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  • food Archives - AIESEC
    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 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

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  • internship Archives - AIESEC
    are you Pura vida everything is fine Here you go it s the book you wanted Pura vida thanks Pura vida is used in so many ways being a central part of their lives But in order to understand pura vida fully you need to sit on a beach with no tourists watching sunset enjoy the cake at the office go with the colleagues to the local bar restaurant because most of them are bar restaurants and switch off All the worries job related talks and just be pura vida But what I realized is that sometimes the very own great unique things that we have and value within our culture can also be our weakness When I talk to Costaricans about Europeans they tell me that we are too stiff That we like structure too much and we make excels about excels But pura vida also has its downside It s not done Pura vida don t worry too much The bus does not have a schedule or streets any names and houses any numbers Pura vida just chill it will happen somehow And that can reflect to working culture as well Things can move slow many things are mañana mañana tomorrow tomorrow With this experience I really realized that it needs to be a balance and each culture has a lot to offer to a foreigner Costa Rica has its amazing Pura Vida and it s great to be able to get a different perspective on other cultures and how I can build my own personal culture from those little things that fit me as a person All work and no fun makes Pálma a dull girl 4 November 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Vores erfaringer by Borsi Dear All So here we go again the new fun stories I promised in my last entry I don t even know where to start the time is flying so fast and things are happening with such a speed that I have to stop for a while to recall everything that was occurring to me in the past few weeks Nevertheless I always have to emphasize how grateful I am that I m here in Budapest and it s not just mainly because of my friends I have here and the parties we are attending and the fun we are having together but also speaking from a professional side I feel like I m improving many of my skills on a daily basis As I was mentioning we were planning to have our housewarming party in our new 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 a long way to go there but I m very optimistic concerning this initiative We will start next week most probably because this weekend we have a national holiday on Friday therefore I will have the chance to go home for a long weekend and visit my family and my friends Even though I love it here very much I can t wait to go home for a bit I m also planning several trips in the next upcoming weeks therefore I will have more events to talk about in my next entry however for now I will end it here and stay tuned for the next time Pugs and Kisses Palmi 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 Bom Dia Brazil Week 8 with Agne 7 October 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Vores erfaringer by Borsi written by Agne Damidaviciute Week 8 even though it is extremely rare to find a person that speaks in English in Brazil it is still possible to communicate The pressure to learn Portuguese does itself Though all the shops that I visit often know me already every time I come they learn a new question to ask and remember the things I usually buy There is one local juice bar seller that I cross and usually buy my breakfast The times I don t enter his bar and just pass by he is always waiting there as the exact time He smiles waves and says Bom Dia or Good Morning in Brazil Caipirinha Finding it in local stores All food is fried D Vitoria Sao Paulo Mercado Central National food in Brazil pastel Brazil is all about football Celebrated my b day with the interns in Brazil Everyday s road to work Rio de Janeiro Brazil Rio de Janeiro Brazil 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 spend the biggest part of their lives outside You can always see people and motorcycles on the sidewalks in the back alleys and in the evening in parks and sidewalk bars I have the feeling that this is a very strong part of their culture and their personality It s definitely something that I find really interesting exciting Regarding what they actually do on the streets there are infinite possibilities They cut their hair outside polish shoes sell stuff and sleep in hammocks hanging from the trees Some I have no idea what they do such as this guy who is there every day reading his newspaper and staring at the street Sure the most common is chilling on their typical tiny chairs yes even short Claudia thinks they are tiny in combination with some other activity Chilling and eating Chilling and drinking Tra Da their traditional ice tea very typical and beloved in Hanoi Chilling and gambling I should be saying we instead of they since I spend quite a lot of lunch breaks drinking ice tea in front of the office or eating Pho for dinner in the back alleys behind my house I just love to be outside no matter how much noise there is from the crazy traffic It s very cosy In my opinion the best moments are when you see them chilling on their motorbikes When I went to eat ice cream at Tran Tien there were no tables or chairs we were all just eating them sitting on their motorcycles I ve seen them sleeping on them especially the ones who work as motorbike taxi drivers quite amazing that they didn t fall down Most hilarious one was this guy shaving sitting there like a boss I m serious And then there are some who don t chill but work form their motorbikes the drivers and those street vendors with loudspeakers yelling about their products who work 24 7 and creep the hell

