AIESEC and United Nations Millennium Campaign Partnership

On Wednesday September 19, 2014 AIESEC and United Nations Millennium Campaign  signed a letter of Intent for collaboration. The letter was signed by Vinicius Tsugue, President of AIESEC International and Corinne Woods, Director of UN Millennium Campaign in New York City.

AIESEC was established in 1948 in order to achieve peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential through cross-cultural exchange. Currently AIESEC exists in 125 countries and territories developing young leaders around the world.

AIESEC and United Nations Millennium Campaign decided collaborate to strengthen the voices and actions of young people and engage AIESEC members in creating sustainable solutions through actions related to the Millennium Development Goals and in development and implementation of post-2015 global development agenda, such as through the MY World survey 2015 and the World We Want 2015 engagement platform.

Through its projects AIESEC will motivate tens of thousands of young people in taking targeted action and creating sustainable results within one year of the Millennium Development Goals deadline.

AIESEC recently launched YouthSpeak, a global youth insight survey across 125 countries and territories that aims to understand how to improve education and employment for young people so they can reach their fullest potential. Data will be shared with decision makers and youth so the information can raise awareness and educate people about youth opinion and pressing issues. Take Action now and take the YouthSpeak Survey.

Let your voice be heard!

Take the Youthspeak Survey

More on AIESEC
AIESEC: https://www.aiesec.org/

YouthSpeak: http://youthspeak.aiesec.org

YouthSpeak Survey: bit.ly/YouthSpeakSurvey

More on UNMC 

UNMC: http://www.endpoverty2015.org

Add your vote to MyWorld 2015 survey

See the MyWorld results at Worldwewant2015.org

 

For further inquiries on AIESEC and United Nations partnership please contact

Karolina Piotrowska, Global VP Public Relations at media@ai.aiesec.org

Turn to the Leader in the Mirror

“This moment in history demands that we stop waiting on others to solve the problems and right the wrongs of our times.”

At 66th AIESEC International Congress 2014 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Arianna Huffington addressed more than 700 young leaders from 124 countries and territories.

In her message to young people, she addressed the concept of “leading the change,” focused on empowering young people to create the change they wish to see in the world. Connected with the leadership development that AIESEC provides to young people, Arianna Huffington advises youth to tap into their creativity, leadership and wisdom – “Because wherever we look around the world, we see smart leaders in politics, in business, in media, making terrible decisions. What they are lacking is not IQ, but wisdom.”

Some of the most important issues today including diversity, climate change, education and the impact of technology require not just talk, but action. Arianna says:

“…don’t wait for leaders on a white horse to save us. Instead, turn to the leader in the mirror. Tap into your own leadership potential, because the world desperately needs you. And that means daring to take risks and to fail, as many times as it takes along the way to success and more important, to remaking the world and leading the change.”

How can we ensure that we are leading the change?

AIESEC Everyday Leader Series — Everyday Leaders Changing the World. Submit Your Story!

World Peace may just be attainable.

AIESEC Everyday Leader Series — Everyday Leaders Changing the World.

AIESEC Everyday Leader series highlights powerful stories and lessons from thought and everyday leaders from around the world. The stories illustrate on how World Peace may just be attainable through the actions of everyday leaders who are working towards the peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.

Read the first of the series

Examples of Everyday Leader Stories

How can you participate and contribute your inspiring story for Everyday Leadership?

1. Write an article on Medium.com

2. Include at least one high-quality photo and refine for grammar and spelling

3. Publish and submit your best stories to gordonc@ai.aiesec.org

4. Share it on social media and tag us @AIESEC

Guidelines

  • We will review your story, and contact you for re-publication on our global blog and global social media channels.
  • Stories will be pre-approved before publication, and are subject to editorial modifications to align with the central theme.
  • Not all stories will be accepted for global showcasing, but we encourage you to share your own story with those around you.

An average post on Global AIESEC Facebook for example can attract upwards of 100,000+ users organically. Follow us also on Twitter and LinkedIn

Must-do’s to be qualified

  • One or more clear high-quality impactful photo (we encourage videos too).
  • Clear illustrations about the experience and story free of grammar and spelling errors
  • Include the “date, where, when and how you did it”
  • Craft a compelling story line that showcases what challenges you overcame had to overcome and how you made a difference through the experience
  • Connected to how everyday leaders can change the world and its connection to AIESEC’s mission of peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.
  • Has a blurb at the end of the article written: “This story was written in contribution to the AIESEC Everyday Leader Series, that showcases stories of everyday leaders who are changing the world. Share your story with the world.

How Young People Contribute to Changing The World Everyday

Written by Ivana Gusic, Head of Public Relations and Marketing at AIESEC in Austria

This is not a story about current conflicts that are happening in the world. It is not about rockets flying over our skies or ending wars. It is about smaller things. Little things. But the kind of little things that keep a person going forward; that bring the spark into everyday and strengthen the belief that this world is worth fighting for.

