AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national / social origin.
Since we were founded, we have engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people who have been through an AIESEC experience. The impact of our organisation can be seen through our alumni who represent business, NGO and world leaders, including one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Atisaari of Finland.
AIESEC was founded in the United Kingdom in 1953 and we can be nowadays across all major cities in the country, Manchester being one of them, obviously!
At Manchester, we are registered as a society under UoM’s Students’ Union and are partnered with Alliance Manchester Business School (the business school of the University of Manchester in Manchester), and thus we mainly operate in the UoM campus. However, we are welcoming students from other universities as well as other young people to engage with us, participate to our events and exchange programs.
Every year, we create tens if not thousands of leadership stories in Manchester, across the United Kingdom and the globe.
Here are just two of the stories we wrote together with our members and exchange participants this year.
Georgiana (21) on being involved with the organisation:
“Organising conferences can be more nerve-racking than enjoyable; 200 delegates depend on the work of 7 members of the Organising Committee and 8 facilitators, together forming the Conference Team. I was in charge of Delegate Servicing, and therefore I had to deal with everything from room allocations and registration to the relations with the external speakers invited. We woke up every morning earlier than everyone else, to check in and prepare the sessions. Whenever the delegates had a break, we made sure everything was in place for the following session and so on. We got less sleep and less time off than all the other delegates. But was it worth it?
The answer is: absolutely yes! ”
Read more on The University of Manchester’s Library Blog
Rareș (20) on being a volunteer abroad:
“I believe in deep transformational change that happens when you’re too many miles away from home, when you’re too afraid and too uncomfortable landing in a place where very few to more likely none of the people around speak your language, change that happens when you meet people that blow your mind away in the most unusual places, change that happens when you are lost, change that happens when you’re so frustrated that you cry in the shower, change that happens when you choose to stay strong, change that happens when your set of values is challenged by a society that’s doing things differently than you do since ever, change that happens when you feel alone, change that happens when you feel insignificant, change that happens when you finally start feeling significant.
Change that teaches you about life, change that teaches you about privilege. For me, this change happened this summer in Morocco. And I’ll be forever thankful for this decision to grow.”
Read more about his Global Volunteer adventure on his blog