Friday, 20 June 2014

Contribution Day: "The AIESEC World" by Fernando Tejada

A lot of students are talking about AIESEC, today let us understand what it is, its goals and benefits.

The Origin
After World War II, Europe (or what was left of it) was nothing more than a wasteland, where the scarcity of an economy in ruins held. The war had claimed over 55 million lives, 35 million wounded and missing 3 million. At the Potsdam Conference in July 1945, it became clear that the world had begun to split into two parts: the USSR and Western nations. A feeling of dread and uncertainty prevailed in the following years, despite the good intentions of 50 nations that founded the United Nations in June 1945. The Cold War began. The March 17, 1948, Belgium, France, Italy, UK, Netherlands and Luxembourg formed the Western European Union defense purposes and now NATO arises. This was the situation that existed in the world.

Erik Malson, a Swedish economics student, 23 years old, was struck by the sense of misfortune, which was immersed continent. Became a rebel against the miserable state of Europe. He did not believe in discrimination of race, religion and ideology.

In 1946, he wrote a letter to an old friend in Germany, who had met seven years ago on holiday in Sweden. As the months passed enveloping despair of an answer, but after 6 months, he received a letter from Germany. This belonged to the sister of his friend. The letter told him that his friends had died on the Russian front, one of the legs had to be amputated his father, his other brother was gone, and the house was in ruins. Erik, desperate and annoyed by the picture, hit the table and felt he had to do something to prevent another war. He had no idea what to do from his position as a student. He knew that I needed the support of other people and that young people should find they were supported to become managers of the future, which would raise Europe from destruction.

He decided to write to all his friends in Europe. He sent 10 letters and got other responses sent by economics students who shared his vision. This was enough for him to start. It was January 1947.
Months after 7 universities from 7 countries in Europe had sent positive responses. They had decided to promote the cause and organize a meeting to formulate and coordinate all efforts to build a better future in Europe. The meeting took place at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. It was March 1948 There were students from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, Belgium and Holland. all gathered around a table: talking half in English and half in French, but they all understood. This gave rise to AIESEC.

Present in 107 countries, 1,700 universities and more than 4,000 allied organizations literally all sectors and sizes AIESEC is a global, non-political, non-profit, and managed entirely by young students and recent graduates. Its members are interested in global issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, sex, religion or sexual orientation.

How does AIESEC works?
AIESEC since its origin and development in the post-war period, has tirelessly sought world peace, first through the creation of relations of fraternity between the nations , and now after 60 years of existence through a global network comprised of the necessary tools , which provides each of its members to become agents of change that allows them to have a positive impact on the environment; and thus, in some sense, change the direction of society , bringing us one step closer to World Peace.AIESEC aims to produce responsible leaders that once you have left the association and who have assimilated, to the greatest extent possible, the essence of AIESEC its mission, vision, philosophy and values are able to make decisions based on the continuing benefit of society. A sample of those responsible leaders incubated in AIESEC is Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, Member of AIESEC in 1960 and Nobel current Peace, who was recognized for his "important efforts in several continents and over more than three decades resolve international conflicts "and" contribute to the existence of a more peaceful world and fraternity between nations".

AIESEC correlates two seemingly different aspects: organizations (private sector, government, civil society associations and NGOs) and youth. AIESEC provides a global platform for learning and self-discovery based on a well-structured program called "The AIESEC Experience”, the program allows youth to develop their leadership while gaining a global view of the world and responsible.

One of the stages of “AIESEC Experience" consists of an International Exchange in any of the 107 countries where AIESEC and is located in one of the 4,000 organizations with which allies.
Furthermore, AIESEC provides organizations the opportunity to access high-potential young talent from more than 100 countries with a unique profile, to work on a specific project or for a definite place and time period. The Global AIESEC platform allows institutions to position themselves in a compound of talented young, global vision and a broad market of responsible leadership.

Suggestions Before Applying
  1. Read about AIESEC and make sure that you have the same vision and you want to learn.
  2. Have an open mind
  3. and the most important one be proactive

Why You Should Apply
First of all you will get a better understanding of the world; the real problems and what can you do to make a better place for living.You will be exposed to different cultures and that will help to open your mind and see everything from a different perspective. You will develop your leadership, soft and hard skills, and as a personal opinion you will be a better person.

To Finish
The United Nations has long recognized that the imagination, ideals and energies of young men and women are vital for the continued development of the society in which we live.

AIESEC has contributed to this development as an agent of positive change through education and cultural exchange. In an era of globalization, their programs have helped young people around the world to develop a broader understanding of cultural, socio-economic issues and corporate governance.

Fernando Tejada was born in Arequipa, Peru and studied Industrial engineering at Universidad Catolica Santa Maria. Fernando is interested in environment, travel, photography. To find out more visit Fernandos's LinkedIn profile at:

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