In a small town in Hungary named Gyor, 50 young people from AIESEC in Austria attended a conference to plan for the upcoming year and cover numerous topics relevant for the executive bodies gathered there. This conference itself is special because it brings together young people from 6 different countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Serbia and Brazil. But that is another story altogether.

 

AIESEC Central European Congress gathering young people from Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Austria.

The moment that matters happened towards the end of the conference.

I was holding a session — last session of the day about external exposure (since I am Head of PR and Marketing). I was very skeptical of how it would go because everyone was tired from the six-day conference, which was almost over.

There was a part of the session that I completely forgot about; this small task which turned out to be the spark of greatness. I remember I almost skipped it. You never know what is going to be the biggest moment of the day. Usually the moments you believe will be insignificant turn out to be big ones.

The task was to “Discuss in pairs the topics that we, as voice of youth in Austria, could write about; topics that AIESEC is really passionate about; topics that may seem ordinary, but matter.”

After a couple of minutes, it was a moment to share. I thought a couple of people would share and that’s it.

It started with a few remarks and turned into fiery exchange of ideas and opinions.

Forty young people in leadership positions voiced their opinion, passionate about making a change in their hometowns and their country — from educational gap between formal and informal education and skills and experience required to find a job today, to racism in the world and Austria and how to tackle the integration of immigrants for a more peaceful and tolerant world. The issue of aging population and how to empower youth to ensure a sustainable development. Women leadership today in the world and in AIESEC (which is abundant with women in leadership positions).

Internationality and positive aspects of it in today’s globalized world, where conflicts seem to appear like fireworks. Start-ups and the concept of entrepreneurship and innovation as solutions for challenges facing the world today. Tackling social challenges and addressing those that are relevant in a country.

And many more. At least 20 people were actively sharing and feeding of each other’s ideas.

 

I was standing on the stage, listening to one person after another saying their opinions, listing topics they are passionate about and they would like to write about. I remember I didn’t want the exchange of ideas to stop. I was so overwhelmed by the passion about the issues mentioned and flabbergasted by a wide variety of interests. Forty young minds awake and aware of things that don’t work and willing to do something about it. Have you ever witnessed something like that?

I haven’t before.

I remember that when my enthusiasm and disbelief settled, I was angry — at people saying that youth today is passive; that we don’t care about anything but ourselves. I remember standing in the room with 50 people who paid to come to a six-day conference when they could have gone to the seaside like their friends did. I remember them talking at 7pm in the evening about issues in the world and at home they were passionate about and wanted to solve. And I remember one thought above all others.

That there is greatness in young people. They are aware of the world they live in — technology has made us interconnected and informed. They are passionate and they have an opinion. They are ready to be heard and to contribute to changes if the world will let them.

So how can we empower them? How can we make sure they get a say in what kind of world is being built for them? What kind of world they will live in?

Maybe you’re thinking now that we’re young and that we’ve got a lot to learn yet. And this is true. We don’t know everything. But we have ideas and we are ready to learn. And we’re worth it.

So it should begin today, because 5 to 10 years from now, some of those forty people will have leadership or executive positions. They will have the opportunity to decide which course we take, for better or worse.

Imagine if everyone thought like that. Imagine if everyone cared. Imagine if the world was made up of this type of young people — interested, aware, concerned and willing to participate and change the world for the better. Imagine the world they would be able to build.

And help them — help us build it.

 

This story was written in contribution to the AIESEC Everyday Leader Series, which showcases stories of everyday leaders who are changing the world. Share your story with the world.

How World Peace Begins With Everyday Leaders

AIESEC World Peace series highlights the stories and lessons from thought and everyday leaders from around the world on how World Peace may just be attainable. Contribute your story.

World Peace.

It has been humanity’s eternal, elusive dream. A dream that has inspired influential leaders like Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai, and Malala Yousafzai, to rise from being an ordinary citizen to becoming a leader to make a significant difference. There is also AIESEC’s very own alumnus Martti Ahtisaari, who was the 10th President of Finland and 2008 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his “for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.”

Ahtisaari states that AIESEC helped him “discover new passions about diversity and diplomacy.”

Leaders like Ahtisaari are not super heroes, but human beings just like you and I who have strived to achieve extraordinary accomplishments. They are everyday leaderswho care about the world and take action to defend human rights.

 

The peaceful freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi was once faced at gunpoint, but she did not give in. Instead, she demonstrated absolute courage and clarity by walking without fear to the line of soldiers and with the guns pointed at her, and walked passed it. Nobody was killed.

What would you have done in this moment?

In the movie The Lady, Michelle Yeoh portrays Aung San Suu Kyi’s extraordinary life, challenges, road to peace and democracy in Burma, and is a compelling movie that showcases the power of nonviolence. The strength of this iconic woman is outstanding, and is a role model to show that fear cannot conquer our common humanity.We all live our own lives and we often turn down activities by saying “I’m busy.”

