Volunteer Abroad This Summer With AIESEC!

Volunteer Abroad This Summer With AIESEC!

By: Shreya Dasgupta
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While travelling abroad, a common scenario people often face is that they end up being tourists rather than travellers. Volunteering in a different country is an excellent way to get a real glimpse into a foreign culture. As well, volunteering abroad allows people to step outside of their comfort zone. Volunteering for a cause that you are passionate about allows you make a difference to the local community that you are working with. For university students, volunteering assists one’s personal development. Through the enhancement of skills such as communication, organization, team work, and time management. In the end, volunteers end up with experiences and memories which will last a lifetime and a network of friends which stretches the globe.

AIESEC is the world’s largest student driven organization, which aims to develop young leaders of tomorrow. By running a Global Internship and Global Community Development Program, we create a positive social impact by engaging students and graduates to participate in international exchanges while developing their leadership skills.

At AIESEC, we offer a number of opportunities for people who want to make a difference to the world. Currently, there are nine available internships which students can take advantage of this summer. Here are just some of the opportunities AIESEC SFU is promoting:

The Edison Project, Czech Republic
This project aims to develop young people’s potential in an international environment by spreading cultural awareness, and providing leadership, coaching and financial education among the Czech elementary and high school students. Volunteers will prepare cultural workshops, activities and work with a team of interns from all around the world.

The Sunshine Project, Russia
This education based internship focuses on providing English classes for students in a camp setting. Volunteers will organize events, activities, and raise awareness about other cultures to engage Russian youth. They will also take part in planning and executing a cultural presentation on Canadian culture.

The Hope Project, Malaysia
This project management internship requires interns to plan, design and execute an HIV awareness campaign and work with local HIV/AIDS related NGOs. They will volunteer in a shelter home and work directly teach and interact with students living with HIV/AIDS.

Project Uday, India
This project focuses on various initiatives, including the facilitation of HIV awareness camps, promoting civil rights awareness, and discussing issues such as child labour or the environment with youth. Interns will also have the opportunity to volunteer at local orphanages and conduct workshops.

These opportunities will allow students to grow and become more independent and adventurous. Volunteering in a different country can be an extremely fun and rewarding experience. Make the summer of 2012 a memorable one and go volunteer with AIESEC!

Interested candidates can fill out the form on our website. We will help you get started on your own AIESEC experience! We will also be having info sessions about these summer exchange opportunities in the week of March 5-9, 2012. Register by filling out this form.

Posted on March 02, 2012
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