- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
And then I realized adventure was the best way to learn
AIESEC is the world's largest student-led organisation, present in over 120 countries. You will have a support system in your local committee, who are there to encourage and motivate you. There is an immediate bond with other AIESECers around the world. Moreover, there are people of high positions/world recognition who were former AIESECers (for example, Neil Janin, Director of MacKinsey and Martti Ahtisaari who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008), many of which still help support fellow AIESECers in networking, careers, funding etc.
AIESEC has a lot of quirky traditions like dancing during roll calls, dining hall games, energizers and Global Villages as well as inside jokes. AIESECers can be pretty crazy.
Personal and Professional Growth
AIESEC strives to "develop global responsible leaders by providing a self-driven, practical learning experience". It emphasizes skills training (especially at conferences) and providing opportunities for you to step out of your comfort zone to try new things and push boundaries, while also providing a safe haven for you to make mistakes and learn from them. You are put in charge of your own development and decide for yourself, how much you want to put into your AIESEC journey.
Cultural understanding and exposure.
If you go on exchange and for some countries, if you're on the committee where students from many different cultures and backgrounds work together towards a common goal. You can also attend AIESEC conferences around the world and meet new friends whilst learning new things.
Motivation and Inspiration
There are plenty of individuals in AIESEC who are passionate about making a difference in the world and its hard not to get influenced/inspired by them when you work so closely with them.
Working for a cause you believe in.
Many AIESECers join because the values that AIESEC holds resonates with them. You might be working with a local charity/business to establish a project/internship where international participants can get involved in, or sending volunteers abroad on life-changing experiences (speaking from personal experience) to work for a cause they believe in. For me, this is the most fulfilling part of joining AIESEC.