Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Include AIESEC In Your Linkedin Account


AIESEC Bad Linkedin review


I wrote about My bad experience with AIESEC before and if you go through the post you'll understand why I consider AIESEC as an unprofessional organization, main reason is how AIESEC is completely run by students who work their asses off to climb the organizational structure of AIESEC only to realize that it was nothing but a waste of time and that they are being used by the organization's system to work without even getting paid.

Now I know that they always use the word "volunteering" when campaigning to recruit new members but the truth is that it's not actually volunteering because you will not be helping people, you are actually charging them for travelling to work in a different country without paying them.

I consider the whole AIESEC organization shady anyway but that's just my personal opinion, I can't deny that I had fun during my internship in Kiev, Ukraine but now when I look back I can see that I could have had a similar Experience volunteering for a different organization.

Recently I stumbled upon a lot of profiles on Linkedin that list being as a local committee president or any other sort of position they occupied in AIESEC in their employment history.


Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn't do that:

1. Salary
Employment history means REAL jobs you were getting paid a salary to do because of your professional qualifications....I don't think the previous applies to your position in AIESEC.
I think you can still mention it in your resume as an extracurricular activity.

2. It's so common
If you navigate through Linkedin you'll find thousands of profiles listing AIESEC experience as work experience (I did the search for you and right now it shows 122,981 person with AIESEC in their profiles)...so why in God's name do you want to be one of those? you get more opportunities when you are able to show how unique your experience and your qualifications are.

3. Who cares?
I tried mentioning AIESEC during my previous job interviews but I was told many times to skip that part until I gave it up and stopped talking about it altogether.....This is because by now everyone knows about AIESEC, it's definitely popular enough to the point that everyone has a friend or a colleague who had some AIESEC experience and talked about it many times so it also makes sense that everyone knows about AIESEC's reputation which is partying, drinking and doing nothing useful.

4. It's childish
When I think of AIESEC I think about teenagers who just want to have fun, travel, see new places and get to know other teenagers from different cultures, which is really good but I'm definitely surprised of all these people who get involved in AIESEC to the extent of abandoning their personal lives, real jobs and real life experiences just to continue living as teenagers who never want to grow up and this is probably an impression you don't want to give to your future employer.

Finally I want to remind you that these are my personal opinions, comments are encouraged and I will reply to them.

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  1. Hi! I read your experience i'm reallly sorry for what happened to you.

    I was vice president in AIESEC in a university in Peru, my experience was like a roller coaster there: increible but also terrible experiences. Actually, I quit in August, I realized I wasn't learning more and I wasn't paying enough attention to other responsabilities. Don't get me wrong, I learned a lot there I also gain amazing friends,but it was time for me to face the real world (and many aiesecers don't get that). I didn't have a happy ending but I wouldn't delete AIESEC from my linkedin.

    I got a good job because of AIESEC, my boss was alumni and liked my job in marketing, my functions were very similar to what I did in the organization. I also had some interesting interviews where I was asked about AIESEC. I never start with usually I don't even mention the name of the organization, but as every experience is how you sell it. Like saying you are an strategic person and having numbers that show you actually did something, or saying you are often the mediator in a team and talking about how you manage to solve a problem with people from other countries. Companies usually are interesting in those abilities.

    As I told you my experience there wasn't perfect. I kind of love/hate AIESEC. I was there because I wanted to change people lifes, but mine was going in the wrong direction. I also noticed that because there is a lot of rotation the experience for some EPs isn't that good, and I'm so sorry for that, I wanted to change so many things,but it's difficult when people think the organization it's perfect. Some members are very professional,but as you say we are a lot, some others are just playing. It's not a game, it's a responsability.

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    1. Hey Saris,
      First of all thank you for taking the time to comment and defend something you think was useful for you.
      I do appreciate your opinion regarding the topic of AIESEC, again these are all my personal opinions and i'm not forbidding anyone from writing about AIESEC in their linkedin profile but I'm also talking out of my personal experience which was how my interviewers in all my past job were dismissing any experience related to AIESEC because it became so normal
      I've been on 2 internships in Ukraine and I also made a lot of friends but my opinion about AIESEC itself is different from my experience.
      the impression i got from everyone in AIESEC is that they don't really care about people but about numbers of matched EPs or whatever else...hence I call AIESEC unprofessional.
      I'm so happy you interacted with me and so happy for your comment that gives more value to my post since it gives a different view that i might have ignored.

