AIESEC Sri Lanka, iGV, Travel, Volunteer, Youth

Cultivating change: the impact of Global Volunteers in Sri Lanka

Volunteers visiting University of PeradeniyaAlmost a quarter of the world volunteers globally and Sri Lanka leads this list with 46% of our national population volunteering to give back to society. The origins of volunteering come from evolution; for the longest time, human beings have depended on one another for survival. However, in psychological approaches, volunteerism translates to helping behaviour. Motives behind helping behaviour are fuelled by learning experiences and positive outcomes such as financial benefits, social recognition, or positive feelings about themselves from helping. These prosocial behaviours are battered, bruised and pushed into categories in academia. But in reality, they exist without a division, among us in our everyday things.

At AIESEC, volunteering is a way of life

Our volunteering opportunities are aligned to offer cross-cultural experiences to the participants. These opportunities are vital for the hosts as much as it is for the volunteers. For instance, in the aftermath of social turmoil, Sri Lanka was revived by the kindness of the community. The front lines, the most essential forces of change were the volunteers who picked up the slack. With the dramatic fall of our economy in 2022, the fallen spirits of our community was lifted by the volunteers who stepped up in numerous ways to uplift the lives of Sri Lankans. 

Volunteers in Project AquaticaSri Lanka has also always been a nation of tourism. We are home to lush rainforests, breathtaking beaches and waterfalls, mountains and terraces – the whole package! Sri Lanka also has a rich cultural heritage, both in terms of history and flavour. Streets of Lanka are scattered with confetti like mini shops of fried goodies, refreshing fresh king coconuts to drink and trinkets of souvenirs to accompany you through your journey in Sri Lanka. Our volunteering projects at AIESEC, based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not only offer the volunteers an excellent opportunity to enhance their personal and professional goals, but also enhance the lives of all in Sri Lanka. When executed ethically, each of these volunteer projects have the power to support and develop the community.

The Role of International Volunteers in Sri Lankan Society

Apart from its contribution to the tourism sector in adding to the Per Capita Income, the communal engagement proves to enhance a better understanding of life here in Sri Lanka, going beyond the stereotyped and polarized headlines on internet news. There is bound to be a cultivation of a positive cultural education and appreciationVolunteers enjoying travelling in Sri Lanka through the foreign volunteers who get to engage with our local community and vice versa. Volunteering provides a journey of self-exploration and cultural confluence. With the planet in danger and nature in trouble, nations are facing unprecedented complexities. The SDGs provide a framework to manage them and volunteers actively play a part in the implementation of them.

Volunteers become crucial drivers of change, actively moulding the achievement of these goals. When they involve themselves in local areas, they create a lasting link to the advancement of the country. Essentially, volunteering not only helps people grow personally but also brings about real and positive changes. 


Thisandi Weerasinghe

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AIESEC in University of Peradeniya


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iGV, Lifestyle, Membership, News, Travel, Volunteer

AIESEC Global Volunteering: Explore the World

AIESEC is a non-profit organization that operates in over 120 countries and territories, offering global volunteering opportunities for young people. Global volunteering is an opportunity for young people to travel abroad, experience different cultures, and make a positive impact on communities. The AIESEC Global Volunteer program provides an unique opportunity for individuals to participate in community-based projects that focus on social issues such as education, health, and the environment. 

One of the most exciting aspects of AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program is the opportunity to travel and experience new cultures. Volunteers live with host families and are immersed in local cultures, learning about customs, traditions, and ways of life. This allows volunteers to gain a deeper understanding of the communities they are working with and to develop a global mindset.

The exposure Global Volunteers Can Get Through AIESEC

AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program offers a range of community-based projects that focus on social issues such as education, health, and the environment. Volunteers work alongside local organizations and communities to create sustainable solutions to these issues. This provides volunteers with valuable exposure to different cultures and ways of life, as well as the opportunity to make a positive impact on communities.

One of the benefits of AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program is the leadership development opportunities it provides. Volunteers are encouraged to take on leadership roles within their projects and to develop skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. These skills are valuable both personally and professionally and can help volunteers become more effective leaders in their future careers. In addition to the benefits for volunteers, AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program has a positive impact on the communities it works with. Volunteers work on sustainable projects that address real social issues, and they work alongside local organizations and communities to create long-term solutions. This approach ensures that the impact of the projects is sustainable and that communities are empowered to continue making positive changes after the volunteers have left.

