How AIESEC connects startups and youth

AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-led network creating positive impact through personal development and shared global experiences. We strive for Peace and Fulfillment of humankind’s’ potential, by developing leadership in the youth promoting cross cultural exchanges.

Our cross cultural experiences are promoted by engaging youth and partners, who believe in change and impact. We work with different sectors and one of our main ones is the entrepreneur environment as nowadays, startups are booming and are a critical part of the future: in their 2016 report, the CTI wrote that 396 companies got the Start-up label since 1996, and this number that escalates more every year. As an organization, AIESEC believes startups are the right environment to foster the entrepreneurial mindset in youth and develop the skills they will need for the future.

Practically speaking, how do we connect youth and start ups?

With our Global Entrepreneur, we connect young talented people from all over the world to start ups opportunities through our Opportunities’ platform. After applying, we select the most suitable candidate for a 6 week to 3 month volunteer project related to the company’s needs and job description. You can find more details of Global Entrepreneur here: Global Entrepreneur .

Interested in developing youth in your start up? Sign up here: AIESEC 4 StartUps


Mission: Internship – and how to make the most out of it

Nowadays internships are a crucial part of graduates’ path to their first real job. They are a great opportunity to get to know a certain field of employment, gain first practical experiences, acquire new skills, and build professional relationships. However, internships can also be quite tricky for young people who have never worked in a professional work environment before and require a lot of adjustment. Thus, embarking on such a mission, full of unknown tasks and challenges, might be scary – the good news is, there is a simple way to master your internship and get the most out of it professionally as well as personally: You’re the AGENT on this mission, so be the AGENT of your own luck and success! That’s the inspirational way to remember it. Alternatively, you can picture yourself as James Bond, on a mission to kick butts during your first work experience, extracting all valuable information, and building new skills as you go. Either way, just remember the acronym. Trust me. Here’s why.

  • A for “Asking”: You are in your internship to learn, so take advantage of that fact that more experienced colleagues are there to teach you. Be a sponge (or in our metaphor, a fabulous agent) and absorb all the information that you can, from work culture to how to best complete a specific task or behave during meetings. Take your time to note down thoughtful questions to ask the people around you. Also, ask your manager for feedback every once in a while. This will help you evaluate your work so far, improve your future performance, and help you grow.
  • G for “Goals”: Like a good agent, come prepared. Be clear about what you want to achieve during your internship and what your key objectives are even before you show up on the first day. Interpret what you’ve learned appropriately, evaluating how you’ve developed by tackling all kinds of tasks, even the small ones, and use these insights in future job interviews. Be aware of skills that come naturally and ones that you’ve acquired through different tasks. Ask for feedback in order to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and to reflect on how to improve for your next mission.
  • E for “Extra work” and “Excellence”: Find the right balance. Take on work that no one else wants to do and ask to assist in exciting projects, even though they might not be assigned to you directly. This will help you expand your skills and experiences, boost you to take on new and challenging projects with enthusiasm, all while showing your boss that you are motivated and eager to contribute to the growth of the organization. BUT: Don’t rush to new projects without having fully completed the tasks assigned to you to the best of your abilities first. Always take the time to do a great job and ensure the quality of your work. Every good agent knows this is important.
  • N for “Networking”: Yes, sometimes it seems like James Bond is all about a one-man show, but where would he be without connections and support from his valuable colleagues? During your internship, you will meet many different people, from other interns to older co-workers up to bosses. Talk to them about their experiences to learn as much as possible about their work, choices, motivations, and the organization in general. Furthermore, forming connections during your internship can not only help you manage current work and responsibilities, but also boost your personal development by being exposed to different kinds of people, departments and tasks. Try to keep in touch even after you’ve completed your internship – the truth is that sometimes when getting a job or an interview opportunity, it comes down to who you know or what your former boss says about you.
  • T for “Time”: This is a simple one but goes a long way. Always be punctual. Arrive for meetings before they actually begin and complete your tasks by their deadlines. If an agent is late or misses appointments, usually the whole mission goes sour.

Ultimately, at the end of your internship-mission, take the time to evaluate it and consider what you’ve gained in general. Not only strengths, weaknesses and a new set of skills, but also values, interests, accomplishments, and whether this is the right job or industry for you. How could the newly gained skills and knowledge benefit you and contribute to your future career plans? Once you’ve figured out everything you’ve gotten out of your experience, you’ll be ready to move on to a potential full-time employment, and the next challenging mission on your path.