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  2. Hi!
    Yeah, I think you had your reasons and don't deny them... but man... sorry, but this is what AIESEC is about. The organization is not run by OTHER people... It's run by everyone who joins it. So, this is what I learnt: if you want to change something, go and change it. Don't sit and write a facebook/blog/twitter post of how it could be better. I have a personal policy: I don't complain about something I'm not doing anything to make it better. So, I really doubt you made any effort. And if you did, it's your failure that you didn't get it right. Yeah, it's a failure. But I'm not saying you are a "wrong" or "bad" person. Now, the next step: we have to learn from it, try it again or move on. Don't see any point in complaining and not sweating a bit to make it better.
    And it's also a feedback for you of not being capable to sell your AIESEC experience, and it's like any other experience/job position. Ok, your bosses didn't want to hear. You could've challenged them and ask back "Why not?", and they will say their reason, and so you go further with sales technique that AIESEC can teach you about.
    As I said, I don't want to offend you, say that I'm better, that AIESEC is the solution to the world and that every thing you said is false... I don't believe in "true truth". But, I honestly hear a lot of people complain and cry about stuff they don't make any single effort to change - and if they do, they stop. And I'm not talking about "oh, I tried to solve it out by sending a message on facebook/twitter/email". This is no help (and you should know it), this is called "the rebellion/comfort from my chair".
    I'm not speaking on the behalf of the organization and not defending it. I'm going a little further in the subject of leadership.

    If you want, we may discuss further about it. I'd be really glad :-) I meant it.

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    1. Um what is it exactly that you thought you changed? This isn't failure on his part at all. In fact, most of the time it's probably delusional members like yourself who think they're actually changing the world. How exactly did you think you contributed? By being a sheep? Clue up.

      Don't tell the author what he shouldn't do. Being able to have his complaint available publicly will help potential participants become aware of the pros and cons. Your comment flows so poorly, AIESEC hasn't helped improve your critical thinking has it? Well I guess that's just failure on your end, l0l.

      You appear quite hypocritical. If you're better than that, then why and what are you doing here? Take his review, and bring it to your team to 'go and change it' maybe.

      Challenging an interviewer as to why not? Maybe have some common sense and deduce that they're simply not interested? Ever thought of that genius?
      What's up with your English..? It's getter shitter by the minute. You hear a lot of complaining? Maybe because you're not doing performing effectively? Hence why you're failing at satisfying the participant? Ever heard of quality control? QUALITY, not quantity.

      You don't want to offend the author in saying that he's incorrect and that you're better, but you just implied it, idiot.

      Email, twitter, and facebook are the most convenient forms of getting into contact with another party promptly, in which conflict and resolution can be mediated in person by appointment. Perhaps some members (i.e. you) appear quite clueless, hence why some participants prefer not to see them in person. If you can't communicate and resolve over the phone, then what good is it to waste the participants’ energy in coming to see you?

      Of course you shouldn't be speaking on behalf of the organisation, that'll be embarrassing for them to have you as a representative...

      It's nice that you'll be investing time in the subject leadership, but really, what do you know? Before you think about leading, you should probably take another look at yourself. You're biased, egotistical and unable emphasize from the participants viewpoint. You may be fantasizing about how wonderful you think you are just because you're a part of an organisation that's supposedly 'changing the world', but if you think you're going to be a leading without tuning in with your participants and the market both of you are in, then your days of leading will be numbered, simple.

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  3. I am a competitor of ACM ICPC (world programming contest), web developer professionally, and I was vice president of AIESEC talent management, and vice president of information systems at national level. I am 22 years old. This is my third year in AIESEC

    The reason why me and other young looking to be part of AIESEC:

    a) Develop non-cognitive skills (project management, team management, emotional intelligence, etc).
    b) Collaborate in the development of others young guys.
    c) Being young in AIESE you have the opportunity to manage large teams and make critical decisions for the organization.

