“It requires some knowledge and instict,” says Christian Hoppe, assistant medical director at Cologne’s cardiac center – Speaking of working with one of the catheters in one of the three rooms for diagnosis.
After passing passport control at the campus’ gates, it is building 24 on the DLR area. A large place, almost like a little town in the suburbs of Cologne, located in a wood. Not many know that it is the home of the German Aerospace Center DLR, as well as the European Space Agency ESA.
Every astronaut heading for outer space has to come here. Frank de Winne, Belgium commander of the international space station ISS, called it “the Houston of Europe.”
But there is more than just space travelling. There is research in progress. Often influenced by space travelling.
At building 24, biologist Patrick Lau works in a team of doctors, engineers and psychologists. Researching on the density of human bones. The loss and growing of cells. Most of the time in balance, disorders can affect the continous process. Also being in outer space can prevent the bone from growing and stabilizing. An astronaut’s problem.
While many, especially young people after school or while at college, are looking for doing something meaningful, the opportunities for volunteering are quite diverse. And in times of the internet: also very global.
From environmental research in Brasil to working with young people in Asia, it is more about finding the right spot, than aboubt finding any spot.
A German start up company now heads into that direction. Volunteer World brings together people and projects. And then helps in organising the trip – by raisings funds, checking visa requirements and working out travel insurances.