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  • language Archives - AIESEC
    for going to work or that I d be late for lunch I was just happy that I was finally part of helping other people On the 25 th of October I had the honour such a fancy word to be MC at a Jogging activity organised by the Danish Embassy in Hanoi and LEO Pharma to celebrate World Psoriasis Day The event took place a Sunday morning with speeches by the ambassador and important people from the Vietnamese government and other associations beautiful performances and in the end a walk run around the park Lots of people who were in the park came and signed up Vietnamese people are not as shy as Europeans when it comes to joining random events they watched the performances and talked to the organisers I believe that the event drew a lot of attention and to be honest it taught me a lot more than I expected The way I got the invitation was quite random an AIESECer from Hanoi who is also a trainee at the Danish embassy decided to call me and ask if I am free I actually think that if I would have been at home I would have asked a lot of questions to see if this event is actually interesting Or I would have been quite lazy and found some random excuse to not wake up at 6 30 am on a Sunday Or I would have had some unimportant thing that I just didn t want to cancel because it was part of my comfort zone But being here far away and constantly being out of my comfort zone I heard that the event is for raising awareness for a disease and I directly said yes The questions about what I had to do only came afterwards I didn t care that I had to skip the party on Saturday had to wake up earlier than I usually do for going to work or that I d be late for lunch I was just happy that I was finally part of helping other people That s pretty much when I realised how easy it is for me to say that my purpose in life is to help others and have an impact but afterwards I just find excuses and stay in my comfort zone or choose fun over helping When you re at home unless you know someone who actively helps others and sometimes ask for your help it is easier not to do anything or maybe you are that person who is always helping However when you go abroad you have the chance to create a very random circle of acquaintances not just from work and old friends but also from language classes other organisations you are in contact with Facebook groups your new neighbour or simply a random person from the same continent as you that you met on the street You meet all these new people that you can explore with I also

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  • performance Archives - AIESEC
    trainee at the Danish embassy decided to call me and ask if I am free I actually think that if I would have been at home I would have asked a lot of questions to see if this event is actually interesting Or I would have been quite lazy and found some random excuse to not wake up at 6 30 am on a Sunday Or I would have had some unimportant thing that I just didn t want to cancel because it was part of my comfort zone But being here far away and constantly being out of my comfort zone I heard that the event is for raising awareness for a disease and I directly said yes The questions about what I had to do only came afterwards I didn t care that I had to skip the party on Saturday had to wake up earlier than I usually do for going to work or that I d be late for lunch I was just happy that I was finally part of helping other people That s pretty much when I realised how easy it is for me to say that my purpose in life is to help others and have an impact but afterwards I just find excuses and stay in my comfort zone or choose fun over helping When you re at home unless you know someone who actively helps others and sometimes ask for your help it is easier not to do anything or maybe you are that person who is always helping However when you go abroad you have the chance to create a very random circle of acquaintances not just from work and old friends but also from language classes other organisations you are in contact with Facebook groups your new neighbour or

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  • Vietnam Archives - AIESEC
    enough to have a teacher who is used to always speaking English Many of the Vietnamese English teachers end up teaching the kids 5 words in English and then speaking Vietnamese to them without realising And I was impressed how many more opportunities there are for English speakers I ll teach twice a week for 4 6 year old kindergarten kids so I have to mostly play and sing with them I found out I really love it unexpected much I ll probably have to convince the teachers to change the syllabus a bit since they don t focus very much on teaching lots of words they d rather want me to teach them to write the alphabet And I hope I ll manage to get there on time every time since I have to pass through one of Hanoi s biggest traffic jams But I think that it will all go well and they ll learn lots of things and then they ll idolise me and I can make plans to take over the world with my new 8 minions and my motorbike This week I had time to reflect better about why I love to be in the National Support Team for AIESEC in Denmark I have the chance to work with lots of different projects to help out with driving a common culture and ensuring that everything the entities do in AIESEC in Denmark is sustainable National Support Team Actually this is not really one of the new plans but this week I had time to reflect better about why I love to be in the National Support Team for AIESEC in Denmark Right now I am working with Organisational Development which is simply amazing although I cannot be there physically to see the results with my own eyes still worth it though I have the chance to work with lots of different projects from being in charge of creating the framework for quarterly surveys that get people to reflect on the state of their entities and then analysing the results to helping out with driving a common culture and ensuring that everything the entities do in AIESEC in Denmark is sustainable A lot of the things I have to do are completely new to me but thankfully I have Fiete and Ena to help me with the steep learning curve I m mentioning this because I spent quite some time on it in October and November so it reflects pretty well why I was so busy during the last month I think in the first 2 weeks of October I had like 25 