7 Inspirational Quotes from Great Leaders

Let’s be honest, there are moments where we feel like we are stuck on a second gear or when it has not been our day, our month or even our year. And we just need that extra push, that insight to alter our thinking to see things, situations and opportunities from a different perspective. And sometimes one is not just good enough, so here are s e v e n brilliant quotes from great leaders.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; Nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude“–Thomas Jefferson

Often times the right opportunities are staring us in the face but our attitude is the main thing that keeps us from chasing the opportunities and leaves us wondering

„Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let their feelings stop them. “- T.Harv Eker

It is more than okay to be scared, and to be doubtful. You see, everyone experiences it but do the thing anyway. Do it d e s p i t e  the fear, and the discouragement.

„Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy. “– Dale Carneige

No one has ever excelled at something by just thinking about it. Achieving your goals is about patience, realising that it is okay to fail, then try again, and make it happen.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain

If you only have this one precious life, what do you want to do with it? What do you want to experience during this journey? What is the legacy you want to leave behind? What are the stories you want to tell?

“You didn’t grow up driving…you figured it out.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

It takes hard work to make your dreams and goals happen. Just because you are starting right now and the gap between your current state and the end goal is massive, does not mean you will not make it to the end. Take a deep breath, make the first steps happen, work hard and you will figure out the way to your goals.

“There is no royal road; you’ve got to work a good deal harder that most people want to work.”
– Charles Wilson

Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard enough. There is no room for excuses, excuses will only slow down your journey. Be patient and work.

“Someone told me growth and comfort do not coexists. And I think that’s a really good thing to remember.” –Ginny Rometty

When was the last time you took a step out of your comfort zone? Instead of wishing actually making things happen? Experienced personal growth, pushed your limits, stared fear right into the eyes?

How about doing something bit scary, something out of your comfort zone this summer? Taking a big step towards reaching your goals? How about spending time abroad, developing your skills, networking, and enjoying the best time while creating a killer CV?
Check out the opportunities that AIESEC has for you! aiesec.youth.org

Youth Speak Contest

The Youth 4 Global Goals campaign was created to mobilise young people to take action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. It has a set of initiatives aimed to make people aware about the Global Goals, understand them and take action. One part of the campaign is Youth Speak Survey: the survey got 162,292 answers in 2016, engaging people across more than 120 countries.

But here is the main reason why YOU should care about the survey:

Based on the results of the previous YouthSpeak report, Universities and Businesses seem to be disconnected from young people’s desires and interests. And YouthSpeak Survey is one of the ways to eliminate that disconnection.

Youth speak survey gives an important and valuable insight on what youth value and believe in today, and what are their personal goals are for the future. For example last year 68% of the survey participants believed that society will be better by 2030. Their biggest scares concerning the future were corruption, lack of resources, war, global warming, and lack of humanity. The survey takes a closer look on how youth stays informed on daily bases, collects information on how the young generation defines great leadership, and what their 5 year plans are after graduation.

You are one of the 1.8 billion young people that live in the world today. The way our world will be shaped by 2030 fully depends on us. Therefore, youth cannot be left out of the global agenda today – YOU cannot be left out. This survey gives you the space to voice your opinions on key challenges, hopes and ambitions. It lets you share your passion with the whole world and lets you learn how you can get engaged with the issues that matter to you the most, in order to generate positive impact in your life and life of people around you.

Based on the last year’s survey the most important thing in the first 5 years after graduation are global opportunities. In order to make sure that YOU get the job you want, AIESEC provides global volunteering and internship opportunities all over the world in all fields. In order to promote Youth Speak Survey, AIESEC in Estonia has created a Youth Speak Contest. AIESEC in Estonia charges a price from people who want to go on any of AIESEC’s exchange programmes – fill in the survey and follow the steps below, and get a chance to get your fee exempted.

STEP 1
Fill in the survey yss.questionpro.com
STEP 2
take a screenshot of the ‘thank you for filling this survey page’ that appears at the end of the survey

STEP 3
Like our Facebook page “AIESEC in Estonia” and post publicly on your Facebook timeline with the screenshot and caption, ‘I stand with SDG# …. , I’ve made my voice heard through AIESEC survey. I’ve done my bit, have you? #AIESECinEstonia #SDG #Letsgetreal #Y4GG’.

(Note: the post needs to be public on the timeline)

STEP 4             

Check out the most amazing global opportunities AIESEC has for you youth.aiesec.org

4 Reasons For Solo Traveling

I was 16 when I visited Vienna for first time. It was love at first sight, and I knew I wanted to explore the city more then what I saw in that week of doing everything that was even slightly categorized as touristy. The first time I travelled on my own was 4 years ago. I was 18 and I spent 3 weeks in Vienna. And I never thought that I would enjoy travelling on my own as much as I did. Here are the top 4 reason why you should try travelling alone.

  1. You Can Do Anything Y O U want.

Wake up whenever you want to wake up. Visit the museums that you want to or visit exactly 0 museums, if that is what you wish for. Spend the day outside of the city or stay in your room the whole day: planning the timetable is entirely up to you. No need to convince someone else to do the thing you want to do during the trip.

  1. Meeting New People.

Meeting new people is definitely one the biggest highlight of solo travelling. If you are travelling on your own, and especially for a longer period of time, you will meet new people because solo traveling pushes you outside of your comfort zone and make it easier to interact with strangers. For example during my trip to Vienna I met ton of new people from all over the world, who were like me and just visiting the city  for couple of weeks.

  1. Staying in the Budget

If you are travelling on your own, it is easier to stick to the budget. Last Summer I spent 10 days travelling through Germany and ended my trip in Amsterdam. Even though it was July (aka the high season of tourism when everything is super expensive) it was one of my cheapest trips so far just because when travelling with friends, everyone has different spending habits and it’s easy to spend money on things you would not normally spend money on.

  1. It Is Empowering

It is empowering to spend time on your own and feeling comfortable being alone. It makes you more independent, and more solution oriented. It becomes easier to socialize with new people. And it is a skillset you can put into use in your everyday life and it is an experience that no other experience is similar to. Definitely a point the on bucket list.

And believe me, there are more than just 4 reasons for solo travelling, but the rest of them,you have to figure out on your own. A good place where to start is an international experience AIESEC. Check out the amazing opportunities that AIESEC has for you!
youth.aiesec.com

What is Youth Speak and Go Abroad with AIESEC Without Exchange Fee


About a year and a half ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. During this time the initiative Youth4GlobalGoals become one of most powerful movements towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The reach has crossed more than 120 countries and territories around the world.

Youth 4 Global Goals campaign was created to mobilise young people to take action towards the SDGs. It has a set of initiatives aimed to make people aware about the Global Goals, understand them and take action. This campaign has three parts to it:

  • Youth Speak Survey: the survey got 162,292 answers until today, engaging people across more than 120 countries. The result is the voice of Millennials giving an opinion about what SDGs they would act upon, what kind of motives and fears they have.
  • Youth Speak Forum: an event realized around the world that brings together young and senior leaders to form a space for inspiring conversations and creation of actionable ideas around global issues. In various countries governments and UN agencies have supported the event.
  • Youth Speak Projects: considering the insights got in the Survey, AIESEC is running the social projects around SDGs and Millennials needs. This is how a young person gets an opportunity to directly contribute to an issue he or she relates the most to, while developing the leadership potential.

Organizations like Asian Development Bank, PVBLIC Foundation and UN Habitat were the founding partners of the campaign and many more are joining the movement now.

Ours is the first generation with the potential to end poverty (SDG number 1) – and the last to avoid worst effects of climate change.

Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General

Fill in the survey and enter the youth speak contest, out of those who fill in the survey and post the snapshot of the thank you page  to AIESEC in Estonia Facebook page under the blogpost post as a  comment with the hashtags #AIESEinEstonia #Y4GG,  2 people will be selected for free exchange program by AIESEC in ESTONIA.

Survey: yss.questionpro.com

To learn more about the Youth4GlobalGoals campaign, visit youth4globalgoals.org

First Time Going Abroad with AIESEC

Aleksander is 21 years old, taller than most of us, and is currently a second year Food Technology student at Tallinn Technical University. After joining AIESEC in TUT this February his summer plans changed from doing internship in Tallinn to volunteering abroad.


So what are exactly you doing this summer, Aleksander?

I am going abroad with AIESEC. I am participating in volunteering project in South-Malaysia in a small city called Johor Bahur for 6 weeks. During the project I will help to raise awareness, especially amongst the youth, on food waist. We’ll talk about how to consume more responsibly, what to do with food left overs, how to cook something delicious of yesterday’s left overs. Because there are many who lack of food and at the same time there are many who live in abundance.

But why at all should one go abroad for the summer?

But why not? Is there anything better? We have already been at home, and we have plenty of time to be here more. But to go abroad and see how things are done there, and how people live- this is something that challenges the way we think.

Malaysia is pretty far away from Estonia, didn’t you want to go somewhere closer to home?

But that was the whole point: to go as far as possible. That also means that the cultural differences are much more noticeable compared to the experience I would have somewhere close to home, let’s say somewhere in Europe. Close to my cultural comfort zone, I already can assume how people are and think and work, but to somewhere far, I imagine I will experience and learn so much more than if I were to stay somewhere closer.

How much time did it take you to find the right program?

It took me around a week to figure out what I even expect from the program and the SDG I want to volunteer for. Because I study Food Technology I wanted the project to connect somehow to my major as well. And then it took me a week and a half to apply for different programs and do the interviews.

What is the scariest part about going abroad?

Hm, I am not scared of much. Maybe the fact that everything will be so different, which is good but it also means that I might not know how to act accordingly in every situation. That I might insult someone by accident because I am not familiar with some cultural or religious aspects. But at the same time it is a learning point. I will learn from my mistakes when I young, and avoid such incidences in the future.

Why should one go abroad?

If you are thinking about volunteering abroad, if it interest you, do it now! Don’t say that you are going to do it, or don’t say that one day or next year I am going to do it because you might miss out on your chance and end up not going abroad. So pull yourself together, take the first scary step, and just do it!
Find the best program for you on youth.aiesec.org

Mida kujutab endast AIESECi rahvusvaheline konverents?

Mina olen Laura, AIESEC in Tartu juhatuse liige. Eelmise aasta sügisel tekkis mul suur soov osaleda mõnel AIESECi rahvusvahelisel konverentsil. Olin ju poolteist aastat organisatsiooni liige olnud ning paljud teised sõbrad olid selle teekonna läbi teinud. Sügisel käisid kolm AIESEC in Estonia liiget Armeenias EuroCol ning nende kogemused panid mind veelgi enam mõtlema. Hakkasin vaikselt uurima, mis võimalused mul üldse on – Euroopast kaugemale ei tihanud ma minna. Mingi hetk hakkas mulle silma EuroXPRO, mis sel aastal toimus minu jaoks üpriski tundmatus Bosnia ja Hertsegoviinas. Esialgu polnud ma siiski kindel, kas ja kuidas, aga mida aeg sedasi, seda reaalsemaks see võimalus muutus. Kuni oligi käes 5. aprilli varahommik, mil takso mind varahommikul 5.50 peale korjas ja Tallinna Lennujaama läbi magava linna sõidutas.

Konverents kestis 5.-10. aprillini ning oli hommikust õhtuni (varajaste hommikutundideni) täielikult sisustatud. Kui esimestel päevadel oli sisu minu jaoks pisut kauge ja pehme, siis viimased päevad suutsid selle vea parandada. Esimesel päeval toimus ka üritus Global Village, kus kõik osalevad riigid näitasid enda riigi võlusid ja pakkusid kõigile huvilistele kohalikke maitseelamusi. Minuga tuli Eestist kaasa must leib, kamatahvlid, küüslauguleivad ja batoonikesed – just see kõige eestimaisem. Kusjuures, ei olnud üldse lihtne välja mõelda, mis siis on see, mis esindab Eestit kõige paremini. Loodust kaasa võtta ei saa. Laulu- ja tantsupidu samuti. Idufirmasid ja ITd ka mitte. Sellest hoolimata kandsin uhkelt Eesti rahvarõiva seelikut ja vööd.

Kogu konverentsi kõige olulisemaks osaks olid uued tutvused. Konverentsil osales ju üle 40 erineva riigi! Saan uhkelt öelda, et nüüd ootavad tuttavad mind näiteks Norras, Austrias, Aserbaidžaanis ning isegi Hongkongis. Samuti on just teised AIESECi üksuste inimesed need, kellelt häid ja halbu kogemusi koguda ning partnerlussuhteid luua. Tõin Eestisse kaasa näiteks huvitava lepingutasu mõtte Taanist ja partnerlusidee Kolumbiast.

Puutusin esimest korda kokku ka nelja AIESEC Internationali liikmega, sealhulgas AIESECi presidendiga. Need inimesed on aastaid enda elust AIESECile pühendanud ning edendanud organisatsiooni just selles suunas, kus see praegu on. AIESECi president rääkis, mis teda motiveerib ning see mõte on üks osa sellest: “Do it because the world is moving at such a fast pace and we need people to be global citizens and understand one another and the way we work if we must work towards achieving peace“. Ja neid inimesi on veel ja veel, kes on valmis nii suure osa oma ajast panustama sellesse suurde visiooni, mis meid kõiki edasi viib, ning organisatsiooni arengusse.

Ükskõik, kes sa oled, kes sa seda postitust loed – rahvusvahelised kogemused ja millegi suurem poole püüdlemine on alus sõbralikuma ühiskonna suunas. Meie ümber olevad inimesed on sama inimesed kui sina isegi. Ja sellest tuleb kõigil aru saada. Kui sa mõistad maailma, oskad sa seda ka muuta. Võin kindel olla, et konverentsil osalemine andis mulle palju suurema pildi maailmast ja kuidas asjad väljaspool Eestit toimivad. Seda peaks iga noor inimene kogema. Päriselt.

 

Konverentsile sõitu toetas SA Kodanikuühiskonna Sihtkapital (KÜSK).

 

From Civil Engineering to IT Start-Up

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Kaspar, I’m 25 years old. I started my career as a civil engineer while also studying it in Tallinn University of Technology. My first three years were intense and interesting but over the years I started getting more into IT. Learning it on my own while also moving away from constructional engineering into more IT related jobs I quickly realized that I also have to change my studies. It all culminated in switching my major to Informatics. Today I help to run an IT and Innovation Management company called Rubik’s Solutions as a Software Architect. 

How has your AIESEC experience contributed to your current career?

Before I joined AIESEC my goal was to finish college and start working as an engineer. During my AIESEC career I understood what it means to be entrepreneurial and also taught me how to be a better team player. Being entrepreneurial doesn’t specifically mean to start a company. For me it means to work on something that creates value for other people instead of just doing your job. This value can be converted into business or used to create social benefits. For me AIESEC also helped to form a large network of people and meet my future business partners and clients.

So what is Rubik’s Solutions all about?

Rubik’s Solutions is a Digital Innovation Agency creating value from emerging technologies. It was founded in 2013 as an app development company which in 2015 did a pivot to focus on project and innovation management.

