I firstly recognized the AIESEC internship and exchange program from my sister who was already the member of AIESEC. After i heard the presentation directly from the OGX (outgoing exchange division) of AIESEC about the internship program i became really interested in it. My main reason why i want to go on this intenship is i want to look for a new experience. I believe that if i go on this internship i will not just get an experience but also full learning of self-knowledge and professional development. I hope that after i go back from my internship i will be a more self-motivated person because in internship and exchange program of AIESEC, i saw (from previous experience) that we will meet many people from different countries and we will become part of a global community which will encourage me to think globally. I chose AIESEC exchange and internship program because AIESEC network is very wide (its in more than 200 countries) and i want the internship is related to the application of my study (life science) which AIESEC can provide it.
After went through some interviews, I selected TN from AIESEC Kochi, Kerala state in India with a company called, CGH EARTH which is a hospitality industry. In my TN, i will be working in environment division, working on several environment projects of CGH EARTH (such as waste management, water and energy conservation and biodiversity conservation) in basis of ecotourism and also interact with customer or hotel guest to market the different experience that the hotel offers. I am really interested in the TN because that ecotourism is not developed in Indonesia, and i can apply it when i went back here.
When i first came to kochi, i was picked up by AIESEC Kochi members and her family. I lived at their home for 4 days.In here i’ve never experienced welcoming and also farewell party from the AIESEC Kochi. Afterwards, they took me to one of hotel chain, called Coconut lagoon that i will be working at. Coconut lagoon is located in Kumarakom which is about 3 hours from Kochi. The first couple of days in Coconut lagoon, they just showed me around to the new environment of coconut lagoon. And they gave me a working program consist of going around in every hotel division to know more about the hotel.
While i was working there, not everything is fully what i expected, such as, working location (isolated place) consequently, i dont have a chance to meet other interns, I am not really interact much with AIESECers Kochi and their activities and especially the workloads. When i go around the divisions i dont have any specified job descriptions and responsibilities because i am not an operational hotel intern, So in the end, i mostly wasn’t doing any jobs in the division that is not related to environment. Only in the engineering and naturalist division i work as an environmentalist. Eventhough in these two divisions, my job is not too specified either as an environmentalist. So in the conclusion that my goal in this internship to professional development is not really fulfilled.
My main duty in Coconut lagoon was studying the ecotourism with the naturalist and engineering division. Ecotourism is a form of responsible tourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people Naturalist plays important roles in ecotourism in Coconut lagoon. A Naturalist’s main roles are firstly, providing and engaging natural and environment sensitive experiences to the guests. Through the eco-activities in coconut lagoon, such as birdwatching, butterfly and dragonfly watching,visit the property, village walk, and sunset cruise, guest will have unique and different experience that will not just creating joy feeling towards the nature and coconut lagoon but also bring them closer to nature that create an environment awareness. Naturalist also plays role in maintaining and protecting the nature, and in building a culture that is actively concious of the mark that it leaves on the environment.
In the engineering division, i learn about the mechanism and maintenance of the plant for pollution control and water and energy conservation, such as the water treatment plant, wastewater plant, biogas plant, electricity (KSEB and generator plant), and solar panel plant.
I mostly also have to do guest relation. Coconut lagoon is a cultural and heritage 5-star recognized internationally hotel. Therefore Coconut lagoon has many guests from many different countries. I have the chance to get interact with the guests and talk to them so i still can feel the global experience that i expected before.
There are many learnings that i can get from this internship and exchange program in Kerala, India. After i went home from India, i feel that my personality is changed in a better way. Such as i become more self-sufficient and self-motivated. Because i was there by my self only, therefore i have to manage everything by my self. I was also experienced living out of my comfort zone, because i live in a poor accommodation, live and work with different people with different culture, had different food, completely live a different lifestyle. I was living in a different part of the world from different angle. In coconut lagoon, i really experienced the Indian culture especially Kerala. Because in the hotel, everyday i have to eat local Indian food, wear saree as my uniform, and live and work with indian people. It made me really appreciate culture diversity including different points of view. From this internship i was also widen my knowledge about ecotourism. I think India is the right place to learn about ecotourism, because the tourism demand in India is very high compare to Indonesia.