Skype hours on this The rest Then the rest of the time I pretty much just go out to eat with people obviously have fun and try to enjoy as much of Hanoi as possible I can t believe that almost half of my stay here is over and that now I should start making plans for the next stage of my life And where s next Vietnam Denmark some other place Oh well some day I ll figure that out Until then you can look at another one of my food pictures green peas and taro ice creams SINCE MY LAST POST DIDN T HAVE A FOOD PICTURE Next I WENT TO HONG KONG AND IT WAS AMAZING YAAAAY When your comfort zone is on the run 11 November 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Featured Vores erfaringer by Claudia But being here far away and constantly being out of my comfort zone I heard that the event is for raising awareness for a disease and I directly said yes The questions about what I had to do only came afterwards I didn t care that I had to skip the party on Saturday had to wake up earlier than I usually do for going to work or that I d be late for lunch I was just happy that I was finally part of helping other people On the 25 th of October I had the honour such a fancy word to be MC at a Jogging activity organised by the Danish Embassy in Hanoi and LEO Pharma to celebrate World Psoriasis Day The event took place a Sunday morning with speeches by the ambassador and important people from the Vietnamese government and other associations beautiful performances and in the end a walk run around the park Lots of people who were in the park came and signed up Vietnamese people are not as shy as Europeans when it comes to joining random events they watched the performances and talked to the organisers I believe that the event drew a lot of attention and to be honest it taught me a lot more than I expected The way I got the invitation was quite random an AIESECer from Hanoi who is also a trainee at the Danish embassy decided to call me and ask if I am free I actually think that if I would have been at home I would have asked a lot of questions to see if this event is actually interesting Or I would have been quite lazy and found some random excuse to not wake up at 6 30 am on a Sunday Or I would have had some unimportant thing that I just didn t want to cancel because it was part of my comfort zone But being here far away and constantly being out of my comfort zone I heard that the event is for raising awareness for a disease and I directly said yes The questions about what I had to do only came afterwards I didn t care that I had to skip the party on Saturday had to wake up earlier than I usually do for going to work or that I d be late for lunch I was just happy that I was finally part of helping other people That s pretty much when I realised how easy it is for me to say that my purpose in life is to help others and have an impact but afterwards I just find excuses and stay in my comfort zone or choose fun over helping When you re at home unless you know someone who actively helps others and sometimes ask for your help it is easier not to do anything or maybe you are that person who is always helping However when you go abroad you have the chance to create a very random circle of acquaintances not just from work and old friends but also from language classes other organisations you are in contact with Facebook groups your new neighbour or simply a random person from the same continent as you that you met on the street You meet all these new people that you can explore with I also think that living abroad helps you see a holistic picture of both the country you live in and your own country so you might have a better idea about how to help Or at least where to start It s not just about the fact that you can figure out how to help people abroad you can also find out what can be improved when you get back home This is just my experience and it s pretty much based on what I feel I am generalising others might feel different But I do hope that people living abroad will continue to look for ways to make an impact and increase their knowledge so they can bring ideas back home And I hope that people living in their own country will get out of their comfort zone more often and actively search for opportunities It can be such a tiny thing as talking to someone about another culture and way of living and listening volunteering somewhere or teaching others And I hope that I will continue doing it too Living abroad helps you see a holistic picture of both the country you live in and your own country so you might have a better idea about how to help 5 things about the work culture in Denmark and Vietnam 27 October 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Vores erfaringer by Claudia Comparing work between Vietnam and Denmark As most of my blogs have been about fun stuff and food I thought it would be good to write one about work Going on an internship through AIESEC is more than just a fun travel and meeting a couple of foreigners It s getting to know the good and the bad of a new place culture and work environment It s seeing the holistic picture So this post will still be connected to culture though as working in a new country doesn t just teach you new professional skills it also teaches you more about the country and people and how these affect the work environment As I ve only worked in Denmark and Vietnam until now I ll mention some similarities and differences between these two countries some more serious than others No shoes I always thought it was weird to see how all Danish people take their shoes off at school or in the office and walk around barefoot or in fluffy socks With time I got used to it and even appreciated being able to take off my annoying shoes whenever I felt like it To my surprise most women in Vietnam come to the office wearing nice fancy heels no idea how they manage to ride a motorbike like that and the moment they sit down at their workplace they change their shoes for ugly ish flip flops I just love this as wearing heels for more than 2 hours is hell for me Hierarchy and communication The hierarchy and communication in the companies is quite different In Denmark the structure is much flatter making it easy to reach out to most levels of management I only have experience in medium sized companies It s interesting for me to work now in a company where this is not the same it s not a worse experience it s just different In my current company it is still possible to reach higher levels of management but you must ensure that you have a good reason for bothering them This leads to a lot closer connection to your direct manager and if he she s awful it might leads to a lot of stress and outdated information on the other hand if he s good it makes work easier Light in the office Another weird similarity is the obsession with closing all blinds as soon as there is a bit of sun outside I guess here it makes more sense than in Denmark since they have enough sun and it might get too warm in the office But I still hate sitting inside with the lights turned on while there is such a beautiful day outside Company parties Although food and drinks are pretty much the same the entertainment is quite different People in Vietnam love to show their singing and dancing skills reason why every party ends up being a karaoke party or having a show Also there s this fun custom where people go around to different tables and toast and you can t really escape it In the end it always ends up being a fun experience There are probably more differences out there but the best part is that there are even more similarities I just gave weird examples so I guess you re going to have to come over here to figure out more One of my main learning points was that when you meet an evil boss it is their own nature not a cultural difference Caring about your team and being sincere is universal Using cultural excuses to dislike someone is definitely not a thing I ll be doing too soon PS Another difference in Vietnam most houses and offices have a small altar to worship ancestors and pray for luck and other stuff My office has one too Vietnam with Claudia Part IV 5 October 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Vores erfaringer by Claudia Mid Autumn Festival For the past two weeks I have been experiencing the preparation and development of Vietnam s Mid Autumn Festival This is a festival following the lunar calendar originating from China happening during the evening of a full moon within 15 days of the autumnal equinox Originally it was about three concepts gathering thanksgiving and praying However times have changed and from what I ve experienced the most important concept nowadays is the gathering and there is a strong focus on children One of my friends actually called it the Tet new year for children as most of the things that are sold and all events are for kids to have fun For this festival I d say that it s worth mentioning 3 main topics the lanterns and masks their street markets and gatherings and food hehe So I ll write a bit about them as I feel that they are covering important aspects of Vietnamese culture Experiencing all of these brings me closer to actually understanding each person and feeling like I am becoming a better World Citizen one of AIESEC s key values Lanterns and Masks That s just kids playing I did not get to take picture of a dragon dance BadPhotographerSkills One of the things you notice first are all the masks and lanterns being sold everywhere There are the traditional star shaped lanterns and dragon or lion shaped masks In the evening you can see kids dances with these lanterns and masks performances that can be quite entertaining Times have changed a lot though so you will find all kinds of new and funny masks bunny ears and tiaras When I walked around all little boys were wearing some kind of mask and all little girls had some princess y accessory so cuuuute Correction all little kids and childish adults like us quote from Ann Gatherings Definitely the most important activity is the family gathering where they cook and enjoy the time together I did not have time to experience that but I was lucky to experience other two activities company gatherings and street markets For around two weeks there have been quite a lot of preparations and discussions about the Mid Autumn Festival company gathering who should be preparing it who wants to act or sing who will do the decorations I have never seen this in any of my previous jobs and I ended up considering it a really nice part of the company culture everyone wanted to make it special What was quite shocking for me was to hear that it was scheduled for Sunday morning at 8 30 but on the actual day I was sooo grateful as it got waaay too hot outside after 9 00 So when the day finally arrived I was really looking forward to seeing it Truth is that I did not understand much since it was all in Vietnamese but I got to see the importance that people here place on kids The amount of kids present amazed me I knew that my co workers who have kids would bring them but I did not expect to see more kids than adults As a bracket here I need to add that most women have children by 25 quite different from Europe which explains all the focus on kids The whole show was prepared for kids also quite different to company parties in e g Denmark and they received gifts and played games It was a lot of fun to see some of my friends singing and acting and being funny on stage The other activity was going to street markets In the Old Town area it was absolutely packed The market was also focused on kids no surprise there It was full of toys most of the stands sold exactly the same things tiaras and bunny ears and masks dragon head and mini drums and snacks And the atmosphere just like on the 2 September was so happy and energetic although it was way too hot outside Food Finally I can use a whole section to talk about food yaaay But actually for the Mid Autumn Festival there is only one thing they sell everywhere Mooncake The past two weeks there have been mooncake stands on every street corner and the famous mooncake producers have had waiting lines of over 8 hours And don t imagine it s a delivery 8 hours wait You actually have to stand in a line and I heard that sometimes you still don t get any There are lots of types of mooncakes but it can be divided into the traditional savoury mooncake and the newer sweet version or that s how my co worker explained to me And then there s the extra new ones in cat shapes and bright colours The traditional one is interesting In my opinion it s actually sweeter than the sweet one And I still have not met a Vietnamese person who likes it but I might have just asked the wrong people The newer version is absolutely amazing Some are with bean pastes green tea lotus seed paste taro well nowadays with everything actually including chocolate sadly I didn t find that one I think it s almost sad that you only really eat it during the Mid Autumn Festival eating half a mooncake they re heavy was an amazing breakfast But well I guess this is just a great excuse to come back here for Mid Autumn Festival Claudia on the streets of Vietnam 21 September 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Vores erfaringer by Claudia Living on the streets Seriously everyone in Vietnam seems to be living on the streets No I don t mean that they are homeless Yet they seem to

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  • All work and no fun makes Pálma a dull girl - AIESEC
    flat which took place last weekend and I have to say without any doubts that is was pretty legendary I was very glad to see that many people could make it to the party and everybody was having fun I guess meanwhile I m also developing my hosting skills as well Although the mess was indescribable after the party it was totally worth to hold it Surprisingly none of our neighbors were complaining so being encouraged by this I m afraid that this wasn t the first and the last party we were having in our new apartment Furthermore the concerts I ve been to were just simply unforgettable we had so much fun all the time and we had always something to do to be ready for This is what I love the most here that you can never get bored simply because of the fact that you don t have the chance to do so On the other hand my internship is going pretty well with a lot of work I must admit however I m not complaining because I ve learnt many more interesting things so far This week I will have the possibility to participate on a business dinner with our big boss from Manchester therefore I m very much looking forward to it I m convinced that it will be quite amazingly fun Moreover it will be a really nice opportunity to get to know my profession a bit more into depth Additionally we were planning with my flat mates that we are going to continue our little cooking tradition and we will go on with the dinner battle we ve had till now Hopefully thanks to this small fun competition magic will happen and I will learn how to cook although there is still

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  • Warm culture in cold country - AIESEC
    To be honest the time passes very quickly and I m learning new things every day so I find it interesting to highlight some of them It may be interesting to start dismantling myths It is not true that Danish society is cold Or at least they have not been cold with me Since I came to this school all have been good words words of understanding endearments and words to make me feel comfortable It was the same with the students Many of them have been interested in who I am how I feel how my life in Spain is etc There are many differences between their culture and mine especially with regard to religion I forgot to say that the school where I m is Christian and many of the activities that they do are related to this So that means more culture shock if possible I feel like in a family of teachers and students which goes far beyond a conventional relationship However it has not been a problem for me It s the opposite Being here is making me think about many things that I m not used to do in Spain Above all it makes me think about the values of solidarity respect and the need to opening our minds to different ways of seeing life As you see personally I am developing skills that I knew I had but had not come to my mind at any time in my country Possibly for the next reason We are not taking time for personal reflection We have lives too busy and planned Professionally I m also learning a lot On the one hand I m improving my English and on the other hand I m losing my fear of public speaking I m improving the

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  • GLOBAL CITIZEN - CHINA - ANDREEA - AIESEC
    our new home which was the student dorm right by the school We had to clean the place a little bit but after hanging our mosquito nets and unpacking our things it looked cozy It was the first time I had to sleep on a wooden bed but it was a lot more comfortable than I expected The two weeks flew by and before we knew it it was time to say goodbye Almost all the kids came to the bus stop which resulted in lots of tears and hugs one of the most touching moments in my life Life was very simple and pleasant while I was in Shapang We would start class in the morning and at noon when the heat was too extreme we would have a lunch break and nap time Often the students who lived far away would hang out with us even though they didn t like our food since they are better cooks than us In the afternoon we had class again In our free time we always played with the children or walked around the village Even though this daily routine was really repetitive these weeks were the most special and fulfilling I have had It was such a satisfying feeling to see the children transform from shy reserved kids into playful and affectionate ones It was also impressive how quickly they learned Being with them constantly made the children become very attached to us and vice versa We got to share their happy moments but we were also listening to their problems and their dreams which could be quite heartbreaking The two weeks flew by and before we knew it it was time to say goodbye Almost all the kids came to the bus stop which resulted in lots of tears and hugs one of the most touching moments in my life We also had different events where Exchange Particpants got to present their culture to the children as well as a charity bazar in order to raise money and buy presents for the children from Shapang It s incredible how much I benefited from these weeks in China I faced challenges like having to constantly adapt my teaching program to the children s level and needs and compensate for language barriers both with the children and with the other volunteers These are things that I could have only learned by experiencing them I have also become better at managing my time and I improved my pedagogical skills I was also able to get to know a completely different and fascinating culture and see the various lifestyles in the village and in the city And I have made amazing friends The bonds you develop with people you are living and working with every day are really strong most importantly even if all we could have done was to make 40 children as happy as they had ever been it would have been worth it Sometimes people ask me what the use

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