In Rubik’s we are focused on helping companies facilitate innovation by running internal projects or spin-offs. This can culminate in a more innovative product, a new business model or both. My main responsibility in Rubik’s is to run technical teams and work on software and cloud architecture solutions. We have been involved in multiple different industries. We focus on projects that we can help to create the most value out of.

When it comes to hiring, what are start-ups in general, and more specifically, your start up looking for in prospective employees?

With start-ups it really depends on the nature of the company, the position and at what stage the person is joining. Founding partners or the very first employees are expected to help run the company as a whole and not focus only on the job description. This  of course is the most unstable time to join a company and thus your belief in the future of the endeavor plays an important role. Nobody wants to invest in a new person only to see him leave after half a year.

AIESEC is a great example where you see different types of people. Those who join and leave as soon as it gets difficult or those who are willing to go the extra mile to bring results. Results take time and if you have the patience, belief, and willpower to support the journey of any company, I don’t see a reason why you wouldn’t be the next founder or an integral part of a successful start-up team.

With Rubik’s and the spin-offs we build, we look at the character of a person, self-motivation, and a team player. I guess people who have been in AIESEC for more than a year or two prove to have these qualities. From the technical side education is important but you cannot beat the willingness and ability to learn.

In your opinion, what are Estonian start-ups lacking today ?

Moving fast. Compared to the pace of the scene abroad we are somehow still stuck in a fear of discovering that we are wrong. Trying to prove yourself wrong should be the first thing you do with an idea. Your focus should be to understand whether your ingenious new idea will work as a business or not. I feel that a lot of people get attached to their ideas, even if it is obvious that there is no real business value behind it. Start-ups are companies like any other and when starting up you will not survive long without investments. Financing will only come if you are able to prove that your business idea has the potential to convert investment into future revenue. Moving fast means to feedback your product or service on the market quickly. That is the place you get the real feedback, don’t expect it from your friends.

I feel that in the Estonian start-up scene the mutual support between founders of different companies is relatively low. It’s a very Estonian thing where people seem to see each other as competitors rather than collaborators. Building a start-up is hard and the only support you get is from your team, if you are lucky enough to have it. Fortunately, I see that changing especially in the new collaborative working spaces like Spring Hub where the community is selected to form  supportive environment. I hope to see these environments to grow even further and through that have a bigger  impact on all stakeholders involved.

Why should a young person take interest in start-ups?

If you are looking for a sexy work culture, becoming rich fast (or at all),  you shouldn’t not take interest in start-ups. If you are an engineer focused on learning from the best and becoming a talented specialist you are better off joining a company that has proven its business model and survived. For me  “taking interest in start-ups” means to start something from ground zero.

Start-up is  about not following someone else’s footsteps. There is nothing more unfulfilling than following instructions of someone else and never really discover what it is to realize your dreams yourself.

#3 AIESECer’s Leadership Story – Dajana

Dajana, member of incoming global volunteering team in local committee Tallinn University

I was born in Estonia. All my life I lived in Estonia. My parents were born in Estonia. I have Estonian nationality. But when people ask me what is my ethnicity, I can´t answer to this question. Why? My mum is half Russian and half German. My dad has Russian, Ukrainian and Finnish background. My native language is Russian but I have German surname with 2 grammar mistakes (what makes it actually Jewish). So who I am? I don’t even know it by myself. I am totally multinational child and I am proud of being an example of so many cultures mixture.

Why I told you this now? I just know that absolutely all people in the world are different. Everybody is unique somehow. Even if you are one hundred percent Estonian or one hundred percent Russian there is no another person who is one hundred percent Estonian or one hundred percent Russian having exactly same personality as you. I believe that everybody has own opinion, own dreams, own goals, own values, own culture etc. Somehow all these different people with different thoughts and ideas must live together on one planet. There is only one way to do it. We just don’t have another option as to accept each other, accept our differences.

I think that when you are able to do that you get from the world much more than before. This is the reason why I am a member of organisation AIESEC. AIESEC is full of different students from different cultures. What we would talk about with each other if we were all same? There is always something to research with AIESECers. Every day I get to know something new about my friends in AIESEC. I feel I am really open-minded and ready to communicate with any person. I am not scared of differences in people. It is even opposite with me. I love them. I know I am full of empathy and I want to share it with the whole world because I am against racism and any discrimination. I just wish everybody feels safe in our society. I know that I can´t change the world alone, only all together we can do it.  Multiculturalism units AIESECers and it makes us strong. We are all different but we are one big family.

Now you have the chance to be part of AIESEC and develop yourself as well.

Link to join us:www.aiesec.ee/join-aiesec/

Start up your career with Global Entrepreneur!

Are you stuck in the eternal limbo of not being hired by employers because you have no previous work experience, thus making it impossibe for you to gain said experience in the first place? Don’t fret, AIESEC in Estonia has a solution for you and that solution is our Global Entrepreneur programme!

 

The Global Entrepreneur programme is a great way to kickstart your career. The programme offers a short-term unpaid professional internship in a notable start-up company.

 

The projects’ duration is 6-8 weeks and you have over a hundred destination countries to choose from. Accommodation will be provided for you free of charge; the only things you’ll have to pay for are the EUR 150 programme fee and the transportation to your destination and back.

 

The best part about AIESEC’s Global Entrepreneur programme is that it requires little to no previous experience in the field as long as you have the dedication and passion that start-up companies look for in their employees. The only requirements AIESEC has for an intern are that they be in the age range of 18-30 years old and that they speak English (B1, B2 should suffice). Please note that some start-ups might have additional requirements.

 

The selection process itself is very straight-forward and simple – when you see an opportunity you like, apply for it via www.opportunities.aiesec.org. After the application is submitted, you will be contacted shortly and an interview will be conducted with both the AIESEC entity facilitating the offer and the company’s representative. Then all you have to do is wait to get selected and bada-bing, bada-boom – you have an international internship opportunity in your back pocket!

 

You can sign up and browse all of our opportunities at www.opportunities.aiesec.org. See you there!

 

To continue with the theme of start-ups, AIESEC in Estonia has some exciting news for entreprenurial enthusiasts who just so hapen to be free on March 10. We will once again be facilitating LEAP, a one-day event full of different sessions for the businessman/woman/person in you!

 

What is LEAP, you may ask? Well, LEAP is an initiative powered by AIESEC in Estonia with a purpose to boost the entrepreneurial spirit of Estonian youth through interactive learning spaces with businesses and start-ups.

 

LEAP 2017 will have discussion spaces from start-ups like Taxify, Shipitwise, Testlio and more, as well as workshops provided by Timbiter, Shipitwise, Greenhouse CI and many more. A great added value that LEAP has in addition to having informative workshops and lectures is the networking aspect. If you want to work in any of the companies present at the event, approach the representative of the company and schmooze them into oblivion.

 

The venue for LEAP 2017 is MEKTORY, Raja 15, Tallinn. The ticket will cost you no more, no less than 4 euros. The tickets are limited, so get yours now at: http://bit.ly/JoinLEAP2017

In conclusion, there is still hope for you even if you don’t have experience in your chosen field yet. Just grab the bull by the horns, carpe that diem and let AIESEC help you kickstart your career!

“We are from the world”

Libby Chiu, 22, from Taiwan, recent graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature and currently living in Estonia. In the summer of 2015 she was part of a volunteering project with AIESEC in Cairo, Egypt, and this led to the next experience she is currently having with the organization. She is now the Vice President of Talent Management of the national team of AIESEC in Estonia and she told us a little bit about her experience in the land of the pharaohs. While in Cairo, she worked in a project called Enlighten, with the goal of teaching basic English to the local kids and exposing them to different cultures.

