OK, now I’ll try my best to give you some kind of understanding of what AIESEC is and how we roll (or the way we do it)!
But before starting, take a look at these videos:
#1 AIESEC Mission [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQHaZLYwNrg]
#2 AIESEC History [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ipxb3u5ho]
I hope that something became more clear after watching the videos. Probably not, so let me help you:
First of all, AIESEC is the biggest student-run organisation founded in 1948 and currently present in 110 different countries. For more than 6o years it has been helping young people to develop their skills and experience a completely different culture while working abroad. To put it into a very simple way – at the same time AIESEC members are looking both for local companies that would like to receive an intern from another country and for students who are willing to go to work abroad. And believe me, there are not many organisations who are doing such things. 🙂
So… for example, there are 24 LCs* in the UK that are based at different universities across the country. In each Local Committee students are provided with various tasks (advertising the organisation, recruiting new people, running regular meetings and skills improvement sessions, cold calling, sending people abroad, etc.) which is an experience that can’t be received only by doing the degree. Furthermore, students can run for leadership positions and become responsible for a group of people and improve their transferable skills which lead to another great thing – AIESEC is recognised by all the biggest companies and it’s a very good way to improve your CV and get a job during (or after, depends on how you see it) this economic crisis. Talking about it, such companies as PwC, Accenture, Alcatel, Microsoft, GSK, QS, UBS, TATA, Standard Chartered and many others are our global partners.
But that’s not all!
Well… how many of you guys have heard that AIESEC is a cult?.. If you saw all the crazy dances that are part of our routine, you would surely think that there is something wrong with us! The thing is, that AIESEC is definitely not a cult – it’s a culture and believe me, an amazing one! We have a very unique way of saying hi (especially in the UK, haha) and farewell, we have a significant amount of gatherings (local meetings, national and international conferences), even our own language (which mostly consists of a ridiculous amount of abbreviations), competitions (google boat racing aiesec), and, of course, the dances and the biggest parties! But there is nothing wrong about it – it’s a perfect way to get people out of their comfort zone and make them more open-minded and self-confident.
Sooooo… it was quite a long introduction, which most probably became boring (sorry about that!), but hopefully you now have a better understanding of what we do and what’s the point of doing it.
Oh, I almost forgot: LC* – A Local Committee.
And now it’s time to focus on Venezuela!