Other people should go on this internship because the internship and exchange program in AIESEC can give you personal and professional learning and experience in a really fun way. For myself, its the most wonderful experience that i ever had, because its a life-changing experience for me!!!
“Leaders are created and not born”. Every individual has a leader within him/her. AIESEC is the platform where I got my opportunity to discover and develop my leadership skills.
I was recruited in the year 2004. Back then AIESEC in Kochi was just initiated as an extension of AIESEC in Bangalore. As a part of the core team which started AIESEC in Kochi, I had an experience of not just a leader but of a change agent as well. AIESEC helped me develop a lot of soft and hard skills and paved the way for me to be a part of the executive body of the Local chapter.
As the president of the local chapter in the year 2006, AIESEC gave me a strong insight into various function of management like planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling, etc. of finances, human resource, operations, logistics & infrastructure. I was directly involved in strategizing in order to stabilize the growth of the local chapter. I also had the opportunity to be a part of the Focus committee of AIESEC in India. After my term as the president of AIESEC Kochi, I had received international internship offers from companies like HSBC Hong Kong, Sony Mylo (Japan) and XADO (Ukraine).
My years in AIESEC were the best phases of my life. At the age of 20 I had an experience of an entrepreneur. Moreover, it has given me a network of friends in over 100 countries because of which I am still associated with this youth movement, which is why I will always be proud to say that I am an AIESECer.
Jeevan Aby Philip
President-AIESEC Kochi (2006-2007)
I came across AIESEC the worlds largest youth run organization in my 1st year of college life, just when my college started being boring and I was searching for some field through which I could channelize my energy , I was
introduced to AIESEC by my Seniors from that day there is not a moment that I haven’t cherished in AIESEC .
AIESEC provided me with large variety of opportunities that my college & school could never provide. AIESEC has helped me realize my potential and strive for my dreams in a manner that even the society is benefited.
AIESEC aims at providing the youth with experience in networking,leadership & international internship. I started off with the Development Department which enlighted me of the conditions in the various NGO’s present in the city. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit a large number of NGO’s.
The work provided me with a tremendous self satisfaction and also provided an exposure to the various departmental organizations. It brought me out of my ease cocoon and opened my eyes to the harsh realities of
It facilitated my understanding of the developmental sector.
Further I moved on to hold a Leadership Position. I became Vice President of Finance and Talent Management.This was definitely another different experience in my AIESEC tenure which added on to developing my potential
this role helped me understand the various aspects of Finance and Talent management. Finance plays a major role in the core process of an organisation. Talent management helped my in understanding and judging people. In recruiting the right people in to AIESEC .
Hence my AIESEC experience has mould me as an individual, and I will forever be debited to this organisation
for every thing I have achieved in my life.
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them yourlove but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts. ”
CHILD RIGHTS : A GLOBAL PROBLEM
Human rights apply to all age groups; children have the same general human rights as adults, but children are particularly vulnerable and so they also have particular rights that recognize their special need for protection.
These are the rights that must be realized for children to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.
Children are innocent, trusting and full of hope. Their childhood should be happy and loving. Their lives should mature gradually, as they gain new experiences. But for many children, the reality of childhood is altogether different.
Read the facts given at the right panel of the page and you’ll understand why we are so fortunate to be what we are.
Shouldn’t we start helping those who are not so fortunate as us???
A developing country like India wants the participation of world youth to help eradicate illiteracy and other social evils, and help give a better life to the children.
Thus we decided to create Education Learning Network that has a vision of creating young leaders in the issue of child rights to increase positive impact in society.
Project FOOTPRINTS takes the responsibility of creating a hand of help for all those Children who are in need, who lack resources, who have zeal to do something in Their life but are refrained because of various financial and infrastructural problems.
Project FOOTPRINTS emphasizes on the development and upliftment of the underprivileged children and, bringing into the mainstream the disabled and physically challenged children.
Where is it all happening?
India is the world’s oldest civilization that has huge culture and tradition behind it. It’s the world’s second largest population, the population whose large parts are in deprived and poor condition. There are many no. of developmental issues here and the government and non-government organizations are really putting a stress on development. That is why, India is growing at the second fastest rate for many years now, behind only china, at 8-9% GDP growth
GODS OWN COUNTRY
KERALA – Kochi
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country‘. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Kochi. Over the years, Kochi has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India.