We caught up with Libby for a little chat about her AIESEC experience in Egypt and Estonia, check it out:

Libby in Cairo, Egypt

Why did you decide to go on an exchange?
Going abroad was always in my plans during university. At first, I was planning to do an academic exchange, but I changed my mind when I realized that AIESEC’s volunteering opportunity is not only about developing myself in a cross-cultural environment, but also having a social impact on the local community. I had never though that I, as a young individual, could have an impact on anyone. So I felt it was a cool idea, and that is why I decided to go on an exchange with AIESEC.

What was the biggest cultural shock you experienced abroad?
Cairo is an interesting and exotic city. The life in Egypt was very different from the life I had in Taiwan. Firstly, because of the language barrier with the local people. I had to use body language to explain what I wanted to buy or google the photo for them. Secondly, traffic and cars were mixed with donkeys, carts, bikes and camels, all on the same road. And the constant traffic and noise with unwritten code. But overall, I enjoyed this culture shock a lot. This is what made my experience so different and memorable.

What was the best part of your experience?
I made lots of good friends from all over the world and we still care about each other. The connection does not disappear with the end of the experience. Instead, it grows stronger. There were more than three projects happening simultaneously in AIESEC Cairo University, so I was able to build up a connection with almost 100 interns from different nationalities. Every time we went out, some Egyptian would ask us where we were from and we always answered: “We are from the world”, because it would take a lot of time to explain the nationality of every individual.

Libby in Egypt

How has your internship experience helped you in your experience as national team in AIESEC Estonia?
Definitely, the internship experience helped me a lot. In Taiwan, sometimes it’s hard to understand myself as a person, because I’m in my comfort zone. Due to this experience, I was able to explore my strengths and weaknesses and find my personal values through living in a foreign environment and working with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Now that you live in Estonia, what do you love the most about this country?
I would say the clean and safe living environment, the hospitality of the Estonians and convenient digital services, that facilitate credibility and trust online. Estonians work hard and play well. They know how to relax and enjoy their life. Estonia is a true digital society, Wi-Fi is literally everywhere and the convenient service makes life easier.

Would you recommend an international experience? How has it developed you into a better leader?
Yes, I would recommend it! These two international experiences have helped me to realize my identity as a Taiwanese. Also, with a strong understanding of different cultures and backgrounds, I have grown more emphatic towards universal problems. I am able to bridge cultural differences, to deliver desired results and be more solution-orientated. These experiences also enabled me to become more independent, self-reliant, adaptable, open-minded, patient and tolerant.

Libby with the national team of AIESEC Estonia

Volunteering experience in Bulgaria

Keily  – Bulgaria

Duration of project: 6 weeks

Type of exchange: camp counsellor in a summer camp oriented for international high-school students

I had always known I wanted to be involved in a long-term voluntary work someday in my life. Little did I know that the opportunity would present itself so suddenly and would have such a huge impact on my life. My decision to apply for the projects came pretty much on the last minute because I had lots of hesitations, whether it is worth stepping out of my comfort zone and will I actually go through with this. Thinking back now, I can’t even imagine standing between the two options and second-guessing – my volunteering experience was literally the best time of my life.

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My voluntary project took place in Bulgaria, in a little city called Blagoevgrad and specifically in The American University of Bulgaria.

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My job there was to be the camp counsellor in a summer camp oriented for international high-school students, a bit more than 150 of them. My project lasted for 6 weeks but since I arrived a bit earlier and left a week later, then I spent around two months abroad. There was a total number of around 20 camp counsellors and teachers volunteering for the project from various places around the world – Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Spain, Macedonia, Canada, America, Kosovo, Albania, Hong Kong etc. 7 of us came through AIESEC. I was the first ever Estonian to have stepped my foot into the camp.

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We, AIESEC volunteers flew in a week earlier to prepare for the camp. The camp itself lasted for three weeks. Among many various duties, my job as a camp counsellor was to be in charge of different afternoon and evening activities, staying up late during the nights to do rounds around the campus with other volunteers and provide a safe environment for the campers. The camp time was a really busy, runaround kind of crazy experience since there was not enough sleep but tons of positive emotions and happy moments triggered by both the campers and the volunteers.

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During the last week of the project we helped out with the international mathematics competition which had more than 300 participants.

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What I loved about the entire project was that I had the possibility to be engaged in various activities and responsibilities. I was able to develop my communication and leadership skills and I definitely learned to be more independent. What I cherish and love above all, is definitely my irreplaceable family of volunteers! I cannot begin to describe the way they opened my eyes about other cultures, countries and even my own home country.

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I will never forget the adventures, the laughs, the tears (both the ones through laughter and the ones through sadness), the frustrations and even the daily potatoes and chicken we shared! I love those people to death and I can’t wait to see them again one day. I am glad and lucky beyond measure to have a bunch of beautiful people around the world to call my family!

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I will never forget the two incredible months of my life and I recommend everyone to try volunteering through AIESEC. You have nothing to lose, only bunch to gain.

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PS! Some of the photos used for this blog post were taken by the talented Alvaro, one of the volunteers.

Volunteering experience in Egypt

Chengcheng Feng – Egypt

Duration of project: 6 weeks

Type of exchange: voluntary work about women rights in Egypt

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Hi! My name is Chengcheng Feng, from Shanghai University of China and studying in University of Tartu as an exchange student now. I went on a volunteering to Egypt for one and half month, which is really my first experience for working as a volunteer abroad. I have a strong desire to be connected to something interesting and special about outside world, which means a significant aspect for me to learn about myself and the world deeply. Egypt is a dream place that I desired to go when I touched the history there since secondary school, especially in my undergraduate University that made me have a new sight to Africa due to an ethnography called The Nuer. That is mostly the reason why I choose the project to do a research for promoting women rights in Cairo, Egypt. Such an amazing internship gave me an unprecedented experience which meant a giant challenge for me as well at the early time in Cairo. I wanted to do my best to experience the new world and do something good for the people in need. Once arriving, I was arranged to live in a hostel with another two Chinese girls and two Brazilian girls in downtown of Cairo which was 5 kilometers far from my workplace Giza.

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There were two groups in this project . The one was about doing research which was included connecting materials about local community and the situation of Muslim women especially via fieldwork and talking with local people in some certain spots, and there were another two partners working with me in Egyptian Business Women Association of Giza. Also, I need connect much more databases from internet and write some papers for the NGO-EBWA. Above were the main tasks of mine from 11a.m. to 17p.m. on workdays (Sun-Thu).

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Another group was the part of organizing conferences in the city 6th of October where had 20 participants there. They were in charge of discussing some co-ordination topics and building web site and so on. If it was necessary, we need also go to the city 6th of October to attend some significant conferences and events.

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When I was beginning to do fieldwork here, I was made to face a first big challenge which was about the local language Arabic. In order to get them ideas and thoughts, I started learning some simple words and dialogs from my project manager and the manager of hostel and asked help from one of my work partner who was from Libya and could speak Arabic.

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Later, I did face to another problem that was about hostility and lack of understanding from my communication objects. I didn’t have any good idea to solve it, only I could do was to be more patient and participated in their events and treated them by heart. I knew it need much more time to be familiar to them, so did them.

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Besides the work, there were another  interesting and unforgettable things to share here, which were about the holiday arrangement by local aiesecers. Although there were only two days-off in each week, they still companied us to famous Pyramid, luxor, B&W desert, Alexandria harbor, Sinai and Red sea ever, which made us get more awareness of the Egyptian geographic culture and the folklore customs. It was one of the parts which left a deep impression on me. For me, it was also a good chance to find friends from throughout of the world. We lived together, worked together and enjoyed the food and scenery here, which brought us much more understanding and respect for each other and the different cultures.  

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Volunteering experience in Brazil

Richard Riispere – Brazil
Duration of project: 8 weeks

Type of exchange: voluntary work in project Gaia

Hi! I’m Richard from Estonia and I went volunteering to Brazil for 2 months. This was my second volunteering project so the reason I decided to do this again was because I felt like a learned so much and had an amazing experience on my first time that I wanted a bigger challenge for myself. I wanted to go further from home and do something I really care about and do something nice for the local community.

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So I ended up going to Brazil, São Carlos to do project Gaia, which was about discussing environmental problems in public schools and teaching them about my culture. I chose this project because I really care about the environment and I wanted to teach kids how to be more sustainable and I also wanted to gain some teaching experience. My main tasks were to give classes of 50 minutes or 1h 40 minutes at two public schools and prepare new topics to talk about every week.

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My travel to Brazil was long, about 30 hours total and at first I was thinking what ifI hate it here? What if I want to go back home it will be 11,000 km away. But I got used to the town really fast and I started to feel like its my home. It was a student town with lots of students and student events so it was rarely boring.

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When I started classes I was totally worried that the students would be bored and too noisy and I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I was teaching students from ages 12 to 17 and I had a translator. But ever since my very first lesson this fear was gone and I started to feel confident because the students are really interested in other cultures! Later I also learned tricks to keep them from sleeping because the scientific things when talking about the environment are not that exciting for them.

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The first week I just talked about Estonia, showed them some cool pictures and videos about things like sauna, the Estonian sport kiiking, and told them about what Estonia is like. The second week I talked about the environmental problems in my country, the third and fourth week I gave them tips how to be environmentally friendly and showed before and after pictures of how the environment has changed due to the problems that we have. The fifth week was the most fun at school because we organised a dynamic quiz about what we learned so far for the students with another trainee from Hong Kong who I was doing a lot of classes together with! For the sixth week we organised a workshop which was divided into two parts. The first part was where students had to make bracelets out of old clothes and flower pots out of plastic bottles. The second part was where they had the chance to write Chinese calligraphy.

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The local life in São Carlos was that there was always something to do because there were other trainees from Mexico, Hong Kong, Colombia, Ecuador, Netherlands etc. who wanted to hang out, go to parties or to lots of local events with music and dancing! There was also a cool observatory and a zoo where I would go multiple times.

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I lived with 6 students in a house that they rented and I really liked it because of the student atmosphere and it was never boring. On the weekends I would go travelling to different cities or to amazing natural places or to visit another Aiesecer’s family in the state up north. Sometimes I would stay in the town rest or in one case help my hosts with the party they were organising.    

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Finding friends wasn’t hard at all because everybody is just so friendly in Brazil and people are interested in you because you have come from a different culture. The biggest challenge was the language because not a lot of people speak English in Brazil. But I enjoyed this challenge! Because I wanted a challenge and this way I was learning a lot of the Portuguese language. I really enjoyed this experience and this challenge. I am really proud that I did this project and I feel like I impacted a lot of kids in a positive way and taught them something new and useful that they can use later in their lives to make the world a better place.

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In Brazil I tried so many different foods I have never tasted before, seen animals I didn’t know existed, everything is totally different and cool but the people here are the best but my favourite thing would be the people because they are really friendly and nice! I would suggest this program to anyone really, going abroad with AIESEC is an experience of a lifetime and the bigger the challenge the better because even though you will be teaching others, you are also growing and learning at the same time about everything around you!

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AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Teet

Teet, 20
Tartu Ülikool, saksa keel ja kirjandus
AIESEC Tartus, väljaminevad projektid

Teet

  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    Arvan, et „Gone with the wind“ kirjeldab mind hästi. Olen teatud mõttes selline vaba ja vahest väga udu hing.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada?
    Olen suhteliselt kindel, et tahtsin kas presidendiks või kuningaks saada. Olin noorelt juba ambitsioonikas ning võimujanuline.
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil?
    Fancy ametikoha nimetus on küll tore ja hea, aga peab arvestama, et sellega kaasneb ka suurem vastutus. Ei tasu kandideerida kõrgemale kohale kui ei olda valmis selle jaoks ka rohkem tööd tegema.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim?
    Mu parim isikuomadus on arvatavasti mu rõõmsameelne olek. Proovin kõike positiivse valguse all näha. Samuti olen avameelne suhtleja, kellele meeldib inimestega tegeleda.
    Halb minu juures võib olla vähene usk enda ideedesse. Kahtlen pidevalt oma oskustes ja mõtetes, mis takistavad mul oma täitpotentsiaali täitmist.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval?
    Ma toetaks taastuvate energiaallikate kasutamist ning rohelise tehnoloogia arendamist. Inimeste vaheline läbisaamine on ka oluline, aga kui me keerame oma planeedi pekki, siis pole ka enam inimesi, kelle õiguste eest seista.

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  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht?
    Filmi monteerija või režissöör. Olen pikemat aega juba videode tegemise ja töötlmisega tegelenud. Filmindus pakub võimaluse avaldada visuaalselt peas toimuvaid mõtteid, mis on minu arust ülilahe. Tegelikult kõik ametikohad, mis nõuavad mingisigust kunsti/disaini oskust, sobivad mulle.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks?
    Ülipraktiline oleks võime elada uneta. Nagu boom! Kohe 7-12 tundi päevas rohkem, et tegeleda oma tööasjadega. Aga ennast tundes jääksin siiski vist ajahätta.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures?
    Üldiselt märkan inimeste puhul esimesena nende peakuju – kas on ümar, ovaalne või pannkook.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari?
    Mul on 6 hambaharja. 2 rohelist kodus, 1 hall Tartus, 1 sinine Tallinnas ja 2 punast kotis.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha?
    Ma uuriks välja, mis on tema põhjendused, miks ta ei taha. Siis arutaksin temaga, kas see võiks talle kuidagi kasuks tulla ja tuua välja eelised ning miinused.

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Teet, 22

University of Tartu, German language and literature
AIESEC in Tartu, outgoing exchange

  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    I would say „Gone with the wind“ because I am a very freespirited but sometimes also really forgetfull.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    I am pretty sure that I wanted to become a king or president. You could say that I had big ambitions (and a lust for power)
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    A fancy job title is great, but you have to be ready to work for it. I wouldn’t recommen becoming a leader if you are not willing to take on the responibilities.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    My best if my positivity. I have a pretty great outlook on life. Also I am really open and make friends really quickly.

    My worst quality is that I doubt myself too often. I don’t belive in my ideas, skills. It does not allow me to use 100% of my potential.
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    I would develope green energy more, and give it more financial support. Solving problems between humans is also really important, but if we destroy our planet, then everybody will be screwed.
  6. What is your dream job?
    Working as a film director or a editor in post production. I have been doing some videos as a hobby. Basically ever job that is linked to art or disain suits me.
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    It would be so practical if I wouldn’t need to sleep. I mean boom 7-12 extra hours per day to do stuff. But knowing me I will still run out of time.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
    In general the first thing I notice about people is their head shape (is it oval, round or a potato).
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
    Well I have 2 green ones at home, one grey in Tartu, one blue in Tallinn and 2 red ones in my backbag.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    I would try to find the reason why he/she does not want to do it. Then I would try to have a conversation and  bring out the pros and cons.

AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Ina

Ina, 22
Tartu Ülikool, majandus
AIESEC Tartus, personalijuht

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  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    Kuna suur osa elust on veel ees, siis ei tahaks ennustada. Seni aga “Finding Nemo”, kus tõlgendan Nemo’t kui mingit eesmärki, mis on ajas muutuv. Kusjuures otsing ise on mõnes mõttes põnevam, kui ta leidmine.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada?
    Balletitantsijaks, sest mulle lihtsalt meeldis mööda tuba ringi lennelda!
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil?
    Õpi oma meeskonnaliikmeid tundma. Tea, mis on nende tugevused ja nõrkused, mis neile teha meeldib ja mida nad elult tahavad. Kui sa tunneid neid hästi, saad toetada nende arengut ja kasutada parimal viisil ära nende tugevusi.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim?
    Parim: Püüdlikkus selles mõttes, et ma tahan areneda ja saada paremaks endaks. Usun, et selleks tuleb oma mugavustsoonist välja astuda, proovida uusi asju ja teha vigu, et nendest õppida ja ennast taasavastada.
    Halvim: Ma muretsen liiga palju vähetähtsate asjade üle.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval?
    Ma jagaksin kõigile piiramatus koguses empaatiat. Et oleks vähem vastandumist ja rohkem teineteise mõistmist, vähem ükskõiksust ja rohkem hoolivust.ina
  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht?
    Tahaksin ka tulevikus töötada organisatsioonis, mille missiooniks on muuta maailma paremaks. Usun, et iga inimene saab maailma muuta, kuid koos inimestega, kellel on sarnased eesmärgid, tekib sünergia ja suudetakse rohkem. Tahan, et töö pakuks väljakutseid ning seltskond oleks inspireeriv ja toetav.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks?
    Teleporteerumine, kuna armastan reisida! Et saaksin oma vaba aega kasutada uute kohtade avastamiseks, teiste kultuuride ja inimeste tundma õppimiseks.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures?
    Vastassoost või mitte – inimeste puhul panen esialgu tähele aspekte, mis teevad ta eriliseks, individuaalseks.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari?
    Mis juhtub vannitoas, jäägu vannituppa.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha?
    Eeldusel, et see tegevus on inimesele kuidagi kasulik, uuriksin, mis on need põhjused, miks ta seda teha ei taha. Ma paneks teda neid põhjuseid ning võimalikke kasusid analüüsima eesmärgiga jõuda järelduseni, et sellest tegevusest on võimalik rohkem võita kui kaotada.12193891_1051644624891011_2114047026_o


Ina, 22

University of Tartu, economics
AIESEC in Tartu, talent management

  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    Since a big part of my life is still ahead, I’d prefer not to predict anything. But so far it’s like “Finding Nemo” where I interpret Nemo as a dynamic purpose whereas the journey itself can be considered more adventurous than actually finding it.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    A ballet dancer because I just loved to fly around the room!
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    Get to know your team members. Know their strengths and weaknesses, what they like to do and what they want out of life. By knowing them well, you can support their personal development and leverage their strengths.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    Best: Aspiration in a sense that I want to develop and become a better version of myself. To achieve this I believe that it’s necessary to get out of my comfort zone, try new things, make mistakes, learn from them and rediscover myself.
    Worst: I worry too much over trivial matters.
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    I would give everyone a limitless supply of empathy in order to reduce polarisation, foster mutual understanding, reduce ignorance and increase kindness.
  6. What is your dream job?
    I would like to work in an organisation with a mission to make the world a better place. I believe that everyone can change the world, but collaborating with others who share mutual goals will generate synergy and therefore the outcome is greater. I would expect the work to be challenging and the colleagues to be inspiring and supportive.
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    Teleportation because I love to travel! Then I could use my free time to discover new places,  get to know other cultures and people.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
    Despite the gender, I firstly notice the aspects that make the person individual and special.
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
    What happens in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    Assuming that it’s beneficial for the person I would find out what are the reasons for not wanting to do it.  I would make them analyse those reasons and possible benefits in order to reach the conclusion that there’s more to win than lose from the situation.

AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Katharina

Katharina, 22
Tartu Ülikool, rahvusvahelised suhted
AIESEC Tartus, sotsiaalprojektid

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  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    “The Pursuit of Happiness” või “It’s Complicated”. Tegelikult vist pole veel sellise pealkirjaga filmi olemas. Äkki ma ise teen kunagi dokfilmi.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada? 
    Alguses ma tahtsin saada printsessiks, siis arstiks, kokaks, juuksuriks ja lõpuks vist lihtsalt “rikkaks ärinaiseks”. Iga nädal puhusid uued tuuled.
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil? 
    Ma soovitan kõik olulised otsused enda jaoks läbi kaaluda, panna kirja plussid ja miinused, mis ühe või teise otsusega kaasnevad. Kui tahad olla hea ja edukas juht, pead läbi saama ka oma tiimi liikmetega, sest need väärtuslikud inimesed aitavad jõuda püstitatud eesmärgini. Juhina on täiesti okei ka vigu teha, seda juhtub kõigil. Oluline on aga nendest õppida.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim? 
    Mu parim isikuomadus on järjekindlus, sest kui ma midagi väga tahan, siis ei anna ma alla enne, kui olen selle saavutanud. Väga halb olen ma endiselt aja planeerimises ja jään palju hiljaks. See vajab veel tööd.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval? 
    On selline ütlus: “Me näeme asju nii, nagu meie oleme, mitte nii, nagu need on”. Ma alustaksin maailma muutmist sellest, et ajaksin kõik oma mugavusmullist välja ja paneksin inimesed nägema asju just sellisena, nagu need tegelikult on. Ma arvan, et see lahendaks nii mõnedki arusaamatused, mis viivad konfliktideni.

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  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht? 
    Minu unistuste töökohas on mõnus õhkkond, avatud ja rõõmsameelsed töökaaslased, see oleks innovatiivse, kuid säästliku mõtteviisiga. Ma tahaksin, et saaksin teha väga mitmekülgset tööd, mis mulle meeldiks, kuid oleks samas ka väljakutsuv.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks? 
    Ma ei teagi, see oleks päris raske otsus. Võibolla ma tahaks osata teleporteeruda ühest kohast teise, sest nii saaks jube palju aega kokku hoida, eriti Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu liinil. Aga samas mõtete lugemine tundub ka päris kasulik. See aitaks rohkem mõista inimeste motiive, millel põhinevad nende (vahel veidrad) otsused.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures? 
    Ma pole kindel, aga ma arvan, et vaatan esimesena silmi ja siis naeratust.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari? 
    Mul on tegelikult neid päris mitu. Üks on roosa-valgega, siis on roosa-mustaga ja veel üks roosa. Roosa on alati mu lemmikvärv olnud.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha? 
    Üldiselt mulle ei meeldi inimestele midagi peale suruda, sest kõik otsustavad ise, mis on nende jaoks parim. Aga kui ma üritaksin kedagi veenda, siis rõhuksin ilmselt mugavustsoonist välja astumisele ja sellele, et elame ainult korra.

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Katharina, 22
University of Tartu, international relations
AIESEC in Tartu, social projects

  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    “The Pursuit of Happiness” or “It’s Complicated”. Actually I feel that there isn’t any movie that would describe my life. Maybe I will make my own documentary one day.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    At first I wanted to become a princess, then a doctor, a chef, a hairdresser and finally I just wanted to be a “rich businesswoman”. I changed my mind quite often.
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    To be a good leader I advise to scale all pros and cons before making decisions. If you want to be a good and successful leader, you have to get along with your team members because these valuable people will help you to receive your goals. As a leader, it is totally okay to make mistakes, we all make them. What is important is to learn from them.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    My best characteristic is persistence because if I really want something, I won’t give up before I get it. I’m still pretty bad at time planning and I’m late to meetings a lot. Still working on that!
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    There is a saying that “We see things as we are not as they are”. I would start changing the world by making people come out of their little comfort bubbles and make them see things as they really are. I think this could solve many misunderstandings that lead to conflicts.
  6. What is your dream job?
    In my dream job, there is a comfortable atmosphere, open-minded and happy co-workers. It would be innovative but at the same time sustainable. I would like to do a work that I love but what also challenges..
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    I’m not sure, it would be a tough choice. Maybe I would like to be able to teleport myself from one place to another because this helps to save a lot of time, especially on Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu route. But at the same time, mind reading is also useful. That might help to understand peoples’ motives behind (those sometimes) weird decisions.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
     I’m not sure but I think I see the eyes first and then comes the smile.
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
     I actually have quite many toothbrushes. One is with pink and white, another one is with pink and black and then there is another pink one. Pink has always been my favorite color.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    Generally I don’t like to push people to make things they don’t want to do because everyone has a right to decide what’s best for them. But if I would try to convince someone then I would weigh on coming out of the comfort zone and the idea of living only once.

AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Laura

Laura, 21
Tartu Ülikool, kommunikatsioon
AIESEC Tartus, ülikooli suhted ja finants

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  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    „Into the Wild“ on tore sõnadekombinatsioon. Tunnen, et olen terve elu harjunud olema looduse lähedal ning suures linnas liiga kaua viibimine mõjub mu jaoks muserdavalt.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada? 
    Tantsijaks, kuid see polnud reaalne, sest ma pole kordagi elus tegelenud tantsimisega, kui välja arvata kooli kehalise tunnid, peod ja kodus peegli ees.
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil? 
    Ära eelda mitte kunagi mitte midagi. Samas, ole selline juht nagu sina endale tahaksid – kuula, anna nõu, edasta infot aegsasti ja selgelt, ole kui sõber ja kiida. Kõik teevad vigu, seega ära karda neid ka ise teha ning andesta teistele nende vead.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim? 
    Pean enda parimaks isikuomaduseks seda, et olen kohusetundlik – teen asjad alati lõpuni ja annan parima. Halvimaks võib nimetada liigse introvertsuse, mis sageli võib olla takistuseks uute suhete loomisel.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval? 
    Ma muudaksin inimeste suhtumist teistesse. Tahan, et kõik mõistaks, et inimesed on tegelikult suures osas täpselt samasugused, olenemata nende rahvusest, soost, nahavärvist, religioonist ja seksuaalsusest. Nii jääks palju halba tegemata.

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  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht? 
    Ma ei tahaks enda unistuste töökohale silti külge panna. See võiks koosneda suhtekorraldusest, turundusest ja ürituste korraldamisest, aga samal ajal on AIESECis tegutsemine tekitanud tahtmise teha kõike seda ka mingil heal eesmärgil. Näiteks on minu jaoks väga oluline vastutustundlik tarbimine ja tootmine – äkki midagi sellest valdkonnast.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks? 
    Kuna olin hetkeks väga mõttevaene, siis Google muidugi aitas ja tundub, et ingliskeelne omadus omnilingualism oleks midagi meeltmööda. See tähendab seda, et ma suudan õppida, rääkida ja mõista ükskõik, mis keelt automaatselt.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures? 
    Tunnistan täiesti ausalt, ei ma ei suuda sellele küsimusele vastust anda. Küll aga meeldib mulle, kui inimesega tekib selline klapp, et jutt ei saa otsa või kui saabki, siis pole vaikus piinlik.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari? 
    Mul tegelikult on juhtunud nii, et mul on korraga kasutuses kolm hambaharja – must/roosa, must/roheline ja roheline/hall.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha? 
    Mida kiiremini sa selle ära teed, seda lihtsamaks muutub. Kaotada pole midagi. Kindlasti võib aga igast olukorrast leida midagi, millest õppida.

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    Laura, 21
    University of Tartu, communications
    AIESEC in Tartu, university relations and finance
  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    “Into the Wild” is a great combination of words. I feel that I have always been used to be surrounded by nature and staying in a big city for a long time makes me frustrated.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    A dancer, but this wasn’t a realistic because I have never danced, except for PE classes, parties and at home in front of a mirror.
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    Don’t expect anything from anyone. But at the same time, be a leader you want to have yourself – listen, give advice, share information on time and clearly, be a friend and praise. Everyone makes mistakes so don’t be afraid of them and forgive other’s mistakes as well.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    I think that my best characteristic is conscientiousness – I always finish things and do my best. The worst one is that I am too much of an introvert and it makes difficult to establish new relationships.
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    I would change people’s attitude towards others. I want that everyone would understand that people are actually the same, regardless of their nationality, gender, skin color, religion and sexuality. It would help to reduce harm.
  6. What is your dream job?
    I don’t want to label my dream job. It would consist of public relations, marketing and organizing events but at the same time, AIESEC has given me a feeling that I would like to do it because of some good cause. For example responsible consumption and production is really important for me – maybe something related to that.
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    Since I had zero ideas I used Google from where I found a super power omnilingualism. It means that I could learn, speak and understand different languages instantly.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
    I admit that I can’t find an answer to this question. But I like people with who I can talk about everything and when we don’t anything to talk about, the silence isn’t awkward.
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
    I actually have three toothbrushes – black/pink, black/green and green/gray.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    It would be easier when you do it as fast as you can. There is nothing to lose. You can always find something to learn from a situation.

Volunteering in Georgia for 6 weeks

Tarmo Tikk – Georgia

Duration of project: 6 weeks

Type of exchange:  voluntary work around Georgia and writing  blog posts about it

 

I volunteered in Georgia for 6 weeks. I was mostly in Tbilisi, but we traveled around Georgia quite a lot so I stayed in some other cities as well for a shorter period of time.

How I ended up in Georgia was pure coincidence. Firstly, I knew that there was an organization called AIESEC because couple of my friends were active there and I also knew some people who had volunteered through AIESEC as well. So I decided to volunteer and wanted to do it in a country I had never visited before. I was just looking at different projects and when I saw this Georgian one, I knew this was the right one. Just the gut feeling. Everything looked really good, it was about traveling around Georgia and writing about it. Sounded perfect to me. I had never been to Georgia, but I had heard good things about it, so I was ready to go. Also Estonians and Georgians had just made a movie together called “Tangerines” which made it even better.

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Like I said the project was about traveling around Georgia and writing blog posts about it. We visited different places and the furthest location was visiting the black sea and staying there for some days. Also every volunteer had to make 4-5 presentations about their home country on different topics like history, culture, stereotypes etc. Everything didn’t go according to the plan with the project, but in the end we took maximum out of our time in Georgia.

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I love to travel and since AIESEC provides really good ways to discover new cultures I decided to try their program. It is a really awesome way to travel and get to know the locals. You won’t feel like tourist, but rather like someone who lives there. You can get used to every day life and get the real cultural experience.

How to sum up Georgia? Georgians are friendly. There is no question about it. We ended up having drinks with random people without being almost able to talk with them. But we still ended up having a good time. Since we lived in the suburbs of Tbilisi there weren’t any foreigners besides our group so we got lot of attention. But it was always safe. You could go out at in the middle of the night and you still felt safe. Nobody was going to steal your wallet or cellphone.

Also traffic is chaotic in Georgia, but you get used to it. Taxi drivers can be crazy, but that happens a lot in southern countries.

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The most fascinating part about Tbilisi for me is that it’s so controversial. You walk in the city center and at the next moment take one street to another direction and you see the whole other side of Tbilisi. Broken houses, unclean streets and completely different architecture. And if you move to the suburbs of Tbilisi its like a whole different world out there.

