In my blog, I will probably be referring to VPs OGX a lot, so it might be a good time for me to explain what these people do.
AIESEC in Spain has 13 local chapters located nationwide, and each chapter has a VP Outgoing Exchange (VP OGX), which is responsible for recruiting Spanish students and recent graduates for AIESEC’s internship exchange programs, and also for sending them on internships worldwide.
Anyways: Last week, I started meeting with the local chapter VPs OGX. The meetings have been very interesting as I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about how AIESEC runs outside of Canada, as well as the many things that they have excelled at, and the many challenges that they are currently facing, especially in light of the current economic crisis plaguing Europe at the moment.
Of the 13 VPs, I’ve met with 3 so far, and I look forward to meeting the rest of them this week! These meetings have been really helpful, not just because I’m learning more about each local chapter, but also because I’m getting the opportunity to think about ideas that can help the local chapters with their work!
Earlier today (should I say yesterday as its now 3.20am, Saturday), I received an e-mail confirming that I had been awarded the One World International Scholarship by the Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and UBC!
The scholarship is awarded to support BC students in embarking on international exchange. The financial aspect of this scholarship will certainly help when I start my year-long work term with AIESEC in Spain, but I’m even more excited at the fact that my work with AIESEC at UBC has been recognized in this way by both the Irving K Barber Society and the university itself!
I want to give a big thank you to Professor Raul Pacheco (@raulpacheco, attended his Poli 375 Global Environmental Politics class in third year – you might want to sign up for it!) and Deb Browne (President of Entrepreneurial Success Network and member of AIESEC UBC Board of Advisors) for helping me out with the application!
I finished exams last week, however that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy! This week (Monday-Thursday), I attended the AIESEC International Public Relations Hub Meeting. This event is basically an AIESEC conference held in seven locations worldwide simultaneously. The purpose of the meeting is to help the AIESEC International head office in Rotterdam to cultivate a global public relations strategy for the organization as a whole. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to attend the North American hub meeting hosted by AIESEC SFU, in the heart of downtown Vancouver!
One of the things that I found most interesting about the meeting was that different countries within the AIESEC network were facing the same problems on issues concerning public relations and getting the organization’s name out there; but even more interesting were that each of the regional hubs participating in the meeting came up with very similar solutions. Needless to say, I’m very excited to see what local chapters in North America (particularly in Canada!) and elsewhere do with this output; and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use some of the ideas generated during this meeting for AIESEC in Spain!
So I’ve started on my visa stuff for Spain. It’s a bit complicated as, firstly, there is no Spanish Consulate in Vancouver, so I have to mail my application to Toronto; and secondly, because of certain documents I have to procure.
The thing that’s a bit difficult is obtaining a police certificate (in Canada it’s called a criminal record check). Police certificates in Canada are easy to get – in fact, I expect my Canadian police certificate next week. However, the visa application requires me to obtain a police certificate for all the countries I’ve lived in the last five years. I’ve lived in Canada for only four, and the most recent place I resided in was Indonesia. Obtaining an Indonesian police certificate has taken a while, as things there are done slow! 🙁 I’m hoping to get it by next week!
Anyways, this is what has preoccupied me most of the day, so I thought may as well blog about it!
Dear AIESEC UBC,
My LCP (Local Committee President) term has concluded.
First of all, please join me in welcoming Executive Board 2012-2013. Congratulations – your legendary year has begun! EB 2012-2013: you will be legendary, and I cannot wait to celebrate the 100 exchanges you will lead this LC into realizing. I am confident in each and every single one of you and your abilities. Focus on your goals, and scale up. Also, please remember to brush your teeth, shower and maintain a hygienic lifestyle during your EB term.
I want to thank my EB: it has been the highest honor and privilege to have worked with you all. Thank you for standing by this LC during the good times and the bad. Thank you for bearing with all my swearing, all my nagging, my e-mail spam, and my finger-wagging lecturing. Thank you for bearing with me whenever I ignored the amount of time allotted to me during EB meeting so I can elaborate on a point. I love you all to bits like bacon mixed in an over-easy omellette.
To the members and everyone in AIESEC UBC: I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve and lead this chapter. I am extremely proud to have led you as LCP, to have served as VP CR, and to have been a part of the CR portfolio. I am extremely proud to call myself an alumnus of AIESEC UBC. I cannot wait to see you all do great things in AIESEC – while I will be watching from afar in Spain, rest assured that I will be celebrating everytime you raise a TN (set up an AIESEC internship here in Vancouver), everytime you realize an EP (send a UBC student/recent graduate away on an internship). What you all are doing, and what you will all do, is legendary.
So from now until the end of March: I will be assuming a much quieter role in the LC as I provide assistance to OGX in maintaining our partnership with the UBC Arts Co-op Program. For those of you considering an AIESEC internship, do consider Spain 😉 – and when you raise a TN, consider my Spanish conquistador EPs.
It has been a great 3.5 years serving as a member of AIESEC UBC. It is because of this LC that I get to travel to Spain – thank you for being a part of my AIESEC experience, for helping me take my next step.
All my very best,