How HOG Projects do run…

Progress of a HOG Project

Whenever HOG receives an application for a project (usually by personal contact of one member), the board will first check it. (Are there any potential cooperations, is the country safe for our volunteers, are there enough personal and financial resources, is there an experienced project manager?) If this check makes the project thinkable, it will be presented at the next general meeting.

If members are found willing to participate in this project, the group will propose candidates as project manager, financial manager, training manager and PR manager. The board has to confirm these proposals. At the same time a written project application containing detailed information about the project is handed in to the board. The board decides if the project will be carried on.

Next step is an exploration trip, usually the project manager and a member of the board take part, sometimes the project manager and an experienced team member. At this trip the local conditions are checked:

- Who wants to be trained (medical staff, traditional healers, layperson?). The choice of the type of training depends thereof.

- Who will benefit from such a project, who is affected indirectly or might feel attacked?

- What is the local medical care like?

- What is the legal situation? It might be necessary to contact the local Ministry of Health.

- The offered premises for lessons and training practice are checked.

- Negotiations with the future cooperation partner take place and a cooperation contract is drafted.


We think it is important that the cooperation partners contribute to the emerging costs according to their capabilities. There are many ways to do this, e.g. each student pays a small fee or we are provided with premises. It should be a give-and-take basis, respecting the local conditions.

Back home, all these data are evaluated, a financial plan is developed, a course of instruction based on our HOG curriculum is drafted and more volunteers are looked for.

The project receives initial funding according to the financial position of the organization. It has to raise more funds itself. Now the actual work in the project country can begin.

Usually we start by opening a training practice, and the initial lessons take place.

In order to limit travel expenses, the stays in the project country are not longer than two to three weeks each.

The volunteers plan their stay self-reliantly. The number of stays per year varies, some locations can not constantly be reached due to weather conditions. It can happen that contact is only held by phone or email for a while.

Regular meetings are held, possibly also conference calls, so that all project members are kept up-to-date. Project manager, training manager, PR manager and financial manager regularly report about their project at conference calls of their group. The managers of these groups report to the board.

In addition, every project gives a report at the general meetings twice a year.

Further functions are e.g. responsibility for the practice or ensuring consistent documentation to allow final evaluation.

Such an evaluation gives evidence about how many people were trained, how many have passed their exams, how actively they participated in the training practice, but also how many patients were treated at which diagnosis and which succes by which remedy. And of course also about the expenses of this project and its funding.


Please read also:

About us – how we work

Volunteering – abroad

Volunteering – initiating a project

Homeopathy – intercultural tutoring

Homeopathy – quality standards

Projects – HOG curriculum

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