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“Project FOOTPRINTS emphasizes on the development and upliftment of the underprivileged children and, bringing into the mainstream the disabled and physically challenged children.”
This is the overview of what an intern would be doing under the project
Job Description Of FOOTPRINTS
Project FOOTPRINTS is an AIESEC Kochi run project in association with the NGO’s in and around Kochi.
CURTAIN RAISER : Painting Competition “BALAKALAKAAR” for the under privileged children scheduled on Nov 28th.
VISITING THE NGO’S & SPECIAL SCHOOLS : Interacting with the kids their caretakers.
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS WITH THE KIDS : Giving them Christmas Gifts, singing and dancing with the kids along with the Santa Claus.
CASE STUDIES : Preparing the case studies of the Children and getting them Endorsed by the Corporates in the city.
Final Showdown : “THE GLOBAL VILLAGE” scheduled on Dec 31st. The Candidates will be responsible for the proper documentation of the Events.
Documentation & Video Experience of the Project
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My internship at IMark Technologies, India
A few months ago, I decided that it was time to leave Germany and go for an AIESEC internship again. I had already spent half a year in Tunisia with AIESEC in 2007 and really enjoyed the experience, and, besides, it is compulsory for students of English at my university to spend a few months in an English-speaking country. So it was time to pack my bags again.
My university is fairly liberal with its definition of English-speaking countries, so I kept my eyes open for all kinds of opportunities. I got many mails from all over the world, but none of the offers sounded interesting enough. Until, one day, I received a mail from Kochi in India. I had never heard of that city before, so I did some research on the internet and found out that Kochi is basically in the middle of paradise. The state in which it is located, Kerala, is commonly nicknamed “God’s Own Country”, and for a good reason. Kerala’s landscape with all its variations (hills, backwaters, beaches, forests…) is stunningly beautiful, and the state’s infrastructure is good. The literacy rate is almost at 100%, child mortality is low, the healthcare system is good and, Kerala being a major tourist destination, people speak English quite well.
But all of this didn’t matter to me as much as the internship description did. From the moment I saw it, I knew that this was the perfect match for me – project management, intercultural awareness, communication, marketing: This was my internship and I had to get it! Apparently, that opinion was shared by the company’s CEO. Although he had interviewed other people before, he spontaneously decided to hire me during my interview.
The paperwork was over quickly, and three weeks later, I stood at the airport in Kochi, my new home for the next three months. After spending a few quiet days in the city and getting used to the new environment, I finally had my first day at work. I was quite impressed by the beautiful house to which I was brought and found out that my boss lived downstairs and had the office upstairs, so that he could spend more time with his family. The office is nice, full of light because of the huge windows everywhere, and it is a really pleasant environment for working.
My boss, Mr Shine, welcomed me cordially and introduced me to my new duties during a long discussion: It was my main task to bring some European spirit into the company. The Indian way of working is a lot less structured than the European one, and time and deadlines are much less important. As you can imagine, that leads to problems when you’re dealing with international clients. I was pretty surprised that the employees were not able to name a single project deadline.
Since then, a lot of things have changed here. I don’t think that it is mainly because of me, my boss played a really big part in this. But now projects are getting finished, there is an awareness for deadlines, and all the processes in the company are a lot more structured than when I arrived. It is really pleasant to work here now.
That also means that my tasks stay pretty much the same at the moment. During the first two months, I was really an all-rounder here. I did some training sessions for the employees, went to client meetings, helped to introduce a project management software, was involved in the monitoring, made suggestions for many parts of the management process, created lots of documents for the company, sent proposals, price quotations and invoices to our clients, developed website contents, wrote appointment letters for new employees, got the responsibility for the customer support… and many, many more. Just for fun, I counted the e-mails that I have sent here – I am at 900 now! I really cannot say that my job here is boring. I learn something new almost every day.
And not only the job is interesting here. Most people in Kerala are really friendly, helpful and hospitable. I have been invited for meals, motorbike trips and many, many other things since I came, and I have found some really good friends here. Not only among the other interns, but also Indian friends. Of course I was expecting to have a nice time here, but I never imagined how much fun I would have here, how many crazy things I would do and how many amazing people I would meet. This internship is definitely one of the best experiences in my life!