So if you’ve been following my blog the last few months, you’ll know that I was selected to join AIESEC in Spain’s national team as VP Outgoing Exchange. You might also know that over the last few months, I’ve been experiencing visa issues.
Over the last few weeks, both AIESEC in Spain and I have worked hard to try to resolve the situation; unfortunately, due to excessive government bureaucracy, we weren’t successful. Despite the numerous documents I sent to the Spanish Consulate in Toronto, despite the numerous follow-ups that AIESEC made with the relevant offices in Madrid, unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. With this in mind, I made the decision to pursue other opportunities.
I was going to get co-op credit for my year-long work-term with AIESEC in Spain; however, since the school year is about to start, I decided to apply for co-op positions posted with the UBC Arts Co-op Program instead of waiting for my visa to come out. I was selected in late January for this position, and I’ve been in “ready to move to Spain” mode for the last eight months, so I didn’t want to waste any more time.
I’m disappointed with how things worked out, and that I can’t pursue the national position with AIESEC in Spain, but things don’t always go according to plan. I’m extremely grateful to the AIESEC national team in Spain for helping me out and accommodating me the last few months. Hopefully I’ll be able to do an AIESEC internship sometime next year.
While I’m bummed out at how things went with Spain, I’m confident and excited with what the near-future holds for me. Life is boring without a little bit of uncertainty.