That being said, are you ready to glance through some internship opportunities? Take a look at here.

Author: Catherine Barth

Let’s talk about AIESEC, shall we?

AIESEC is the largest international youth organization, present in 126 countries. Three members of AIESEC in Switzerland share their experiences.

What pushed you to join AIESEC in the first place?
Rémi: Firstly, I was motivated by the experience that a student association could bring through my studies. In addition to that, as I am studying International Relations, I was really interested in joining AIESEC because of its international and cross-cultural dimension.
Sarina: It was my Global Volunteer experience in Brazil, where I got to know AIESEC and what it is all about.
Thomas: Before joining, I spent the first semester of my university studies telling to myself how bored I was and how much I needed to meet new people and to get involved in something. I got interested in AIESEC thanks to the volunteering opportunities. That’s how I discovered a very active, interesting, and fun organization. When I learned that they were recruiting, I didn’t hesitate a second.

What has been your favorite part about your experience so far?
Rémi: That’s a good question because I’ve had so many incredible experiences within the organization. But I think my favorite one would be the last semester, when I participated fully in recruiting new members. I was so proud during the first meeting to see all these new faces and to tell myself that it was thanks to our hard work that we had such a successful recruitment!
Sarina: The possibility to accumulate experiences I could never get with only university itself. You get to develop and learn so much about yourself, acquire several new soft skills, and practise how to work in a team. All this in an atmosphere where mistakes are allowed and people become your friends.
Thomas: My favorite part was probably the time I spent as a Design Project Leader. I could create and lead promotions for the different opportunities offered by AIESEC. It was a great way to use my creativity for the benefit of our association and to exercise my ability to lead team projects. I felt very involved. Some of my work was even used for the promotions at the national level!

In your opinion, what is the most common misconception about AIESEC that people have?
Rémi: For me, some people see AIESEC as a travel agency. Some of them think that thanks to us they will find a nice place to go to during their summer holiday. They don’t seem to realize that they will be part of an incredible volunteering or a professional experience.
Sarina: The most common misconception is that if one doesn’t study Economics, the skills that one can acquire through AIESEC won’t be any good (e.g. for Biology students, etc). In my opinion, soft skills are useful for every profession, and personal development through AIESEC is a valuable thing you get next to creating a broad network of people across the globe.

AIESEC in Switzerland at the national conference Do It 2016

Why do you think someone should join AIESEC?
Rémi: You need to experience AIESEC as its member to form your own opinion about it and to really feel the reality of being a part of an international network, like sort of a tribe you will be really proud of. For me, AIESEC really brought me this “little” thing that was missing in my uni life and doing stuff for AIESEC became truly my hobby!
Sarina: Because it’s a worthwhile experience that will develop you into the best version of yourself, to have an incredible time with friends, and to stand out from other students after graduating having been collecting real-world experiences.
Thomas: I truly believe that joining AIESEC is one of the best ways to develop your sense of leadership, to learn how to work in a team, to get responsibilities, to expand your creativity, and more; all this while acting for a global cause. Most of the members are indeed constantly evolving through the organization, even if they joined out of curiosity! Add to this the fact that you’ll meet a lot of very interesting, proactive, and fun people, and you won’t wonder anymore “why should I join?”, but “why not?”. If you think that joining a student association might be a great idea, then joining AIESEC is probably the best one.

If AIESEC has been your missing piece of the puzzle, wait no more, and sign up here.

Author: Melani Kalev

What is it like to have your heart spread all over the world?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Nowadays, the more people you meet, the more you hear about those studying and/or working abroad, living far from the place where they grew up, having culturally mixed backgrounds, and what not. It is not unusual or super special anymore.

However, it’s not to say that it’s always so easy. Hell no. There can be many challenges to overcome and deal with, that are not always seen or felt by the outsiders who often rather seem to think that living abroad is a paradise life in itself. Paradise or not, all the lessons you learn through that will most probably be one of the best and the most formative ones you will ever learn.

One of the aforementioned challenges is meeting and loving people who are spread all over the world. We all need our own tribe, our squad, our people. But what happens when your squad is… well… mostly, all over Europe, for example? You just cope. But is there more than that?


