Angeli’s ‘best summer ever’ in Moscow

AIESEC’s campaign for the exchange peak last April was Best Summer Ever and it didn’t fail to deliver.

I almost got matched to another country for exchange, but I put off saying yes to them because I waited on the LC of Moscow to reply to my request for an interview. Russia had always been my dream and it finally felt like that dream was so close, so I really went all out in trying to make that dream into a reality. So, a few days before my 21st birthday, I flew out of Manila and went on my way to Moscow. It was a fairly long trip, but it didn’t really feel that way because I was just too excited. When I arrived in Moscow, I could barely believe it.

I had applied for Project YANA (You Are Not Alone) which was a project geared towards playing with and teaching children with no parents. For a few hours each day, my co-interns and I would interact and teach kids. I had underestimated the challenge of teaching children who speak a language different from mine. My co-interns and I had to constantly think of ways we could catch and keep the kids’ attention and be able to teach them even though there was a language barrier. We taught them games from our countries and we surprisingly found out that save some variations, kids from around the world play the same games. Ice water, langit lupa – I thought these were Filipino games but apparently, not! Besides my work at Project YANA, I was able to take on another project on the side for the LC in Moscow. Along with 2 other interns, I worked at Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI). We taught a course in business English and international management. Unlike the children in the orphanage, our students at the university had basic to intermediate knowledge of English, so the language barrier was a bit lowered, although it was still pretty challenging. More importantly than me being able to teach kids and students, was them being able to teach me. They taught me to be patient, understanding and creative.

Some other highlights of my trip were:

  • Making friends from different countries! I now have homes to sleep in if ever I’d travel to Argentina, Colombia, Pakistan, India, Thailand and Brazil.
  • Going to St. Petersburg! St. Petersburg was just so crazy beautiful. We were also able to visit the Hermitage (they have the largest painting collection in the world).
  • Museum night in Moscow – free entrances to all the museums! It’s so crazy (wonderful) how they have over 200 museums and galleries in the city.
  • Spending 5 days with my co-interns in a cultural park called Etno-Mir. We taught dance and crafts from our home countries and we also learned about Russian culture.
Our class at MESI

Our class at MESI

rsq

Celebrated my 21st by visiting the Red Square

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The Palace Bridge at St. Petersburg

I did a million more things in Russia, but it’s so difficult for me to put my experiences into words. There would be no justice in them. All I can say right now is that my experience in Russia was better than I had ever dreamed since nothing will ever compare to actually being there. Being so far away from home made me feel like the world was so small and so big at the same time.

Know more about exchange. Why Not Now?

ExPO attendees hear from former Exchange Participants during the Exchange Program Orientation held Monday, October 30

ExPO attendees hear from former Exchange Participants (EPs) during the Exchange Program Orientation held Monday, October 30

Living diversity is one of AIESEC’s core values and embodied by all AIESECers with the experiences that expose them to connections and cultures from all over the world. Today on September 30, we were happy to have shared this to the UP Community with our first Exchange Program Orientation (ExPO) of the semester. Giving members and non-members the chance to live the global experience is what we offered, and today, we got our participants a little step closer their exchange process and a whole lot more excited for their adventure abroad!

So what exactly would you expect in an AIESEC exchange program? One of the AIESECers had this to say during the ExPO,

“Being on exchange pushes you to be independent and exposes you to new cultures, new friends, while helping you develop your skills through the different programs we offer.” – Marquee Evangelista, AIESECer

Big words are exciting, but they’re scary right? In order to have a clearer picture of what happens on exchange, we got our returnees to talk about their experiences during our breakout sharing sessions. Red Palencia, Grace Domingo, Abby Jamias and Lakan Umali told attendees about their internships abroad. Grace and Red went to Russia for the project Young and Perspective while Abby and Ian worked for NGOs in Malaysia and Indonesia. The sessions became an open space for participants to ask an array of questions, from the returnees’ fears and expectations to their expenses abroad.

Whether you’re undecided or sure of going on exchange, here’s an opportunity to inquire for more information about AIESEC Exchange, hear interesting stories and take the first step to experience it yourself.

Attend the next Exchange Program orientation on October 4 and learn the best way you can go on an adventure, develop a global mindset and experience independence!

Go ahead and ask yourself, WHY NOT NOW?

More ExPO photos here.

Katherine’s Adventure in Vietnam!

Katherine Poblete shows her AIESEC exchange program in this video. She went under GCDP for a Career Orientation Project. Being under which, they provide students with insights on their career choice and at the same time developing them so as to make them closer to their dream job. Various activities are done to achieve this goal such as senimars, workshops and the like. Katherine’s internship in Vietnam lasted for 6 weeks, namely from April 18 to June 2. Watch the video and witness as her journey unfolds before your eyes!

Interested in going on an exchange? Don’t miss this chance, Sign up now! http://www.tinyurl.com/aiesecupd