Published: 4 February 2014

Spotlight: AIESEC Liverpool

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Welcome to the ‘Spotlight’ section on Student News where we highlight a society, group, team or individual.

This month we bring you global student exchange organisation AIESEC – By Mike Mumford.

Starting to think about summer? Looking to do something exciting that looks great on your CV? Want to go abroad and step out of your comfort zone?

Global student organisation AIESEC now offers University of Liverpool students the unique opportunity to be a part of a growing society backed by a large established UK and international community.

The club gives students the opportunity to take part in ‘once-in- a- lifetime’ exchanges abroad that are challenging and rewarding, from teaching English in Ho Chi Minh,  to working with a children’s charity in Sao Paolo.

What is AIESEC?

AIESEC is the largest student-run, non-profit organisation in the world. Established in 1948 in the aftermath of World War II, its original aim was to exchange youth throughout Europe, helping to build bridges between nations.

Today, AIESEC exchanges youth across the globe to help them develop into able young leaders who are culturally and socially responsible.

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AIESEC is present in over 110 countries and territories, with over 80,000 members in 2,100 universities.  It offers over 20,000 leadership opportunities each year, with a core aim to develop global leaders through international internships, volunteering opportunities and participation in a global learning environment. Students get the chance to integrate into different settings and cultures, helping them to develop as globally-minded leaders dedicated to having a positive, sustained impact both at home and abroad.

We believe that being part of this global community and having the chance to learn and question our roles in society gives AIESEC members some power and direction and encourages them to become change agents for positive impact.

What does AIESEC Liverpool do?

One of the core activities of AIESEC Liverpool is to facilitate global exchange schemes through our Global Community Development Programmes (GCDP).

These programmes offer volunteering opportunities lasting from 6 to 12 weeks in Brazil, Columbia, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya or Vietnam. Students get the chance to contribute to the solution to the problems faced by our generation, such as HIV/AIDS, the environment and cultural education, while simultaneously boosting their CV. There are also leadership roles and positions of responsibilities open to all years, which can be a fantastic way of developing vital skills for the job market.

How do I get involved?

Come along to an information session to find out more.

The next Welcome Event will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, 11 February in Lecture Theatre 8 of the Rendall Building, where a short presentation will help you to get to know AIESEC Liverpool and its members and raise any questions you have about membership or the summer exchanges.

AIESEC will also be recruiting for team leaders to help coordinate and communicate with other AIESEC teams in the countries where we are organising exchanges.  Keep watching the Facebook page for updates about the specific roles.

If you’re interested in signing up for the programmes please visit this link.

To find out more about AIESEC please visit the AIESEC UK website, or view the AIESEC video.

If you would like your society, team or group to feature in our ‘Spotlight’ section contact Jo Brown on Joanna.brown@liverpool.ac.uk.

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