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.

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 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 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:

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!

Management Internship for 8 months in China

Kaisa Kamarik – Shenzhen, China

Duration of project:  8 months

Type of Exchange:  Management internship


Before my graduation from the university I already had the chances to volunteer in Guatemala and work in France for a while, so when I was facing end of my bachelor studies in Genetic Engineering, I had to make a choice. My professor encouraged me to continue with my studies until I finish my PhD and then the whole world would be open to me, but that did not satisfy me and I wanted to see this world now. So I looked up of different ways for working in foreign countries. Best solution for me was an AIESEC internship and so it started.


I made a decision, that I haven’t been to any Asian countries and I want to have a try, comparing the locations salary, living cost, climate and development, I chose South China. I applied to 3 different jobs and one of them was very excited to have me, after one hour from the interview they sent me a message, that they love my smile and would like to hire me for their Management Internship at a 5 star hotel Royal Suites & Towers in Shenzhen.


My internship was not related to my studies, but in a way, I wanted to be surrounded by people and different cultures, instead of lab cultures, and experience the world like that. I believe in building a strong foundation for myself with different skill sets and experiences. I took commitment of 8 months for this project and it seemed to be enough time to get away from the cold winter back at home. But what I did not imagine is while I am writing this piece I am still in China and it has already been 4 years here.


During my internship in the hotel I started working as the Restaurant Service Manager, where my main duties were to communicate with foreign customers, teach the staff western service standards and English language. Though while the company’s expectation was to improve the staffs’ English level, then the reality was that I learned to speak Chinese instead.


This chance to work in China has given me so much. I have learned to speak the language, understand the culture and even have started to think like them so I understand them much more in so many ways. Of course there are still things that seem unacceptable for me and I will stick with what I am brought up with.

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A lot of the things go around Chinese medicine here, so when in the beginning I always drank ice water out of the habit, then now I have learned to drink hot water during cold season or when I am sick. When you are in a Chinese restaurant, after a while you get so accustomed that spitting out part of the foods that cannot be eaten, is completely normal, as after you leave they will wrap up all the rubbish and dirty dishes in the table cloth to clean the table for the next customers. Eating with chopsticks becomes so normal, that you even start using them while cooking as it feels so convenient.


It has been an amazing experience to do something so different from others my age and add this to my CV.  I would recommend everyone to find this time in your life for yourself and travel or work abroad for a year. No matter how is the experience, you will grow and learn from it so much.

Teaching German for one and a half years in Mexico

Helena Kaasik – Mexico City, Mexico

Duration of project:  2 months + 1 year and 3 months

Type of Exchange:  Teaching internship


I made my internship in Mexico City through a project called Round the Globe, which was organized by AIESEC ITAM. I taught German to students from the University ITAM.


My internship was exactly in my field because I studied German philology. My internship lasted 2 months but after those 2 months I was offered a job in a language school and I stayed in Mexico 1,5 years. My main task was to teach German.


It was an amazing experience to work with students. Since that I really love teaching and working with people from different backgrounds. I also got a chance to visit local schools and see, how the educational system works in a big country like Mexico.


Going to Mexico was always one of my biggest dreams and I also had many friends there who were waiting for me there. AIESEC gave me an opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams, for what Im grateful until today. As a young person nowadays it is important to travel and collect experience in other countries and bring them back to Estonia.


In the beginning it was hard to understand how to move around in Mexico City because it is one of the biggest cities in the world but all my friends were so helpful and helped me to understand the local public transportation system. Also, I had to get used to it that everyone on the streets were starring at me because, let’s be honest, I as a ginger and fair skin didn’t look like a local at all. I lived by one of my best friends in the beginning and it was nice that they always took care of me and drove me around in the city. I made new friends quite easily and had quickly a busy social life.


There are so many beautiful things to remember but I think visits to Jose Cuervo tequila factory which was organised by AIESEC ITAM and seeing the monarch butterfly migration in Michoacan were definitely experiences which I will never forget. And of course, I have made friends for life, with whom I’m still in contact.


I think, that working in Mexico has given me an advantage on job market and also confidence that I can survive where ever I am in the world. I highly recommend students to take the same chance I did and go to another country and it is nice to put yourself at least once in your life out of your comfort zone. It will definitely give you the chance to get to know yourself better, learn something about other culture and get good work experience and AIESEC is the perfect exchange program for it.

Teaching English for a year in Colombia

Halja Pilvisto – Medellin, Colombia

Duration of project:  1 year

Type of Exchange:  Teaching internship


I did my internship in Medellin, Colombia. I worked in a software company as an English teacher.