How does it really feel like having your heart spread all over the world?

To be really honest, you get used to it. You cope, yes. But you do get used to it. If you’re lucky, you can have different lives in different countries, and you never feel alone nor a stranger in your own home. You get used to missing people, so much so that you end up not missing them in the first place. Sometimes, sure, but most of the time… you’re just so used to being away from them.

However, there are also cases where it’s not so easy, where it rather feels like you’re always one foot in, one foot out – wherever you are. Home? Yes, but not exactly.

It’s not only about how your heart can’t settle in one place because of the places that you’ve been and the people you love. It’s also about the fact that you know how much is out there. It’s the fear of missing out (FoMO), but not in the context of social media. Your heart is restless. You want to escape. More often than not, it means you miss places and people you’ve never seen and you’ve never met.

You don’t know where to point when they ask about home. You don’t know where to point when they ask about your future home. Where do you see yourself? You don’t want to limit your choices. For God’s sake, there are so many of them. So many choices. So many places. Where is home? You find it in your heart and in your people, in memories and in interactions. However, geographically speaking, a meaning for one true home gets foggier and foggier with each passing year.

There are more and more World Citizens around us. The ones who take the world as their playground and who are bound to no place. The ones for whom “a home” is a very debatable subject and they are not actually linked to any kind of place per se. They make a home wherever they are, though they might never feel the typical “homebound” feeling which others are used to. And this is okay. This is the new reality that many of us face. And as mentioned, there can be many challenges to be faced on this journey, but the perks definitely outweigh them, at least most of the time.

Ah, and the aforementioned squad? The people you hold dear and close to your heart – fortunately, they are only a plane ride away.

So if you’d like to experience living abroad with all that it gives you, take a look at here.

Author: Melani Kalev

Is it possible to have clean water for everyone by 2030?

Did you know that 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water?

Probably yes, but did you also know that 2.5% of it is fresh and thus actually drinkable?

Doesn’t seem like a lot, but those 2.5% of fresh water could comfortably supply every living creature on Earth if exploited accordingly and intelligently. However, due to climate change and poor economics and infrastructure, many people are still denied this basic human right of clean water and sanitation. And it is mostly children who still die each year from diseases associated with poor water quality and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

Being at the very core of sustainable development, water and sanitation are critical for the survival of people, planet, and its prosperity. The scarcity of water, exposure to poor water quality and insufficient sanitation levels has a negative impact on livelihood choices, food security, and educational progress for adults and children across the globe. For example, the time-consuming and physically exhausting endeavor of procuring water in some areas of the world, such as in Asia or Africa prevents women from working at jobs and keeps children away from school, which in turn continues a cycle of poverty and socio-economic exclusion.

Furthermore, water is not only needed for domestic purposes, but also in agriculture for irrigation, and for industrial endeavors and energy production, for instance electricity. Water scarcity currently affects more than 40% of the world’s population, a figure set to rise due to growing demands on water supply, and rising temperatures as a consequence of climate change, the latter severing water scarcity in some parts of the world, and the risk of flooding in others.

“[…] water, sanitation and hygiene underpin so much of the rest of the goals. Those related to nutrition, health, education, poverty and economic growth, urban services, gender equality, resilience and climate change cannot be met without progress on water, sanitation and hygiene.”

– Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at UNICEF

Hence, Goal 6 not only addresses the issues relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, but also the quality and sustainability of water resources worldwide. There are many different challenges which must be faced and different approaches through which these issues can be tackled and Goal 6 eventually achieved. Some of the targets for SDG 6 include:

  • giving more priority to the needs of children, girls, women and people in vulnerable situations;
  • ensuring water-catchment areas such as forests and mountains are well protected by discouraging human settlement and uncontrolled and illegal cutting of trees in these areas;
  • holding global campaigns to teach people on how to minimize on water wastage and why this is necessary;
  • promoting and supporting participation of communities in enhancing and improving sanitation and water management.

AIESEC in Switzerland has several opportunities for you to participate in making the targets for Goal 6 happen. Find them here.

Author: Catherine Barth

Why every university student should intern in a startup

If you’re fresh out of college or feel like trading stuffy libraries for some real-life work experience, chances are you’re looking for an internship.