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  • motorbike Archives - AIESEC
    focus on teaching English here many kids don t actually learn anything since they are not lucky enough to have a teacher who is used to always speaking English Teaching After being the MC for World Psoriasis Day on Sunday I realised that all my afternoons of watching movies should be spent on something more productive So I decided to finally bother and find a part time job teaching Yes it s true that this is partly because the extra money would be nice for paying for more food and that it will be a good learning experience for me but it s also because I want to help these kids Soo this is not the kindergarten I work at I just thought it was cute and I have no picture from mine yet P Although lately there is a focus on teaching English here many kids don t actually learn anything since they are not lucky 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

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  • teaching Archives - AIESEC
    and other motorbikes are honking at you at someone else or if they re doing it because they re bored But with time you get it Also I realised how much easier it is when you don t have to beg for rides And how much faster you ll learn the map of Hanoi when you have to drive yourself I learnt in 2 days what I didn t manage to do in 2 months So now it s time to start making plans for short Sunday trips Making plans with new motorbike Although lately there is a focus on teaching English here many kids don t actually learn anything since they are not lucky enough to have a teacher who is used to always speaking English Teaching After being the MC for World Psoriasis Day on Sunday I realised that all my afternoons of watching movies should be spent on something more productive So I decided to finally bother and find a part time job teaching Yes it s true that this is partly because the extra money would be nice for paying for more food and that it will be a good learning experience for me but it s also because I want to help these kids Soo this is not the kindergarten I work at I just thought it was cute and I have no picture from mine yet P Although lately there is a focus on teaching English here many kids don t actually learn anything since they are not lucky 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 I AM HERE The teacher who learns 16 November 2015 0 Comments in Experiences Abroad Featured Vores erfaringer by Borsi There is no bad weather only bad clothing Hey Let me introduce myself so we can feel familiar My name is Rima Jalbă Jalba and I was born and raised in a small Eastern country called Republic of Moldova It s almost four weeks since I am living in Denmark and that s because I took the chance to apply to an internship that I couldn t be more happier to be a part of Cultural Teaching in Øse Efterskole Everyday is a good day The definition of time here is measured in amazing moments My luck was that I had been chosen to come into an Art School I myself graduated and art school 6 years ago Therefore things come easy to me as I am being a music teacher and an English assistant teacher Still I learn a lot about being a teacher and handling different situations also to enjoy whatever you are doing One thing the danish people inspire me is being positive and happy

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  • change Archives - AIESEC
    table again I asked a girl from Tajikistan what was it that she wanted to do with her live and her answer left me speechless for a couple of seconds I want to win the Nobel Prize of Medicine she sipped one more spoon of her soup If I get to the end of my life and I have not achieved it I know it will all have been worth it because while working for it I will have changed the way we do medicine and have saved countless lives You work with people that are not afraid of changing the status quo In Switzerland I met Edward Tseng a Taiwanese working in AIESEC Malaysia who takes very seriously the fact that the education in East Asia is passive and each student finishes his or her degree ready to indulge in a 10 hour working day most of the times not having a weekend At the same time he also struggles with the fact that 40 of all food produced in Malaysia is thrown away without being consumed His commitment as the national responsible for volunteering exchanges is to grow the exchange participants coming to Malaysia this winter from 100 last year to 500 young people from all over the world By having them volunteering in schools evolving the students in practical education that broadens their horizons or by volunteering in local NGOs to tackle the issue of food waste You never work a day As Confucius put it about 2 500 years ago when you love your work you never work a day And that s about right Never have the past 2 5 years in AIESEC seemed like work to me So far it has been a place for fun personal evolution professional development amazing not working trips I ve been to 7 countries with AIESEC and an endless list of friends and contacts that warm my heart And while we do all this as members of this organization we develop youth with practical leadership experiences through exchange Isn t it the most unique job in the world What is the AIESEC Leadership 12 October 2015 0 Comments in Hvad vi laver Our people by Borsi Your action today has a big impact tomorrow So the world has got issues We know see and experience it daily But do we think about what we can do about it Do you ever think about changing the way things are Because we do How can AIESEC prepare the youth of today for a better tomorrow We have an answer to that question However before we go into all the juicy details we would like to ask you to think about the following scenario Imagine a world of the future A world with leaders who are driven passionate diverse in thought leaders who responsible and entrepreneurial empowered and who can empower others AIESEC has always been adaptable because we have always worked with young able minded and insanely brave people who

