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Exploring the Impact of Volunteering with AIESEC

In a world where challenges like poverty, climate change, and social inequality persist, the role of youth in driving positive change has never been more crucial. Therefore, organizations like AIESEC, a global platform for youth leadership development and cross-cultural exchange, are at the forefront of empowering young people to make a difference through volunteering.


AIESEC’s Mission: Building Leadership Through Exchange Programs


At the heart of AIESEC’s mission is the belief that leadership can be developed through practical experiences and cross-cultural interactions. Thus, AIESEC’s programs not only provide opportunities for youth to volunteer but also facilitate meaningful exchange programs that promote cultural understanding and global citizenship.


Impact Areas of Volunteering and Exchange with AIESEC


1. Cultural Exchange and Understanding: AIESEC’s exchange programs allow volunteers to immerse themselves in new environments and learn about different cultures and traditions. It also improves their ways of life. This experience not only broadens their perspectives but also fosters empathy and tolerance, key qualities of effective leadership.


2. Skills Development: Through volunteering and exchange programs, AIESEC enables youth to develop essential skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. These skills are not only beneficial during their experiences but also in their future careers and roles as global citizens.


3. Community Engagement and Sustainable Development: AIESEC’s projects focus on addressing key global challenges, such as education, environmental sustainability, and healthcare. Volunteers and exchange participants contribute directly to these projects, making a tangible impact on local communities and advancing progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).


Personal Stories of Leadership and Transformation


The impact of AIESEC’s programs is evident in the personal stories of volunteers and exchange participants. Many describe their experiences as transformative. They cite newfound leadership abilities, cross-cultural competence, and a deep sense of responsibility towards global issues.


Challenges and Opportunities


While participating in AIESEC’s programs may come with challenges like language barriers and cultural differences, these challenges are seen as valuable learning opportunities. From these challenges and opportunities, participants develop resilience, adaptability, and a global mindset, all crucial aspects of effective leadership in today’s interconnected world.


Creating a Sustainable Future Through Youth Leadership


As the world faces complex challenges, the need for empowered youth leaders is more significant than ever. AIESEC’s focus on developing leadership through volunteering and exchange programs not only benefits individuals but also contributes to creating a sustainable future driven by socially responsible leaders.


Conclusion


Volunteering and participating in exchange programs with AIESEC are not just about gaining experiences; it’s about developing the leadership skills and global perspective needed to make a lasting impact. As more young people engage with AIESEC’s mission, the potential for positive change on a global scale grows, paving the way for a more inclusive and sustainable world.


Gaveesha Wikrama
Content Writer
AIESEC in University Of Colombo

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The Power of Exchanges in Unlocking Leadership Excellence

Discovering the True Value of Volunteering

Being an AIESECer gave me my first glimpse that there’s more to do than just travel. Volunteering, or as we say in AIESEC, ‘EXCHANGES,’ is a powerful experience. Volunteering abroad brings unique challenges, experiences, and memories. These experiences can awaken the leader within you.


Embracing New Cultures

Volunteering abroad exposes you to different cultures. You learn to understand and appreciate diversity. This cultural exchange fosters empathy and broadens your perspective. It’s a vital trait for any leader. Leadership excellence is often rooted in understanding and respecting different cultures.


Developing Essential Skills

Exchanges help you develop essential skills. You learn to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. You become more adaptable and resilient. These skills are crucial in both personal and professional life. Leadership excellence requires strong communication and adaptability.


Building Lifelong Connections

One of the most rewarding aspects of exchanges is the connections you make. You meet people from all over the world. These connections often turn into lifelong friendships. Networking is key in leadership, and exchanges provide a perfect platform for it. Unlocking leadership excellence involves building a strong network.


Facing and Overcoming Challenges

Volunteering abroad is not always easy. You will face challenges, but overcoming them makes you stronger. Each challenge you overcome boosts your confidence and problem-solving abilities. Leaders are forged through these experiences. Exchanges play a crucial role in unlocking leadership excellence by presenting and overcoming challenges.


Creating a Positive Impact

Exchanges allow you to make a tangible difference. Whether it’s teaching children, helping communities, or supporting environmental projects, your efforts matter. Knowing you’ve made a positive impact is incredibly fulfilling. Leadership excellence is about creating a positive impact in the world.


Enhancing Personal Growth

Every exchange is a journey of self-discovery. You learn more about yourself and your capabilities. This personal growth is a cornerstone of leadership. You become more self-aware and better equipped to lead others. Unlocking leadership excellence involves continuous personal growth.

 

Conclusion


Exchanges are more than just volunteering opportunities. They are life-changing experiences that unlock leadership excellence. By embracing new cultures, developing essential skills, building connections, overcoming challenges, and making a positive impact, you awaken the leader within. Volunteering abroad with AIESEC is a journey worth taking.

 

Gaveesha Wickrama
Content Writer
AIESEC in University of Colombo

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Celebrating Excellence with PFEC Global

EXCELLENTIA 2024 at the New Arts Theatre was a night of celebration, recognition, and inspiration for the dedicated members of AIESEC in University of Colombo.