Pushing for world peace does not mean we all need to be walking in front of guns, but to take action even in the smallest ways. It is as practical as dedicating even a few hours a month volunteering for a cause that improves the lives of others, and yourself.

Being an everyday leaders means you are actively seeking for ways to improve the well-being of others in your community. An everyday leader can be as simple as:

  • Showing more compassion and empathy to those around you
  • Joining your grandparents for dinner even though you’re busy with work
  • Calling your loved ones to remind them of how thankful you are for their support
  • Volunteering for a social cause because it will make a difference in other peoples lives
  • Leading a peaceful movement of people to actively advocate for positive change in your community

These everyday actions, make a significant difference because you are now actively participating in your community.

Three specific TED Talks that will alter your perspective on the road to peace

 

In the Road to Peace playlist on TED, “these speakers offer inspired ideas, practical advice and real-world examples from around the globe of how it just might be attainable.”

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 1997 for her work toward the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines advocates for society to have a more realistic vision of world peace. The talk focuses on rethinking world peace to human security, and enabling people to live dignified lives.

Scilia Elworthy a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Oxford Research Group that seeks to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, talks about how to deal with extreme violence without using force in return. Exploring the themes of how to overcome bullies ranging from countries to individuals without any violence in return

Julia Bacha a filmmaker who produced Budhrus discusses the power of attention, and how we often media and audiences pay attention to the violence, but not the non-violent leaders and peacemakers of the Middle East region that may very well bring peace to the region. Bacha advocates for us to pay attention to nonviolence.

Progress will come, when all of humanity is awakened, moved to take action and not idly sit by to wait for change.

Young people around the world need to strive to become an everyday leaders and make positive change happen by taking actions that improve the lives of others.

How will you get involved in the global community and create positive change?

Submit and share your everyday leader story with us. Tweet us at @AIESEC or engage with me at @gdondon

 

 

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Вдохновляющие истории: Интервью со швейцарцем, который бросил офисную работу и начал путешествовать по миру

Путешествия – пожалуй, то немногое, что любят почти все. Для большинства людей – это хобби, возможность вырваться из будничной рутины, и только для некоторых – это lifestyle. Адриан Самели – один из тех, для кого путешествие стало неотъемлемой частью жизни. За почти 2 года швейцарец побывал на 3 континентах и посетил 50 стран. Среди них есть и Беларусь! И он не собирается на этом останавливаться, пока на карте еще остаются белые зоны.  Подробнее о том, как и почему он начал путешествовать, вести travel-блог и пополнил ряды «digital nomads», вы узнаете в интервью.

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Когда ты понял, что хочешь начать путешествовать и как ты принял это решение?

Когда мне было 20 лет, я потратил свою первую зарплату на поездку в Китай. С тех пор я стал активно интересоваться культурой других стран. Следующие десять лет я много работал, жил экономно, чтобы всегда иметь средства на путешествия. Потом я понял, что путешествия позволяют мне по-настоящему насладиться жизнью. К 30 годам у меня было достаточно сбережений, чтобы начать путешествовать по миру.

Почему ты решил начать вести travel-блог?

Я всю жизнь занимался разработкой сайтов и приложений для клиентов, но у меня не было моего собственного сайта. Я решил вести блог и вначале воспринимал это просто как интересный проект. Во-первых, это помогало не терять навыки разработки сайтов, во-вторых, я мог делиться впечатлениями о поездках с семьей и друзьями. Все, кого заинтересует, могли видеть посты о моих путешествиях.

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Назови 3 места/страны, которые произвели на тебя наибольшее впечатление?

Норвежские фьорды  поразили меня своим живописным ландшафтом. Кажущийся бесконечным переход  горного рельефа в морскую гладь просто захватывает дух. Минск впечатлил меня своей советской и в то же время современной архитектурой. В пустыне Намиб  я осознал, на что на самом деле способен человек. Несколько часов я ехал через песчаные дюны и не встретил ни одного человека. Это казалось невероятным.

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Самое странное блюдо, которое ты попробовал?

Пожалуй, самым необычным блюдом были бычьи яйца в ресторане в Найроби.

Разрушил ли ты какие-либо стереотипы в отношении стран или людей?

Я, вероятно, разрушил стереотипы о каждой стране, пожив там какое-то время и пообщавшись с местными жителями. Некоторые стереотипы являются результатом культурных различий в граничащих друг с другом странах. Очень часто стереотипы связаны с нашими представлениями о далеких странах. Погружаясь в национальную культуру, стереотипы исчезают, и приходит понимание уникальности каждой отдельной страны.

Что интересное ты открыл для себя во время путешествия?

Если вы открыты и искренни по отношению к людям, вы везде найдете друзей. Некоторые могут быть неприветливыми, но большинство людей очень дружелюбны. Относитесь к другим с уважением, и они будут относиться к вам так же.

