AIESEC Sri Lanka, Volunteer

Transform lives and communities: Discover the power of volunteering today

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

              – Mother Teresa – 


Is volunteering limited to helping others? No, improving yourself and the community is just as important as helping others. Giving back to others can help offset the negative impacts of stress, rage, and anxiety. It alters us in ways that are beneficial to society. This demonstrates its strength. It is the ability to positively alter lives and communities. Volunteering may enhance both your life and the lives of those you assist.

You become a part of a bigger community when you volunteer. Here, you can interact with people of all professions, viewpoints, and creative ideas. You can improve your current skills and pick up some new ones if you donate your old ones. This will enable you to discover excellent work options.

How would volunteering help us transform our lives and communities?

We may learn a variety of skills through volunteering that would benefit us in both our personal and professional life. Here are a few changes that could drastically alter our lives:

Multiple skill sets of experience

In life, learning is everything. People pick up lessons from their experiences. Living out a new experience is at the heart of volunteering. One can acquire a variety of experiences and skill sets by volunteering. The opportunity to collaborate with numerous people from various backgrounds and viewpoints is provided by this. A free tutor might be compared to this. Since we would not be paying for the lessons, we learned numerous things while learning. It all comes down to enhancing your skills in a helpful way. Although it may occasionally seem like there is too much work to do or you are exhausted, this is merely a first step toward bigger and better things. Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new things.

VolunteerSkill development

Volunteering improves the development of skills. You don’t get to work in the same locations or occupations that you always get to work in. You get to work in various locations that you have never worked in. This broadens your level of thinking and allows you to view things from a new perspective. Enhancing oneself and one’s abilities is the goal of volunteering. Continuous learning is provided when volunteering. It has the appropriate mindset already. Having an open mind, being emotionally knowledgeable, and being open to trying new things.

Growth of volunteering

Families can benefit greatly from volunteering together. Children and adults nearby are motivated by our acts when we volunteer in the neighborhood. Young toddlers often pick up on these lessons and begin to make a commitment to volunteering. By giving back to the community, you can inspire the next generation of volunteers and demonstrate the value of volunteering as well as the rewarding nature of making a difference for others and animals.

ZainamIt strengthens the community

You can strengthen the community by seeking new knowledge and developing your skills. Communities advance when the individuals who make up those communities continue to grow. Encouraging open communication among group members, especially those with new or unconventional viewpoints, would help them improve their negative skills. As volunteers, we help to better the youth as well. These modest actions would benefit the community more broadly by fortifying it. We can assist individuals in polishing their potential by launching a variety of initiatives that will enhance their abilities. Airing these programs improves the quality of life for individuals and the community as a whole.

You benefit others and the community by volunteering. Your volunteer work may make you feel proud of and connected to yourself. And the more confident you feel in yourself, the more probable you will have a positive outlook on your life and future aspirations. This is the impact of giving back. In the end, it influences both our individual lives and the community. As professionals, we may have a more significant influence on everyone’s lives. Nothing could be better than this.

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By Hasna Hariz

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, GlobalTalent, Travel, Volunteer, Work Abroad

Cultural exchange and understanding: Why choose AIESEC as the catalyst for global connections?

In today’s interconnected world, fostering cultural exchange and understanding is more crucial than ever. As borders blur and societies become increasingly diverse, it is essential to bridge the gaps between different cultures, promoting empathy, tolerance, and mutual respect. AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led organization, stands out as a catalyst for global connections, offering a unique platform for young people to engage in transformative experiences. In this article, I’ll be taking you through the reasons why AIESEC is the ideal choice for individuals seeking to immerse themselves in cross-cultural environments and create lasting impacts.


1. AIESEC: More Than Just an Acronym

AIESEC, derived from the French “Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales,” translates to the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences. But don’t be fooled by the name; AIESEC goes beyond the realm of economics and business. It embraces diverse fields, creating a unique platform for students and young professionals to engage in cross-cultural experiences.


2. Embracing Diversity

AIESEC recognizes the value of diversity and embraces individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. By engaging with people from different walks of life, participants gain a deeper understanding of the world and develop empathy towards others. This inclusive environment encourages personal growth and fosters an appreciation for the richness of global cultures.


3. Beyond Tourist Brochures

AIESEC breaks free from the superficiality of traditional tourism. Through its programs, participants become immersed in local communities, living and working alongside people from different cultures. This hands-on approach allows for genuine connections, cultural understanding, and the discovery of shared values that transcend language barriers and stereotypes.


