The Graduates Development Program (GDP) • Participants

*This application is for a participant of the GDP

  • Pillar: Academic
  • Workload: 4-8 hours per week
  • Time: February – 1st week of July

Since 2013, the Graduates Development Program has offered a group of 15 students from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the possibility to go on a volunteering trip in developing countries to share their knowledge with local entrepreneurs. The aim of this program is to help these entrepreneurs grow their business by improving their business plans and knowledge. Thereby we have contributed to the development of local communities and long-term success of local businesses. During this program, we will work closely with a local partner to ensure continuity and to meet the demands of the local community.

What will I learn as a participant?

As a participant, you will apply your acquired business knowledge and share your skills with entrepreneurs. This year project is a special one, as we won’t go abroad, but really try to make impact for a foundation based in Amsterdam. You will raise money by organizing several fundraising events, such as a benefit gala or football tournament. Besides, you will learn how to work together with 14 other students, and you will give back to society!

Workload: 4-8 hours per week
Time: February – 1st week of July

This year’s project

This year, the Graduates Development Program will take place in Amsterdam. Despite being much closer to home, there are still serious issues that our project will work on.The project we will work on is called: “Fight 4 your Future”. This is an initiative of charity organisation “Blik op Talent”.

Blik op Talent is a dynamic foundation in Amsterdam which carries out projects in the field of participation and employment guidance. They also focus on developing and providing training for specific target groups. Innovation, creativity and talent are their core values. Their vision is that every person has talents. They work together with partners such as the local business community, social institutions and training providers to provide the widest possible range of options. They carry out socially relevant projects with a focus on investing in developing skills and talent.

One of their projects is Fight 4 your Future. This projects helps troubled youth. Teenagers with PTSD, education deficit, substance abuse and many other problems are supported by this project. They offer an unique program in which those teenagers will get to work with their mental and physical wellbeing to get more out of their lives.

We will be working on a business plan, in order for the organisation to gain more sustainable sources of finance. Additionally, we will be doing a cost-benefit analysis of the Fight 4 your Future project, in order to evaluate its successes and areas of improvement.