AIESEC… in a Nutshell
Well, if you still haven’t heard about AIESEC from your university or colleagues, here goes:
AIESEC is a global youth-led organization that strives to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential by activating leadership qualities in youth through learning from practical experiences in challenging environments. It has been facilitating international internships and volunteer experiences for over 70 years, and developing a global learning environment across 113 countries and territories.
AIESEC in Lebanon, though founded in May 2011, became a full member of the AIESEC Network in February 2012, and has won the ING award for best relative growth in performance.
How AIESEC Helps You Develop Yourself?
AIESEC offers 3 programs on its site:
Global Volunteer, Global Talent & Global Entrepreneur
Global Volunteer (GV)
The Global Volunteer Program targets youths, ages 18-30, who are seeking a cross cultural experience, and who wish to gain personal development and leave an impact on the world.
Usually volunteers choose which volunteering package they want based on the Sustainable Development Goal/s they wish to work on.
Currently AIESEC Lebanon is offering the following volunteering packages for graduates:
(All MENA: Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique)
NEPAL- Sri Lanka- India- Cambodia (might) visa on arrival for Syrians
(Turkey & Georgia)
(Mexico Peru, or Columbia)
According to Rym Kalo, AIESEC Lebanon’s elected president, the packages mainly cover SDG ( sustainaible Development Goals) in Quality education, Gender Equality, and Good Health & Wellbeing.
Global Talent (GT)
The Global Talent Program, on the other hand, offers an internship experience for young people in corporations abroad. The program lasts for 6 to 78 weeks, and offers compensation. There might also be a slight possibility for the intern to later work at the company they interned for. Thus, the experience allows youths to gain cross-cultural skills, new perspectives, and awareness regarding global issues, so that their skills become more solution oriented and adaptable.
The Global Entrepreneur Program targets youths who are interested in interning for a startup. Though it does not offer compensation, it’s similar to the Global Talent’s program in that it offers the possibility to gain new skills, new perspectives, and a lot of awareness and creativity in tackling real-life problems.
Note that all programs come with a particular fee, which usually covers accommodation and certain amenities.
What Lebanese Students Should Pay Attention to!
As a Lebanese student, you should know that the countries you should apply to for (GT) and (GE) opportunities are:
After all, these are the countries AIESEC Lebanon has partnered with.
How to Apply?
Once you sign up, all internship opportunities will be shown; however, make sure you apply to the countries listed above.
Next, filter your search according to the opportunity you’re looking for. Once matched, your assigned experience managers will help you get started with the interview process, before you confirm and go.
No matter what program you chose, you are definitely going to benefit from your cross-cultural experience.
As Youssef, one of the interns states:
“ I’m actually a Finance Major, but my internship in Egypt at Shark and Shrimp helped me acquire marketing skills. It changed my life; I learned about SEO, SEM, devised a marketing strategy and a teaser campaign. I also made new Greek and Indian friends, not to mention the fact that I received a great recommendation”.
Hence, if you’re interested in applying for an internship whether GV, GT, or GE, don’t hesitate to sign up.
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