4. Experiential Learning

AIESEC’s programs are designed to provide immersive and hands-on experiences, allowing participants to learn about other cultures firsthand. Through internships, volunteering, and leadership development opportunities, AIESEC empowers young people to step outside their comfort zones, challenge their preconceived notions, and gain a broader perspective on global issues. These experiences enhance critical skills such as adaptability, cross-cultural communication, and problem-solving, which are invaluable in today’s interconnected world.


5. Making an Impact

Beyond cultural exchange, AIESEC places a strong emphasis on creating a positive social impact. By working closely with local communities and addressing pressing social issues, participants contribute to sustainable development and make a tangible difference in the world. AIESEC’s projects range from education and environmental conservation to entrepreneurship and youth empowerment, providing diverse avenues for individuals to make their mark on society.


6. The Ripple Effect of Personal Transformation

AIESEC understands that global connections are not only about exploring new territories but also about delving deep into one’s own self. The organization places great emphasis on personal development, empowering individuals to become better versions of themselves. By stepping out of their comfort zones, participants gain confidence, resilience, and adaptability, essential qualities for navigating today’s interconnected world.


7. Lifelong Connections

AIESEC experiences create lasting friendships and connections that transcend borders. The shared experiences and challenges faced during AIESEC’s programs forge deep bonds among participants from around the world. These connections not only enrich personal lives but also establish a global support network that extends well beyond the duration of the programs, offering lifelong friendships and professional opportunities.


In a world yearning for unity, AIESEC shines as a beacon of hope. It offers a transformative journey where cultural exchange and understanding become catalysts for personal growth and global connections. By embracing the spirit of adventure, curiosity, and empathy, AIESEC paves the way for a brighter, more harmonious future.


So, if you are eager to break free from the confines of your comfort zone, discover the world through new lenses, and be part of a global movement striving for positive change, consider AIESEC as your ultimate catalyst for personal and collective transformation. Together, let’s bridge divides, dissolve stereotypes, and create a world where cultural exchange and understanding are at the core of our interactions. The adventure awaits, and AIESEC is ready to guide you through it.


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By Shavinka Jayamaha
Lead Journalist  – DXP

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Event, Leadership, Membership

National Marketing Summit 2023: Where Marketing Met Fun!

Imagine spending your Saturday surrounded by enthusiastic marketers, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, and participating in exciting activities – that’s exactly what I experienced at the National Marketing Summit 2023 organized by AIESEC in Sri Lanka. Held on the 27th of May at the prestigious Unilever Sri Lanka headquarters, this summit was not only a fantastic learning experience but also a whole lot of fun.


The Member Committee Elects of AIESEC in Sri Lanka had designed an icebreaker session like no other to set the energetic tone for the summit. The questions were incredibly creative (kudos to the elects), sparking laughter among all of us delegates. We discovered interesting quirks about each other and instantly felt connected as fellow marketers.


The summit had an incredible lineup of facilitators who shared their expertise and left a lasting impact on us. Mr. Tilosh Karunanayake, the Vice President for Brand, AIESEC in Sri Lanka, delved into the realm of brand marketing. Introducing the first-ever multi-language brand guideline precisely for AIESEC in Sri Lanka and remarking announcements of the marketing policy booklet, which approaches, were some highlights of his sessions. His insights on enhancing AIESEC brand presence among the local youth audience were enlightening, and the practical tips on following brand guidelines added a valuable dimension to our knowledge. 


Mr. Ayesh Rajapaksha, the Vice President for Digital Experience, AIESEC in Sri Lanka, captivated our attention with his session on marketing in the business-to-customer context. We learned the importance of crafting captivating product marketing strategies and engaging with customers in meaningful ways to enhance the sales of our products.


Equally charming was Mr. Thivanka Seneviratne, the Vice President for Business to Business, AIESEC in Sri Lanka, who shed light on the delicacies of marketing in the business-to-business landscape. His perspicuity in strengthening relationships with our valuable partners was priceless and left us eager to implement his suggestions.


One of the highlights of the summit was a fun and interactive activity that brought out our creativity. We were divided into groups and given popular tagline based brand strategies to work with. Our mission was to create a creative TikTok video using that strategies. The room buzzed with energy as we brainstormed ideas, collaborated, and put our video-making skills to the test. And that’s how we found out just how good of Oscar worthy actors some of us were. It was a fantastic opportunity to bond with fellow marketers, share laughs, and witness the incredible creativity within the room. The summit also included separate sessions on live streaming and videography, undoubtedly valuable areas of expertise in today’s marketing landscape. Although I couldn’t personally attend these sessions, I’m confident they provided valuable knowledge and practical skills to those who participated. 


The organizers ensured that our physical and mental energies remained high throughout the day. Between sessions, we were treated to delicious refreshments that tantalized our taste buds. The vibrant atmosphere created a sense of excitement and harmony, as everyone shared stories, exchanged ideas, and built connections that would last beyond the summit.