These projects are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aim to address social issues around the world. In this article, we will discuss the different projects offered by AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program and the SDGs they align with.

Education Projects (SDG 4 – Quality Education)

AIESEC’s education projects focus on providing teaching opportunities for children and young people in communities around the world. These projects are aligned with SDG 4 – Quality Education, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Volunteers work alongside local organizations to provide education and support to students in a variety of settings, including schools, orphanages, and community centers.

Environmental Projects (SDG 13 – Climate Action)

AIESEC’s environmental projects focus on promoting sustainable practices and addressing environmental issues around the world. These projects are aligned with SDG 13 – Climate Action, which aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Volunteers work on projects such as reforestation initiatives, beach clean-up campaigns, and sustainable agriculture projects to promote sustainable practices and raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment.

Health Projects (SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being)

AIESEC’s health projects focus on improving access to healthcare and promoting healthy lifestyles in communities around the world. These projects are aligned with SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Volunteers work alongside local healthcare organizations to provide healthcare services and health education to communities. These projects also focus on raising awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.

Social Projects (SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities)

AIESEC’s social projects focus on addressing social issues and promoting social inclusion around the world. These projects are aligned with SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities, which aims to reduce inequality within and among countries. Volunteers work alongside local organizations to provide support and resources to marginalized groups, such as refugees, elderly people, and people with disabilities. These projects also focus on promoting social inclusion and raising awareness about social issues.

Business Projects (SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth)

AIESEC’s business projects focus on promoting entrepreneurship and sustainable economic growth in communities around the world. These projects are aligned with SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, which aims to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. Volunteers work alongside local businesses and organizations to provide support and resources to entrepreneurs and promote sustainable economic development. These projects also focus on providing training and resources to help local businesses grow and succeed.

Technology Projects (SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)

AIESEC’s technology projects focus on promoting access to technology and innovative solutions in communities around the world. These projects are aligned with SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, which aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. Volunteers work on projects such as coding and robotics workshops, technology infrastructure development initiatives, and social media marketing campaigns to promote access to technology and raise awareness about the importance of technology in today’s world.

Countries for Cross-Cultural Exchange

The AIESEC Global Volunteer program provides young people with the opportunity to travel to a variety of countries for cross-cultural exchange. Some of the countries that volunteers can visit include:

  1. Brazil
  2. Italy 
  3. India
  4. Indonesia
  5. Kenya
  6. Mexico
  7. Morocco
  8. Peru
  9. South Africa
  10. Vietnam

These countries are diverse in culture and provide volunteers with a unique opportunity to learn about different customs, traditions, and ways of life. Volunteers live with host families and are immersed in local cultures, which allows them to gain a deeper understanding of the communities they are working with.

Life Lessons Learned through Global Volunteering

Global volunteering is a transformative experience that can provide individuals with valuable life lessons. Some of the lessons that can be learned through global volunteering include:

  1. Cultural Understanding: Living with a host family and working alongside local communities provides volunteers with a deep understanding of different cultures, customs, and ways of life.
  2. Empathy: By working on community-based projects, volunteers gain a deeper understanding of the social issues that affect different communities. This helps to develop empathy and compassion for others.
  3. Adaptability: Living and working in a different country requires a high level of adaptability. Volunteers learn to adapt to new environments and develop resilience in the face of challenges.
  4. Leadership: Taking on leadership roles within projects helps volunteers to develop their leadership skills. These skills are valuable both personally and professionally and can help individuals become more effective leaders in their future careers.
  5. Problem Solving: By working on community-based projects, volunteers learn to identify problems and develop solutions. This helps to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In conclusion, AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program is a unique and valuable opportunity for young people to explore the world, gain new experiences, and make a positive impact on communities. By combining cultural exchange, leadership development, and sustainable project work, AIESEC provides volunteers with a transformative experience that can help them become more globally-minded and effective leaders in their future careers. If you are passionate about making a difference in the world and want to explore new cultures and experiences, AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program may be the perfect opportunity for you.

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iGV, Partnerships, Programs, Volunteer

ECO-V: Where leadership meets environment

 Nature is a leading cause of serenity and tranquility; it has the ability to reduce any form of stress that we encounter, and it helps us see things from a different perspective. Without nature, the world would be totally dull and lifeless. 