Usually, the first impulse seems to be applying for an internship position in a renowned company. But have you ever considered interning in a startup instead? Maybe you have, but feel like it wouldn’t give you the same prestigious and well-structured plunge into the workforce as working in an esteemed company would.

Granted, the unsung name of a little startup won’t earn you the admiring “Ahs” and “Ohs” of family and friends. And yes, the workload in a startup is heavy, the salary is comparatively low, and there might be substantial uncertainties about the future of the very company you intend to work for. Nevertheless, when consulting people who have worked in startups, the consensus persists – experiences you gain outweigh by far the disadvantages of the startup work. And here’s why.

For starters, even as an intern, you are an integral part of the (probably rather small) startup staff. Hence, every single team member is valuable and directly contributing to the success, failure, and growth of the company. That includes you, too. What you will do, will make a difference, and your efforts and actions will be visible and noticed. That entails that you will be taking on a lot of responsibility and tackle various challenges from the very first day onwards.

Since startups function within a relatively small team, you might find yourself doing all sorts of jobs that just demand to be done on that particular day, most of which will very likely exceed your current skill set. This is when you get the possibility to take the chance you probably wouldn’t get in any other working environment, and discover your talents and enrich your knowledge. Facing different challenges, you will be developing new skills as you go, get plenty of hands-on experience, and thus benefit from many opportunities to grow from.

By solving diverse tasks with different people, you will get exposed to various departments of the startup and – due to the cooperative atmosphere and the flat hierarchies startups are renowned for -, you’ll be interacting with pretty much all your co-workers and the firm’s decision-makers in no time, learning from the best and brightest on a daily basis. The relations you establish during your internship might turn out to become important business contacts in your future career. You might even get to rub shoulders with the founder of the company and let the entrepreneurial spirit rub off on you. Furthermore, you will get to know the firm from ground to top along the way, learning how a business is developed, how to set goals, and how to implement and develop strategies – in short, you’ll get insights into the inner workings of an entire company.

Still not sure if a startup is the right fit for you?

Well, here’s another bonus: Exposure to a fast-paced, creative, and innovative startup environment might actually just be the one thing to get you sorted. If you haven’t figured out your path in life yet, are unsure about what to do after college, or are simply uncertain about what it is that you’re actually really good at – testing your skills in diverse areas, having to face different tasks, and coming up with solutions by constantly acquiring new skills might help you figure out your strengths, weaknesses and passions. Fact is, you’ll never know until you give it a try.

“Startups aren’t for everyone, and the only way to know if they’re for you is to go work at one. In return you won’t get stability per se, but you will get a crash course in making the world your oyster and the experience of working on a team that has a deeply ingrained mission […] you’ll see a new side of motivation unrelated to the stable paycheck. Do it while you can!”

– Derek Shanahan, Co-Founder of Foodtree

And obviously, we have to agree with Derek Shanahan. What better opportunity than by starting out with an internship? You’ll get a taste of a startup life and if it turns out not to be your cup of tea after all, you can move on to the next project, equipped with a wealth of experiences, many practical and transferable skills, and an abundance of new knowledge that would have been hard to come by as an intern anywhere else in the business world.

Ready  to check some of these amazing startup opportunities out there? Take a look at here.

Author: Catherine Barth

Indonesian adventure | The story of Gloria

“Volunteering has always been one of my biggest dreams, something that I felt the need doing at least once in my lifetime. This opportunity arrived in April 2016, when I was elected as the winner of the contest launched by AIESEC Lugano at my university. Looking through the opportunities, I didn’t know what I wanted exactly. I just knew I wanted to go somewhere far away.

This is how I came across the project I applied for: Morning Sunshine in Indonesia. Immediately, I felt the positive vibes from the project’s name, and applied. Step after step, I went through the application process and coaching. I was mentally getting ready for my new experience, which I knew would change my life forever. I was aware that this meant going completely out of my comfort zone, so I tried not to set too high expectations. Actually, the only expectations were meeting new people who would leave a mark in my life, crossing the pre-set limits I had, and finally, enjoying every second of my time in Indonesia.

Once in Jakarta, I felt disoriented. But that was quickly replaced with warm welcoming, hugs, and smiles by the organizers Yvonne and Michael who took me to the base camp where we were staying.

17 international volunteers, 12 organizers, and 4 local volunteers. We became a family since day one. Is there anything better than feeling close with people you’ll be living with for 6 weeks?