    Now these opportunities I just found it in AIESEC, and many people benefit from these experiences, this is one of the ways in which AIESEC impacts the lives of young people.

    Thanks to AIESEC I'm an extraordinary young man. Very intelligent and skillful in programming, and AIESEC given me the ability to manage projects and manage large teams. For me and many young people experience provides is invaluable.

    And the most import, the vision of a change... I am an AIESEC'er and im sure that I can help in the development and grow of the people skills.

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  5. I think your problem was the focus of your intership you decided to take an intership for fun and make friends as you said "in your personal point of view" some of us take this internships for work and developed our professional skills at this moment I'm working in a company in Ukraine as marketing manager and the company trust in me due to my AIESEC experience. By the fact that you have had 2 internship in the same place means that you just wanted to see your "friends" again and have fun that's all and you were not looking for a real personal and proffesional development.

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  6. Hi :)

    I found your article just by total chance today, but I actually had great time reading it! I come from Czech Republic where I got raised last spring with one LC to go for GIP (meaning normal work internship abroad).I did it because even though I always considered AIESEC a sect I heard at that point that they can provide you with highly qualitative internships. So why not! I went for it, wanted to get as far around the world as possible and gain some actual experience. I was really happy with the service I received in my home AIESEC as they tried hard to support me through the matching process.
    After just a while I got matched to Vietnam where I am now and I was excited. But then the problems started :D Trying to arrange anything with Vietnamese AIESEC was serious hell. Troubles were based on their terrible English skills, absolute lack of professionalism, "don't really care" attitude... They promised a great job, told us that the salary is more than amazing in Vietnam.
    The job sucks. There was at least 8 interns before me and only one of them stayed for all of it, other quit or were fired (I guarantee you that for incredibly stupid and not really legit stuff). Most of the employees here don't speak English what makes the work really complicated. The salary sucks even though I really didn't come to earn money, but it just would be nice to cover the preparation expenses like vaccination, insurance, visa... I really didn't learn much and gave in my notice after 3,5 months instead of staying here for 10 months as I wanted.
    Also I started asking other AIESECers I met here about the fees they paid and I have found out that my LC was almost 3 times more expensive than any other I have heard about so far... why is that???
    But I'm not giving up... I still have time and I got raised for another match. Am I too crazy? :D
    And to the AIESEC in CV stuff... I got there the company I am working for without noticing AIESEC. And then I got a volunteering section where I mention my involvement in English teaching project here... My point is why not? It was my first teaching experience ever, it was community development work and it definitely developed my skills and confidence... I'm not ashamed of it :)

    Thanks for sharing your story :)

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    1. I'm so happy you commented and shared your story and I admire how persistent you are.
      this is the positive way of dealing with the situation, I do wish you the best of luck.

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  7. Thank you all for the comments
    We might agree or disagree about lots of things in AIESEC but in the end everyone creates his opinions based on his experience.... My experience with AIESEC forced me to believe how unprofessional the organization is, how fragile the structure is and most importantly how members are being brainwashed to do nothing but AIESEC for several years in their lives.... It just saddens me to see the members in AIESEC centering their lives around it.
    I'm free to discuss further about the topic.. Just send me a message and we can have a Skype session

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    1. Hey! I am from india and i am thinking of going to internship this summer. After reading all the comment i have raised a few doubts. Can we pls have a skype session if possible? I would like to know more about your experience. Pls contact me on vipul.ex@gmail.com as soon as it is possible for you. Thanks.

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  8. It was curious to read the article, but the author overly-generalizes. First of all, AIESEC is a global and relatively decentralized network, which implies that there is a huge variation in the development and "professionalism" of different AIESECs, some are fun oriented while others are highly professional, so a below average experience with one AIESEC does not mean that other AIESECs have the same level. Second, specifically about including AIESEC in your LinkedIn account, the benefits are again country specific; in some countries employers would totally disregard it, while in other countries it is almost equivalent to working in a multinational, thus, even if in author’s country it did not help there are countries in which it would. Third, AIESEC provides two different types of experience: exchange experience and AIESEC leadership experience which, if had separately, entail two different views on AIESEC: one of AIESEC as service provider, while the other one of AIESEC as an organization you are invested in a try to make it successful. These two experiences should be complementary; otherwise they create expectations from the participants that are not warranted, as in case of the author of this article which clearly has a more consumer approach.