Eco-Friendly Volunteers (ECO-V) is a non-profit voluntary organization established on February 7, 2001. They are engaged in environmental conservation in Sri Lanka, which includes conservation of Biodiversity, sustainability, and climate change, and they offer a wide variety of products that are nature-friendly. ECO-V has a network of over 1000 volunteers throughout Sri Lanka who contribute to research and community work to support conservation of the environment.

Their goal is to be the most recognized voluntary environmental organization dedicated to empowering people to take actions on sustainable living and biodiversity conservation to make Sri Lanka a better place for all living organisms.

Sharing the same goal, AIESEC in SLIIT has teamed up with ECO-V in 2023 as a partner of one of our programs, Incoming Global Volunteer, to aid with the mission of healing the nature that surrounds us.

As an organization, we are delighted to team up with ECO-V to help Mother Nature recover step by step in our beloved Sri Lanka. The Incoming Global Volunteer Program can create leaders and shape the lives of many people, so this partnership is an incredible means to developing the future of Sri Lanka while also preserving its precious nature for the future leaders.

This partnership also allows our volunteers to be one with nature and have an out-of-body experience that will open their eyes to a world unknown, which is just what we are looking for.

This venture into helping nature recover one step at a timefalls in line with the objectives of our organization. Together with ECO-V, AIESEC in SLIIT looks forward to a Sri Lanka that will allow our upcoming leaders to maximize their potential.

Our Global Volunteering Program allows you to experience a culture and lifestyle that will change your perspective on everything. Go on trips and volunteer to make the community a better place!

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Event, iGV, Lifestyle, Membership

I was there at GV

We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and live together in peace.

                                                                                                  -Jackie Chan-

What is Global Village?

I’ll begin by explaining what Global Village is. Global Village is a spectacular cultural fest that is organized annually as a vibrant celebration of cultural variety and inclusion. This year, Global Village 2023 delivered yet another multi-cultural experience to students all over the world as a physical event, focusing on cultural connectivity and global awareness. AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura as one of the leading Local Committees undertook this endeavor to build cross- cultural understanding and global citizenship. Global Village provided a platform for both local and foreign volunteers to celebrate and appreciate each other’s cultures.

The event was held on March 12, 2023 from 9 am onwards at Viharamahadevi Park with more than 100 representatives from various universities.

The day began with us taking a walk through the various culture stalls.There were stalls representing countries like Sri Lanka, India, Japan, United States of America, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Finland, Australia, Italy, Germany, England etc. The stalls showcased many of the most important aspects of various countries such as traditional foods, landmarks, fun facts and trivia about the respective countries. 

Participants at the event had the chance to explore this global portal with its diverse cultural offerings. This will not only improve relations between nations and broaden awareness of cultures around the world, but it will also be a fun opportunity to learn more about them.

A touch of AIESEC

After walking through the stalls we arrived at the main event area in front of the stage. The event began with a traditional Sri Lankan dance item along with a healthy dose of AIESEC jives. The jives provided me with a bonding opportunity with the other delegates by breaking the ice and getting rid of any lingering awkwardness. 

Next up I got the opportunity to hear the thoughts of many local and foreign volunteers. Speeches by both the LCP of AIESEC in USJ; Dineli Perera and the MCVP iGV; Chenuka Medawela gave us valuable insight to the importance of AIESEC for cross-cultural understanding among the youth of the world.

The Exciting Games

However, the true highlight of the day were the game sessions which were extremely fun and engaging. First game I took part in was the Haka Dance where the delegates were split into 4 groups and were asked to create their own Haka Dance. The teams came up with many creative and humorous dances that delighted everyone.

The next game was the Hand Tackle where the hands of each team were tangled and we had to untangle ourselves into a circle without letting our hands go. The game was challenging and really taught us to work as a team while having fun.

The final game of the day was the Balloon Cup challenge where the teams had to use the air from a filled balloon to move a cup across a maze. It was quite difficult but the challenge brought each other together and we had a lot of fun.

In between the games, there were more jives as well as a Western hip hop dance item performed by the students of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Another  highlight of the day was the presentation given by the Exchange Participants about their countries. It was truly fascinating to learn about different countries through the first hand experiences of a native. 

