"To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of 'otherness' and instead embrace 'togetherness'." – Suzy Kassem
What impact do you want to leave? How do you want to influence our world? It is a certainty that we will each have a point in our lives where we are positioned to influence others and make a difference in their lives as well.
AIESEC provides you a mixture of travelling and volunteering, an opportunity to become a true Global Citizen. So why don't you grab the opportunity of having an unforgettable experience of exploring a whole new country with a whole new people while making an impact out there? Here are the 6 main reasons on why you should take such an opportunity.
1. Getting out of your comfort zone
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it"– Art Williams
As young people most of us have a pretty established comfort zone in a community that has known you for a good part of your life. But being in a new place with different people who hold different values strips all that familiarity away. You become smarter and more competent individual.
2. Discovering a whole new culture
"Culture is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterizes a society or a group. It includes creative expressions, community practices and material or built forms." – The UN
You will be physically and culturally immersed in the country and its traditions on a much deeper level. You will be aware of cultural values as you will be living as a local during the internship. You will become more understanding with international issues and conflicts.
3. Impacting lives
"Never underestimate your ability to make someone else's life better, even if you never know it" – Greg Louganis
You will be focusing on a particular issue in the society you are volunteering in. It is a chance to change others and leaving a fingerprint on their lives. Cause what a great deed in life rather than helping those who need help and making an impact on them.
4. Living diversity
"Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together" – Jacqueline Woodson
You will be involved in a global network by living and working with a group of youth from different countries. You will get to learn about their cultures without travelling to each one's country and create friendships that will last a lifetime.
5. Being a better person
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye
The challenges and situations you will be facing throughout the internship will help you overcome your weaknesses, make you more independent, build up your confidence, and improve your personality on a much higher level.
6. Lifetime experience
"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." – Christopher McCandless
This experience is an amazingly investment in yourself. When you’re exposed to new people, cultures, and lifestyles than you are living in your homeland all the time. You will be opened to new insights and ways of seeing the world, and mainly gives you a new purpose in life.
"Your life is your message to the world. Make sure its inspiring" - Lorrin L. Lee