A positive change in other people’s lives

You have probably asked yourself  “why do volunteer work?” To go work as a volunteer brings not only a positive impact in other people’s lives, but in your own life as well. It brings you cultural understanding and you get to meet people who work towards the same goals, but most importantly you get to help those who need it. It gives you a great feeling and an amazing experience.

This time we are sharing the story of one of our EPs (exchange participant). Frederik Christoffer Lindqvist went on an unforgettable journey with his brother Marcus Andreas Lindqvist in South America. Their story takes place in Brazil, in the city of Teresina in Piaui. Their stay lasted for 6 weeks and they described it as fantastic. They got the opportunity to meet new people and at the same time meet many AIESEC members from all around the world, where the majority came from Colombia.

The host family took good care of them. They made sure that the boys got served food, they washed their clothes and provided them a decent bedroom. One of the family members, by the name Victor, already had the experience of being a host for volunteer workers whom had traveled with AIESEC, thus making the boys’ transition to Brazillian culture much easier. He could for instance speak in English. The boys considered him as a super cool and helpful guy.

They worked with a project called “Smart”. The job entails helping generate money to the organization AMA (school for people with autism). They organized a flea market where people had the opportunity to buy photos of the children, as well as handmade objects and clothing. Frederik emphasized his satisfaction with the experience by pointing out that is was due to Brazil’s relaxed atmosphere, but especially thanks to the host family’s hospitality. “I am very grateful for having experienced that trip”, he says.

 

 

This story shows an individual’s positive influence on other people’s lives, but also the journey’s impact on the individual. He ends it all with “And I am very open to go again next summer”.

Make a change and gain a unique experience by signing up at www.aiesec.org

Do you want to experience a country beyond being a tourist?

Are you interested in gaining unforgettable experience of a lifetime while you impact the world? Travel with our GV (Global Volunteer) program. This program gives you the opportunity to do volunteer work abroad.

Here is a story about the experience of Kaia Rose Traub Wulff – who traveled from Sandefjord in Norway and across the globe to Latin America. She spent her 6 weeks of Autumn 2017 working for SDG (sustainable development goals) number 4: Quality Education, in the radiant country of Mexico. According to Kaia, the reason she chose Mexico was because she wanted to experience a country which was very different from Norway.

Alongside her journey of teaching Mexican students, the stay gave her a taste of the Mexican culture: from Mexican daily life in a host family and by exploring the Mexican culture around the country. For Kaia, it was an experience «unlike a tourist’s». She met new and interesting people working for the same cause, but most importantly she had made a positive impact in the lives of Mexican students – which is a memory of a lifetime. She really felt like she had made a difference in these student’s life.

Do it like Kaia, follow the unwalked path and make the change!

Gain professional work experience across the globe

Interested in gaining professional work experience across the globe? With Global Talent (GT) you can work as an intern abroad as you differentiate yourself in the work-field. Elizabeth Stava chose to travel over to Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa to work abroad as a business development manager.

This opportunity will not only leave you with a great experience in the work arena but will also leave you with great memories and strong bonds, that you will remember for a long time. Elizabeth wanted the chance to live and work professionally in another country, at the same time as learning a new language.

She began working in a company that offered young Ivorians the service and opportunity to study abroad. Even if her main challenge was the French language, she managed however to adapt well due to the supportive learning environment. While learning a new language, she discovered that it’s all about “obtaining a new understanding and way to see the world”.

According to Elizabeth, working there gave her a liberty to shape some of her work tasks, as well as the chance to interact with many young locals from over the country. Aside from work, she explored the country by travelling to Ivory Coast and gained insight into the culture by trying out Ivorian food. In addition to that she managed to learn about their daily lives by participating in different events and ceremonies. In these experiences she got to meet and befriend many new people.

She recommends all youths out there to follow her foot-steps, because with all the challenges she encountered on this journey, she developed and grew as a person. She says no matter where you go, you will be challenged, you will learn, and you will develop yourself.” 

Written By: Erika L. Santos