Global Volunteer Day 2018 | Sunday Observer

Global Volunteer Day 2018

‘Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth’ - Muhammed Ali

The ‘Global Volunteer Day 2018’ by AIESEC was held at Twinnery, Innovations by MAS with the participation of 100 graduates from eight universities in Sri Lanka. The young people between the age of 18 and 30 will volunteer abroad during the December vacation. The program is mainly about preparing them to develop leadership skills and managing challenging situations abroad.

Introducing AIESEC, leadership development, culture shock and reverse culture shock preparation and scenario base case study activity were the main parts of the program. AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation which caters to the young people with leadership development and the cross cultural exchange. AIESEC consists of more than 70,000 members from 126 countries. AIESEC in Sri Lanka is established in eight universities (both government and private) which consist of 1000+ undergraduates.

These undergraduates will be provided with projects by AIESEC which are aligned with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. The young people here are given the opportunity to choose one of the projects and also the country. They will be introduced to new environment where they have to work with the foreign exchange participants. This creates a platform of bond and cross cultural understanding with exchange participants from other countries.

The volunteer work in distinct from one another. There are some projects that teach English and culture of one’s country to the kids who are in orphanages and in summer camps. Some projects are based on environmental conservation such as free plantation campaigns and sessions to create awareness about sustainable environment.

The number of people who are working in a project is about 15 to 20 and each person is from a different country. Together everybody is set for a common goal throughout the six weeks. Home and host parties of AIESEC will take care of the responsibilities of exchange participant (the person who is volunteering through global volunteer) and offer the logistical needs.

Since the establishment of AIESEC in Sri Lanka in 1995, with the vision to engage and develop every young person in the world through the unique leadership development model, AIESEC has been creating positive impact through international experiences for the betterment of youth all around the world