Mr. Shamil Akbar, Manager of Internal Communications & EA to Chairperson at Unilever Sri Lanka, led a thought-provoking session on Integrated Marketing during the National Marketing Summit. The session fostered a friendly and open discussion, allowing us to gain valuable insights from an industry expert. Through Mr. Shamil’s expertise, we delved into the purpose, logic, and synergy behind Integrated Marketing, gaining a fresh perspective on how this approach can unify and amplify a brand’s presence.


As the summit drew to a close, Mr. Ayesh Rajapaksha took the stage once again, this time to share his personal journey as an AIESECer and a marketer. His story was not only inspiring but also a testament to the power of perseverance and self-belief. We left the summit feeling motivated and ready to take our marketing endeavors to new heights, armed with the confidence to embrace challenges and trust in our abilities.


The National Marketing Summit 2023 was an extraordinary event filled with learning, connections, and unforgettable experiences. From the engaging icebreaker session to the jives to the insightful facilitators and the informative sessions, every moment was a source of inspiration and fun. The friendships formed and the knowledge gained will undoubtedly shape our journeys as marketers. My heartfelt thanks go to AIESEC in Sri Lanka, Unilever Sri Lanka, and all those involved in making this summit a resounding success. And last but not least, thank you to Maheshi Yatipansalawa, Vice President of Business Development AIESEC in Sri Lanka and Commission, who raised brilliant partners like Unilever. Here’s to the thrill of marketing and the incredible adventures that lie ahead!


By Manthi Gamage

Head of Journaling – Brand


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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Uncategorized, Volunteer

The transformative power of volunteerism in mental health

In a world where the pursuit of personal well-being often takes center stage, volunteerism lays down happiness and fulfillment by selflessly giving it to others. It is an act of dedicating time and skills to helping those in need, which not only benefits the communities served but also has a profound impact on the mental health and overall well-being of the volunteers. It is a symbol of a relationship where the act of giving plays a huge role in personal growth, resilience, and emotional nourishment. Let us embark on this exploration together and uncover the immense power of volunteerism to nurture our mental health and well-being.


Importance of mental health in volunteering

Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, but it can also be demanding and emotionally challenging. Taking care of our mental health while volunteering is crucial for both the well-being of the volunteer and the effectiveness of the volunteer’s efforts. Here are some main reasons why mental health is important in volunteering,

  • Volunteering is most likely working with individuals or communities who are facing difficult circumstances or experiencing some kind of trauma. So, maintaining a good mindset allows them to cope with challenging situations without being overwhelmed.
  • When volunteers are mentally healthy they are more likely to listen attentively and understand the needs of those they are serving.
  • Engaging in a whole new task and interacting with a whole new environment is a transformative experience. It needs the volunteer’s full attention and better communication skills to interact with everyone involved in the volunteering process.
  • Volunteers serve as role models, so they should prioritize their mental health, self-care, and well-being.


Mental HealthVolunteerism as a tool for mental health

As a person in an ever-evolving and fast-paced world, taking care of our mental health has become increasingly important. Alongside traditional methods of therapy and self-care, volunteerism is no less important because it is a powerful tool for nurturing mental well-being. Here’s how engaging in volunteer work can positively impact mental well-being:

  •  Volunteering gives individuals a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. It allows them to contribute to something greater than themselves and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
  •  Volunteering often involves working with others, creating opportunities for building social connections and maintaining meaningful relationships. And social support reduces feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression.
  •  Volunteering is always about learning new skills, gaining experience, and broadening our knowledge. So, engaging in meaningful and challenging volunteer work can positively impact personal growth and build confidence. It may give us a sense of achievement and personal fulfillment and positively impact our mental health.
  •  Mostly, volunteering serves as stress reduction. It serves as a healthy distraction from personal problems and negative emotions. So, focusing on helping others may help us forget our challenges.

Mental Health

Challenges associated with volunteerism and mental health

While volunteerism can have tremendous benefits for mental health and well-being, it is important to acknowledge that there are potential challenges volunteers may encounter along their journey. Let’s talk about a few of them,


  •  Volunteer work often involves interacting with individuals who are facing difficult circumstances. So, witnessing others’ pain may be emotionally challenging and lead to emotional exhaustion.
  • Volunteers deeply committed to their volunteering purpose may feel overcommitted and burnout. They might find it difficult to balance volunteer responsibilities with their personal lives.
  • Volunteers may face unclear expectations and sudden tasks. Unrealistic expectations can create undue pressure and stress, impacting mental well-being. Especially volunteers new to the field may experience imposter syndrome and feel that they don’t deserve to be in the role.