Live music sets by local performers and students promised to entertain participants with their playlists. The music was targeted more at the local crowd and it also gave the  other nationals an opportunity to understand our roots. The country stalls showcased the culture of their respective countries through souvenirs, local food, facts and explained their differences with the other cultures.

It was a great experience to meet people there, because I was able to meet different exchange participants from different countries and be able to share experiences along their journey and to test their different flavors. Being in a team composed of different nationalities allowed me to understand different cultures, different mindsets and also experience how to actually collaborate and work with different people from different cities, from different backgrounds.

Was it worth attending Global Village?

We live in a world that’s often labeled a ‘global village’, yet it’s ironic that we bear several preconceived notions about people from other countries. With a plethora of cultures around us, our interactions with other cultures become increasingly important. The event aimed to blur such cultural divides among citizens of different countries through a mix of art, music, food and entertainment and was able to successfully accomplish that.

So that brought an end to a fun and insightful day full of love and appreciation towards our fellow global citizens while still showcasing our own culture. The memories I made at Global Village will surely last me a lifetime.

So I would say that attending Global Village was the best decision of my AIESEC journey.


by Haseeba Wadood

Jayewardenepura Showcasing Team

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, iGV, Travel, Volunteer

Exploring New Cultures Through the AIESEC’s Incoming Global Volunteer Program

AIESEC is a global youth-led organization that aims to create a positive impact on society through the development of leadership and intercultural exchange programs. One of their flagship programs is the AIESEC Incoming Global Volunteer (IGV) program, which offers young people the opportunity to volunteer abroad and work on projects that have a positive impact on local communities.

iGV is the department that handles all that is related starting from attracting Exchange Participants (EPs) for our local projects, raising Enablers, the delivery of EP servicing to getting to the Complete status.

iGV main responsibilities

  • Customer support at all stages of the process
  • IR Partner support (SE) at all stages of the process
  • Guarantee through co-delivery the delivery of the 16 Standards
  • EP interview
  • VISA

Knowledge to have:

  • Conversational English knowledge
  • Calendar management
  • Effective communication
  • Accounting (keeping track of customers)

Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to give back to the world while gaining valuable experience and cultural immersion. Every year, thousands of individuals from all over the world travel to different countries to volunteer their time and skills. These global volunteers are the backbone of many humanitarian, environmental, and educational programs across the world.

As an incoming global volunteer, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of people and communities in need. However, volunteering abroad can also be a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips and advice to help incoming global volunteers prepare for their journey.

Research and Planning

Before embarking on your volunteering journey, it’s essential to do some research on the country, region, and project you’ll be working on. Understand the local culture, customs, and social norms to ensure that you do not offend or misunderstand the local community. Research the weather, vaccination requirements, visa requirements, and any potential risks or hazards. Make sure to contact your volunteer organization or local embassy to get the latest information on travel and safety protocols.

Packing Smartly

Packing for volunteering abroad can be a challenge, especially if you are traveling to a developing country. You’ll need to pack enough clothes and essential items to last you for the duration of your stay. Pack light and focus on practical items that are easy to wash and dry. Make sure to pack a first-aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat. If you are traveling to a country where the language spoken is different from yours, carry a translation dictionary or language-learning app on your phone.

Be Open-Minded

Volunteering abroad can be an eye-opening experience, and you’ll encounter many cultural differences and customs that you may not be familiar with. It’s essential to keep an open mind and be flexible in your approach to work and life in general. Be respectful of the local culture and customs, and be willing to adapt to your new surroundings. Embrace the new experiences, and you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the world.

Connect with Locals

As a global volunteer, you’ll be working alongside locals and other volunteers from different parts of the world. Take the time to connect with them, and you’ll learn more about their cultures and experiences. Building relationships with locals will not only enhance your volunteer experience but also help you integrate better into the local community. Join local activities and events, and you’ll make lasting friendships and memories.

Stay Safe

Safety should be a top priority for any incoming global volunteer. Make sure to follow the safety guidelines provided by your volunteer organization and local authorities. Avoid walking alone at night, and always carry a copy of your passport and emergency contact information. Be vigilant of your surroundings, and report any suspicious activity to local authorities.

In conclusion, volunteering abroad can be a life-changing experience that provides the opportunity to make a real difference in the world. By doing research and planning, packing smartly, being open-minded, connecting with locals, and staying safe, incoming global volunteers can have a meaningful and fulfilling experience while contributing positively to the world.

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