What I will always remember from the project is the people I met. All the volunteers where really friendly, but I found couple of really good friends whom I still talk a lot. I met an Iranian guy, who I have already visited in Iran and a Czech guy, who I am planning to visit and also Ukrainian girl, with whom I become really close and now she is my girlfriend with whom I have a long distance relationship which I couldn’t imagine having before the project.

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Also all the parties we had and we hitchhiked from Tbilisi to Batumi which was like 400km one way and it was adventurous to say the least.

If anyone is even thinking about doing this, then JUST DO IT. There’s no question about it. It’s normal to have some fears or maybe not be sure about it or some other questions you may have, but trust me they will somehow disappear once you make the decision to go and when you have already at your chosen country, you will see that all your uncertainties that you had before the project where only in your head. I can honestly say that this project changed my life, and things that I thought never going to happen happened just because I decided to go and give it a chance.

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Discovering Croatia in 6 weeks

Richard Riispere – Croatia
Duration of project: 6 weeks

Type of exchange: voluntary work in project Discover Dalmatia

 

 

I had decided to participate in an AIESEC project by the summer of 2015. I heard about it from a friend who just went on a project the summer before, and told me about the amazing experience he got. I started to feel jealous because I didn’t want to be any worse. It took a lot of courage to finally click on the „apply“ button but after that everything went quickly and five days later I was on my way to Croatia to work as a volunteer in project Discover Dalmatia. I chose this project because there wasn’t anything really connected with my major in school but I thought I would still learn a lot by getting to know the history and culture of Croatia, develop my English skills, broaden my mind by getting to know different cultures and living outside my comfort zone.
 

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Everything went so fast when so it wasn’t even enough time to start to feel anxious. Late in the evening of my first day in the coastal city of Split I finally arrived to the apartment where I was going to stay with the rest of the 7 members of our team. Half of the team was there, including the Korean girl whose name sounded like “Hello”, so as you can imagine I was a little confused at first but we all agreed to later to call her by her last name. The other half of the team was on the city’s promenade, the Egyptian guy was going to accompany me to meet them, and we sat on the bus. The bus was really noisy, people were screaming, and at that moment I thought that this was the culture shock I was going to have. Are people going to be yelling and screaming around me for 6 weeks?! As an Estonian who isn’t really used to that kind of intense environment, I soon learned that Croatians are actually people who are really down to earth, love to drink coffee, and have a quite calm demeanour.
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The second day was the introduction seminar at the local youth club, and dividing our roles within the team. Our job as a team was to promote tourism in the region of Dalmatia by managing social media pages by posting pictures, videos and articles about local sights. One of the jobs also included writing blog posts which was going to be my main responsibility. During the project I wrote 12 blog posts about different sights and we did a lot of team work by helping each other take pictures, videos, make articles more interesting, take interviews with locals etc.
 

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Most of the project was about visiting lots of sights and studying the history and culture behind them, taking pictures, making videos and making interviews with locals. Every week we would have a plan that we would visit certain places, and have goals connected to these places to accomplish. Every day was busy with lots of traveling by bus, and on foot. We would collect materials of a location starting before noon and return home in the evening and usually spare at least one day in the week to edit pictures, videos and write posts in the youth club or at the university. One day would be a resting day where we decided to go to the local mall to watch a movie, spend a day by the sea or take trip on one of the many islands of the Adriatic Sea. Every day was very fun even though it was a challenge to live with 8 people of different cultures in one flat, but quickly everyone clicked and became best friends. It was impressive for me that my team members were so open and understanding about all their issues which is different for my other friends in Estonia.
 

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The last week of the project involved participating in Global Village which involved every member of the team to present the culture of their countries in the local mall where everyone had their own stand.
 

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The thing I will most remember about this experience is the time we took a ferry to the most distant island from mainland Croatia. Since there were six of us going there, we rented a scooter and a car because the bus lines were not good on that island. Later in the evening we saw a very beautiful sunset and slept on the beach with lots of stars in the sky since this place was far away from light pollution of the cities.

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I feel like I learned so much from this experience and that’s why I have decided to participate in another project of AIESEC to gain teaching experience. I would recommend this project to every student even though it might not be connected to many of your majors. This project develops teamwork skills, English skills and communication skills and mainly gives an opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the coastal Croatia and spread it to other people around the globe. You will make lots of life-long friends, have an international experience to add to your CV, which is a big advantage compared to other students when applying for a job. Besides Croatia is truly an amazing country with beautiful nature, culture and mountains, I was in awe since my very first day until the end of the project.
 

6 weeks of voluntary work in Hungary

Keyt Uudeküll – Hungary, Budapest

Duration of project: 6 weeks

Type of exchange: Voluntary work with young people and carrying out Summer For Youth camp

 

It all started when I was working in AIESEC Tartu in an outgoing exchange team. Seeing outgoing volunteers coming back with sincere and happy emotions and positive attitude gave me the desire to go on exchange as well.
It took me exactly one year to ACTUALLY step out of my comfort zone and apply to different volunteering projects. I knew from the start that I want to work with young people teaching soft skills. Therefore, I applied to 10 different projects in different countries in Europe and finally got accepted and decided to go volunteering in Budapest, Hungary working on a project called Summer For Youth.

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With other 13 volunteers from different countries we were responsible for creating the flow for seminars and carrying out Summer For Youth camp. I was responsible for creating and carrying out seminars on topics such as role models, personal traits and global problems. We worked five days a week, 8 hours every day. The main idea of this project was to educate young Hungarian people in subjects they don’t learn in school, discussing social problems and more importantly improving their English. Working in teams with other volunteers, along with leading seminars in front of 50 young people, helped me develop my leadership traits but also improve me in teamwork.

From what I have written so far, one could think that I was working on this project all the time during my stay in Budapest and I didn’t have time for anything else. This is partly true and partly wrong. As I knew that my time was limited, I used my time very efficiently and I can say that I had never lived my life so fully as I lived it in Budapest during those 6 weeks. I worked 8 hours every day, but also found time to party, go out with local friends, spend time with volunteers and children from the camp.

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Thanks to two Hungarian girls from the local committee I also got to see how wonderful Hungary can be from the first days of my experience. I got to know Hungarian culture, their kitchen and traditions.

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As I was working with 13 other volunteers from all around the world I also learned about their culture. I learned about the problems in Egypt, the different aspects of Muslim culture and different Chinese traditions.

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After my experience I can point out several aspects of how I developed my professional skills – how to be a good leader and a team member, how to carry out seminars and also how to put my imagination into leading interesting but also interactive seminars. Most importantly I developed my personal skills – how to accept my feelings, how to appreciate every moment I am given in life and how great it is to have a good impact on someone.
I always thought that in order to have a good volunteering experience one has to travel to a completely different culture far away from home, but it is not true. Every one of these young Hungarian people gave me so much sharing their stories and discussing different problems. Every one of them is unique and has a different view on things and through that I got to grow myself as well.

If I were given a chance to go back and do it all over again, I would not even hesitate. My experience might be over for this time, but all of the people I met during my exchange will always have a place in my heart and.. I will have a place to stay at when I want to travel to Hong Kong, India or even New York. We are now a big-big family and nothing can change this! I always thought that saying ”You have to be the change you want to see in the world” is cheesy, but after my experience I am sure that it is possible.

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I hope that whoever is reading this, will get the desire to volunteer as well, because it is the best way to grow both personally and professionally, having a great experience at the same time. So step out of your comfort and apply to the AIESEC Global Citizen Program now! You WILL NOT regret it!