I have studied psychology and I have also learned languages all my life. I had work experience as a teacher in Estonia. My internship integrated my knowledge of languages and psychology. The duration of my internship was 1 year. My main tasks were giving classes to different groups 3 times a day and 5 days a week. I learned to teach English, because I haven’t taught English before. I learned to teach English without using Estonian.


Working as a teacher in Colombia is definitely different from Estonia because of the cultural differences. Students expect you to be their friend, but at the same time you have to set the rules and keep a line between the job and personal relationships. Students expect you to be very playful and dynamic. Language classes in Estonia are definitely more formal.


I decided to go abroad to get a different perspective of the world. I had dreamt of going to South America for years. In Estonia I wouldn’t have worked as a language teacher. The most difficult thing was getting to waking up at 5 in the morning on work days. At the beginning it takes a lot of energy to get used to a different organization of every day life – getting a bank card, a mobile phone, figuring out the transport etc. In Colombia it’s very easy to make friends, because people are very friendly and helpful. However people are sometimes irresponsible – it’s not a big sin to cancel plans at the last minute, not showing up, giving empty promises. Not all people don’t behave that way, but if you don’t know the person very well you can’t take plans too seriously.


I will always remember the accident I had – I fell and broke my elbow and nose and had 3 surgeries. I had been in Colombia for 3 months, so it was quite hard to deal with the situation, but at the same time I had the opportunity to get to know the country and the culture more deeply.


This experience has taught me a lot. I stayed in Colombia and found another job at a university. Besides English I teach German and psychology. It was easy to find a job through AIESEC and I would definitely recommend the experience to everybody, because it helps you to become very independent and it helps you to learn a lot about yourself.

2 months of volunteering experience in Taiwan, 2015

Olga Klebanovskaja (from Tallinn University)  – Taiwan R.O.C., Hsinchu County, Xinpu town
Hosting Chapter: NCTU, Connect The World Project
Duration of project: 28th of June – 7th of September
Type of Exchange: English language teaching in high school

This is Taiwan time, baby…

Before I started to search a project for myself, I already knew that I will go to Asia. Why Asia? Well, Europe sounds too boring, USA sounds too usual, Australia sounds too far away and Africa sounds too challenging. What about Asia? Asia is big. Asia is cheap. Asia is very beautiful, with ancient culture and  traditions. So, yes, it was time to say YES to Asia!

Oh… But… I totally forgot about the North Pole… Well, I still have one year to try, don’t I?!

So, I decided to spend my summer in Asia, but I wasn’t sure about the country as I was thinking about several places: mainland China, Taiwan and Thailand.  I was lucky to visit first two countries before so it is possible to say that „Big China“(mainland China) and „Small China“ (Taiwan) weren’t new for me. I had some experience in communications with local people, I knew how cities look like, what food they eat and what kind of culture in general they have. At the beginning I also thought about Thailand, but after several weeks I decided to exclude it from my list. I

t was the time to decide: Mainland China or Taiwan. Mainland’s China is big, with many old and beautiful cities, with different dialects, customs and cuisine. Many pluses. But for me Taiwan had the most strongest pros: visa-free for 90 days. Well, It may sounds strange for you but for me it was clear: This is Taiwan time, baby! I am going to „Small China“ with no need to apply for visa!

Here comes troubles, baby…

I knew that I wanted to work with kids. I thought this kind of job do not require a lot of skills and anyone who is more or less open and socialized can handle with this.
I found a very interesting project in Hsinchu city (megapolis near Taipei), Taiwan.  According to the description, the main tasks were to share your culture and to teach some English to school children. What’s more, local community will afford accommodation and pay for lunch and dinner. Wow, it sounds too good to be true so I decided to participate in this project.

Few weeks before my journey my Taiwanese manager Shelly informed me that there are some changes in my program: I will work not in one but in two different schools. In Guang Wu Municipal Junior High School (in Hsinchu city) and in St. Aloysius Senior High School (in Xinpu town). In Hsinchu city I will work only for three weeks so it would be smart for me to live in school dormitory in St. Aloysius school for the whole period in Xinpu town.

When me and my project partner Josef had arrived to our school (St. Aloysius Senior High School) in Xinpu, school teachers greeted and informed us that we will work in

a special technical high school. School with 1, 600 boys. And I remember I heard then my inside voice: What? Technical high school? Oh God, here comes trouble, baby…


Traditional students morning gathering in St. Aloysius High School. Xinpu town.

