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Are you interested in carrying out a project on renewable energy, water or sustainable technology in the South? We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to help with our mission. Do you have a technical, economic or social background? Then stand as a candidate and tell us why you want a project with Humasol!

The Humasol information days take place on March 13 in Leuven and on March 14 in Ghent. Find out what the preparation, the nomination, the application process and the projects look like and talk to ex-project students to learn about their experience.

Read below about how the candidacy for a project works. The selection of candidates for technical profiles for the summer of 2020 will be dealt with in March and April of 2019. The deadline for submitting an application is 22 March 2019.

General information

The Humasol information moments provide more information about how Humasol works, about possible projects, and how everything works together. The following information moments will take place on March 13, 2019 in Leuven and March 14, 2019 in Ghent. If you can not attend these events or if you want to be kept informed of future info events, please fill in the following form.

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Desired profile

  • Background relevant to the content of the projects
    • Technical education
    • Social-cultural training
    • Communication sciences and management
    • Economics and Business Administration
    • Teacher education
  • Student (from 2nd bachelor) or motivated volunteer
  • Being open to immersion in a new culture
  • Strong motivation and international orientation
  • Interested in renewable energy, provision of water and sustainable technology
  • Want to do development cooperation
  • Want to gain practical experience
  • Speaks the language of the local partner or is prepared to follow a language course
  • Is at least 8 weeks free to carry out the project on the spot

Application process

To submit your application, you must submit a complete and correctly composed application file. The application file consists of a motivation letter of maximum one A4 page, a detailed CV and your academic results. This will be forwarded to recruiting@humasol.be.

The deadline for submitting your application file is March 22, 2019. You can apply for projects that start in September 2019, February 2020 or July 2020. An early application is needed to start the project on time and to allow sufficient time to give to our local partners to prepare the project. At the end of March a first selection will be made on the basis of motivation letter and CV. Then we have an exploratory interview with the selected candidates. A week later we communicate our decision to all applicants.

Did you miss this deadline? Then contact the recruiting responsible, and check what your options are.

Thesis in developing country

Humasol can put you in touch with partners in developing countries who can use help from a thesis student. We show the options that are available and take the first steps together with you, such as contact with the partner. Then it’s up to you: defining your thesis research, its implementation and follow-up is done in collaboration with your faculty and your foreign partner. If you want more information or are interested in a thesis, please send an email to recruiting@humasol.be with your CV and a description of what you are looking for. We will check the options for you.

Project cycle (in short)

You are appointed a coach by the end of April, after your application is accepted. From this moment on until the end of the summer holidays the general preparation starts. The focus of the preparation is put on who Humasol operates and our point of view on development cooperation. More specific this means we meet a few times with all the new project students and during these meetings we focus on the characteristics of sustainable development cooperation. At the beginning of the new academic year you are assigned a project, location and a team. During the academic year you prepare the project together with your team under the supervision of a coach. Every coach is an experienced member of the Humasol team, who shares practical insights and is your first point of contact when you have questions.

The preparations for the project start with a literary study and ends with a fully worked out design for the project. In the first semester you make a thorough literary study, which you present to you’re the Humasol members in an intermediate presentation. During the second semester all designs are worked out properly and practical arrangements are made. In April it is time for the final presentation, where all project students are present. If everything goes as planned you will get your final approval by Humasol to carry out the project as planned on location. In order to execute the project properly and to assure a perfect finish, at least 8 weeks at the location are needed. After your return you write a report on your stay and share your experiences during the yearly meeting.

Internship, thesis or volunteering

A Humasol project can count as an internship for a varying amount of study points, depending on your department or school. In order to find out what your options are, you can contact the internship coordinator of your faculty or department. Humasol members that study or have studied at the same department, can definitely help you out with all the practical details.

In addition, projects can also be part of your thesis research. In order to find out more about approved thesis proposals you can contact Humasol’s recruiter via recruiting@humasol.com

Already graduated or will you be graduated by the time you would actually start implementing your project? You can still participate as a volunteer. A project with Humasol can be a great transition from your time as a student to your professional career.

Expenses and stay

Humasol vzw finances all project related costs. These include all costs a team has to make in order to design and realise a project. Humasol pays transportation costs made at the location itself in case they are necessary to be able to carry out the project. In contrast, travel expenses made to get from Belgium to the location of your project are not paid by Humasol.

The arrangement for the accommodation are made in advance by Humasol and the local partner. Depending on the duration of the project and the location these costs may vary. At more expensive locations, Humasol and the local partner might finance a part of the accommodation expenses. Neither Humasol nor the local partner will cover other expenses at the location, like for example food, drinks and personal amusement.

Most of the students who previously took part in one of our projects, were provided funding through a travel fund. VLIR-UOS provides funding for projects carried out as part of an education. Additionally some colleges and universities have their own scholarships.