А что-то новое о себе ты узнал?

То, что я могу без проблем чувствовать себя как дома в большинстве стран. Заводить новых друзей и находить интересные возможности у меня получается достаточно легко. После почти двух лет путешествий я не хочу останавливаться и в ближайшие пару лет планирую посетить как можно больше новых мест.

Что заставляет тебя продолжать путешествовать?

Любопытство и стремление понять сущность развития человека и особенности разных культур. Чем больше стран я посещаю, тем больше я разбираюсь в социальных и политических системах. Я хочу понять больше о мире, в котором мы живем, а также о том, что нас объединяет, а что разделяет.

Как ты определяешь место, которое ты хочешь посетить?

В целом я всегда хочу увидеть новые места и поэтому стараюсь избегать повторений. У меня есть список возможных направлений, который я постоянно обновляю. В то же время иногда я могу принять решение неожиданно. Всегда есть причина куда-то поехать. Это может быть человек, которого я хочу увидеть, интересное мероприятие или перспективный проект, в котором я хочу поучаствовать

Без чего ты не можешь путешествовать?

Без денег и интернета. Есть люди, которые могут путешествовать, практически не имея никаких средств. Кто-то работает во время поездки, кто-то бесплатно останавливается у других людей. Я предпочитаю иметь немного денег, чтобы быть независимым от обстоятельств.  Интернет, в свою очередь, помогает мне ориентироваться в незнакомой местности, планировать поездку, а также позволяет устанавливать контакты с местными жителями.

Встречал ли ты других людей, которые так же, как ты, живут в путешествии?

Да, но не так много, как может показаться, потому что в основном я стараюсь общаться с местным населением. Тем не менее я встречался с несколькими путешественниками, и мы обменивались впечатлениями об увиденном.

Как ты зарабатываешь деньги во время путешествия?

Как я уже упоминал, у меня достаточно большой опыт работы в сфере разработки сайтов и приложений, поэтому я могу работать удаленно. Помимо фриланса, я на волонтерской основе оказывал консультационные услуги нескольким компаниям в Африке. Я стараюсь выбирать организации, деятельность которых направлена на улучшение жизни других людей, особенно в неблагополучных регионах мира.

Как ты считаешь, возможно ли работать удаленно и зарабатывать достаточно денег, чтобы путешествовать?

Да, это возможно для тех профессий, которые не требуют обязательного присутствия в офисе. Сейчас огромное число возможностей для фриланса. Единственная проблема заключается в том, чтобы найти интересные и хорошо оплачиваемые проекты. На самом деле путешествие часто оказывается дешевле, чем расходы на аренду и коммунальные услуги.

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Сталкивался ли ты с какими-либо проблемами, работая удаленно?

Большинство возникающих трудностей ничем не отличаются от любой другой работы, связанной с реализацией проектов. Вы точно также общаетесь с клиентами, чтобы определить, что они хотят получить, а также обсуждаете проект с разработчиками, чтобы убедиться, что все сделано должным образом. Иногда задача усложняется из-за разных часовых поясов.

Что ты планируешь перед тем, как отправиться в поездку?

Самый важный фактор – это бюджет. Я сокращаю все расходы до минимума и стараюсь зарабатывать деньги «в дороге». Кроме того на всякий случай следует продумать, как покинуть страну в случае необходимости. Замечательно, если у вас будут люди, которые смогут помочь.

Какой твой следующий пункт назначения?

Я бы хотел проехать по Шелковому пути, а также посетить страны Юго-Восточной Азии.

Директор для “Замки Беларуси”

Белорусская ассоциация клубов ЮНЕСКО ищет творческую, ответственную и идейную личность в качестве ДИРЕКТОРА международного волонтерского археологического лагеря “Замки Беларуси”.

 

Предполагаемы сроки работы: с 15.07.2017 по 25.07.2017 либо с 25.07.2017 по 05.08.2017.

Обязанности:

  • отобрать участников лагеря
  • составить культурную программу для проведения вечернего досуга
  • подготовить тренинговые игры на сплочение и т.д.
  • управление лагерем

Образование:  Высшее или незаконченное высшее образование. Специализация значения не имеет!

Опыт:

  • Коммуникативные навыки
  • Организаторские способности
  • Навыки пользования компьютером: MS Word, Exel, PowerPoint, Internet и email
  • Базовые знания английского языка
  • Профессионализм в работе

 

Желающим принять участие в конкурсе необходимо до 1 мая 2017 года заполнить электронную анкету https://goo.gl/oxffV7

 

Проект будет реализован в г.п. Мир Гродненской области.

В рамках программы волонтерского лагеря предусмотрены археологические работы, культурная и образовательная программа.

 

По всем вопросам относительно данной программы можно обратиться к координатору проекта, специалисту РОО “БелАЮ” Анастасии Минкевич по телефону: 8 (029) 552 75 98, minkevich@belau.info

 

 

 

 

WE ARE RECRUITING!