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    1. Generalizations often emerge from truths and facts.
      one thing that I noticed from most of the comments on this blog post is that AIESECers always take a very defensive position to criticism.
      criticism is essential in the process of development, living in denial is the main reason for failure.
      I haven't seen anyone taking the time to comment promising to start working on a survey to investigate this topic then to implement new policies that can improve the organization's reputation, all the comments I read were very defensive and they kind of show how unprofessional and immature AIESEC is.

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    2. I have recently had a rather negative experience with AIESEC, this time with their Albania branch. I have written about my experiences in my blog here:

      http://radicalchanges2013.blogspot.com/2014/02/exchange-organizations-aiesec.html

      I am actually planning to write a bit more about my reflections about AIESEC as an organization. Judging by the extremely crazy, childish and sometimes humiliating behaviour of AIESEC guys at the conference and other events, I cannot see those people organizing serious internships that would provide the participant with quality professional work experience.

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    3. Hey, Thanks for the reply
      your post is really interesting so thanks for sharing

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  9. Well we've just started AIESEC here in Nepal and people are loving it. I'm sorry to hear your bad experience with AIESEC though. Here we got started with AIESEC and we have found that students want to engage in a global platform to get to know different cultures and different styles of working. Opportunities to interact with foreign guests while learning how to face the real world are very scarce to students in Nepal and many look at AIESEC as a platform to learn. And I do agree with you on the point that giving up your entire life for AIESEC is a stupid thing to do. I am an engineering student and I'm in AIESEC to improve my leadership skills and perhaps go for exchange programmes. But even while recruiting new members, I always tell them AIESEC shouldn't be a permanent thing for them. They learn, they gain experience, they become better leaders, and then they should quit and face real world problems with whatever skills they have acquired during their time at AIESEC.

    Good luck! :)

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    1. Jenny
      Thank you so much for the contribution,
      I really wish you guys the best
      criticism is the best way to improve something and that's exactly what I meant
      when I complain members like you can get an idea how it feels like and then they can improve the policies
      again all the best with your LC

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  10. I don't mean to hijack your blog, but when you google "aiesec internship review" you are the top link, congrats!. So I'll leave my review here since it's difficult to find reviews on AIESEC internships. Sorry for the length.

    I'll start off with GCDP's. If they involve teaching English in East Asia for free, avoid them. The schools and organizations that you are teaching for are FOR PROFIT, so you are basically putting money in their pockets while you lose money. You can actually get paid quite a bit of money doing this legally and not so legally. So don't teach for free. You can make $1000-2000 US dollars a month + apartment + plane ticket and 3-6 contract are possible. So don't do it for free. There were 4 Exchange Participants in the city I was in that either didn't have anything to do or did 1 week of free teaching, then had to stay in a hotel for 3 weeks or travel about because they were promised a 1 month project and had booked their plane tickets accordingly.

    As for my internship, well this might be a long rant so I will try to keep it as helpful for other people as possible.

    First I joined AIESEC. I was a member for 5 months before deciding to do a GIP since work experience + travel sounds great. Well I wanted access to the database before I payed $400 US dollars, took 1 week of being kind of annoying until I was able to look at. Spent a day looking at it. Then decided okay. Did the internal interviews...etc. Then I started applying for all these cool jobs with really good companies. Turns out you can only apply for those if you are a senior member (VP, LCP...etc). Actually if you apply for those jobs, I was told it will lock your account and you have to contact OGX to unlock it.

    Anyway, found an internship I liked, did interviews, company interview. Sounded good. Contacted a former EP who worked at the same company. He said it was good, but sometimes the workload was light. The position was titled "Marketing Assistant". The company had a business consulting, translation, and teaching (cram school type stuff) department. I was told I'd work in all 3, and maybe have to teach a few hours a week. Okay still sounds good.