They are teenagers and they are boys, baby… 

Lets imagine: you are 22-year-old European girl walking somewhere in a very small Asian city. Of course everyone will stare at you, kids will shout “Hello” and men will look at you like you are a piece of pie. Very delicious, the sweetest and the biggest piece of pie.  Anytime you are walking on a street, or you are in a shop, or you’re having your lunch in a small restaurant, they will look. Again and again. Every time. Everywhere.

Attention is something you will be used to in Asia. Actually, that’s why I like Asians more than others. They behave like a kids. In a good way, of course. Whenever I  were communicating with locals in Taiwan (no Chinese from me and of course no English from them, only signs and poor knowledge of basic words), I always received a warm smile and a lot of kindness in their eyes.  I didn’t feel myself bad or unpleasant. I knew we will understand each others. Using signs, using smiles.

When I started to teach in my school. I… No no, before saying something about my amazing school, I should add very important information about my co-partners.


With Josef & Miami in Taichung city

During this summer I was working with two amazing people: Josef from Czech Republic and Natcharida from Thailand. They were 20 and 19. Natcharida was cool and funny, and Josef… Josef was 2 meters long. Now you can read my part about European girl – pie again and forget about this. Forget about this, because  when you are walking in a small Asian town with 2 meter blond boy, they will forget about you. They will stare at him, scream “Hello” to him. And he will be the most sweetest, biggest and beautiful piece of pie for local women!

Well, this is how it was outside school. Inside school, luckily or suddenly, I got all the attention. School children, boys from 16 to 19 weren’t interested in the topics we had discussed during our lessons. They didn’t want to listen to me. The only thing they really liked, was to look at me and and to ask many interesting questions. Interesting for them, of course.  I did my best to look calm and confident whenever they asked me: Do you have a boyfriend? Do you want to hang out with me? Are you free this Friday? Can you show us your photos? Come on, guys, I’m here to teach you! To help you to be more confident in speaking with foreigners. What are you  asking me, boys?!

Of course I’m lying. A little bit. I had a lot of wonderful lessons with them. We were talking about countries, cultures. I was representing Estonia and for me it was important to explain, what kind of culture we have and what are the main differences between European and Asian school educational systems. Youngsters were really surprised when I said that we don’t pay for school and university education. They were double surprised when I said that our government pays for school lunch, as in Taiwan education is not for free and lunch boxes in school are not free either. The most killing information for them was of course next: we don’t study during summer time. Ha ha ha!


With one of the student in St. Aloysius Technical School. Xinpu town.

They really enjoyed seeing the photos of our small country. To get to know something new about our festivals, traditional food – that’s what they really liked. But every time after the end of our lessons they asked me again and again, am I free this weekend and la la la… Teenagers, boys. Nothing I can do about this… They are teenagers, baby…

As regards my other, Guang Wu Minucipal Junior High School, I only had classes with 14 years old students. I think I could say that those kids were more cute and polite. But it is hard to say that they were more shy than senior high school students. No. They weren’t shy to ask questions about me and my private life as well. Oh Gosh, it will never end…


With my students from Guang Wu School. Hsinchu city.

 Guang Wu School really surprised me. Some students had almost the same English level as mine. I mean, speaking was very good and they were very confident. This is just „WOW“!

I remember one class gifted me traditional Taiwanese sweets, pineapple cake. Another class gifted me some noodles in packs. They didn’t realize that these small gifts really meant something for me.

But in general it was my pleasure to work in Guang Wu school for three weeks. Too sad I didn’t have more time to spend with the kids. The only fact is that almost everyday I had to wake up at 04:30 or at 05:00 o’clock. Because all the lessons starts at 8:00, and it took me 1,5 hours to go from one school to another, from one city to another. But it was nothing compared to all that positive emotions that I received from my students.


One of the classes in Guang Wu Junior High School. Hsinchu city.


The very beginning of our TV career. Xinpu town

During my work in St. Aloysius Technical High School I was also working for three days in special English camp. Each year our school organizes this camp during summer time for school children. School pays a lot of money for another organization who will hold this camp. But me, Josef and Miami were assisting foreign teachers (these were two women from South Africa and Russia).

Three of us were lucky as our school had invited local television to make a short interview with us. So as you may understand, we were famous in our county!

This is Asia, baby…

When you are traveling to Asia, you must be mentally prepared that Asia has a very hot weather. Especially during summer. Temperature may rise up to 40-45 degrees Celsius. And in any country with this tropical weather you will find a lot of unpleasant bugs. And on the top of this list I would definitely put a flying cockroaches. Big (like your middle finger), fat (like a small sausage), black disgusting cockroaches. And the only thing you can say: this is Asia, baby… Luckily school staff gave me and my co-partners some killing sprays. And you know, they really worked. But you know, it’s not easy to kill them. They are flying, and they are big! So, yes, I would conclude that I DO NOT miss you,  cockroaches!!!

Frogs and 1000 year eggs tastes amazing, baby!

What was the most craziest thing I did during my exchange? The craziest thing is that I had decided to go alone to Asia for more than two months. It wasn’t just traveling, I went there to work. To go out from your comfort zone, to work and to live with people you never met before – that is crazy! And fragment at the same time.


Taiwanese landscapes

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Eating taiyaki, dim sum, spicy beef noodles and cold red bean soup.

During my Taiwanese summer I was lucky to travel to many beautiful places. I visited biggest Taiwanese cities as Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taipei, Hsinchu and Taichung. I travelled to Alishan Mountains and Sun Moon Lake. I visited lots of local temples and traditional houses. Taiwan had proved that there are much more than you expect. Mostly all Taiwanese counties are visited in these two months. Fast and crazy, isn’t it?

Now I can say that I had become a true Chinese food fan. Frogs and 1000 year eggs tastes amazing, baby! Even though eggs are black and they smells. Oh yes,  if we are talking about smells, I should mention amazing stinky tofu which I really really liked!  But of course there are much more dishes to try: dim sum, shabu-shabu, shaved ice with fruits, thousands recipes of noodles and dumplings, red bean soup, soya pudding, chicken wrap with sweet peanuts,  black chicken soup, Asian style pizza, fried rice with seafood, fried tofu with vegetables, pineapple cake, rice cookies, mangoes, yellow watermelons and of course milk tea with ice-cream or jelly bubbles inside. Should I continue?! I had tried all this things and that’s crazy. Crazy, but amazing!

They are amazing, baby…

I came back from Taiwan one month ago. And now I can say that mostly I miss people there. During my working days I met hundreds of great people. And some of them became very good friends of mine. I think here I will write a little bit about the people that in those two months have become very close people to me.


With my project partners Josef & Miami

Of course I met a lot of AIESEC’ers there: my project partners Natcharida and Josef. These two people did a lot to make my summer so special and amazing. Me and Miami shared same room for almost two months so now I can proudly say that I have a sister in Thailand.   And I’m sure that one day I will go to Bangkok to meet with my adorable panda again.


My birthday celebration with Deborah


Local and international AIESEC’ers, who helped me during this summer. Deborah, another international student from Malaysia was working with me in Guang Wu Junior High School. Thanks to her advices and help. What’s more, she was with me on my birthday. And I’m really happy that we had celebrated together.



Last minutes with Mrs Anita & her kids in the airport.

One of the most meaningful persons for me is teacher from St.Aloysius School, Mrs. Anita. During whole summer she took me and my partners to go out, to have dinner together, to play with her kids. She had invited me to join her family in three day trip around Taiwan. During  those days we visited so many unique and beautiful places! This trip had become a golden memory for me.  I also visited her sisters countryside house in the opposite side of Taiwanese island. She gifted me this amazing chance to see how Taiwanese people lives, what kind of houses they have, what they usually do and how they spend their free time. When it was time to say goodbye and go to the airport, I was invited to have my last dinner with her family. And she also drove me to the airport. She is very kind and amazing. I miss her a lot.


Night out with Josef, Miami & Peter.

Of course I must mention Peter, English teacher from St. Aloysius High School. We had some dinners together and nice walks after the end of working days. He was  six years older than me but I didn’t felt this age difference. He was always joking  and he was always positive.  Three days before my back flight we had our last dinner together. It was very nice but sad evening. Sometimes it’s hard to realize that you say goodbye to people. And you may never see each other again. Too hard to say goodbye to friends.


With adorable Ue.

I should also write about adorable Ue. Boy who graduated from St. Aloysius High School, spent all his summer with us. We (me, Josef & Miami) visited his house, traveled together to beautiful Nanliao, had lots of lunches and dinners together and of course all these days had become a very good memories for all of us. Hope to meet him in the nearest future again!

But of course I must write about our school principals, in both St. Aloysius and Guang Wu schools. I just want you to realize how good they treated me there.

Jerry, principal of St. Aloysius Technical High School on the first day of our arrival to school invited me and Josef to have a dinner together. In our first meeting I realized he is a very kind and helpful man. We are lucky to work with him in his school. He also invited me and my partners to his family gathering evening. It was very meaningful day for his family and it was a honor to be invited

We also had a day trip with all teachers from school to Chiayi city. We visited thematical park and soap factory. We had a lunch and dinner in two very unusual and special Chinese restaurants. Oh, it was just an amazing trip.