Gloria in action: workshop with Senior High school students on characteristics and skills of a good vs. bad leader (SMAN 61, Jakarta)

“Gloria in action: workshop with Senior High school students on characteristics and skills of a good vs. bad leader (SMAN 61, Jakarta)”

This experience has been the best of my life, so far. Not only it gave me the opportunity to go to the other side of the world, see new places, meet new people, and widen my horizon, but it also made me grow, facing every challenge as a learning opportunity, while improving my skills.

The Morning Sunshine Project gave me the chance to improve my public speaking skills when going to high schools and teaching students about leadership. I was finally able to break the fear barrier when speaking in front of a public. It made me realize how much potential I actually have. Thanks to this experience I no longer underestimate myself nor my capabilities. I believe in myself and I know I can do great things.

Last but not least, it made me understand how lucky I am. I have learned not to take things for granted, because nothing on this planet is granted for us.

"Farewell party: 5 best volunteers won the award. I (2nd on the right) was nominated as the most innovative volunteer of the project. Blessed!"

“Farewell party: 5 best volunteers won the award. I (2nd on the right) was nominated as the most innovative volunteer of the project. Blessed!”

Also, I understood the value “thank you.”  After every class, the kids asked for our contacts, to follow us on Instagram, etc. I can’t describe how happy I was reading private messages from students saying, “Thank you, Miss Gloria. Your words changed my life.” or “You have inspired me to never give up. Thank you.” I didn’t believe that I could actually have an impact on someone’s life in such a short time. Only after receiving those sweet messages I understood that when I think I did little, for someone, I did a lot. Once you see with your own  eyes how a simple smile, hug, or a picture taken together can make someone’s day, you’ll value those little things way more. And these are the things that make a difference.

I would encourage everyone to go on an adventure like the one I had. It’s enriching, and you get the chance to discover and improve yourself.  After my time in Indonesia, I feel more self-confident, and my self-esteem has increased significantly. You’re in this new environment without the fear of being judged, living in the moment as it comes, and trying to make the best of it.

I build my life around memories and experiences, and my Indonesian adventure has given me a lot of those, and no one will ever be able to take them away from me. They’ll always have value, because they contributed to make me become the person that I am and will be in the future.”

Elementary kids drawing the Swiss flags and leaving messages for me on the paper.

“Elementary kids drawing the Swiss flags and leaving messages for me on the paper.”

If you want to have your own adventure, take a look at here.

Author: Gloria Mihaljevic & Melani Kalev

3 reasons why you really shouldn’t live abroad

We have all read plenty of articles encouraging us to go discover the world and other cultures. I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t do this. I mean, really, why bother? What does it actually give you?

  1. You go out of your comfort zone. EW. Who would like this? It’s comfortable in your comfort zone. That’s why it’s called a comfort zone. Duh. You have to re-learn how to do basic things, like getting your groceries, ordering dinner, using public transportation, dealing with all the bureaucracy. You might not even speak the local language. And imagine, if they don’t speak English!? So in addition to re-learning basic stuff, you might actually have to learn a new language! You challenge yourself in ways that you couldn’t even have imagined before leaving. This means that most probably, you won’t be prepared for all the situations that you’ll encounter. You realize that you don’t have control over things. This is scary. No one likes scary, am I right?giphy-3
  2. You might fall in love. With a local, with another foreigner, with a new culture, or a country. God, why? Who needs those #feels? It’ll just make your life more complicated. It will mess up your initial plan that you had. It makes you weak and vulnerable, dreaming about things you previously didn’t even give a second thought to. You discover all the things you love that you never would have known existed otherwise, including people. This will mess up everything and make you question yourself and all that you are and all that you have ever been. Which leads us to …giphy-4
  3. Either during or after the experience, you’ll be having an identity crisis. Or quarter-life crisis. Or some kind of crisis. You’ve lost the sense of home. Again, you question yourself, your values, all your friends more times than possible. It might break you completely, so that you could build yourself up all over again.giphy-5

But in the end, after all this – you’ve become stronger, tougher, more tolerant, more understanding, and kinder. The experience has opened your mind, and all in all, made you a better person. And when you think about it, that’s not so bad though, is it?

So if you want to experience living abroad, take a look at here.

