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AIESEC: exchange for the adventurers

Imagine waking up from the sound of the imam’s prayer or elephants crossing the street under your window. The little labyrinth roads and the odd-sounding language will be home to you after some patience and a few weeks. In order to survive in this strange environment you will develop skills you never thought you had.

In my last post I presented the EVS programme as an alternative way of travelling. But I am familiar with two types of travelers: those who want to escape and those who want to explode. For the latter, the ones whose blood is boiling, I will present another exchange programme that might suit them better.

Work Abroad Programme is organized and run by AIESEC, the world’s largest student organization. This programme is different and much more challenging. You can choose from over 100 countries, a period from 8 weeks to 18 months and what is more, you can choose to work on a field related to your studies, in order to gain valuable work experience abroad.

Most placements are paid with a basic salary, especially if you come from a Management, Education or IT and Engineering background. Even if they aren’t paid though, or if you come from a different background, accommodation and food is often provided. The fee for non-members is £350 and the only requirement is that you are a student at a UK university or a recent graduate. More details on this here.

The application can be done on-line but it is better that you talk to a local representative first or visit the AIESEC office of the closest university.

The strength of the programme lies in its volunteers. There will be AIESEC volunteers working in any country you might land. Discovering a totally different culture, especially one that might intimidate you, is not the same when you have a circle of local people around you.

I believe that the further you can go, the better. Europe is always here for us, and it is easily accessible. This programme gives you the opportunity to safely explore another world.

Imagine waking up from the sound of the imam’s prayer or elephants crossing the street under your window. The little labyrinth roads and the odd-sounding language will be home to you after some patience and a few weeks. In order to survive in this strange environment you will develop skills you never thought you had.

I know people who have been everywhere, from Latin America to India and every single one of them came back claiming that their lives were forever changed. My own experience in Morocco confirmed what I had heard: No matter how hard it will be, you will never be the same person when you get home.

ANd if you are wondering why AIESEC does what it does… Here’s a presentation of AIESEC’s mission


Author: Dimitra Rizou

dimitra.rizou@my.westminster.ac.uk

Some extra information here.

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October 29, 2008 - Posted by | Dimitra - Travel | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. […] time compromising until the next best thing comes. The two programmes I spoke about,  EVS and the AIESEC exchange may be great, but they do require a commitment for […]

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  2. […] AIESEC: a background Some background information on AIESEC exchanges. […]

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