    Next, the pay was okay I thought. But since visa regulation were changed in China not too long ago, you had to study Mandarin in order to get a longer term visa. That costs $1200 US dollars for 6 months. Okay, still sounds okay.

    Sorted out the visa, plane ticket...etc. Finally arrived, meet AIESEC'ers, go to company, get apartment and start working. Job was not as advertised at all. I did nothing most of the time, taught English for maybe 4-5 hours a week. I figured they needed some time...blah blah blah.

    After 1 week, they said I must work weekends, and I get Wednesday and sometimes Tuesday off. This basically killed all my fun since my friends were free on the weekend, and I wasn't. After 1 month, I talked with AIESEC about it. They said to wait, it will get better. So I talked with my manager at the company. She said yes, we'll have more work for you. So I finally get a "marketing project". It consisted of me and some other colleagues handing out flyers to parents dropping off their kids on their way to school. I'm still thinking I must keep an open mind.



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    1. After 1.5 months I complain to AIESEC telling them this isn't what I signed up for. Two weeks later they talk with the company. They assure me I'll get more marketing work and they needed some time to get to know me, get organized...etc. By this point, 2 months in I was already looking for new GIP and for jobs on my own.

      The company have me more "marketing tasks" that consisted of the same thing, handing out fliers to people, and of course me being a White person, they needed me to promote their teaching department. So I was basically a White dancing monkey for them. 2-2.5 months in I tell the local AIESEC ICX I'm going to quit. They tell me to wait, and that in the meantime they will try to find a better internship for me. By this point I hadn't really had much fun given that I worked weekends. Save for a few trips I took alone, and the 1 weekend I had off it sucked.

      Finally I got paid for my 2nd month of work, this was about 2.5 months into the internship, and took my money home. Next day they wanted to give me more "marketing work" and outlined a plan that I would be doing this 2-3 a week. I already told them several times that handing out fliers isn't the kind of marketing work I wanted. So I quit. I had already found a new job by this point, and could start whenever I liked.

      The company have me more "marketing tasks" that consisted of the same thing, handing out fliers to people, and of course me being a White person, they needed me to promote their teaching department. So I was basically a White dancing monkey for them. 2-2.5 months in I tell the local AIESEC ICX I'm going to quit. They tell me to wait, and that in the meantime they will try to find a better internship for me. By this point I hadn't really had much fun given that I worked weekends. Save for a few trips I took alone, and the 1 weekend I had off it sucked.

      Finally I got paid for my 2nd month of work, this was about 2.5 months into the internship, and took my money home. Next day they wanted to give me more "marketing work" and outlined a plan that I would be doing this 2-3 a week. I already told them several times that handing out fliers isn't the kind of marketing work I wanted. So I quit. I had already found a new job by this point, and could start whenever I liked.

      So the following week I started a new job, that I found on my own, found an apartment with the help of some friends I met (AIESEC did not help at all, didn't contact me until 2 weeks after I told them I'd quit). Once they contacted me they said, "well I'm sorry things turned out this way, and by the way you have been working here illegally (I already knew that) and good luck have a safe trip home."

      Later they found out I found a job by myself then wanted me to talk to my new company and pitch AIESEC to them. F@#% you was what I wanted to say, but I told them I didn't want to do that. Also, although I never notified my home LC, they know I quit and never contacted me.

      All in all I want nothing to do with AIESEC. I have wasted about $1500-2000 US dollars on my plane ticket, visa fees, Mandarin lessons (required for the visa to work illegally).

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    3. oh wow, well you were unluckier than me
      AIESEC and China that must have been a disaster
      I lived in China for sometime and i wrote some posts about how unprofessional companies in China are
      but i'm glad it finally worked out for you and thank you so much for posting your story here....it gives credibility to mine

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    4. -"My aiesec review"

      Dude, you got scammed on the mandarin lessons thing. You do not need to speak any mandarin for any period of work visa in China, and it was likely an illegal school that told you this so that you would pay for their lessons.

      Unless you were doing it to stay on a student visa, in which case AIESEC told you to do something highly illegal so that they wouldn't have to provide proof of your employment to the government.

