Sharing a Facebook post is not helping

Social media has provided a great platform for spreading information and raising awareness. We are so much more aware now about global issues and we raise our voice for them. We make posts supporting different organizations and campaigns to spread awareness to our friends and family. But is it enough?

The answer is no. Spreading awareness is incredibly important because otherwise how are people supposed to know about what problems we are facing in the world? But it cannot end there! Sharing a post on Facebook is great but that sense of accomplishment you feel afterwards is fake. To truly make a difference you actually have to go out there and help out yourself. Now, it can be hard to do that. I mean you have your responsibilities here. Your studies, your job, your friends and family are all here and you can’t just go and leave! But if you truly care about our planet and the people on this earth, which everyone should, you can take the time. Go abroad and do a social project, get your hands dirty and help people out. I guarantee that the sense of accomplishment you will feel afterwards is nothing compared to sharing that one video on Facebook.

Tiffany Madison said “If we don’t fight for what we ‘stand for’ with our passionate words and honest actions, do we really ‘stand’ for anything?” Now most of us live in this bubble where everything is great. You might have some minor problems, which is just part of life, but there are people out there who are genuinely suffering. Your phone screen shattering or your significant other ending your relationship are nothing compared to people who are stricken with poverty or trying to survive in a war zone. And because we are so privileged, it’s even more important for us to be aware of current issues and to share that privilege with those who were not as lucky to receive it.

If we want to truly see a better world in the future, we have to do something about it. We cannot hope that someone else will take care of it. We cannot think that the problems will just go away. That’s just not how the world works. Imagine if everyone thinks like that! Nothing will ever be done. So it is up to each and every one of us to get off the couch and actually do something.

It was Mark Twain who said “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”

So what’s it gonna be? Are you going to continue your life as before and just ignore the millions of people in need all around the world? Are you going to continue to share Facebook posts and feel content with yourself? Or are you going to go out there and make a change?

If it’s the latter, you can look through our Opportunities Portal, see which issues you are passionate about and do something about them!

Life Below Water

Our oceans are in trouble. Due to so much waste and chemical dumping, many living animals all over the world are suffering and it’s not right. There is so much we can do to prevent our oceans from being polluted but first we need to make sure that this problem is known to everyone.

As an individual, you can make a great contribution as well.

Go abroad to Indonesia and help raise awareness about the pollution of life below water.

Reinvent Yourself

Most people plan everything ahead. They count how many years they will study, what field they would like to work in and how much they want to earn. Sometimes, however, we cannot plan everything ahead because life changes constantly. Who is to say what will happen in 6 months or in 1 year? The most important thing is to stay flexible and work on ourselves.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

Another thing we do too much is compare ourselves to others. Sometimes in life we will finish a race first or get a better grade on an exam than someone else but those achievements mean nothing if we just use them to compare ourselves with others. We shouldn’t look at how others are doing we should just look at how we can improve and reinvent ourselves.

The only person we should compare ourselves to is our past self.

But since our lives are so mapped out and we are always staying on track, how and when do we really have time to challenge ourselves? We have to take the time. Go on a trip to see a different culture, do something for other people, take a break from that daily routine and do something new. We don’t learn anything about ourselves, doing the same old things over and over again. The moment when you are put in a new environment and are doing things that you’ve never done or even thought were possible – that’s when you grow as a person and those situations help you to figure out who you are and what you want. In AIESEC we can help you to gain these kinds of experiences.

You could go abroad for our Global Volunteer Program, and help out at a social project somewhere in the world where people are less fortunate than you. Being in an environment like that will make you appreciate all that you have and maybe even teach you a thing or two about how being grateful for what you have, which is something we often forget to do. You can do all of this, while contributing to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

If you think you would rather stay here in Austria but still would like to contribute in some way, you could become a member of AIESEC and help make these social projects possible for other people and send people abroad to have these experiences, all while furthering your personal and professional development.

If you want more information or would like to sign up directly, you can do so here

It’s important to follow our dreams and strive to achieve our goals, but if we don’t even know who we are, how can we know what we want?

 

Good Health and Wellbeing


“The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right.” – Dr Paul Farmer

Access to health care is a major issue, causing millions of lives to be lost every year. This has to change!

You can go to Delhi, India and help an NGO to improve health standards and support patients in this process.

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

Sustainable Cities and Communities


“In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings” – Urie Bronfenbrenner

Many territories in the world still have unsafe housing with standards that no person should have to endure. This has to change!

You can go to Depok, Indonesia and help communities there with waste management, water and sanitation and raising awareness about environmental issues among the people.

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

 

What good is knowing if you don’t act?

We live in great times with many advantages that people before us couldn’t have dreamed of. One of these things is the internet. We have access to so much information and news from all over the world. In a matter of seconds we can find out what is happening anywhere and what issues people in different countries are facing.

This gives us many different opportunities. But it also gives us a lot of responsibility.

We are now aware of issues around the world, but how many of us are actually doing something to make things better? How many of us have actively helped other people and contributed to making the world a better place?

The answer? Not many. Especially in privileged countries, it is quite easy to see news of wars, famine, poverty etc. and just ignore it because it doesn’t directly affect us. This is where our humanity comes in. Some of us were privileged enough to be born in a place where there is no war or where they have to fear hunger or poverty, but it is those people that have the resources to help those in need and share their luck with others.

Of course, it’s hard to make a difference by yourself.

“I alone can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” –  Mother Theresa.

It is not about you single handedly saving every other person that is in need of help. We all have limits. But even small acts of kindness and support can create a large impact and help in the end, to contribute to a better world.

In AIESEC we try to encourage people to do this every single day. With our Global Volunteer program it becomes easy to do so. You go abroad to a region in need and you help the people there with whatever issues they are facing. And as a bonus, you get to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and in 14 years, when they are achieved you can say that you took an active role in assuring that this goal would be reached.

Find out more about Global Volunteer here!

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.

Stand up and take action now!

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: