Wetskills-Colombia 2020 [onhold]

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Wetskills-Colombia 2020 [onhold]

August 9 - August 21

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Wetskills continues efforts in Colombia!!

(note: this event has been postponed to 10 – 21 August due to coronavirus)

Young professionals are our future… So why not let them come up with new innovative solutions to cope with current water-related problems?

During the two-weeks Wetskills Water Challenge, with a pressure cooker program in Cartagena, students and young water professionals with different backgrounds, will work together to find integrated solutions for water-related challenges. The eagerness and energy of the participants will be tested, to come up with the most creative and inspiring solutions and pitches.

Latin American Wetskills edition in Cartagena, Colombia: The historic port city of Cartagena is a unique location to host this event, considering the formidable water challenges it is facing in the coming decades. This edition of Wetskills is being hosted by the Universidad Technologica Bolívar and the ACODAL Congress.

The participants will work on water related cases which have been brought in by several Colombian and Dutch organizations in the water-sustainability sector. During these two weeks they are getting an intensive training on out-of-the-box thinking, personal development and presentation skills. Their ultimate goal is to have the best solution and pitch during the ACODAL congress, where they are judged by an international jury consisting of high level experts.

For more information about Wetskills in Colombia contact either tim.van.der.staaij@wetskills.com or  johan.oost@wetskills.com.

``Valuing Future Water Leaders Shaking the Water-Energy-Food Cocktail with their Inclusive & Catalytic Capacity`` - Theme of 10 years Wetskills

Event info

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Extended Deadline for registration:

Local participants: 8 June 2020

Participants from Latin America: 8 June 2020

The already registered (international) candidates are taken into consideration and will be approached soon.

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Local participants: 29 March 2020

Participants from Latin America: 29 March 2020

After this first deadline, every week a selection of the new applications will be made untill the program is full. (First Come, First Served)

Who can apply?

Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) from Colombia, Latin America, The Netherlands and other countries with a passion for water-energy-food and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the botton on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria

The Wetskills organization will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. The organisation will also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).


♦ Participation fee for international participants is € 425,- (excl. VAT). This participation fee includes accommodation, teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.
♦ Participation fee for local applicants, who do not need accommodation arrangements, is € 50,-.

Note: During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!
♦ You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
♦ You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
♦ You will exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding at the ACODAL Conference from 27-29 May;
♦ You will visit Cartagena and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meeting with water experts;
♦ You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
♦ You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

Interested candidates (local and international) can contact: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.
♦ Organisations interested in joining this event and submit a case can contact: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners would like to welcome businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and/or NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges, and support the Wetskills programme in Colombia. More information: Leaflet Case Owners Wetskills-Colombia 2020

Case 1: 

Case owner: Dutch Water Authorities (Blue Deal programme)

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 2: 

Case owner: Dutch Water Authorities (Blue Deal programme)

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 3: 

Case owner: 

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 4: 

Case owner:

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Case 5: 

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(Optional) Case 6: 

Case owner: Dutch Water Authorities (Blue Deal programme)

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Pictures of the previous event in Colombia

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August 9
August 21
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Cartagena, Colombia


Tim van der Staaij
Johan Oost
Mauro Maza
Elske Möring