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  11. I just wanted to say that AIESEC in Colombia sucks. But that is not surprising considering the Colombian's reputation with anything illegal. They forged the interns signature for the local insurance, and started recruiting interns via social media which is a big no no as per AIESEC International.

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    1. I'm just curious, what LC did you apply to in Colombia? I recently went on an exchange there.

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    2. hi Hanna
      can you please contact me using Google+, email or skype?

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  12. Please help me, AIESEC Colombia problem here.
    The LC hasn't signed my contract yet (I don;t think I am officially register as an aiesec exchange here), they keep money from my salary (300.000pesos/month) and they haven't even started with my procedures for visa/celula.
    Do you think there is a way to claim my rights or I should just quit and fly back?

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    1. My aiesec friend just told me: ''this is Colombia; you should have expected it to be hard''.
      Isn't AIESEC all about creating a safe net for interns, and making sure quality standards are kept, no matter where in the world you are?

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    2. it depends on your situation, if you have time to stay and ask for your rights then do
      try contacting your home LC maybe they can complain
      what I would do is to write an email and send it to the president of every LC in Colombia, send emails to AIESEC international and make sure you get your voice heard

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  13. I am scared because I am technically working illegally here (I don;t know how to do the visa application myself) and I think I could be deported any minute if I ''expose'' them.
    I feel as if I fell in a trap.

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  14. OMG Angy
    sounds like you are in a tough situation
    my skype is peternagyaziz please add me and we can talk, I have some ideas for you

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  15. Hello,

    I wonder if I can extract parts of your article. I am also writing about AIESEC and I do not want anyone to experience what Im going through now.

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    1. Hey Ondy
      yes you can, my condition is that you link back to this page as a source
      I would also appreciate it if you send me the link so i can read it and link back to you

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  16. I'm late to the party I guess, but I was VP in AIESEC in Northern Europe, and thanks to my experience there I got a job. My employer said my motivation to work even without a salary for something I believed in was what made him hire me.

    But then again, this branch of AIESEC is quite professional, which isn't the case for the entire network, unfortunately. I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but thank you for sharing it! I think it's important that we stop glorifying exchange and experiences abroad as something that always ends up as the best experience of a lifetime - it can easily go both ways. Our job is to prepare those we send abroad for both sides, and help them the best we can while they're abroad, then reflect and evaluate when they come back - both on the good and the bad, so that we can all learn.

    I went on exchange through a different organization when I was younger, and I can't say I had a good time, it was awful actually. But in the end I learned a lot of valuable lessons which I've had good use of since.

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    1. Never too late haha
      I'm happy you got to benefit from your AIESEC experiences and just like you said it's not the same for everyone
      thank you for commenting

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  17. Reading to the arguments and counter arguments, which, I am afraid were made more out of personal sentiments rather than a critical reasoning ( attacking and defending stuff ) makes me all the more perplexed. I am about to join AISEC and reading the un professionalism of this very specific organization makes me numb and I am unable to decide if I should go for it or utilize my time in some other productive act. Legit and rational viewpoints are encouraged.

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  18. Hi! I wonder are the interviews very difficult/ competitive? I've gone through 2 interviews but failed both:( starting to get depressing here...

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  19. Hi.
    I am planning to go through aiesec for marketing. So your review has kind of made me curious that i should join that or not. And also can you tell me what will be the approximate expense including visa, tickets and other expenditures. Please guide

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  20. Hi.
    I am planning to go through aiesec for marketing. So your review has kind of made me curious that i should join that or not. And also can you tell me what will be the approximate expense including visa, tickets and other expenditures. Please guide

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  21. I would like to warn you about AIESEC Colombia! Just don't do it!

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    1. can you please give some details about your experience?