Мы рады сообщить о начале нового набора AIESEC в Беларуси! Предлагаем начать новый учебный год с решения стать частью нашей команды.

Learning by doing – наш главный секрет, поэтому мы смело говорим WELCOME всем смелым и инициативным! ?

С нами ты:

  • поучаствуешь в интересных проектах + сможешь реализовать свои идеи
  • обзаведешься глобальной сетью контактов и ресурсов
  • сможешь развивать профессиональные и личные качества
  • точно станешь лидером в своей среде 😉
  • научишься оценивать свои сильные и слабые стороны
  • и навсегда станешь частью мирового сообщества AIESEC!

?Этапы отбора:

->Заполни анкету (приложена ниже)

Дедлайн: 31.08.16

->Пройди групповое собеседование

->Получи приглашение на вводную конференцию

……иии ты в команде!

Join us! Join AIESEC!

 

LARP “1984” и EduWeekend Remara: Образование и отдых в одном месте!

LARP “1984”

LARP (с англ. ролевая игра живого действия) – это особая форма ролевых игр, где мастерами создается целый мир с персонажами, которые распределяются среди игроков. Все вместе они создают игру, в которой чувства и ценности могут быть такими же «живыми», как и в реальном мире. 

В этом году у нас ролевая игра живого действия по мотивам произведения Оруэлла “1984”. Этот роман-антиутопия, был издан в 1949 году. Название романа, его терминология и даже имя автора впоследствии стали нарицательными и употребляются для обозначения общественного уклада, напоминающего описанный в романе «1984» тоталитарный режим. Произведение неоднократно становилось жертвой цензуры в социалистических странах и объектом критики со стороны левых кругов на Западе.

Тема этого года сложная, но интересная! Это будет интересная и запутанная игра, в которой не так просто определить своё место и принять правильное решение. Череда жизненно важных решений и ошибок приведут вас к одной из десятков развязок. Полученные знания, эмоции и опыт будут самыми настоящими. Вы проживёте маленькую жизнь.

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Вы когда-нибудь задумывались над тем, как бы вы повели себя в условиях персонажа книги?

Уже этим летом вы сможете стать гражданами смоделированного государства по книге Дж. Оруэлла “1984”. И вы выбираете, как жить внутри него: приспособиться к правилам или попытаться изменить их?

Это круче, чем “Мафия”: это LARP (с англ. ролевая игра живого действия). Здесь чувства и ценности могут быть такими же «живыми», как и в реальном мире!

Сможешь ли ты остаться собой там, где это невозможно?

Дата: 11-13 августа на хуторе «Шабли» (г. Воложин).

Количество участников – 85 человек.

Регистрация: https://goo.gl/PTtnfT


EduWeekend Remara

Второй «EduWeekend Remara» пройдёт 14 августа на хуторе “Шабли”! EduWeekend Remara – это первый и единственный образовательный фестиваль в Беларуси, который проводится с 2014 года. EWR – это объединение интересных лекций и хорошего отдыха на протяжении целого дня.

В этом году вас ждут 6 лекториев: арт-активизм, будущее образования, свободное общество, деньги и люди, государство и политика, новые медиа. На каждой площадке выступят известные общественные деятели и эксперты со всей Беларуси. Всего будет 18 лекторов, среди них: Стас Горелик (Фонд «Інтэракцыя»), Ольга Шпарага (ECLAB), Мила Котка (Vulica Brasil), Алесь Лагвинец (Рух за свабоду), Никита Монич (Национальный художественный музей), Валдес Фугаш (Праўныя Дырэктары, Могилёв) и др.

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Помимо лекториев на фестивале будут зона с уличной едой, арт-базар, зоны активного и спокойного отдыха, короткометражное кино, арт-инсталляции и многое другое. Вечером выступят «Один в каное» (Львов, Украина), AKUTE (Могилёв), Андрей Сенькевич (Минск). А ночью запланированы выступления молодых белорусских групп.

Все подробности на сайте.

Стоимость входного билета: 10 рублей (BYN)

Контакты организатора: Евгений Михасюк, +375(29) 308-10-98, mihasyuk.evgen@gmail.com, remara.by@gmail.com

Global Village: межкультурное общение, знакомство с другими культурами и национальные блюда из 7 стран

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Что: праздник культур, национальной кухни, традиций и общения «Global Village».

Где: кафе «Beetlejuice» (ул. Калинина, 7).

Когда: 23 июля в 16.00

Стоимость: 3 BYN

Международная студенческая организация AIESEC приглашает всех посетить настоящую «глобальную деревню» живого общения с представителями 7 стран мира. Вы что-нибудь знаете о Гане? Хотите, чтобы китайцы научили вас мастерски управляться с палочками? Ваши знания о Турции заканчиваются отелями «all inclusive»? Попадется ли когда-нибудь возможность попробовать национальную иорданскую и азербайджанскую еду?

