Having a dream to go abroad is always on my mind. Whether it is for travelling, study, or anything. I do not know why I really passionate on it. The thing is I enjoy every new people, place and situation that I will face. Those are striving me and keep up my excitement. Last summer, which was also my semester break on July to August 2013, I joined an amazing program from AIESEC. Let me tell you a bit about AIESEC, perhaps you can find more information through internet.
Well, AIESEC is a non-profit organization which deal with international and leadership platform. It has been existed since long time ago in a whole the world. AIESEC is also a place for all youths to develop the skills and give a good impact in society. I have been a year involved in AIESEC President University Indonesia as Team Member of Talent Management. There are so many learning points that I could get from here.
As a person who wants to take more experience and challenge, I applied to go exchange (a program that AIESEC have in order to gather all youths). It was a social project in China for 6 weeks. I was really excited after I got a permission from my mom, because I would be a volunteer, I need to pay for the accommodation by self-funding. I prepared all the things before final exam came at that time. A long way that I had to struggle for it, I found other Indonesian participants. In total, we were 7 people from different cities and universities. Other participants were from Poland, Germany, Spain, Malta, Malaysia, Korea, Bahrain, Austria, Taiwan, Hongkong, and Russia.
Here we were in the beach for fun in the middle of hectic schedule. Anyway, a small city that we live named WaFangDian, Dalian and even we were divided into 2 village, Zhao and Xu. The project was teaching English in Local Elementary and Junior High School. To be honest, it was my first experience to take role in international community. I could not express it through any words. I lived together with more than 30 youths from 12 different countries, I shared with more than 10 local students, I met a lot of people with any backgrounds. It was awesome!
Unfortunately, I could not extend my visa in China. Sad, upset, disappointed, !@#$%^&*- I expected to stay for 45 days and finished the project. No one could help me and no one knew it would be happened. There were a complicated story and no other choice instead of I had to buy new flight ticket.
Every moment, experience, and knowledge will NEVER stop in one way with one story! We, all Indonesian participants, only could spend 1 term of project in a village. So that, we decided to explore China for the rest of days before our visa was expired. I was very grateful to have this opportunity. Besides AIESEC experience, I found a lot of life experiences from what I saw, I faced, and I deal with during 30 days in somewhere else! I was happy, feel blessed, and really encourage myself to be better in the future.
Thanks world, thanks mom, thanks dad, thanks friends, thanks everyone! Don’t let the memories fly away 🙂 Cheers…