AIESEC: the place where many strive for Excellence

AIESEC is a place where thousands of reflections of a young leader’s attitude, behavior, and personality lies. A place where thousands of introverts turned into extroverts in a blink of an eye. That magical place where we learned to approach each and every obstacle we confront with optimism and without hesitation. Basically, the place where you, me, and we were brought up to stand in the society as a true leaders.

“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.” -Mae West

We will almost certainly meet numerous leaders throughout our lives, and they may have kinda similar thoughts to share with us. However, when it comes to AIESEC, we all have our unique tales to share, which is why leaders born in AIESEC are always exceptional.

I’m pretty sure my fellow AIESECers will agree with me on this, such as how our personality changed once we became AIESECers and how we rose to such lofty heights, and so on. Aside from that, this place makes our lives more exciting by presenting us with new opportunities. As individuals with various personalities, we are able to form a large network of professionals, yet young people, who will undoubtedly lead the world in a great manner.

At one point in time, AIESEC is a massive mediator that connected the bridge of cross cultures across the globe. We are able to meet with other young leaders from many nations thanks to AIESEC, and this allows us to become a better version of ourselves.

In that process of sharpening up personalities, AIESECers can gain an ample amount of opportunities to be a better version through having a good team spirit along with great confidence irrespective of the origin. So as you can see, not everything you acquire from AIESEC needs to be structural or materialistic. We fellow AIESECers receive lifelong education and experiences thanks to this global youth organization.

All of this makes it clear that AIESEC is always pushing young people to deliver the highest quality performance in everything they do. Being an AIESECer makes our practice to let go of what is comfortable and take entrepreneurial and innovative risks to improve how we operate not only as an organization but as individuals as well. So AIESEC is, in the fullest sense of the word, a place where many strive for excellence.


Authored By,
Ridmi Senarath
Content Writer, CMT
AIESEC in University of Colombo



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Exchange Volunteer Experience Secrets Exposed!

My name is Amasha Kalyanapriya. I’m an undergraduate at the University of Colombo from the Faculty of Arts. I’d like to describe myself as a sociable, ambitious, and entertaining girl who enjoys collecting new experiences.

So, I found out about AIESEC before I joined the university. I heard a lot of amazing stories about AIESEC, and the first thing I wanted to do as soon as I started the university was to join hands with AIESEC. I couldn’t stop myself from applying for volunteer opportunities after joining AIESEC.
I was also aware of AIESEC volunteer projects when I was in school. I used to think it was just about teaching projects, but it has a lot of them based on the SDGs. Once I joined, I had a complete idea and received solid information. Also, I had the opportunity to work with foreign visitors in Sri Lanka, so I understand how valuable that experience is.

My project focused on the 4th SDG, quality education, and the volunteer program in Turkey was called “Global Classroom.” It’s crazy to bring it up, but it happened all of a sudden. At university, I study TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)  which is related to teaching, and I wanted to travel overseas alone and gather as much life experience as possible, such as traveling, making friends, trying new cultural experiences, and so on. These were some of the factors that influenced my decision to apply for this opportunity. 

I was very nervous because it was my first time traveling abroad all alone. It was winter in Turkey. It was my first experience of winter. My first day in Turkey was a thrilling experience. I’d like to emphasize that my life was turned completely upside down on the first day, and I became a completely different person.

That experience made me stronger and more mature. I enjoyed working at the school and making memories with the students. It makes me happy that the students still talk to me, and I feel very lucky. I met people from around the world and became good friends with them. In any case, it wasn’t perfect all of the time. I encountered a lot of hurdles, and I was in a lot of horrible circumstances that made me sad, but all of them were worthwhile. Those experiences taught me a lot of valuable lessons. So, I`m happy about that too. I’m grateful for the wonderful friends I’ve made who have always stood by me and treated me like a sister. By traveling and hanging out daily, we were able to create so many wonderful memories. I found the best hosts in the world, who made me feel like a part of their families. It was so lovely. Turkey has some of the best cuisines in the world. Of course, I enjoy the food and drinks. In Turkey, I had the opportunity to taste every traditional and unique cuisine. My mind is full of wonderful and unforgettable memories.

