What I’ve been doing in July

I haven’t been able to blog lately. I know it’s no excuse, but July’s been a bit of a difficult month. So if you’ve been following, I’ll give you a summary on what’s been happening with me this month.

Visa application frustrations

My visa application hasn’t yielded any favorable results yet, though I’ve been in communication both with the Spanish Consulate in Toronto and AIESEC in Spain. I didn’t anticipate that the Spanish visa application process would take 3+ months, but at least I’m not the only one waiting. Five out of eight members of AIESEC’s Spanish national team (3 Colombians, 1 Korean and myself) are still awaiting news, so I’m in good (virtual) company. Hopefully the visa will come out soon.

Leaders Summit in Madrid

Two weekends ago, AIESEC in Spain had its summer Leaders Summit for executive body members of the organization. The three Spaniards in the national team and the Austrian AIESECer who volunteered to help out in the national office for two months ran the show, organizing both the conference sessions, as well as venue logistics and liaising with the hotel. Needless to say, they pulled it off!

In preparation for the Leaders Summit, the five members of the Spanish national team still abroad were involved in creating and organizing the conference sessions, and helped in one way or another (via Skype) to deliver the sessions to the conference delegates. I had never attended an AIESEC conference outside of Canada before, nor have I ever attended an AIESEC conference virtually, so helping facilitate a conference virtually was an interesting experience. I also had the opportunity to meet with the delegates (via Skype, essentially someone walked around with a laptop so I can talk to people during the conference), especially the ones in the outgoing exchange department, which was great as I had the opportunity to talk to them all at once about strategies and challenges they’re all facing in their chapters.

During the Leaders Summit weekend, the five international members still not in Spain essentially lived in Madrid time. I can’t speak for the others, but the Leaders Summit reminded me of what I signed up for.

MC work so far

AIESEC doesn’t wait for visas, so even though I’m not in Spain yet, I’ve already started working (via e-mail and Skype) for the national team. Because of the visa application situation, it’s difficult to get things started as we don’t have a completed plan of what we as a team want to do yet.

Because of the time difference, and the fact that I still have a part-time job here in Vancouver, I do most of my MC work during night time so that I can Skype with people in the national office in Madrid, or in any of the other local offices, if I need to.

Hanging out

And when I’m not working, I’m usually hanging out with friends every few days, which is nice. Last year my life-work-school balance was way off, but this year it seems to have improved significantly.

I’m actually surprised that I learned (and like) playing Call of Duty now, and I’m improving in the game somewhat. Mind you, I play this game multiplayer so it is very challenging!

This weekend, in particular, was eventful. I went to a goodbye party for Tina, who is moving to Korea to teach English, and hung out for a bit with a few AIESECers during Derek’s “spontaneous” visit to Vancouver.

And that’s a summary of July for you!

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