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AIESEC Values- what do we believe in

In a world of change, where rules seem to renew day by day, a value scale can be easily overthrown. But in spite of the oscillatory trend of society’s development, AIESEC chooses to stay faithful to the values it has been following ever since it was founded, pursuing the aim of making the world a better place.

AIESEC reunites young people from all the corners of the world who have a common goal: shape their character in order to become aware of the world’s issues and learn how to deal with them. With other words, shape the future leaders our world needs. The ultimate goal is striving for Peace and Fulfillment of Humankind’s Potential, having The Six Core Values as basis of one’s actions.

Following a well-planned organizational chart enables us to walk in a team member’s, team leader’s or even a vice-president’s shoes, teaching us how to handle different situations and how to make decisions for the welfare of all our members. By delegating responsibilities to the new members and encouraging them to deliver exchange experience, we try to develop the leadership potential in each of them, as Activating Leadership is one of our values. We take responsibility for our words, choices and promises, every decision we make being based on the very important value Demonstrating Integrity.

Our decision-making considers the needs of our organization and the future generation development, being based on our value Acting Sustainably. Moreover, we learned that adding joy in what we do and creating a friendly and encouraging working atmosphere makes our achievements even more valuable, therefore we strongly believe in Enjoying Participation.

Interacting with students from 126 countries has given us the chance to meet different lifestyles and has taught us that communication is crucial among the members of an international structure. As our organization is present on each continent, we all learn to see life’s aspects from many points of view and encourage every member in their contribution. By holding international conferences and partnering companies who support our vision, we see Living Diversity as a solid value to believe in.

For almost 7 decades, AIESEC has been working on improving intercultural connections, managing through its programs to provide young people an insight of what world itself means. But what is more important, the exchange experience have given trainees the will and motivation of improving living aspects of today for a better tomorrow. This means that what drives us is the constant will of pushing one’s limits, in order to deliver the highest quality performance. With other words, staying faithful to Striving for Excellence in everything we do!
Having the Six Core Values as basis of one’s behavior and being aware of how do they influence not only our work, but our lives, makes us strongly believe that through our actions, we can help each other in developing our leadership potential and change our world to a better one.

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Why we do what we do

It has been 67 years since AIESEC was founded in 1948 during a trying time in Europe, with a mission to “expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals changing the world one person at a time.”

AIESEC was founded on a vision of friendship and unity – a vision of a unified Europe. This may sounds familiar. It is also the basis of the European Union, founded to make sure Europe would never again be torn apart by war and dispute. AIESEC was founded by students who were looking for a solution to the same problem. The goal was to ensure peace through mutual understanding of other cultures and countries.

The idea came in 1948, when students across Europe were talking about a program to facilitate a cross-cultural exchange as they were already carrying out internship abroad, if only mostly at their own initiative. However, with the tumults of World War II this exchange came to an abrupt halt. Shortly after the war, that had tarnished the relationship and trust of Europe’s countries, had ended, in a damaged and struggling Europe, AIESEC was founded.

Amongst the founding members where students from seven nations: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. In March of 1949 the first international conference was held to discuss the modus operandi and goal of AIESEC’s cause.

With programs such as Global Talent and Global Citizen (more on these to come – see our next posts) AIESEC is still sending individuals abroad to broaden their horizon and sharpen their understanding of different cultures. Every since the first year of existence, where 89 students were exchanged among the member nations this number has exponentially grown.

In 2014 the number of exchanges facilitated by AIESEC stands at 26.000! This number can only be delivered by the dedication and work of its 70.000 members in 126 countries. Today all around the world AIESEC members are working to achieve this one common goal; to make the world a better place though the exchange of individual minds, cultures and ideas.