Наши 12 иностранных волонтеров развеют все стереотипы, расскажут о культуре своих стран и, по желанию, поделятся рецептами национальных блюд.

Global Village – это:

– возможность завести друга-иностранца;

– 3 часа в межкультурной компании;

– такие знания о странах, которые вы не получите в школе или университете;

– максимум общения, развлечения, музыки и танцев;

– «международный» шведский стол.

Регистрация на мероприятие обязательна!

Ссылка на мероприятие в соц. сетях: https://new.vk.com/gv_july

Контакты:

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Shake your summer! [Grodno edition]

Знакомство, танцы, истории из жизни волонтеров и очередь из желающих проконсультироваться – так прошла гродненская версия мероприятия Shake your summer! 3 мая гостеприимный Гродно встретил представителей команды AIESEC в своих краях. постер раз18.30 – все на местах. Время начинать мероприятие. Но организаторами было запланировано кое-что другое: найти “героя”, который полностью прочитал “Войну и мир”, и узнать у вегетарианца, как ему удается держаться только на овощах и йогуртах. Благодаря интересу и оживленной обстановке мероприятие поднялось до “нового уровня” комфорта. Своеобразное знакомство сблизило участников как между собой, так и с организаторами.

2Вводная лекция о том, что такое AIESEC, несколько видео из разряда мотивирующих – и на лицах гродненских ребят появляются искренние улыбки, глаза горят, а сердце жаждет путешествий.
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Заключительной и самой яркой частью гродненского Shake your summer стали истории волонтеров – Анны и Алины. Ребята как будто побывали в Италии и Турции (именно в эти страны ездили волонтеры от AIESEC, которые выступали на мероприятии), столкнулись с теми же ситуациями и наполнились теми же впечатлениями.

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Алина Черникович, координатор исходящих обменов, организатор мероприятия Shake your summer:

“Гродно – дружелюбный и теплый город, да и ребята там активные и интересные. На мой взгляд, все прошло в очень уютной и домашней обстановке. К моему удивлению, с деятельностью AIESEC многие были уже знакомы. И это не может не радовать 🙂 “


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AIESEC reunites young leaders in conference in Vietnam

International Presidents Meeting is held in February

On the night of February 19, the streets of Vietnam will be filled with colors, noises and firecrackers. People will be enjoying the Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet – a short version of an expression that means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. The holiday celebrates the rise of a new year according to the Vietnamese calendar, but in 2015 not only locals will be charmed by the country’s tradition. More than 200 young faces, representing 125 countries and territories, are joining the celebration since Vietnam is hosting for the first time one of the most important AIESEC conferences.

International Presidents Meeting

Every year, February is the date of the International Presidents Meeting delivery. It is an occasion where the elected and current National Presidents of the countries and territories that are part of the organization get together to discuss the entity’s future. However, the 10-days conference is not the only attraction of this international reunion. Under the name Global Youth Summit, this year edition gathers different events under the theme “youth and sustainable success”. The pillars that are the base of this topic are passion, capability and goodwill; Hang Tran is the final responsible of the event’s preparation and she explains that those values combined together are a way to reach individual success and the development that our society needs. “We want to inspire young people to live with purpose, to be open-minded and to do good for others”, says her.

The agenda is full and there will be a lot going on. If you cannot wait to be there, check it out the to-do list!

 

To-Do List!

Two huge debate spaces will take place during the Summit on February 10 (Vietnam to the World Forum) and February 16 (Global YouthSpeak Forum). If you like sharing ideas and being inspired by amazing stories of people changing the world, these are the places to be! Both occasions are bringing speakers to present their views during panels, promoting discussions that will culminate with concrete activities in workshops and networking activities.

What is the point of reuniting so many cultures in one place if they cannot show a little bit of their homes, right? The afternoon of February 10 will bring a lot of surprises and probably cultural shocks in the format of food, music, clothes and dances while AIESEC’s 125 entities are represented in stands and artistic presentations at the Global Village. Get ready to walk around and visit the five continents in just a few hours! More than 6 thousand registrations were already received.

Last but no least, young leaders of the most diverse realities are going to share the day to day and their thoughts while dreaming about the next generation of AIESEC at global level. On one hand, the current National Presidents, who have already crossed half of their one-year term, are going to share their experience so far and get refreshed for the next months of work. On the other hand, AIESECers that have just been elected to lead their countries from July 2015 on will start officially the preparation for this new challenge. In addition, this conference has a huge importance to the organization because it is the occasion when the International AIESEC President is known. To sum up, the election process and the discussions about AIESEC future are the principle goals of the AIESEC Global Conference.

 

Vietnam

After Serbia, in 2013, and China, in 2014, it is time to Vietnam to host the international conference. In less than two weeks, AIESECers from everywhere will be heading to Ho Chi Minh, former Saigon, and the largest city in Vietnam. More than 7 million people live in this colorful city, which is the country’s economic heart.