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  • commitment Archives - AIESEC
    from all corners of the earth At a point in time the whole organizing team sat at the dinner table and had the most hilarious conversation when a Tunisian and a Moroccan decided it would be fun to ask the Taiwanese to pronounce an Arabic term That s when I realized that I was working with 2 Brazilian 1 Venezuelan 1 Mexican 1 Taiwanese 1 Ghanaian 3 Swiss 1 Greek 1 Norwegian 1 Moroccan 1 Tunisian 1 Italian 1 French 1 Romanian and 1 Lithuanian Puff You work with people who dream higher than you can see In a previous conference sitting at a dinner table again I asked a girl from Tajikistan what was it that she wanted to do with her live and her answer left me speechless for a couple of seconds I want to win the Nobel Prize of Medicine she sipped one more spoon of her soup If I get to the end of my life and I have not achieved it I know it will all have been worth it because while working for it I will have changed the way we do medicine and have saved countless lives You work with people that are not afraid of changing the status quo In Switzerland I met Edward Tseng a Taiwanese working in AIESEC Malaysia who takes very seriously the fact that the education in East Asia is passive and each student finishes his or her degree ready to indulge in a 10 hour working day most of the times not having a weekend At the same time he also struggles with the fact that 40 of all food produced in Malaysia is thrown away without being consumed His commitment as the national responsible for volunteering exchanges is to grow the exchange participants coming to

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    from all corners of the earth At a point in time the whole organizing team sat at the dinner table and had the most hilarious conversation when a Tunisian and a Moroccan decided it would be fun to ask the Taiwanese to pronounce an Arabic term That s when I realized that I was working with 2 Brazilian 1 Venezuelan 1 Mexican 1 Taiwanese 1 Ghanaian 3 Swiss 1 Greek 1 Norwegian 1 Moroccan 1 Tunisian 1 Italian 1 French 1 Romanian and 1 Lithuanian Puff You work with people who dream higher than you can see In a previous conference sitting at a dinner table again I asked a girl from Tajikistan what was it that she wanted to do with her live and her answer left me speechless for a couple of seconds I want to win the Nobel Prize of Medicine she sipped one more spoon of her soup If I get to the end of my life and I have not achieved it I know it will all have been worth it because while working for it I will have changed the way we do medicine and have saved countless lives You work with people that are not afraid of changing the status quo In Switzerland I met Edward Tseng a Taiwanese working in AIESEC Malaysia who takes very seriously the fact that the education in East Asia is passive and each student finishes his or her degree ready to indulge in a 10 hour working day most of the times not having a weekend At the same time he also struggles with the fact that 40 of all food produced in Malaysia is thrown away without being consumed His commitment as the national responsible for volunteering exchanges is to grow the exchange participants coming to

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  • leadership Archives - AIESEC
    to build upon AIESEC needs people who are not afraid to stand up and change what they are unhappy about instead of going into war for someone else who intends to make a political statement out of bodies Whatever was just written here is but a small drop in a very big ocean We advise all our readers to remain informed to remain open minded and above all remain kind If you want to hear more about how AIESEC develops young leaders all over the globe to prevent conflicts head over to our article about our Leadership Development Model 2 0 or follow us on Facebook and help us reach our goals faster 5 GOOD REASONS TO VOLUNTEER ABROAD 16 March 2016 0 Comments in Hvad vi laver Our people by Borsi I wanted a very small organization to work on I didn t want to be inside a very big structure and become one of the thousands of volunteers but I wanted to be one of the two three volunteers helping a specific project so that I could really see my impact happening there http aiesec dk wp content uploads 2016 03 12732711 764591220339336 428726289 n mp4 So what was Giancarlo talking about A global experience reaching 40 000 young people each year who all want to create an impact through volunteering Interested Read on So what does it mean to be a Global Citizen Basically it means direct positive contribution to society through volunteering in an intercultural exchange And then you say yeah yeah but what does that really mean I m glad you asked AIESEC has partnered up with the UN we ve covered this in a very recent post about our visit to the UN HQ and Global Goals Be aware that it is in Danish and tie projects together with so called SDGs or Sustainable Development Goals What do you want to solve until 2030 Even though mankind has made huge steps into improving the quality of life for everyone on the planet we all know that there are still many issues to be tackled With that in mind AIESEC now works together with the UN and governments in almost every countries in order to achieve these goals and engage the youth to contribute to the making of a better future We would all love a better future amirite The point is The Sustainable Development goals are a universal set of goals targets and indicators that the United Nations member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years What goals are we talking about For example Indonesia swore to improve the quality of education while Malaysia wants to stop the excessive waste of food and Peru is creating projects regarding the climate change and its effects on the locals So no we are not only offering a 6 week vacation If you choose to embark on a journey with us you ll definitely have to

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