You are too young to make a real difference!

We see many inspirational people on TV and other media channels, talking about making a change and doing something good for the world. They often mention working in different organizations like the United Nations for example and through that helping other people.

It gives us the impression that you have to be a certain age to be able to do something. But this is not the case!

Activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said ‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.’

Young people these days hold a lot of power, with information being accessible more easily than ever. There are many things we can do to make a real impact.

Malala is probably the most famous example, having been shot by the Taliban but still fighting for inclusive education for her peers in her country, she not only showed resilience and bravery in a frightening situation, she also showed that you are never too young to make a difference and she was since rewarded for her efforts with a Nobel Peace Prize.

In AIESEC, we encourage young people to take action because we believe that they are the fundamental solution to solving the world’s issues. We give them the opportunity to go abroad, find themselves in a new and challenging environment and through that grow and develop themselves while at the same time helping other people.

With our Global Volunteer program you are helping people in need, while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and at the same time might be discovering parts of yourself which you didn’t know before and finding a purpose.

You can find more information about the program at www.aiesec.at/volunteer.

REMEMBER: As part of our Black Friday promotion, you receive a 20 percent discount if you apply for an opportunity until Sunday, the 27th of November 2016 and if you go on exchange before the end of February 2017.

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The Most Dangerous Foe is Apathy

We live in very fast paced times. Many people have ambition, want to get a successful job and make lots of money. But we forget that life doesn’t just revolve around us. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and the number is rising. It’s important to follow our dreams and to find our passion but it’s also important to take some time to actually go out there and help the people that aren’t as fortunate and privileged as some of us are.

Now, I know what you’ll say. “I am donating money every month to different charities. Aren’t I doing enough already?” Yes. Giving money is great. It can help a lot, even if it’s just a small amount. But it doesn’t compare to actually going out there, seeing the issues face to face, and lending a helping hand.

Not only will your contribution mean a lot to the people you are helping, you might discover more about yourself in the process.

It was William Osler who said: “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.”

It is not that we don’t know about certain issues of the world. With all the information and communication technologies that are available, getting news is easier than it has ever been before. Many just simply don’t care, or have the mindset that someone else will take care of it. But this is not the case. We all call the same planet home and we all deserve to have the same resources and possibilities to do whatever it is that our heart desires.

Some of you might think: “Hey, it’s not that I don’t care, or that I don’t know, but I just don’t know how to help!”

If you are one of those people, then you have stumbled upon the right article.

In AIESEC we believe that everyone can help others, no matter your age. We as young people hold a lot of power and we can make a huge change. If you want to give back to our society and help people in need, then Global Volunteer right for you. Go to different countries and tackle the issues that the people are currently facing there, by contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Take an Action Now! Volunteer Abroad.

Find more information about Global Volunteer here: www.aiesec.at/volunteer

Gender Equality

SDG 5. Gender Equality.

‘In most parts of the world, when a girl is born, her wings are clipped. She is not able to fly.’ – Ziauddin Yousafzai (Malala’s father)

There is still so much inequality that women are facing all around the world, not only in developing countries but also in first world countries. This is not acceptable. Our gender does not define our capabilities and our skills and we should not be judged based on it.

Contribute to gender equality by being a Global Volunteer in India.

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Zero Hunger

SDG #2. Zero Hunger.

You can’t build a peaceful world on on empty stomachs and human misery’ – Dr. Norman Ernest Borlaug


In these times, world hunger is still a very relevant issues. In many parts of the world, people are dying because of it. It is easy to ignore this, living in a developed country, where food is always accessible, but we have to act and help our brothers and sisters all around the world.
For instance, you can be a Global Volunteer this January in Indonesia, working with local NGOs.

 

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Reduced Inequalities

SDG #10. Reduced Inequalities.

“It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality, than the equal treatment of unequals” – Felix Frankfurter

The year is 2016 and there are still groups of people who are persecuted and not given the same rights and opportunities as others. This is not acceptable. We cannot move forward and achieve a sustainably peaceful future, if there are people who are treated differently than others.

If you want to take action, check out this opportunity in Brazil!

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Quality Education

SDG #4. Quality Education.

‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think’ – Albert Einstein

We have to teach our people about other cultures and to understand and accept others – We are all human and our differences make us unique. They shouldn’t tear us apart but unite us.

Everyone on this planet deserves the same level of education so that they can use their resources to their best abilities.

If you want to take action, check out this opportunity in Finland

 

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Life on Land

SDG #15. Life on Land.

We often care about a lot of different issues that us humans are facing but we forget that we are not the only creatures on this planet. There is so much life on this planet that also requires our help.

There are many ways we can contribute to preserving life on land.

For instance, you can go to Brazil and work at the ‘Planet Heroes’ Project.

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Climate Action

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Climate Action. Sustainable Development Goal #13.

“We are the first generation to be able to end poverty, and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” – Ban Ki-moon
Our generation holds a lot of power and the negative effects of climate change cannot be ignored anymore. We live in our bubbles, not caring about throwing our trash on the ground or going by car. We have a lot of privilege but we shouldn’t abuse it.

Instead of using public transportation, we can take the bike or walk. Instead of grabbing that extra plastic bag at the supermarket, we can just put our food in our backpacks.
There are many things we can do, even if they are small – if they are all added up, it can have a huge impact.

Go abroad to India and raise awareness on climate change.

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Responsible Consumption

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Responsible Consumption. Sustainable Development Goal #12.

There are many parts of the world where food isn’t accessible and many people face the ultimate price because of it. In first-world countries, we often don’t realize how privileged we are, throwing food away when we’re full, or when the expiration date passes. This is not acceptable. We have to unite and battle against issues like these.

One of the goals of the United Nations is to eliminate this problem. It is our responsibility to stand up and do something about it. We are all humans and we share the same home – we cannot allow ourselves to be selfish anymore. There are possibilities for you to make a change.

Go abroad to Indonesia and do your part to clean up the planet.

 

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard: