I am going, to be honest, I didn’t know much about AIESEC until I traveled with them. And when I did I wished I had familiarized myself sooner with the gem that it is. It was a great experience I thought I should share.
A little background. I traveled to Egypt during the summer of 2018( yes, the entire summer) through AIESEC. It is the largest youth-run organization that is non-governmental and non-profit that prides itself in activating your leadership potential by going on an experience that “provides you with the opportunity to live a shared responsibility for the world and equip you with the tools to shape it for a better future.”
It is suitable especially for students who want to travel but at the same time do something meaningful like being a global volunteer. I traveled to Egypt with AIESEC in 6th October where I gained a lot of experiences, sights, and friends. Below are 5 reasons why:
Traveling as an exchange participant and volunteer with AIESEC is extremely cheap especially for students considering other factors to remember such as accommodation, transport, excursions among others. It helps by reducing the burden, therefore, everything is relatively cheaper.
Get immersed in a different culture
This is the best way to experience the country you are traveling to as a local. Not only will you get to interact with the locals of that country, but also other people who are volunteering as well. It’s like killing two birds with one stone. You get to understand a lot of backgrounds, culture, and people for the price of one country. It is also a learning experience which helps you appreciate other peoples culture and how it differs and similar to yours.
Networking and building contacts
AIESEC helps you meet people from all corners of the world with different abilities, potentials, ideas, and contacts. You may find something similar with someone or find somebody who shares your passion. It grants an avenue to foster serious and friendly opportunities which may help you in the future. Making lifelong connections isn’t also a bad idea.
Build up your resume
Volunteering in a different country looks good when pursuing employment opportunities. This shouldn’t be the main goal when you decide to volunteer but it is an added benefit. It also forms a good conversation starter during interviews which goes to show how passionate you are.
Become a member of AIESEC and inspire change
The last but most important of all is aspiring to inspire change. Being a non-profit organization, giving back to the community is the epitome of inspiring change. AIESEC teaches you how to be a leader and this is a skill you can use to improve either your local community, the community you are volunteering in or even both. It has a network in over 120 countries therefore highly likely that you can become a member.