Michelle Molas, UPD Vancouver, Canada
I am Michelle and I want to share with you my cliché-inspired AIESEC journey. Truth is, going on an AIESEC internship was never part of my plan. Just like any other Business Administration senior during my time, I wanted to become a Management Trainee in one of the big FMCGs in the Philippines. To me, that was prestige. Unfortunately, my idea of prestige did not come knocking on my door. I will not lie to you and say it didn’t devastate me. It did. Also, I will not lie to you and say I’ve always wanted to go on exchange, because I didn’t. My peers gaining a head start in the corporate world and me doing an internship –the thought was scary, to be completely honest, in a very competitive job market. Going on exchange was too risky for me. I wanted safe. I wanted sure. Then again, I asked myself, why not? I was young, I was excited, and I wanted to see the world. Hence, in spite of my apprehensions, I jumped in.
The big fair They say that when closes, another one opens.
After months of persistent internship applications, I was offered an internship with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. For four months, I served as the Fairs Coordinator of SFU Career Services (Think UP Career Assistance Program, the Org that helps students get jobs, but for their entire university!). As Fairs Coordinator, I was tasked to make the Big Fair happen. The Big Fair is a three-day event with a career fair, a graduate fair, and a volunteer fair for SFU students. This meant I had to engage with various organizations, train student volunteers, and coordinate the logistics. While the workload was pretty heavy, it was all worth it. My Big Fair experience allowed me to learn so many things – from using the voice mail to managing cross-cultural teams, from running in heels to keeping cool in the middle of crisis.
of stereotypes and sunshine
Working in a different country is one thing. Living in a different country is another.
As an avid fan of How I Met Your Mother, I must say that the most of the stereotypes are true. Canadians do speak a distinct accent with their out’s and about’s. They take their hockey very seriously. They also enjoy only two weeks of summer. Trivial things aside, I would attest to how nice Canadians are. Remember their scene in Tim Hortons, a famous Canadian coffee shop, and Robin forgot to say thank you? That is really how they are. Canadians are perhaps the most kind-hearted, humble, and appreciative people I have met. Truth is, there are so many positive things to say about the culture and people in Vancouver. There are so many things to miss about that place – like how they have the best sushi I’ve ever had, or how they rejoice at the sight of the sun, or how AIESECers there have the craziest roll calls, or how they treat their interns like a precious gem. A short testimonial would do them no justice. My AIESEC internship is a life-changing experience to say the least. It gave me personal and professional growth, as well as memories and friendships that I would surely take with me for the rest of my life.
Travel While You’re Young If I were to impart only one learning from this entire experience, it would be to travel while you’re young. As they say, travel is the only thing we buy that makes us richer. Indeed, travelling is quite an enriching experience. In the process of learning so much about the world, we learn so much about ourselves as well. With this, I highly encourage you to place your bets on an AIESEC internship. I admit that I had apprehensions first, but eventually, it became the greatest gamble of my life. Through going on exchange, not only will you get to travel and meet new people from all over the world, but you will also get to beef up your resume and gain relevant work experience.
Go on exchange! Jump in! Really, what’s the worst that could happen? 3
Jesse Caparangca, AdMU Santa Catarina, Brazil
It was a little over a year ago that I left the Philippines to do my required engineering internship in Brazil –the land of sexy people! And it’s been a little more than a year that the greatest adventure of my life started. Now, I am back in school, and the adventure faded, but nothing can ever take away the thousands of stories that spiced up my life that year. With my internship in Pollux Automation, I got to acquire new skill sets, professional experiences, a global network, and an early advantage in my professional life. I got to work hands on as an intern and actually learned more than I would have learned in school. I also found myself getting to know a new home while learning about a new language and new experiences. I even got to know the rich culture of Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and the list goes on. During my stay, I met a lot of amazing people which I consider to be friends, lovers, and even family. I constantly went on adventures as well, such as rappelling down a cliff, riding a boat under a huge waterfall, jumping out of planes, getting lost in the mountains, and many more. And if I continue listing down my adventures, I think I’d actually run out of paper! The mere awesomeness of this exchange experience wouldn’t even fit in a 1000 word single space report. Having an internship, much less living there, wasn’t easy in the beginning, but it also wasn’t easy at the end, to leave. And in the end I have no regrets but one, the fact that I had to leave Brazil, a country that I came to love and hold as my own. My exchange experience is truly the best and biggest thing that has happened in my life so far. Now I’m back in the Philippines, and finishing school in Ateneo, but all I can think about is that job offer awaiting me to come work for Pollux Automation when I graduate from university. One day soon, I will be going back to continue an awesome life in Brazil, the life that AIESEC has opened for me. Like I’ve said in a testimonial from way back, this is one hell of an experience, and to be precise, it’s an AIESEC experience.
