Pre-departure training - a workshop for students going abroad – University of Copenhagen

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Pre-departure training - a workshop for students going abroad

Copenhagen School of Global Health and Global Doctors are offering a pre-departure training workshop for students planning to go abroad for an internship, placement, fieldwork, rotation, etc. in low- and middle-income countries.

You will gain most from the workshop, if you are in the process of planning a trip abroad.

Participation is free of charge for students at the University of Copenhagen, but please register with Astrid Skou van der Keur (Astrid@sund.ku.dk). Deadline for registration is 4 March.

For more information please contact workshop facilitator Thilde Rheinländer thtr@sund.ku.dk.

Teaching goals

The aim of the workshop is to give students a better understanding of their future placements including the impact they themselves will have on the receiving community. The goal is to make students better aware of the social and cultural context a placement fits into and a good understanding of the likely challenges that may occur.

Course content and teaching methods

This 1-day workshop will consist of diverse sessions with different teaching methods, mixing lectures with discussions, group work, case studies, and interactive activities.

The sessions will cover themes of:

  • motivations of going abroad
  • impact of placements on host communities
  • cultural differences, cultural shock and cultural competency
  • ethical questions linked to working or doing research abroad
  • common issues on travel health in low- and middle income countries

Workshop facilitators

Representatives from Copenhagen School of Global Health (CSGH), a framework for interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research hosted at the University of Copenhagen. CSGH has as its overall purpose to coordinate and improve health research and training in collaboration with local and global partners.

Representatives from Global Doctors, a Danish NGO committed to putting global health issues on the public agenda. The prime focus of Global Doctors is to ensure that health workers across the globe are supported and empowered. Global Doctors works with researchers, other NGOs, and political decision-makers to bring about this goal.