Monday, April 30, 2012

AIESEC Truly Rocks!

LC Day 2012 WOOO !!!

AIESEC Hyderabad Marketing & Business Development Team (From L-R) Chitram Ajay, Samhitha, Triyanka, Kunal, Ehsan, Arya, Mukund, Aamer and Vivek in the front)

Okay being a new recruit, conferences, meets, summits etc.  are all new to me. Never the less I was super excited to attend my very first conference, Local Committee Day.  But this LC day was no ordinary LC day. It was extended for two days so we had to spend the night at the resort it was being held at.

Crazy to the power of infinity wouldn’t be enough to explain how amazing this conference was! All the departments in their cool department T-shirts (ours being the best of course:P) were screaming , shouting & battling each other with their roll calls and sexy jives . This really set the tone for the rest of the conference.

The conference began with our LCP giving us a session on why we were really in AIESEC? We debated on whether we were really doing things the AIESEC way .We debated on whether AIESEC really had an impact on us and we being a part of this organization were creating an impact in the society. I must say, the introspection all of us went through was really worth it because it made us understand what it is we were actually here for and why intend to stay! This was followed by dinner and everyone chilling out in their rooms. Its safe enough to say that none of had a minute of sleep that night. All the departments really bonded and I made friends for life! The crazy jokes we cracked and the endless laughter until 6 AM the next morning was my favourite part of the whole conference: P. The next day began with of course, PUNISHMENT!!! I felt so bad for those poor guys who walked in late to the plenary.  It left us all in splits! A session on the importance of BRANDING was given by Sam. It was followed by a session on creating and maintaining International Relations. A fun contest was conducted where we were supposed to be an MNC approaching AIESEC to partner with us. The most innovative team to convince AIESEC won! (Winners yet to be announced …EB I am waiting: P) . The HIGHLIGHT of the whole conference was the external session given by EDGE where they so brilliantly spoke about how we can work for an NGO and still earn profits! If not anything else, this is one thing I am so glad I was a part of!  

From the crazy jives to the MOTIONS game, from the screaming and yelling to the amazing sessions being conducted! LC day was definitely a success in my eyes and I CANNOT WAIT for the next conference!!

From keeping the sessions interactive, making sure all the accommodations were taken care of and handling everything so effortlessly, the EB pulled of something extraordinary.
 Kudos to them and the OC !

My experience with AIESEC Hyderabad just keeps getting better and better!

AIESEC truly rocks! 

The writer is Arya Sajjala, a member of AIESEC Hyderabad. The article is about her experience as a New member in the organization and attending the first Local Conference of the year.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

"Incredible India" - Memories of a Slovakian in Hyderabad

I started to plan my trip to India only few weeks before my departure. I didn't know what to think, what to expect, but I hoped that somehow I will be able to survive there for 6 weeks... As we landed in Hyderabad, bunch of AIESEC people were waiting for us, we started to talk, but firstly I didn´t understand a word...Indian accent seemed like something I would never be able to understand. But in obviously in some time this obstacle disappeared and since then I would never have a problem to understand any Indian.
First two days me and my friend Petra, we stayed at our „team leader“ Bhavishyat´s place. This was the first time I saw how indian family lives and it was also the first time I tryed indian food...not spicy, of course. I appreciated their hospitality, it´s not easy to accomodate two strange foreign girls. After that we moved to a flat with that funny view noone would ever have in Europe – yard full of garbage. Really something unusual for me...But the flat was in general ok.
First days of our stay we were just meeting other AIESECers and guys from Hyderabad Goes Green. Those days we didn´t have much work, because of some misunderstanding in communication between us and AIESEC, so we had some time to travel. One week in Kerala was one of the best trips I ever had. After we came back, some of other interns were already in the flat. It was nice to meet people from different parts of the world, to know more about them, about their countries, cultures and also to talk about my country, to share my experiences... We were supposed to work from that moment, but still there was not much work for us to do. AIESECers, as they promised us something we were not getting, as food. It was some kind of funny and weird not to get any food for few days and then, when they finally provided something, it wasn´t enough at all for 10 people. But we learned how to handle it.

Work we were doing was very interesting and I think that also usefull for those kids we were talking to. It was very surprising for me, the ways kids were behaving, how they were paying attentions to what we were saying to them. I really liked it. And then, after every workshop, the wanted to shake hands with us, asked for our autographs, that´s something I have never seen before.
Another problem we (interns) were facing was the time management and organisation of workshops. We didn´t get any information untill the last moment, mostly untill the late evening before the workshop was supposed to be. It was the same way also when the worshop was postponed or cancelled. Because of this desinformation, we couldn´t plan any other trip, even if we had enough free time for travelling. AIESECers only started to act after the complaint of all 10 interns and after a visit of the president of AIESEC.
Firstly I was supposed to stay in India only for 6 weeks, but as i fell in love with India, I postponed my ticket twice and finally I stayed for 2,5 months. My overall experience is great, I´ve seen very nice places, I´ve met great people, that became my close friends and although I´m already back home, I´m still in touch with them and I think I will be for a long time. I´ve learned so much about a culture completely different than my own culture, I tasted food as spicy as hell. I think India is a great country and I would be so happy to come back someday. I will only remember good things that happened over there and I will only laugh about those problems we had, cause they seem very funny now. But I hope, for the good of AIESEC Hyderabad, that for their next project they will try to focus more on their interns and they will try to avoid those errors and problems we were facing during our stay. As most of them are really young, they can doing it very good, but still can do much better, cause they have a great potential. I will miss India so much and hope to go there again very soon.

