiences in independence, intercultural communication and collaboration, but you have often also built up a lot of self-knowledge.

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Why should you take out specialized travel insurance for a long trip abroad?

  • Regular travel or health insurances often only cover trips for a maximum number of days (for example 60, 90 or 180 days). This limits your flexibility!
  • Your health insurance from back home may not offer any coverage abroad or only in specific hospitals.
  • During a long trip you might undertake special activities like paid work or volunteering. Regular travel insurances usually don’t cover these kind of activities. The same goes for adventurous sports like skydiving, scuba diving and bungee jumping.

Volunteer or intern abroad insurances

  • Working as a volunteer or intern offers a great learning experience. Meet new people and make a difference! You will develop your knowledge and skills, as well as that of others. You will gain international skills, contribute to a better world and gain useful experience for on your resume.
  • However, just like at home there is always a chance that something goes wrong during your time abroad. Such as sickness, accidents, stolen luggage and of course things that can go wrong back home that you may ned to return for. 
  • If you have the right travel insurance it will help you financially and offer help when you need it.  On this page you can read about how you can make sure you’re properly insured before, during and after your work as a volunteer.

Why insure specifically as a volunteer or intern abroad?

  • Volunteer projects, foundations , NGOs & local companies typically don’t have suitable insurance. Even if they do, it might only be valid during your time at work and not during your daytrips.
  • Regular travel insurances often don’t cover volunteering abroad or your work as an intern
  • Volunteerwork & internships often involves doing work for which you are not trained or have little experience doing. This might result in a higher chance for accidents.

Why insure medical expenses abroad with an emigration or expat insurance?

  • Being well insured while living or working abroad is important. Sometimes the new country of residence has a good national health care system, but this is certainly not always the case. As an alternative to the national health insurance, an international (expat) insurance is a frequently used replacement, with a number of advantages: international coverage, reimbursements and conditions, often according to high standards, worldwide coverage and flexibility. A number of good and affordable options are listed below.

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