Graduates Development Program 2019

7 July 2019 - 30 July 2019

  • When

    7 July 2019 - 30 July 2019

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Welcome to the Graduates Development Program 2019!

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.

Together with our local partner we will improve the economic situation of local entrepreneurs and their surroundings through knowledge sharing such as improvement of business plans or possible investments. Our local partner will provide us placements, where we will work with the local entrepreneurs and farmers in small groups of 3 students.

This year, the GDP committee proudly presents, in collaboration with our Kulika:

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Destination: Uganda

Application deadline: January 20, 2019.


This is the chance to apply your acquired business knowledge and share your skills with local entrepreneurs. The aim of the program is to help these local entrepreneurs to grow their small businesses and take it to the next level. In order to make GDP 2019 a success, you will raise funds from February 2019 to July 2019 which will take you between 4-8 hours per week. After this half a year of fundraising and research in Amsterdam, you will help these local entrepreneurs to achieve long-term success!


The GDP starts in February with a period of acquisition, fundraising and research for the project. After this period we will travel to the developing country for three weeks at the end of July.


Are you wanting to make a difference? To help people in need with your acquired business skills? Want to be part of a great travel group? Enjoys challenges of the beaten track? And are you in your final year of your Bachelors and/or a Masters of the School of Business and Economics? Then this project is for you!


  • Work with a fun and motivated team of 15 students and connect with locals
  • Improve your acquisition and research skills
  • Apply your academic knowledge and work as a consultant
  • Broaden your horizon and discover another culture and nature
  • Have a life changing experience for only €975 (flight, accommodation, food)
  • And most importantly; make a difference!

More information?

Visit the information session:
● January 10th, 2019 12:45 – 13:30 HG-14A36
● January 16th, 2019 12:45 – 13:30 HG-14A36

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Do you have more questions, contact us at: [email protected]

We’re looking forward to get in touch with you!

Please note: applications for joining the GDP 2019 are closed!

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