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  22. Thank you
    you totally changed my mind about AIESEC i will never take this way even tho i see myself high qualified and i don't want to stay here in egypt this stinky place
    I'm looking for a real chance to go abroad

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  23. Hi,
    I saw both the positive and negatives points stated by you guys . i have few doubts to be cleared it would be great if someone help me with this :
    1. what are the visa expenses for the long term internship
    2. are there any chances of employer hiring you after your internship.( singapore , russia , new zealand , europeans countries )
    3.what will be my stipend as i m already a skilled professional with 3.5 years of prior experience after my masters in marketing . is it sufficient to take care of my basic necessities like food and accommodation )
    Any suggestions on the above point would be of great help. Thank you

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  24. This guy is insane :D Buddy come on!! I too left AIESEC but with a good experience. See you may consider it as a childish or only partying but just try to see it from different perspective. Jiving, role calls ..it unites us ..it bonds us. It is a culture..a way different from our home. You will automatically become enthu n open minded just by sitting with some AIESEC buddies. Just think the opportunities u got made you more mature. Things people do for the first time at their 30's.. you're doing it at the age of 18 19 years. And the most important thing is AIESEC gives you true friends. Just sit there in your LC's office, do jives , shout out rolecalls and see the magic.. that positivity that creativity that ideas you'll have..buddy trust me there is no cooler experience than that. I have AIESEC experience of 2 years..I am pursuing BE.. I own a successful start up. I am working part time in a mind training center. I am working at a distribution company in weekends. I get a handsome amount of salary that a graduate can dream. all these things started by AIESEC. Bad experience is everywhere brother..try finding good in everything.

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  25. I did an ITEP with AIESEC way back in 2009 and I partly agree with what the post wrote.

    I think overall, I had a wonderful time in India where I met a lot of friends from around the world and had some really amazing traveling and partying experience. Some of the friends I met during my internship turned out to be my LIFETIME friends. It was also those rare opportunities that you get to interact with people with such diversed and different values and backgrounds. It really pushed me to think about life, to think about career. Those were the biggest takeways I had.

    Those aside though, the work itself was pretty boring. I signed a one year contract but I terminated it after 2 months because what I was doing was different than what I was told and what the JD had said.

    I would also like to add, I feel like I didn't get the support I needed when I was in India; most of the issues I raised to LC I had to solve them by leverging my own personal network and resources. So when I came back to my home country and LC wanted me to write them a good review, I respectfully declined.

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  26. Hi, I'm about to pay my raising fee for the global exchange program and I'm skeptical about this now.

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  27. Hi!
    I'm from a whole other country and i joined aiesec for couple months before i actually had a fight with them and left.
    I wanted to change the world and i had so many great ideas (mind you i already am a very active person in terms of NGO's in my city which why they accepted me). Right away i knew that the reason they wanted me was because i had so many contacts, i didn't mind at first because this would bring good change to my community however everything came crashing down in a group chat a month ago.
    They have been always organizing meetings at night and in exclusive places which i regarded as a waste of money considering they are having financial troubles. There were no VP applicants for this year and i attended some of their info sessions which went horridly from my perspective. Only about 20 people attended the infosession and the Aiesecer's seemed more like they were asking for money.
    Back to the story; they said they wanted to have another infosession/give a volunteer participant from Russia the chance to perform. Of course they went straight to another exclusive place, it didn't make any sense to me. Because if they keep going to exclusive places they won't be able to get their name known (they're not very known where i am from). So i suggested my plan to bring the EP to a stand and we would give them a stand of their own where they can actually talk to people who are interested. (to me it sounded good because it was an open stand for all people) then the President elect shocked me when she said "it's just for rich people". Being a person from a moderate family myself, i didn't appreciate that kind of descrimination against people of lower pay. Long story short they all started attacking me pretty unprofessional from their part. I left Aiesec and i am just gonna stay the hell away from that Organization at least the Local one in my city

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  28. Loved your post! I wish I could have read it in 2014. It was really hard for me to deal with all that brainwashed people, but I had chosen to stay in order to be with my boyfriend, who was the president that year.

    One of the most shocking things are those 10 days brainwash seminars, which take place in very remote farms, that doesn't have any sort of communication to the real world and people have these seminars from 7 in the morning until midnight.

    Most of people who are at Aiesec are like those herbalife people, or internations, etc. Thank you for your post, for helping people. I do believe your post can change the world more than that organization, which actually is not that hard, in fact. My best wishes!

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