5 Reasons Why AIESEC Celebrates International Volunteer Day

Every December 5th is International Volunteer Day, a UN-mandated day since 1985. Today, we celebrate the people who volunteer their time, energy, and skills in making the world a better place.

Here’s why AIESEC is celebrating today:

  1. AIESEC connects you with volunteer opportunities abroad

With representation in over 120 countries and territories around the world, AIESEC connects you with 6-week volunteer projects in different countries. We don’t just have opportunities in traditionally defined “developing” nations; we have opportunities across the world because we recognize the impact of volunteering, no matter where you are in the world.

  1. AIESEC is a leader for positive social change in the world

By bringing youths of different background together, we are helping youths break-down pre-conceived notions of various cultures. Through learning with and from each other, AIESEC volunteers are leading the way to a more diverse and understanding tomorrow.

  1. AIESEC connects you with Canadian youth passionate about making a difference

With a local volunteer team across Canada at 26 universities, AIESEC is made up of students dedicated to leaving a lasting impact on society. Through reaching out to students on our campuses who are interested in going abroad, we work toward increasing cross-cultural understanding.

  1. AIESEC is making an impact because of its volunteer efforts

AIESEC is partnered with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals. By sending 480 people abroad on volunteer projects in 2016 (from Canada alone!), AIESEC and our volunteers are making a difference not only in the work that we do abroad, but also in the new ideas and experiences that we bring back and share with our peers.

  1. AIESEC develops leaders through its volunteers

Going abroad is tough and we understand. However, it is by working through those tough situations that volunteers and grow and learn. By connecting volunteer projects to our Leadership Development Model (LDM), we develop resilient and hard-working leaders.

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