Even though volunteerism is an act of selfless giving, we should remember that we often receive more than we could ever imagine. Let us understand that our mental health and well-being are interactively connected to our service. And we are reminding you all that we are cultivating our bright future through all acts of kindness. Let’s all remember to leave a little sparkle wherever we go.


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By Karen Zavier
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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Travel, Uncategorized, Volunteer

The importance of volunteering in creating social and environmental change

Why does volunteering matter?

Volunteering is important for many reasons, not just for the benefit of others but also to promote personal growth and development. Giving your time and energy to a cause or an organization gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment that cannot be found elsewhere. Volunteering often exposes you to new experiences and perspectives that help broaden your horizons and challenge your assumptions about the world. At its core, volunteering is an expression of generosity, kindness, and community spirit. It enables us to make a positive impact on the lives of others while simultaneously benefiting ourselves in ways that are immeasurable yet invaluable.

As one of the world’s largest youth-led organizations dedicated to volunteerism, AIESEC understands the power of volunteering firsthand and encourages individuals around the globe to get involved in making positive change happen.

Social Change: How Volunteering Can Make a Difference?

Volunteering is an incredibly powerful tool for social change. The act of giving your time and skills to help others can have a profound impact on both the individual receiving support and the broader community.

Volunteering helps to build a sense of community and unity, which are essential to effecting social change. Volunteers develop a bond that fosters positive relationships and breaks down barriers between individuals from different backgrounds by working together towards a common goal. Volunteering promotes empathy, facilitates connections between people from different walks of life, and encourages collective action towards social causes. As volunteers work directly with those in need and their allies, they become acutely aware of the issues facing their communities and are better equipped to address them.

Social ChangeFurthermore, volunteering builds skills that are transferable to other areas of life, such as communication and leadership, allowing individuals to continue making a difference long after their service has ended. Thus, volunteering is transformative for those being helped and those who participate; it reinforces our humanity while galvanizing social progress.

Environmental Change: The Impact of Volunteer Efforts

Volunteer efforts in environmental conservation have significantly impacted our planet’s health. Environmental degradation and climate change threaten the Earth, and volunteering provides an opportunity to participate in efforts to conserve the environment and minimize the impact of human activities.

Volunteer-led organizations such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Earth Island Institute have been instrumental in raising awareness of environmental issues like deforestation, climate change, and the loss of biodiversity. Volunteers have played a leading role in afforestation, reforestation, beach clean-ups, and reducing plastic usage.

In addition to hands-on work with flora and fauna, volunteers use social media campaigns to spread their message further than ever before. Such campaigns promote sustainability initiatives, encouraging us to reduce carbon emissions by driving less or biking more.

Planting TreesVolunteering for environmental change helps promote adopting sustainable practices such as recycling, energy conservation, and reducing carbon footprints. The actions of individuals and communities can significantly impact the environment, and volunteering offers an opportunity to influence people to make more environmentally responsible decisions. Community-based volunteering projects such as cleaning up parks and waterways, planting trees, and recycling waste promote environmental sustainability at the grassroots level, where it’s most needed.

Volunteering for environmental change provides personal satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment, as it offers an opportunity to make a significant difference in the world. In addition to promoting a cleaner and healthier environment, volunteering also helps to improve social connections and enhance emotional well-being. Engaging in volunteer work in the environment increases one’s sense of responsibility and ownership towards the conservation of the planet. Ultimately, volunteering for environmental change is a worthy cause that brings people together for the common goal of promoting environmental sustainability and enhancing the quality of life for all living creatures on Earth.

The Power of Collective Action Through Volunteering

In conclusion, volunteering is a game changer for social and environmental change and tremendously impacts volunteers’ mental and physical well-being. It bestows individuals with the power to make a difference, strengthens communities, and brings about positive transformations in society. Collective action through volunteer work can lead to significant change in communities and the world at large. Through volunteerism, we can tackle pressing social issues, safeguard and restore our environment, and inspire others to join the cause. Volunteering also promotes diversity, social cohesion, and resilience. Whether it is planting trees or advocating for human rights issues, every act of volunteering has the power to create an impact beyond measure. Therefore, it is vital to encourage unity through community engagement and advocacy programs to inspire more individuals to volunteer. With collective action through volunteer efforts, we can make a difference in creating a better future for ourselves and future generations.

The act of giving back to society has a ripple effect on communities and contributes to economic, social, and environmental development. Therefore, more people should be encouraged to volunteer their time and resources to promote positive change in society.

So why should you volunteer? Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about what you can do for others; it’s also about what volunteering can do for you.


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By Prabhashi Arunodi
Content Writer – DXP

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