To help you get a better sense of the AIESEC experience, we invited some of our past AIESEC Exchange Participants to share about their experience. These stories can help you create a more wholesome picture of what AIESEC experiences have to offer!
Katy teske, Spain
My name is Katy, and I am majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in International Studies at the University of Michigan. I went abroad for six weeks with AIESEC to Spain, where I taught English as a second language to children at a summer camp in the Pyrenees Mountains. It was an incredible experience because I was constantly challenged as I faced obstacles of working in another country, which allowed me to learn a lot about myself. My time abroad taught me to be more resourceful and resilient, and I realized the importance of developing our future generations so they are ready to take on the responsibility of being leaders of the future. My travels also opened my eyes to global challenges that all of humanity is facing, encouraging me to work harder towards improving our world. AIESEC experiences are unique because they require participants to be active and not passive. The AIESEC experience is for those who seeking a challenge, and for those who are not afraid to be leaders of today rather than tomorrow.
MARIELLE DEWICKI, ITALY
Hi! My name is Marielle Dewicki, and I am a third year undergraduate student studying International Studies and Italian. This summer, I went to Sant’Illario d’Enza, Italy through AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program. I worked as a camp counselor/ English teacher for children ages 4-13 and an English tutor for one of the adults in the community through Itinere Servizi Culturali. My favorite moment of my project was my last day of work when the lady I had been tutoring wrote me a note in English to thank me for my help. Overall, I had a life-changing experience, and I can’t recommend AIESEC enough!
oPHELIA DENG, ITALY
Over the summer I spent two months in Italy where I taught English, stayed with a host family, and made some incredible friends. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Michigan studying for a dual degree in Art and Design and International Studies. Before leaving on my experience, I had taken two years of Italian. However, living in Italy for two months has improved my language abilities in ways no classroom could ever teach. My experience was facilitated with Joinki: The Cultural Connector, and I could not have asked for a more rewarding adventure.
I lived in Valle San Felice, Italy, a small village south of Trento, with my amazing host family. As a part of my responsibilities, I taught English to my host family and at the local middle school. My host family kids were great fun, but it definitely took some time to build up trust for them to open up to me. At the school, I shared my culture and knowledge and helped prepare students for their KET English Exams, which I recently heard they did very well on. Near the end of my program I also worked at a local summer camp.
On the weekends, I had time off to travel and explore Italy. Through AIESEC and Joinki, I met people from all walks of life and made some lifetime friends that I cannot wait to see again in future travels. My AIESEC experience allowed me to further develop my interests in travel and international work, which I am further exploring.
My advice would be to do research and find a good program that aligns with your interests. Afterwards, even if you’re still on the fence, just go for it!