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Belgium

Country: Belgium

 

Geographical information of the country: We have a small country, but that does not make it less interesting. On the contrary, Belgium is a multicultural, diverse, cultural, hard working country but where there is always time for some leisure.

 

Different Seasons: 4 seasons:winter, spring, summer and autumn. Temperatures differ from zero degrees during the winter to 20 degrees in the summer. Rain is plenty all year round.

 

Best things to do/visit during days off: The many different cities, like Antwerp, Gent, Leuven, Brussel, Bruges but also other cities in foreign countries, like Rotterdam and Amsterdam in Holland or Paris in France. Thanks to its very central place in Europe, a lot of travel destinations are easily reached from Belgium.

 

Language Needed/ most spoken languages in the country: Dutch, French and German are the three official languages, but everyone understands English

 

Visa Information :

 

Possible for African Students: yes

 

Special local IAAS activities which interns can join: exchange weeks, activities organized by the local comitees.
Private and IAAS Email of Exchange

 

Coordinator: iaasexprobelgium@gmail.com

 

How is public transport in the country: public transport is easy to take: buses, trams and trains drive very frequently

 

Other useful info for incoming exchange students: Arrive with an empty box, and you’ll leave with one full of wonderful memories.

Germany

Different Seasons:

  • Spring: Mar-June; much rain, changeable weather and temperatures
  • Summer: June-Sept; warm temperatures, up to 35° C, average about 17 °C
  • Autumn: Sept-Dec; much rain
  • Winter: Dec-Mar: cold temperatures, often snow

During winter there is not much work to be done on the field, so the better period to come would be from March-October. In the moment our farms would accept students only in that period.

Best things to do/visit during days off: depending on region and interests, for example ,there are many nice or ancient cities, swimming baths or high rope course

 

 

Language needed/ most spoken languages in the country: German, many people also speak English

 

Visa Information: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Visabestimmungen_node.html,

Possible for African Students: possible, but often problems getting a visa

 

Special local IAAS activities which interns can join: yes, but different activities every year, eg. film presentations, meetings, farm visits

Private and IAAS Email of Exchange Coordinator: expro.bonn@yahoo.de

 

Public transport: good, nearly everything can be reached by bus or train

Indonesia

Country: Yogyakarta

 

Geographical information of the country: Based on the landscape, Yogyakarta can be grouped into four physiographic units, they are physiographic unit of Merapi Volcano, Southern Mountains physiographic units or Thousand Mountains, physiographic unit of Kulon Progo Mountains, and Lowlands physiographic unit.

 

Different Seasons: Dry season and rainy season

 

Best things to do/visit during days off: Going  to beautiful beach in Gunungkidul or Kaliurang plateau, visit Prambanan temple and other heritage places, enjoy the traditional culture of Yogyakarta like visiting Sultan’s palace or having some special food at main square.

 

Language Needed/ most spoken languages in the country: Indonesia, Javanese, but some people can using English.

 

Visa Information: http://www.yogyakartatourism.com/how-to-get-in/visa-advice/

 

Possible for African Students: Yes

 

Special local IAAS activities which interns can join: CV. Telaga Nursery and Sabila Farm

 

IAAS Email of Exchange Coordinator: ugm.iaas@gmail.com

 

How is public transport in the country: We can use Trans Jogja to travel around the city. Passengers pay for one trip and can go any distance along the bus route. The cost is Rp 4.000 per trip. It operates from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM

 

Other useful info for incoming exchange students: Yogyakarta people is well-known as friendly person, but you should be careful when you are in a public area because it is possible if any pickpockets around you. When shopping, you might do some bargaining to save your money. If you are not sure of the price offered, you can look for some references on the web to make sure about the original price. And don’t forget to mind your manners when interact with people in everyday life.

Mexico

Country: Mexico

 

Different Seasons: (depends on the expro place)You will need at least to apply two months before. The seasons are:*January to May*May to July
*August to December

 

Best things to do/visit during days off: Culture, good food, outdoor trips, and much more.

 

Language Needed/ most spoken languages in the country: Spanish or English required, English is spoken only in some places!! At least a medium Spanish level is recommended, it will improve your experience a lot!

 

Visa Information: Residents from European Union do not require VISA.Citizens from East Europe, Africa, Asia require VISA (www.inm.gob.mx)Citizens from USA and Canada do not require visaGuatemala and some places from South America require a visa.

 

Possible for African Students:

 

Special local IAAS activities which interns can join: Email of Exchange Coordinator:exco.iaasmx@gmail

 

How is public transport in the country: We do have public transport very cheap and taxi service

 

Other useful info for incoming exchange students: