Back in 2005, while I was still an undergraduate student, I became a member of AIESEC, the biggest youth-led non-for-profit organisation in the world. AIESEC was created back in 1948 in order to create a dialogue among war-torn European countries after the end of Second World War. In the past 64 years this network has been growing, and currently AIESEC is present in over 110 countries and territories, with more then 60,000 members in over 2,100 universities, devoted in providing young people opportunity to become global citizens, and a platform for youth leadership development through its program of internships, conferences and global learning environment. Internationally, AIESEC manages relationships with over 4,000 partners, facilitates more than 16,000 exchanges and 20,000 leadership roles, and organizes over 470 conferences each year. http://www.aiesec.org/
Becoming a member, and later one of the leading people in AIESEC Bosnia and Herzegovina was my first step towards the living, learning and working in an international environment, and one of the main reasons why I became interested in civil society, youth development, diverse working environment, but also how I discovered that it is more then possible to be passionate about your job.
Putting all statistics, and the awesomeness of this organization on the side :), personal benefits of one AIESEC member are immense. Besides international network, unique internship program, leadership development platform, AIESEC creates fully trained young leaders, who besides the university degree have a real practical knowledge and expertise, and compared to an average student poses set of different skills that organizations and companies search today in young people.
Even though I am currently one of 945,000 alumni that this organization has all over the world, it is almost impossible not to get involved in its work wherever you go. During past two months I had a privilege to work with AIESEC members from Georgia State, and Georgia Tech, and to understand once more that no matter in which part of the world you find yourself AIESEC will always bring that amazing feeling back in which you are surrounded by smart, fun, international and open-minded people, but at the same time give you an opportunity to change someone’s life…sometime without even realizing it.
I guess it is true when they say: “Once an AIESECer, always an AIESECer”