When it comes to my project experience, it was fantastic. It helped me grow as a person and taught me different teaching strategies. It was also nice because the school had other foreign teachers, so I was able to make friends with them as well. And it had a huge impact on my social experiences. From the beginning to the end, all of the experiences were fantastic. Everything makes me extremely happy. I’m glad I decided to volunteer abroad instead of just traveling since it’s a completely different kind of experience.

I’d like to invite you all to join AIESEC and apply for these fantastic opportunities to gain internati
onal travel experience. It will, without a doubt, transform your life. Making new friendships in different countries and experiencing new cultures is a wonderful experience. AIESEC offers the best opportunities, and they will look after you from the time you apply until you safely return to Sri Lanka. Don’t miss out on this opportunity because time is running out. Take advantage of opportunities and improve yourself since, at the end of the day, all you need are memories and experiences.


Authored By,
Amasha Kalyanapriya
Member, iGT
AIESEC in University of Colombo


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Leadership and AIESEC: A Simple Guide

How do leadership and AIESEC relate to each other? 

Spending a few minutes to dive into this relationship between AIESEC and leadership will not be a waste of time. It will be one of the most valuable moments you have ever had in your life, and definitely, it will be an excellent investment for the future of yourself and the ones around you.

NatCon 2022

A person may wonder what it takes to be a leader at any point in their lives. Such a question can arise in various contexts, such as in the army during battle training or in a school where a student is readying to step out into a completely different world. This thought may be the beginning of the path that first creates the relationship between AIESEC and leadership because all the members living in AIESEC have started their journey with this thought.


In AIESEC, “Leadership” is not just a concept. It is the lifeline of AIESEC. Because it develops the leader within you. A person should develop some key attributes to become a true leader. Those are character, presence, and intellect. So, these facts are automatically focused on by being an AIESECer. Moreover, leadership refers to the process of influencing people to achieve certain goals and objectives. It is something that always happens in AIESEC. 


National Leadership Development Seminar

But just being an AIESECer does not make you a leader. You have to get the maximum from the opportunities there and face challenges. The famous quote says “AIESEC is like a kitchen. You decide what you want to make”. You have all the ingredients available to put them in and get a recipe. Likewise, in AIESEC, there is no one to push you into opportunities. You are the only one who is there to open doors for you. You will have to make critical decisions, make sacrifices, and do many more things by being an AIESECer. But after all these things, you will become a great leader. One day, you will influence the people around you. That is the way the bond between AIESEC and leadership arises.

NatCon 2022 – Theme Party

Aurudu with CC









AIESEC spans everyone in the world who loves to awaken the leader within themselves. Hence, it has become a place where leaders rise, and leadership builds. AIESEC can be introduced as a place where the concept of leadership is being activated. This is the story of the relationship between AIESEC and the leadership.



Authored By,
Gimhani Raigama
Content Writing Manager, CMT
AIESEC in University of Colombo


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Volunteering Journey of Mantas in Sri Lanka

Hey, my name is Mantas. I’m from Lithuania. I’m studying online business, web design, and practicing martial arts. My arrival in Sri Lanka was so long because I had to take 3 different flights to come here and when I arrived my EP buddy met me at the airport. Then we went to the EP house to meet the other volunteers. The event we had at the EP house was cool. We tried different traditional foods, talked with one another and I had a really good time because everyone was so friendly.

Personally, I didn’t feel any cultural shock because I knew what to expect so every trouble I faced was very unique. And it became really easy for me to adapt to the situation even though I had to face my first trouble on the very first day I got here, which was getting into quarantine with a social media ban in the country. But that was a really good experience. I didn’t even care that we got power cuts every day because then we had more time without social media. For others, there were so many problems because they were so scared of rats and other little animals. It was a good experience and I think the people who took care of us gave everything they could give. So I really enjoyed having that opportunity to feel how the locals live and feel. It was much better than staying at a hotel and swimming in the pool.

The new year event we had was really nice because everyone there spoke really good English and they were very friendly. The good thing about the event was that we were divided into different teams so I was not with other volunteers but with the AIESECers. And because of that, I got into a lot of really good conversations. The food was amazing as always. For the first time in my life, I was in an atmosphere where I was dancing and really enjoying it with no alcohol. Everyone was very chill. One of the best days of my time in Sri Lanka.

