“You can never be 100% ready. But we’re here to support you as you take your first steps outside your comfort zone. And from there you will grow as a role model for others. The world is more connected than ever before; it requires leaders who can work together and empathise. Gain a new appreciation and understanding of diversity and culture.” AIESEC
This global and non political, not-for-profit and independent organization that works for young people and leadership. Their main goal is to provide or create opportunities for working or volunteering abroad. This program has been welcomed in all the countries they have a location. Actually, they have location in 126 countries, check the list:
For more volunteer programs, take a look on our previous post .
AIESEC was founded in 1948, in Europe, while they aimed to “to expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals, changing the world one person at a time.” They further expand to the Middle East region, including Greece. Therefore, when their exchange numbers had raised more than 4,500 mark, MIT students with the support of IBM break huge ground with the implementation of computerised systems. At 1970 they expanded to the six continents. From its beginnings to the present, AIESEC has enabled over 26,000 international placements, coordinated by over 70,000 AIESECers.
AIESEC does not take into consideration race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national ethnic or social origin. Hence, young people have a platform and an organization that helps them to develop their leader skills while they experience a new culture and increase their socio-cultural awareness. You can also visit their web page .
Their volunteer programs work on the following programs: Providing education, Improving literacy, Eradicating poverty, Sustainable living, Delivering sanitation and Human rights. This is, students can select the program that best fulfil their expectations. In fact, this experience could be included in their CV, showing their potential according to the field they have worked on.
According to their web page, you can apply if:
- You are student or recent graduate (for maximum two years) aged between 18 and 29 years old;
- You have a good level in English; for some projects in South America or Mozambique, it is recommended, but not required, to have a basic level of Portuguese or Spanish;
- You have good communication skills. Flexibility and adaptability are highly regarded;
- We do not require information about your academic performance;
Details and logistics:
- Duration: 6 to 12 weeks.
- The conditions may vary according to the country, city and project. In some cases you may have accommodation and part of the meals covered.
- It may take up to two months to decide on a project, complete the selection process and finalize the cultural and logistical preparation; we advise you to apply two-three months before your preferred time of departure.
- Although there are two major application deadlines in March and October, volunteering opportunities are open throughout the whole year and the selection process is continual; you can expect to be contacted in maximum two weeks after submitting your application.
- Some of their partner countries require participants to have taken vaccines for common diseases. Participants are responsible to take the necessary precautions.
Visit their blog and take a look on people’s experiences. Do not miss the opportunity to work or volunteer with AIESEC.