The Board


Julie Valckx – President
“Hi there everyone! My name is Julie, I am from the Netherlands and study at  Maastricht University. I’m currently starting my master Global Health and have just graduated my from OT bachelor. In my spare time I love to dance, cook, travel, read books and letting my creativity on the loose. After being granted the opportunity to be a part of the SPOTeurope board as event coordinator and vice-president I will be fulfilling the position of President in the SPOTeurope board. Since I was 12 I was educated bilingual and at this point my passion for internationalization started. I believe that internationalization brings great opportunities for every student, occupational therapist and patient. I’m excited to work with the board and all of you! “


 Megan Zina – Outreach Coordinator
Hi guys 😊 My name is Megan and I’m finishing my first year as an OT student in Leiria, Portugal. I was born in Canada, and I guess this is when my interest in internationalization started and my urge to travel. With this, besides travelling and my love for OT, my interests are reading young fiction books, having fun with my family, friends, and pets, listening to music and cooking!
Ever since I entered university, I was fulfilled with everything about SPOTeurope, and it always captivated me to join the SPOT community and to help it grow. That’s what I will be fighting for in my position as the Outreach Coordinator: captivate other universities across the world and help other universities create their own MiniSPOT. If you have ambition for sharing the OT profession and connect with other OT students while having fun, I will gladly talk to you! According to your desire, we can settle a MiniSPOT in your university or you can also join the SPOTeurope’s Sounding Board! Any questions about these topics feel free to contact me (, I will be more than happy to help you through this fun journey!


Vanessa Rozalina – Student Board Member ENOTHE
Wassup guys! My name is Vanessa Rozalina. I am a fourth-year Occupational therapy student at the Hogeschool van Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) in the Netherlands. I am originally from the Caribbean; the beautiful island called St. Maarten (Dutch Caribbean Islands). I have resided in the Netherlands. My interest in internationalization started from a young age because I grew up on a multicultural island. It has increased when I found out that in my university, I can combine internalization and my study together in order to learn more about OT in different countries and to learn more about OT interventions. My classmates had introduced me to SPOTeurope and SPOTeurope’s mission and vision drew me to the joined team. What also drew me to SPOTeurope was knowing that I have the ability to gain more knowledge on different cultures, OT students/ practitioners abroad, and gaining intercultural skills. I am currently the social media lead and will transition shortly as a Student Board Member in SPOTeurope. Lastly, I love dogs, guinea pigs, and dancing and I am a very spontaneous and adventurous person.


Bruna Bastos – Event Coordinator
“Hi everyone! 😊 My name is Bruna, I am from Portugal and I just finished my second year in occupational therapy. I am part of a student community in my school, and I have enjoyed it so much in the last year! When I knew there were vacaciens for the board in SPOTeurope I decided to apply, because I think it is so important and great to be part of associations that care and can improve our student life. 
In SPOTeurope I am now the social media lead so I will updated the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I will also be able to be in touch with all of you!
Anything you think is worth sharing with our followers, please be my guest to share it with me through social media.
I am looking forward to join all of you in this amazing journey!


Ulrik Løth Holm – General Board Member

‘Hello everyone! My name is Ulrik, and I am 24 years old. I am located in  Denmark and study Occupational Therapy at the University College of Northern Denmark where I am currently in my third semester. I was born in  Saudi Arabia,
then I moved to the UK and when I was four years old, I  moved to Denmark. So, I have a very multicultural background, which is most likely why I am interested in working with internationalization, and why I was inspired to join SPOTeurope. My dream is to be a part of creating a future with culturally competent healthcare workers in a globalized world.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, gaming, working out and
spending time with my girlfriend and friends – coffee being my
sustenance. I am super excited to be a general board member of
SPOTeurope and I look forward to taking part in and contributing towards
the many projects which are being initiated, created, and managed by the
awesome members of SPOTeurope.’


Kira Hanßmann – Blogger

Hey everyone! My name is Kira, I am from Germany and currently in my third year of my dual studies of occupational therapy at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck and OT-School Osnabrueck (ETOS). In my free time I love making music, singing, drawing and photography. My family moved around a lot when I was younger, and I spent my childhood growing up in Germany, Ireland and Australia. Internationalisation, especially connecting with people from different countries and cultures, has therefore been a big part of my life from an early age.
During my internship in Vienna I got to know SPOTeurope and was immediately keen on joining the board! Now I have the chance to be involved in connecting OT students across Europe. Through this, I believe we can all strengthen our therapeutic role, support professionalisation and gain intercultural skills by broadening our horizons.
In SPOTeurope I took on the job as the blogger and am therefore responsible i.e. for our monthly blog posts. If you want to share your own individual experiences as a guest blogger, please feel free to contact me at I am eager to be a part of SPOTeurope and looking forward to exciting times ahead!

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