Day trip with teachers to Chiayi city..

When I had my last day in his school, he gave me two certificates about my teaching in school and about my participation in English Summer Camp. He also gifted me memorial gifts and said that he is thankful for my hard work. I was almost crying and said it was my pleasure to be work with them.

As regards my principal in Guang Wu Municipal Junior High School, we didn’t have much time to spend together as I had a lot of lessons and he had a lot of work as well. But let me tell you one story: Unexpectedly school workers added one class to my schedule and it was exactly on my birthday. It was my only class on that day so I didn’t have any other options than to go and to make that class for students happen. But they also said that school principal wants to have a lunch with me on that day.

On my birthday I came to school with heavy bags full of sweets and snacks for students. I thought it would be great to celebrate together. After my class many people were waiting for me to go to the restaurant together. There were some teachers, principal’s kids and wife. Suddenly principal was busy and he didn’t join us, BUT: in a restaurant teachers gifted me a cake and birthday presents as well. It was a small surprise for my birthday from school and from principal.


My amazing birthday cake.


Birthday celebration with teachers from Gung Wu School

I was shocked and amazed at the same time. People who even didn’t know me made this day so special and pleasant. I was almost crying as it was a very emotional and amazing moment for me.

As you can see, I am very lucky that I got exactly to these two schools and I got a chance to work with such an amazing people without exception: principals, teachers and students were the best!

You are still thinking, baby?!

If 12 pages of text, full of emotions and amazing photos is not enough for you to realize that AIESEC exchange programs are something you MUST try… I don’t know. In fact, this summer changed me completely. I mean, I came back home and I feel like I have changed inside a lot.

There is no better chance to escape for two months to another country, to live and to work there. You will get an experience that you could not get in your own country. You will have a chance to meet a lot of great people and visit lots of beautiful places. You will try something you haven’t tried before, you will have same lifestyle as locals. Isn’t it exciting and amazing?!

To be serious, if you guys have this opportunity to go, you should go! Because it will be a beginning of a new chapter in your life. And you will not realize it in the beginning, but just trust me. It will be fun! It will be challenging, of course it will be! It will be exciting! It will be just amazing! Do not loose your chance!

That’s all from me.
Xie xie and hugs,


Becoming a real Chinese…

The Unique Benefits of Volunteering Abroad

Lately there have been countless discussions about the benefits of volunteering and about the benefits of traveling. But what happens when you put the two of them together? What happens when you don’t only travel but you dive into a new culture? When you have to work with volunteers from 10 or 20 different countries?

Well, this kind of experience doesn’t offer you just a random range of benefits but it changes you fundamentally. It challenges you and it makes you strive to be at your best.

So what exactly makes these volunteering abroad experiences so unique?

While volunteering, you will face events that will challenge your mindset

An internship abroad will give you the chance to travel to new places, make new friends, make new memories and learn new skills. But it also challenges you; it teaches you first hand what intercultural communication really is; it will challenge your mindset and it will help you become more open minded and more culturally aware.

“I’ve worked on the project with people from Ukraine, Russia, Bahrain, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal, Argentina, Germany and USA. I now feel that student exchange programs are crucial in getting to know so many different nationalities at once. It’s never too late to learn new things. The awesome experience has just taught me that life is not all about yourself, it’s about you in a society and how you adapt to it.”  – Jaya, on her internship in Ukraine

Volunteering abroad changes you because it gives you the chance to change others

The volunteering internships that AIESEC is providing are focused on solving particular issues in society, such as: cultural education, environment, cultural understanding or career development. This means that in most cases interns work with children or with students, and they have a chance to impact their life either directly in the short-term, or long-term, providing them with the skills and knowledge to be more successful.

Raluca was a volunteer in Poland. She says that: “this experience is about stepping out your comfort zone; about being crazy and letting go of what others think about you; about leaving a mark on some people’s lives. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do this. To be that person that changes lives. But one day, during the last moments we had in one of the schools, the teachers came to us and told us: “You don’t know what an impact you had on these kids. You changed their lives.”

But we must admit there is one downside of volunteering abroad: it’s addictive.

Mihaela, who volunteered this autumn in Ghana, says that “now I’m even hungrier for adrenaline and adventure so I can’t wait to see what the future will bring regarding any new internship.”


AIESEC provides over 26,000 young people with the chance to go abroad each year. If you are looking to go on an internship or volunteer experience abroad, please go to and check out all our available opportunities.