The Global Summit is important to AIESEC for the reasons already listed in this article, but Hang guarantees the conference is priceless to the country as well. “We will prove to externals that we are relevant to Vietnam and we are making positive impact to society”, explains her. Hang is young still, but she has already lived several experiences in AIESEC that brought her to the position of Congress Committee President and it’s a big deal: more than one year managing a 29 people team in order to provide the best conference for its delegates is a tough job. However, Hang affirms that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. “It was tough and challenging, but also very memorable. My proudest moment is when I see 29 members growing with this project. And their impact later will matter”, ends her.

What is the impact of the Global Youth Summit in the world? Do not lose the upcoming news about it over here and in the event’s official website.

Why should you join AIESEC?

This is a question I get a lot.

“Why are we all here?” is another one.

In the last few days, I have been asking myself this question. Maybe it is because I was elected Team Leader and I am choosing the people who will be part of my next team – and this is a very special occasion when one has no option but revisit the organization’s purpose. Maybe it is because this is just one of the one million questions about AIESEC that my family always ask me and I could never find a satisfactory answer. Or, after all, it is just something I like to think about when I’m in one of those reflexive days.

The true is that some of us, AIESECers, feel quite well in this organization and we can repeat the speech countless times, (“AIESEC is a global non-political organization located in more than 125 countries and territories…”). However, when it is time to explain WHY, why does it make us feel so complete? Why does it taste like home? Why can we find meaning in something that our parents feel a bit odd to understand?

I have been in AIESEC for more than 3 years now and every day I find out a new reason to be here. Anyway, trying to sum up all the reasons of being in AIESEC to write this article, I came up with a 5-item list that I’m going to present to you right now and maybe (hopefully!) you will feel identified – if you already are an AIESECer – or, at least, curious – if you are not.

1. Find out what makes you feel passionate

If you have ever been in love, you know the feeling: a heartbeat you can’t control, everything seems beautiful, a lot of energy coming out from your pores. Passion means having a strong sense of connection with someone or something, an endless source of motivation and will. Everything is possible and you are confident you can overcome any challenges. Ok, ok, not all of us find our soul mate in AIESEC. Nevertheless, what we sure do is to discover what makes us feel passionate about life.

To work in different teams, doing the most diverse activities and interacting with people with backgrounds that we are not familiar with are some of the tools that AIESEC provides that can be very useful to find out what are our likes and dislikes. One day you may be responsible for a marketing strategy, until a brand new position in human resources is available and you decide to take a shot – and, before all of that, you were organizing an event! There’s no need to be an expert – in fact, AIESEC was made to be a platform where young students and graduates can feel the taste of success and failure, and understand themselves better based on that.

I myself studied Journalism, but in AIESEC I have worked in all kinds of projects, since running exchange operations until making a budget, and today I can easily say what are the things that really accelerate my pulse and push me to go further. Trying new things and seeing the results of your efforts result in self-knowledge and this kind of understanding is really welcomed in this phase of our lives, when we are in our twenties and we should decide our future even though we have no clue about our present. If you are looking for a place to figure out your path in life, AIESEC can help you with that.

2. People!

Not everybody is super sociable, but we are humans and we are supposed to like being around people. The good thing about AIESEC is that you will meet many people and, some of them you wouldn’t have the chance to know in other circumstances. I mean, it’s not just the amazing increase in the number of friends you have in Facebook, a weird and funny thing that happens to anyone who joins AIESEC: one day you are just living your normal and boring online life, the next day after you post a picture with your AIESEC mates (picking up a trainee or hanging out after a meeting), several friends request will pop up and, in most cases, you have never met the people who wants to be friends with you. But, hey! They work in AIESEC somewhere and, somehow, it makes you feel connected.

What I’m really talking about is to be working and realizing projects with boys and girls from different universities, cities and even continents. It’s such a rich environment, where you can get to meet people who talk with different accents, but that are connected by the same interests and desires of changing the world. We are all young and we all have ideas to share. Sometimes, when I talk to my international girlfriends in whats app (an Indian, a Chinese, a Greek, an Argentinean – all the crazy ladies that were part of my exchange in, guess where? Egypt!), I feel so lucky to have had the chance to meet them and to see the world from their perspectives, some of them so different from mine and so much interesting exactly because of that.

3. Discover the world

AIESEC is about exchange and the changes that result from it. You can chose: change of mind, of people, of jobs. Actually, the first meaning of change that will pop up in an AIESECer’s mind is the change of landscape. Present in over 125 countries and territories (here it is the speech again!), what we do is to send abroad young volunteers and professionals to live impactful experiences where they should learn, teach and, most of all, discover the world that is hidden in every corner. AIESEC is about travelling, but it is not a regular vacation trip. It is a journey of discoveries, where the exchange participant will live as a native, use their means of transportation, eat their food, walk on their streets and see them in a state of total immersion. Their culture will become your culture and you will leave part of your country with them and import part of their home to yours.

