IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange Organisation. It provides students of science, engineering, technology and the applied arts with paid, course-related, technical training abroad. Since it was founded in 1948, IAESTE has exchanged more than 330,000 students and has developed into a vibrant and inspirational network of over 80 countries. IAESTE aims to operate a high-quality practical training exchange program to enhance technical and professional development and to promote international understanding and goodwill amongst Students, Academic Institutions, Employers and the wider community.
IAESTE in the Philippines is administered by POEC Consultancy International Inc., an organization engaged in cultural exchange programs in the Philippines with offices in Cebu and Manila. POEC is known as a cultural exchange company, offering international internships to students and young professionals who wish to gain international experience.
In 2007, IAESTE granted POEC it’s co-operating institution status for the Philippines.
IAESTE offers students an opportunity to obtain practical experience in engineering, technical sciences, and other technologies. Philippines host or sponsoring companies have an opportunity to develop contacts with young professionals from other countries and to play a role in the global community. International students return home with a good understanding of Philippine culture, customs, industry, and technology. IAESTE program works on a reciprocal basis so that for every foreign trainee placed in a company/university/college in the Philippines, a Filipino student has the opportunity to take up an internship abroad. Students who participate in IAESTE return to the Philippines and can offer their prospective companies the benefits of their overseas experience.
To operate a high-quality practical training exchange program between members, to enhance technical and professional development and to promote international understanding and goodwill amongst students, academic institutions, employers and the wider community.
- To provide students in higher education with technical experience relevant to their studies.
- To offer host-companies well-qualified and motivated trainees.
- To be a source of cultural enrichment for trainees and their host communities