Annual exchange 2012

IVSA the Netherlands – IVSA Israël

Each year an exchange is organized by the IVSA of two different countries. This year IVSA the Netherlands did an exchange with IVSA Israël, which is a huge difference with previous years. The exchanges in the previous years have all been taken place within Europe. This year 20 students of each country participated, while previous years the number of students has been lower. Beside this causing more organizing work it also made for more diversity and fun. On the 7th of May the Group of student took off to fly to Israël, not really sure what to expect. In the middle of the night they arrived in Rehovot, the city where the Israëli faculty is. Rehovot is right in the middle of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, both only a 30 minute ride away. The Israëli were extremely friendly and their hospitality was admirable. The whole week was a perfect combination between education and fun. The students went to their faculty, their hospital  but they also went to the safari, the biblical zoo, the old city of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the beach and many parties. Everybody came back extremely positive. The week in the Netherlands started on june 4th and it promised to be nothing less then the previous week. Besides the bad weather, everybody still had a great time. The Israëli students did typically Dutch things like visiting a old-fashioned-sheepfarm, a beerbrewery, the Apenheul (monkey zoo) and they tasted a lot of cheese. Of course they rode bicycles as well, as it is one of the main ways of transportation in the Netherlands, all of them tried but not all of them were very iedereen 7succesfull. The students from Israël were mostly impressed by the development and advancements of the faculty here in the Netherlands. In Israël their faculty and cities are advanced, more than expected, but still they are not on the same level as here in the Netherlands yet. After these two weeks all of the students developed tight bonds between one and another and the exchange can be called a defenite succes. This has proved to be a special experience for all the participant and they won’t forget about it any time soon.

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IVSA stands for International Veterinary Students' Association. We arrange individual internships abroad and individual internships here in the Netherlands for foreign veterinary students.


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