Wetskills-Colombia 2024

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Wetskills-Colombia 2024

May 26 - June 8

About The Event

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Wetskills goes back to Colombia!!

Young professionals are our future… So why not let them come up with new innovative solutions to cope with current water-related problems? After 2018 (and the postponement of the event in 2020), Wetskills goes back to Colombia.

During the two-weeks Wetskills 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 international 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 Rosanne Meilink (rosanne.meilink@wetskills.com) or Johan Oost  johan.oost@wetskills.com.


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Deadline for registrations: 15 April 2024

After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications is made until the program is full.

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Registration deadline: 15 April 2024
After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications is made until the program is full.

Who can apply?
Any Young Water Professionals (up to 5 years of working experience) and Bachelor (last year), Master or PhD students and recent graduates with a passion for water and intercultural teamwork from Cartagena and beyond with a passion for water & sustainability and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?
Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the button on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

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

The participation fee for the Wetskills program is €450* (excluding VAT, applicable only in Europe). The participation fee for local participants who do not need accommodation is €30 (VAT free). This fee covers *accommodation (in a hostel, with shared rooms), team-building activities, some, but not all, lunches and dinners, field trips, workshops, and working facilities. Participants are also responsible for their travel expenses (such as plane tickets and local transportation), meals on working days, and other personal costs.

Note: Wetskills Foundation and partners strive to lower costs for local participants, contact us for options. In previous Wetskills editions, participants have successfully secured financial support for their Wetskills participation from their universities or employers, utilizing resources like mobility funds, travel allowances, training budgets, 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 develop expertise in international cooperation, problem-solving, cross-cultural understanding, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • You will hone your networking and presentation abilities through pitch and poster
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals.
  • You will immerse yourself in the vibrant coastal city of Cartagena, exploring water-related sites and engaging with local water professionals.
  • Join the ACODAL Congress (incl. Wetskills Finals & Awarding Ceremony)
  • You will learn and deepen your understanding of the Colombian water sector, gaining insights into key stakeholders, organizations, contemporary issues, and existing business opportunities.
  • Upon program completion, receive a certificate of participation, officially joining the ranks of over 1300 Wetskills Alumni.

More information

For additional information regarding participation and other details, please feel free to reach out to more information about participation and other information, you can contact Rosanne Meilink at rosanne.meilink@wetskills.com and Johan Oost at johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners invite businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges – for this event or another event – and support the Wetskills programme. Join us in this great next experience! For more information contact Johan Oost (Wetskills Foundation) (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Case 1: 

Case owner: Blue Deal Programme

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Case 3: 

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Case 4: 

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Event Partners

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May 26
June 8
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Cartagena, Colombia