Author: Melani Kalev 

Find a project. Leave for a journey. Change a life.

In 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 150 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals. Goal #4 is about quality education.

Despite enormous progress, including tremendous improvement of basic literacy skills and enrolment rates’ increase, particularly for women and girls, the world failed to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

In 2013, Italy’s population was 59 million people. Also in 2013, 59 million children of primary-school age were out of school. If you could help out with providing and protecting quality education for those children and adolescents who remain out of school, would you do it?

103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60% of them are women. 103 million is three times Canada’s population. 60% of that is around 62 million. This would be more or less the UK’s population. If you could help reduce these numbers, would you do it?

Would you help out, if you knew your actions could be directly linked to women’s participation and contribution in society and in economy?

Would you engage your friends, if you knew your actions could be directly linked to the number of child marriages and early pregnancies going down?

Would you do it all now, if you knew your actions could be directly linked to the significant reduction in infant mortality?


Reaching all youth with quality education isn’t easy and it is indeed a huge challenge. But this is also the reason why we all have to work together to make it happen. More importantly, it is the youth’s responsibility to be engaged and implement these goals. It is our, our children’s, and our grandchildren’s world that we are shaping right at this very moment.

Goal 4 for quality education will be reviewed at the high-level political forum in 2019. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the strongest weapon you can use to change the world.” So why not start now and make some progress for 2019?

AIESEC in Switzerland has several opportunities for you to participate in making several targets for Goal 4 happen.

  • By 2030, ensure that that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. => Brighten Your World 3.0 in Zhuhai, China
  • By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states. => Project Educating Youth – French Teacher | English Teacher in Salcedo, Dominican Republic
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. => EDUCATE Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia

Create an impact. Taste diversity. Shape your journey.

Be the one who isn’t only talking about the need of change, but who is also willing to do something about it.

Apply HERE. Apply NOW.

Author: Melani Kalev 

Why I do what I do | The story of Melani

Welcome to my story, as I am sharing with you a quite new, but very intense journey that led me to an organization called AIESEC. But first, introduction, and how I ended up in Switzerland.

My name is Melani, I’m 24, and I come from Estonia. After finishing high school in Tallinn, having studied in France and in Belgium for a while, I’ve finally made it here, living in Bern and studying Business Communication in Fribourg. And that’s how I ended up joining AIESEC Fribourg.

I joined in March 2016. I’m now responsible for marketing and communications in my local chapter and I also collaborate with the national marketing team. I’ve been awarded for my leadership skills and proactiveness. I’ve attended conferences, met with fascinating people, and quite frankly, I’ve had quite a few amazing experiences that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t joined AIESEC. 

From the very beginning, I’ve been very humbled by all of it. By people trusting me, believing in me, seeing potential in me. However, I have still been fighting with the feeling of not being enough – good enough, smart enough, skillful enough, brave enough. In the past few weeks, there have been way too many times that I’ve found myself wondering, “But how am I here? I don’t even know anything. Am I the only one who’s winging it?”

Why do I say it out loud? Because maybe when it’s out there, I become free. Or free-er. Because maybe when it’s out there, someone who has felt or feels the same, finds a glimmer of hope and sees that we’re never alone in these kinds of situations. However strong we might not look, we’ve all felt like this. Haven’t we? 

Something else that I want to show is that although AIESEC isn’t what made me courageous or curious, it surely keeps on reminding me to take on new challenges, to leave my comfort zone behind, and to openly share my thoughts and feelings, and be vulnerable (still learning that though).

whatsapp-image-2016-09-26-at-10-37-57Why will you love this organization, you ask?

Because AIESEC gives you the opportunity to apply already acquired knowledge in real life situations, while learning new things. It is an ideal practice for virtual teamwork which is more and more common in our fast-paced world where people often prefer choosing where and when they work. It is a platform where you can try and fail, and try again. It is a place for diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, and it connects you with other like-minded individuals who are active, open-minded, and want to make a change. I would even say that it forms young people who we so desperately need in our world – those who care, who are self-aware, ready to challenge and empower themselves and others, and who are ready to see fellow humans as human beings, whatever their race or religious beliefs.

And through this journey, you will find people who will become your family.

If you feel that AIESEC could be something for you, join us in our journey! We couldn’t be happier to have you with us!

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Author: Melani Kalev