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!

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