Experience Stories

Discovering culture in Morocco: An exchange to Marrakech

Discovering culture in Morocco: An exchange to Marrakech

When I decided to participate in the Nour project of AIESEC, I felt like I did something impulsive yet brave. I never went abroad on my own before. I always had people I could depend on like friends and family. This time I wanted to challenge myself by doing this project on my own, and I wanted to discover and embrace another culture.

My AIESEC volunteering project in Italy

My AIESEC volunteering project in Italy

In January 2020 I participated in an AIESEC Project on environment and sustainability in Castellana Grotte, Italy. I was lucky to stay six weeks in one of the most beautiful small villages I have been to. My work was about teaching the kids in the local Highschool on the UN SDGs and sustainability. My fellow AIESEC students were so kind to pick me up in Bari. They made sure I was safe and showed me how to travel to my destination.

Una experiencia para nunca olvidar

Una experiencia para nunca olvidar

At the start of July 2019, my sister and I took the big leap to pack our bags and visit our family in Colombia. During this time I was still deciding on doing a volunteering job for AIESEC. It was my luck to have my sister as my AIESEC exchange participant manager....

Exchange in Sri Lanka

Exchange in Sri Lanka

The most incredible and heart-warming experience I had this summer, was working at a school in Sri Lanka. The school is specialized in teaching children with autism and down syndrome. An exceptional aspect to mention about the school, is that the principal is a 70+...

My Experience in Ghana

My Experience in Ghana

In the summer of 2019 I participated in the Medicine Project, organised by AIESEC. I got the chance to go to Ghana for 6 weeks to experience the culture and work at the hospital there. Before I left I was already in contact with people from AIESEC in Ghana. They...

Never forget to love

Never forget to love

Never forget to love Transform project in Patras, Greece, 5thMay – 14thJune 2019 By Jingjing Jiang “I was so happy to share my culture with them and show the diversity.” From the Netherlands to Greece – after 4 hours flight plus 3,5 hours by bus I arrived at my...

Plastic is the new black

Plastic is the new black

Order a drink on the streets in Solo (officially named Surakarta) and you will get a plastic cup with a plastic lid, a straw for easy drinking, a plastic bag to protect the cup and one small plastic bag for easy take away. Take a look around and check where you can...

Discovering my purpose in Egypt

Discovering my purpose in Egypt

AIESEC is a fantastic way to take a great leap beyond your comfort zone and truly submerge yourself into a whole new and completely different way of life. Preparation This year, as the buzz of summer break came ever closer, I decided that I wanted to do something...

All you need is love

All you need is love

Brazil – Smart Project in Florianopolis Introduction Brazil – Florianopolis, 7th of July 11pm. After my 10-hour flight from Lisbon to Brasilia, a clumsy request for a subway sandwich in the little Portuguese I learned 5 minutes earlier, and another 2-hour flight...

Feminism and Islam

Feminism and Islam

Feminism and Islam – a combination that seems to boil from tension. I know how difficult this topic can be: I am a Pakistani girl, grew up in Germany and live in the Netherlands. To analyze this topic, I went to Morocco for 6 weeks to interview people. In the last few...

A message to our generation

A message to our generation

"How lucky am I to have found a place and people that made me cry when I left?" The project The interesting thing about AIESEC is that they offer many volunteer programs for many interests. You don’t just volunteer and travel, but you put your knowledge into practice....

Looking behind the façade

Looking behind the façade

Even though I could only spend six weeks in Brazil, I am sure I made a difference in their lives. And they made a difference in mine. I came to Brazil after my first year of university and a lot of enthusiasm to leave my marks in another country far away from Europe....

Eu te amo Brazil!

Eu te amo Brazil!

I was looking to leave an impact, not to upgrade my CV. Thankfully, AIESEC let me do both.  "My experience taught me more than any book could ever teach me, some things have to be seen in person." As a second year business student, I knew it was time for me to start...

Ghana, the smiling country

Ghana, the smiling country

Approximately 6000 kilometers away from Holland my AIESEC experience started. Because of my gap year I wanted to do something. Not only travelling but also something related to my study. Then I found the Medicine Project, the perfect combination of learning in a...

What is a Mzungu?

What is a Mzungu?

Last year I went to Uganda for an internship. My biggest fear was moving into an unknown country and leaving my family and friends behind. I had to prepare myself six months before departure and on that D-day I was like, … ok this is it! I was really curious about the...

Welcome to your new family

Welcome to your new family

It is around midnight, when I am waiting at Barranquilla airport for someone to pick me up. Due to poor communication about this pick-up and my malfunctioning brain after an 18hr journey, I feel rather small. Fortunately a man points at his phone with a photo of me on...

Living like a local with AIESEC!

Living like a local with AIESEC!

During my time in AIESEC I was responsible for sending students aboard on professional internships. The danger with that is that, while searching internships for those students, you might find one that is amazing for yourself. This is exactly what happened to me....

5 reasons to volunteer in Guatemala

5 reasons to volunteer in Guatemala

My name is Gwen, and this year I got the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to check out AIESEC’s volunteer projects. I fell in love with the country, its culture, and I was amazed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the local AIESECers to make their country a better...

Get the local vibes

Get the local vibes

Get the local vibesBy Stijn Vrerik Finally, my trip to South-America has started, with a project in Medellin. Some months before leaving the Netherlands, I tried to learn some Spanish with a self-study course. Unfortunately, at the day of departure, I could probably...

Een groen paspoort

Een groen paspoort

Waar droom je van? Ik vind het altijd super interessant mensen deze vraag te stellen. Ik ben nieuwsgierig naar dromen, en hou er van als mensen iets onverwachts antwoorden. Mensen beginnen te stralen als ze over hun droom vertellen. En als ze niet precies weten wat ze...

Six weeks to never forget!

Six weeks to never forget!

It’s October 28, 2017. I’m getting off my plane at Tan Son Nat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. For the past six weeks I had an amazing time backpacking in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Although I visited beautiful locations and had the time of my life, being in a...

“Ik wil mijn broertje terug”

“Ik wil mijn broertje terug”

8 december 2017. Het is inmiddels al de laatste week van mijn project in Brazilië. Samen met Antonin en Tiziana heb ik het al vijf weken prima naar m’n zin. Mijn project heet Planet Heroes. Het doel van het project is om kinderen bewust te maken van hun omgeving,...

My first time in Ghana

My first time in Ghana

The moment I walked out of the airport, I was overwhelmed by all the unknown impressions. Everywhere were people looking at us and calling for us. When Luc and I finally found our guide, who would bring us to the place we would call home for the upcoming seven weeks,...

Experience Story Hanoi

Experience Story Hanoi

Experience Story: Thu-Yên Pham, Hanoi, Vietnam After my graduation, I wanted to travel through South-East Asia and do some voluntary work in Vietnam. The main reason for seeking voluntary work in Vietnam was that I wanted to learn more about my background. The project...

My Ghana Experience

My Ghana Experience

After finishing my second year in medicine in the Netherlands, I felt like I wanted to experience more somewhere else in the world. I’m very interested in tropical medicine and Ghana was one of the country’s that offered a medical project in a tropical environment. A...

Challenge Your Inner Hiker In Patagonia, Argentina!

Challenge Your Inner Hiker In Patagonia, Argentina!

Hiking? Hmm, not really my thing. That’s what I thought at least when jumping on a flight from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires exactly a year ago. I was on my way to the country of famous steaks, delicious Malbec wine and dancing tango in ancient cathedrals with 70-year old...