The city tour we had on the next day was also special to me because I met more people once again. We visited the church and a lot of other places in Colombo. It was really nice. I loved the place where we had our lunch, on the balcony of CCC with an amazing view. The other AIESECers who took care of us were really interesting students. I’m very happy that I met them and I will never forget them.

On one weekend I also visited Mirissa to try surfing but unfortunately, I couldn’t because of a back problem. But it was a really beautiful city and for the first time I had a beach party there and it was really amazing. Then I visited Galle with a local and had juice and a little walk around the city.

My workplace in Induruwa is alright. It’s a clean little turtle farm with very friendly workers and they really know what they are doing. They have a lot of experience and because of that we are having a good opportunity to learn everything about turtles from people who have worked in this field for 30+ years.

And what I can say about the project is that it can be much shorter than how it is now because in this project we don’t work the whole day since there is nothing much to do especially when there are already a lot of workers present. For us, it’s not a problem that we have a lot of free time. I think the problem we have is that we live in the middle of nowhere. In Induruwa we can’t do any other activity because if we want to then we have to travel to another city. Where we are staying, there are only local people, one wine store, a couple of restaurants, and the turtle farm. But for me, I think it’s alright.

Altogether I’m having a magical time in Sri Lanka and I’m so happy to be here and do what I’m doing. I think these are the best weeks of my life so far.

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Glimpse of Avurudu with CC

Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a very prosperous time for all Sri Lankans. This year the prince of Avurudu came not only to Sri Lanka but also to AIESEC in University of Colombo, giving our CCers a golden opportunity to have fun with an unprecedented experience. The event was even more special because it was a physical event that happened long later. So, all the CCers celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on 24th April 2022 at Subodhi Institute, Piliyandala.

The place was decorated, presenting prominence to both Sinhala and Tamil traditions, and everyone dressed in traditional costumes as new year princes and princesses. The event began to unfold with rituals such as Kiri Ithirawima and the New Year food table.



After the traditional rituals, the most exciting time of the day arrived. All the delegates were divided into six groups and allowed to play Sinhala and Tamil New Year games. The event was full of zest and energy. The games round started with some joyful relay events, and it showed off how strong and fast our CCers are. It seemed how eager the delegates were for their team to win. Avurudu games were held throughout the day. The premise was filled with the happy laughter and cheers of CCers. In the first half, the team Kokis was ahead with their competitive styles, and gradually the team Pani Walalu and team Dodol showed off their spirit with their active engagement in the competitions. The game “Pani Bambare” was super fun, and everyone overjoyed that contest with their cheerful souls. Jives, the must-have feature for AIESEC events, were perfectly harmonized with that fun-filled Avurudu atmosphere.



The strength and endurance of CCers were superlatively demonstrated in the game Tug of War. The most spectacular and attractive segment of the whole event was held in the evening half. It’s nothing other than the Avurudu Pageant; Avurudu Kumara and Kumariya selection contest. One thing everyone realized here was how talented our CCers are. Everyone comprehended that they were simply a package of advanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The evening cool breeze blowing across the lake, the sunset view alongside, and the light reddened sky created the best scenery for the crowning of Avurudu Kumara and Kumariya.

As all good things come to an end, the end of the fabulous day approached slowly, leaving a long-lasting impression on everyone. But it was not the end of the ceremony. The day ended with a DJ that everyone was mesmerized by, which was super fun.


CCers were not the only ones attending this Sinhala and Tamil New Year event. External participants from Project Aquatica participated in the event and enjoyed the day. They seemed to be very fond of the customs and traditions of Sri Lanka. Also, former Executive Board members of AIESEC in Colombo Central, members from MC, and some external participants joined hands with “Avurdu with CC” this time around.



The successfully concluded event  “Avurudu with CC” proved something. That is, AIESEC is a place where potential leaders always emerge. All those who faced every moment with enthusiasm and acted tactfully and systematically in every competitive occasion proved it without leaving any doubt. And there is another set of people that should be appreciated. And they are none other than the organizing committee who sacrificed a lot to make the event a success.


Authored By,
Chamudi Sandunika
People Management Team
AIESEC in University of Colombo



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