Preparing and debriefing students before and after internships in the Global South

Anne-Mie Engelen (HOGENT), Sebastian Van Hoeck (University Centre for Development Cooperation), Inda Zango (Terrassa University School of Nursing and Occupational Therapy)

The Global South gains interest as an internship destination for higher education students of many disciplines. In order to fully acquire international and intercultural competencies, students should be properly prepared for their internships in the Global South. Also follow-up during and debriefing after the internship period is essential, as these internships are more prone to intercultural challenges and culture shock experiences. This session deals with real life examples of challenges and opportunities, and focuses on the approach of the University Centre for Development Cooperation (UCOS). Also the vision of UCOS on partnerships with organisations in the Global South is discussed.