This year, we were proud and honored to partner up with PFEC Global Sri Lanka, a leader in student migration consultancy, to honor our emerging leaders.



Since 2006, PFEC Global has grown from a single office in Melbourne to a multinational presence across Australia, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, representing over 550 international educational institutions. Their mission is to provide top-notch client experiences through ethical guidance, helping students achieve their career aspirations and become global citizens.



The partnership between AIESEC in University of Colombo and PFEC Global Sri Lanka is a perfect match. Both organizations are dedicated to nurturing future leaders through informed decision-making and leadership, through practical experiences in challenging environments.



PFEC Global’s support for EXCELLENTIA 2024 underscores their commitment to empower the next generation of young leaders and advocators. As we look back at EXCELLENTIA 2024, it is clear that the hard work and achievements of AIESECers, with PFEC Global’s partnership, promised and nonchalantly delivered a memorable experience.



Alas, EXCELLENTIA 2024 was more than an awards ceremony; it’s a celebration of potential and success. We extend our sincere thank you to PFEC Global for their invaluable support.



Rithu Varshavi
AIESEC in University Of Colombo

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Innovate: Empowering Youth Through Self – Expression

Innovate, passionate about empowering dreamers, designers, and those who dare to break the mold, makes it their mission to create opportunities, platforms, and human connections that support and enhance a unique journey.


Youth Speak Forum, organized by AIESEC in Sri Lanka, focuses on the pivotal Sustainable Development Goals, which brought together young minds to share knowledge and gain insights into pressing global issues. With keynote speeches that aligned with the day’s theme, delegates left motivated to contribute to achieving these SDGs.


The forum didn’t just stop at motivation; it became a plan of action where both AIESECers and non-AIESECers could equally participate. Under the broader initiative of “Transforming Youth, Transforming Sri Lanka,” this forum aimed to foster understanding, cross-pollinate ideas, and generate actionable outcomes.


Innovate’s philosophy is rooted in self-expression, diversity, inclusivity, and community growth through meaningful collaborations. Innovate’s partnership with AIESEC in University of Colombo is a testament of their commitment to these values. Throughout their continuous support towards initiatives like the Youth Speak Forum, it is highly expected enough to envision young leaders to develop the skills and insights they need to tackle the world’s most urgent challenges.


Innovate is more than just a stationery company; they are a movement that supports hustle and stands by a vision. This partnership reflects their belief in the power of youth to drive change and create a better future for all. Through their partnership with AIESEC in University of Colombo, Innovate aims to continue creating platforms where young people can learn, share, and innovate.


Alas through future collaborations, Innovate aims to engage in initiatives, building on their esteemed reputation for impactful contributions. They actively encourage enthusiastic young leaders at AIESEC to pioneer new and innovative projects that transcend their brand, setting new benchmarks and driving revolutionary changes across the entire industry.


Rithu Varshavi
AIESEC in University Of Colombo

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Tackling Climate Change: Strategies to Conquer SDG 13

What is SDG 13?

For beginners, let’s figure out what SDG 13 means. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations members in 2015, created 17 world Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 13th goal is climate action. So far states themselves couldn’t figure out how to tackle climate change but chill, let a young adult who spends 90% of the time fantasizing about sharp jawlines solve it.

 

Tackling climate change

In terms of tackling climate change there is some good news as well as some bad news.
Once upon a time in France an international treaty was adopted. And that was the Paris agreement.
The Paris Agreement is a treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) on 12th December 2015. It entered into force on 4th November 2016. In the agreement there are few words that keep being mentioned.

2 °C

“Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”
(PARIS AGREEMENT, art 2(1)(a))

Pre industrial level here refers to temperature of 1850 to 1900s. They want to limit the temperature increase to 2°C threshold. And these states aspire to keep the rising below 1.5°C. Because at 1.5°C 69 million people will be displaced by rising sea level but at 2 °C that number will be 80 million. So basically, unless we take action, a myriad of terrible things happen due to the temperature rise.


Nationally Determined Targets

 

Nationally Determined Targets refer to the goals set by each country to address the climate crisis. Sri Lanka, like many other nations, has established such targets, both in 2016 and again in 2021, as part of the requirement to update their NDCs every five years.

However, even though countries make these commitments, there isn’t a mechanism in place to enforce compliance. Therefore, it’s fair to say that the effectiveness of NDCs relies largely on an honor system, where countries are expected to uphold their pledges voluntarily.

 

What can you do?

The unfortunate reality is that many people are too preoccupied with daily life to prioritize climate change, often brushing it aside and trusting that others will take care of it. But, the good news in all these is YOU. This is where you come in. You read 500 words about climate change. It means you care. By doing this, you’re already making a meaningful impact. You can find solutions to climate change or find out how it affects you and your community . Your actions and discussions have the power to motivate others and drive genuine change. It’s our responsibility, particularly as the younger generation, to step forward and raise awareness about this critical issue.



Malithi Amanda
Content Writer
AIESEC in University Of Colombo

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