Research trip 2021; “Wa zedde gij? Brabant?”

  12:00 uur
  Kasteel van Oijen,

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After a year of online events we would like to treat you like the royals you are during this amazing research trip to the sunny south of our beautiful country. Or as the southern people would say: “BENDE AL IN BRABANT GEWEEST?!”  

The luxurious castle we may call ours for this week, is located in the kei gezellige” part of the country: BrabantOur trip will start in the little town Oijenwhich is located between the historic city 's-Hertogenbosch and vibrant student city Nijmegen. We probably all know what's typical for this regioncarnaval, great local breweries, good food like a Bossche bol (chocolate cream pastries) and "worstenbroodjes” (bread with a sausage), beautiful nature, friendly people and cozy villages. We plan to integrate at least some of these examples in our research trip 2021. Sounds delightful, right? So what's holding you back? 

Our challenge: Alternative protein 

With a focus on the Food & Agri sector, Rabobank seeks to contribute to ‘Growing a Better World Together’. As a result, Rabobank’s Food & Agri portfolio exists of many traditional farmers. Yet, the world is shifting towards a different diet that includes alternative protein. In response, Rabobank has broadened its vision by incorporating alternative protein to its portfolio. But isn’t this shift controversial to the largest part of Rabo’s Food & Agri portfolio? 

During the research trip, you will form your own opinion on this issue while participating in many activities, such as meeting some of Rabo’s key partners and clients in alternative protein. Simultaneously, you will learn more about the environmental impact of animal protein versus alternative protein, innovation and trends, health, psychology and culture and many more themes. Our research findings will form the recipe for our organization to impact the alternative protein sector to Growing a Better World Together.  

Besides this research component, there is a serious personal leadership aspect to the trip. Our facilitators will help you develop the leadership skills of the future. By expanding your perspective on personal leadership, you will further deepen your understanding of yourself, your environment and our organization. Since you cannot grow a better future by yourself, start thinking: what makes you a future Rabo leader? And remember, leadership is not attached to your business card: everyone is a leader. 

As the research trip normally would take place far away from the Netherlands, this year we would rather focus on the theme. Due to Covid, there would be too much uncertainty if we could go abroad. At the same time, the Netherlands has a significantly developed alterative protein market. So, why even go abroad?! This year, the home base of this research trip will be in Oijen, Brabant. We will stay at a beautiful castle that provides us with all our needs. 


Date and application 

The research trip 2021 starts on October 24th and will end October 31stApplication to join the research trip can be submitted from May 31st, 2021, 12:00 until July 15th 12:00.    

What do you need to do to join the research trip? You can register through the Jong Rabo website ( Before the deadline (July 15th), you need to share your motivation with us through a movie or any other creative way to show us your motivation. A few criteria should be addressed in your statement of motivation: 

  • Describe why you are the right person to join us on this trip, what will you bring to the group? 
  • Let us know why you are interested in this theme and what you would like to at least take away from this trip; 
  • Describe your view on personal leadership and how it impacts your life. 

Maximum of length of motivation: 2 minutes.

We look forward to receive a powerful and fun motivation. Please feel free to get as creative as possible!  

You can share your motivation with us by sending this to our email address,, or upload your application to the internet and share the link (including a password if needed) using the same email address. Make sure that we have access to your digital creation before July 15th, 2021, 12:00. Otherwise your registration will be regarded as incomplete and you will not be selected for the trip.  

Number of participants and selection criteria 

The number of participants is limited to 40 Jong Rabo members. 

Your motivation in regards to the theme and view of personal leadership will be the main criteria in the selection process. Besides those main criteria we will strive to create a diverse group of participants that represent Jong Rabo.  

What do we expect from you? 

Personal contribution 

The research trip is made possible thanks to substantial contributions from both the Rabobank Managing Board and Jong Rabo. But you do have to chip in as well. This year the personal contribution has been set to 300 Euro. This will help cover the trip, stay, meals, transport and all planned activities. After you have been selected we will inform you how you can pay your personal contribution. 

Internal sponsorship 

Every year part of the budget is obtained by asking direct managers or whole departments to contribute as well. We request that you ask your management or department if they are willing to sponsor a (small) part of the research trip. Maybe it is more an investment than a sponsorship, because your manager and department are going to benefit from the experience that you will bring back. We will help you with this.  


Since we will perform an in-depth research assignment during our research trip, ánd because it's nice to meet each other, we are organizing two kick-offs. During these kick-off sessions we will inform you about the way we plan to do our research, a lot of practical stuff of the trip and we will get to know each other a little better.   

  • Kick-off 1: Thursday September 30th 2021 
  • Kick-off 2: Thursday October 14th 2021 

The kick-offs are mandatory as they are an integral part of the total journey and experience. We need you all to be there. Where the kick-offs will be held is to be decided.  


Because we all love to reminisce about this incredible trip we are going to take together, we will have a reunion. The reunion is planned for: November 25, 2021. 


We strongly advise all participants to get travel insurance, even while staying in the Netherlands. Jong Rabo is not liable for damage of any kind.  

No-show / cancellations 

I(we can't imagine) you were to be a no-show (with no/too late/invalid notice of cancellation), you will forfeit your personal contribution of 300 Euro as no-show fee. If you withdraw your application after September 1st, you will also forfeit your personal contribution of 300 Euro. 


This research trip will take place, reserved that there are enough participants and sponsorship income to do so. 

This will be an amazing week. And we hope you’re able to join and learn with us. We’re looking forward to your applications. And if you have any questions: let us know via 

Regards (Houdoe!) on behalf of the research trip committee: 

Noortje, Susan, Dasha, Suzanne and Kim 

Aanvang: zondag 24 oktober 2021 om 12:00
Organiserende commissie Studiereiscommissie
Inschrijven vanaf: maandag 31 mei 2021 om 12:00
Inschrijven t/m: maandag 30 augustus 2021 om 12:00

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