“One day soon, I will be going back to continue an awesome life in Brazil, the life that AIESEC has opened for me. Like I’ve said in a testimonial from way back, this is one hell of an experience, and to be precise, it’s an AIESEC experience.”
Jacquelyn garrido, ua&P Berlin Germany
My initial reason for going on Exchange was because of a friend of mine who went on an AIESEC internship back in 2008. And what drove me to do the same were the changes in herself that she brought along with her when she came back. Her experience and her new view of the world was what inspired me, and I found myself wanting to have the same change for myself. So I signed-up for the Global Internship Program, and soon I was packing my bags and was on my way to Berlin, Germany. I worked as an Affiliate Marketing Intern for the WAP Development Team of Guerilla Mobile Berlin GmbH, a company for mobile content marketing. My job was focused on advertising over the internet using Web and WAP platforms. I could really say that I became a tech savvy person during my internship. I learned a lot of technology platforms that helped in generating businesses for the company. During my time there, I not only prepared market analyses for the Philippine market, but I also launched online marketing campaigns for Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Greece, and the United States. I was also given the chance to handle various projects related to online games, which was really cool! I was able to learn a lot about the Online Marketing industry and the applications it gives in our world today. My experience there made me an expert in dealing with the Philippine Market and in other Asian regions as well. Working abroad is really great! But apart from that, getting to know a new culture and exploring new places are also one of the best parts. My cultural experience during my internship was always interesting thanks to the host family that I was staying with, my new international friends, and of course, my co-interns. My exchange wouldnâ€™t be a complete exchange without sharing my own Filipino culture to them and them sharing their own with me. I also had the opportunity to travel to many cities in Europe, which in my opinion, is a once in a life time chance. I have gone to Austria, Prague, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, and other places in Germany. My most memorable adventure was the time when I met up with my friends from Poland, the UK, and France in Marakesh, Morocco and travelled together to Switzerland and to another German City for ten days. We climbed mountains together, journeyed to the Zagora dessert and gazed up the stars, then went back to Switzerland to climb some more mountains. It was truly unforgettable because I could not believe that I could visit those countries in just ten days. There were also times that I just travelled alone, which to my surprise felt very rewarding. I honestly like the sense of being free, and knowing that anything can happen when youâ€™re just by yourself.
But what I really learned from this whole thing is that personal worries and anxieties are not that important, because I’m now part of a bigger picture. I realized that when you are out there, you become more in touch with the world. You tend to care more about what’s happening outside and inside your world. It was because of these experiences that my mindset is now set onto a wider horizon.
“I realized that when you are out there, you become more in touch with the world. You tend to care more about what’s happening outside and inside your world. It was because of these experiences that my mindset is now set onto a wider horizon.” 7
AIESEC IN THE PHILIPPINES TJ Godiaco email@example.com Member Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY Charmaine Lozada firstname.lastname@example.org Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY Carl Chiang email@example.com Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC MIRIAM COLLEGE Nadine Bautista firstname.lastname@example.org Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC SAN BEDA COLLEGE Kyle De Vera email@example.com Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC UNIVERSITY OF ASIA & THE PACIFIC Daric Malicse firstname.lastname@example.org Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN Tricia Cabacang email@example.com Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Global Internship Program AIESEC UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS Riella Miclat firstname.lastname@example.org Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC INTRAMUROS Chrissa Oreta email@example.com Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing Exchange AIESEC CEBU Cholo Padua firstname.lastname@example.org AIESEC DAVAO Angie Payosalan email@example.com