Since I joined AIESEC, I have been in four countries and I could tell you how special they are to me in every single way. People, places, adventures, good memories that shaped me, made me who I am and I’m pretty sure that I like a lot more this version of me right now, a nice little mess full of parts of the places I     ‘ve been and people I’ve loved, than the girl I was before.

4. Learn (new languages, new skills, new ideas)

 

You may not do an exchange or you may not lead a team (although these things are highly recommended), but one thing you will be doing for sure in AIESEC is to learn. Every day, every occasion, every responsibility you decide to assume, you will be learning. From a new language to a software to edit videos, from to prepare a foreign dish to a team management theory, from an app to manage better your time to an exotic dance. You got the point, right? Reunite thousands of young people, full of hormones and ideas, and give them a challenge to overcome. The result is an intense learning environment, where one is teaching what he knows in exchange of learning other people’s specialties. And before you ask, no, you don’t have to join a two-hour class or to sign up to one of those tutorial videos websites. You just need to be open to share, to be present, and to learn as you go, trying and giving your best. Set an objective, define the way to reach it and work hard – the necessity to learn will show up during the way and you will have to adapt yourself or give up in the process. FYI: giving up is not something we accept easily in AIESEC.

5. Lead yourself, lead the change

 

The last item of this list is actually a resume of the other things I put here. A resume? Better yet: it is a consequence. In AIESEC we believe that leaders are the fundamental solution for the worlds’ problems. I bet you will agree with me: imagine being able to know your strengths and weaknesses, having clear idea of the things you want to be and the things you don’t want to do. More than that, you feel responsible for the world, the issues in our society bug you and there’s this internal rush to do something, to take an active part in the transformation world needs.

However, you know that changing requires effort and that’s why you decide to connect yourself with people that have the same will as you do. Together, you can fill each other’s’ gaps and combine your talents to achieve something bigger. Using your qualities along with others to make a contribution, looking for the resolution of a problem, engaging others to feel responsible for the world as well. This is a leader for AIESEC. This is the kind of person we want to give to the world and that’s why we do what we do. That’s why it is worth to join AIESEC, a place where more than 40 thousand young people all over the world work in different projects and areas, each one walking towards this unique goal of giving more and more leaders who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world. You know what? A leader I know once said that the crazy ones are the ones who really change it. And I totally agree.

What about you? If you do too, maybe this is the place you belong 🙂

The Value of Purpose-Driven Leaders

“The key challenge for business is how do we get more purpose-driven leaders that realise they are there to make a difference in the world”, said Bill George of Harvard Business School at The World Economic Forum, which took place in Davos again this year.

“The pressures are greater today than they’ve ever been on CEOs to produce short-term results but it’s really not about that. It’ about having a company that’s going to solve actual social problems through the work the company does and that requires a company with commitment to purpose throughout the entire organisation.”

In a highly globalised world we live in today facing numerous challenges, purpose is what unites people to work towards a common future. To have purpose is to give meaning to the goals we are striving to achieve together. Purposeful and meaningful work is becoming more and more important worldwide. According to Youth Speak, the global millennial insight survey, young people rated meaningful work as the 2nd most important factor in the first 5 years of their career.

 

Additionally, 72% of Youth Speak respondents believe that it is important for companies to positively impact society. Although the definition of “positive impact” varies, data shows that Generation Y demands companies to have meaningful contribution to society and not solely generate profit without purpose.

Many companies worldwide recognize the significance of meaningful contribution to issues that affect society today. A PR Newswire article highlights the findings of the global research, which was launched at The World Economic Forum by Ernst & Young and Oxford. One of the findings states “Corporate leaders see the organization’s role evolving to address global challenges, taking an active role in creating well-being and value for and with a wider set of stakeholders.”

However, the findings also show that while businesses recognize the importance of purpose for driving core strategies and operations, they also “acknowledge there is a gap between this recognition and the policy and practice in their organizations.” (source)

Therefore, we are back to the question posed by Mr. Bill George of Harvard Business School:

How do we get more purpose-driven leaders who can act on the purpose?

AIESEC, the world’s largest student organization, believes the answer lies in providing young people with practical leadership experiences. By engaging in a challenging environment designed to test them, push them and shape them, young people are given the chance to try and the freedom to fail.

Learning by doing leaves the most powerful impact and allows first-hand discovery of what you are good at, what you are not good at and what really matters to you. Self-awareness developed by learning through trial and error is a first step to realizing your own potential and your unique contribution to the world.

So do you know how can you contribute?

Thinking in terms of contribution is crucial for developing purposeful leaders – the ones who see the bigger picture and understand the importance of meaningful contribution to building a better world.

Developing more purpose-driven leaders is a step towards building a more sustainable future.