Insurance coverages: it doesn’t happen… but what if it happens?
Before leaving, make sure you have the European Health Insurance Card with you.
What is the European Health Insurance Card?
A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. The benefits covered include, for example, benefits provided in conjunction with chronic or existing illnesses as well as in conjunction with pregnancy and childbirth.
Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.
Important – the European Health Insurance Card:
- is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare.
- does not cover your costs if you travel for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment.
- does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different, services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.
All students participating in EU4EU projects must be covered by insurance for accidents and responsibility in the workplace. In some cases, they already have an insurance as they are regularly enrolled at university (this is the case in Italy, France and Portugal) in others they have to take out a compulsory private insurance.
I am happy with this experience, but I feel alone. What should I do?
Living abroad for a while is something special which, in addition to enriching the CV, is also useful for working on yourself, opening your mind, learning about ways of living that are different from your way, opening to the world. To familiarize yourself with the new place, it is important to take care of and develop our social relationships. But how to do it?
- Don’t lock yourself at home when you’re not working but get to know the area where you live. Talk to people, ask questions, make yourself known.
- Look for social networks that have groups dedicated to young people living in the same city as you and join the conversations.
- Try to learn the local language, even just a few more common expressions. It will be fun and will help you communicate with the people around you.
- Often in the city events of various kinds are organized: participate as often as you can and you will see that it will be easier to get in touch with other people who are probably experiencing the same emotions as you.
The major international students association: https://stage4eu.it/destinazione-europa/strumenti-di-ricerca/26-le-associazioni-studentesche-internazionali#
ESAA Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance: https://www.esaa-eu.org/
The professional network of the Erasmus generation: https://garagerasmus.org/
I am working and learning a lot: what can I do to get even more out of this experience?
The first work experiences are essential to understand if the path you have decided to take is the right one for you and also to evaluate all the possibilities that your working sector provides you. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your professional experience:
Talk to your tutor and your colleagues in general, ask questions, and participate in conversations. Ask your Host Organization to explain how the sector in which it operates works, what are the advantages of the job and what are the challenges that must be faced. Find out what qualifications are needed to specialize in your sector, if there are specific professional exams to pass, if some skills are considered more important than others by companies. Try to know if there are influential personalities to follow on-line in your sector, websites through which you can constantly update yourself, contacts of any kind that can be useful for your work.
Salto-Youth, learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders, training and networking activities to support the Erasmus+ Programme: https://www.salto-youth.net/