The writer is Simona Hains from Slovakia. She was in Hyderabad interning on Community Development Project.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


My wish for a long time was to travel abroad, meet new people and see how I find myself  living on a foreign continent. A colleague from Defense studies in Slovenia told me about AIESEC and encouraged me to join the organisation. I then decided to become a member as I was searching for a meaningful activity besides my studies in order to challenge myself and learn new skills by exploring a new professional environment. Shortly after I got in touch with AIESEC Slovenia and carried out formalities related to registration for the AIESEC forum, my TN Manager Dheeraj sent me an invitation for a project in India. As this was AIESEC Hyderabad's first project of cultural exchange program with Edify schools, I did not know much about what would my work placement look like. However, after reading  books of Sai Baba I had a feeling that the Eastern world was entirely different from ours and had a strong desire to get to know  the Indian culture, people and the country.

Natalia with 3 other Internationals in India

Our project commenced on December 7th when I arrived in Hyderabad. I got in touch with three other girls with whom we worked together on a project with Edify school. They are Jessica from Brazil, Salma from Egypt and Sue from China. Amazing girls. I had a feeling that we had known each other for the whole life. I was able to trust them, we have spent most of our time together and had so much fun that left footprints on my personality. Whenever I feel sad or I am in a bad mood I just spare a thought for my Indian team and my mood improves/start feeling better.

Motto of Edify schools is ˝beyond books˝. They have different activities where students can find their best inside resources. For example, ther idea is to use the concept of multiple intelligences and accepting the uniqueness of each child rather than having them conform to the traditional mode of education. I like this way of thinking and believe that every person can be successful if find their own inside resource and develop it.

Our role in this project was to present our cultures, habits, cuisine and sports to Edify´s students. We cooperated very well and tried our best to be close to students. We found differences between our cultures, but we agreed that althought we came from different continents we had a similar way of thinking. I hope that the whole world will become a big family and that there will be no wars. I believe that good people are everywhere, we just need to establish a more efficient communication and understanding for other cultures and traditions and then  everyone can find their own peace.

We visited five schools, where we spent four days at each of them. It was difficult to say goodbye soon after we made new acquaintances. We traveled to Ranipet, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Amaravati.

The staff were welcoming and friendly, I felt like at home. Teachers took us sightseeing and we had a sports day. We met a famous Indian sportswoman and a lot of other interesting people. We visited numerous temples and had a lunch with families of Edify students. It was an awesome experience. Each of the schools prepared a welcome, where they made us a dot at our foreheads and sprinkled a rice. I felt bleesed. Lastly we celebrated the new year in Amaravati with principal´s family. They treated us like we were famous/celebrities.

Once our project finished we had time to travel on our own. We went to Agra (Tai Mahal), Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Pune and back to Hyderabad. After we went our seperate ways  I left for Puttaprthy in Sai Baba´s Ashram.

This internship experience enabled me to combine the useful with the pleasant. I became more comfortable in speaking English, I am not scared of challenges and changes because I realized that by managing them you can grow internally.

The writer is Natalia, from Slovenia.
Natalia was on an Internship in Hyderabad. She had an amazing experience during her stay.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

"Resources are limited & time's running out. We need to conserve" spoken by a Hyderabadi about the Earth Hour

What would’ve been just another ordinary saturday night, socializing, having fun or spending time on facebook, turned out to be something else entirely, for the membership of AIESEC in Hyderabad. After that night, we have entirely new priorities set before us. No, they’re not career related or study related. They’re life related. There’s no selfishness involved. It’s for the greater good. It’s for the entire humanity. And for the generations to come. Our resources are limited. And time is running out. We need to save them before it’s too late to do anything. For all of us now, this is going to be the 1st priority. Earth hour has impacted us in such a way.

Volunteering for this event has widened our horizons and made us more conscious of the limited resources and the fact that we need to use them very wisely.People today know the value of this precious environment that we live in, but the question is, how many of us actually work towards preserving it?

“A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests.”

The event Earth Hour, conducted by WWF-India was one step towards the conservation of this planet. Taking part in such an event was not only a volunteering experience but it echoed a message that if someone has to bring a change then its the youth today that has to lead. And every volunteer from AIESEC Hyderabad had a great experience in taking this step to conserve alongside WWF-India as youth partner for Earth Hour.

Fossil fuels are predicted to be exhausted by 2050. Earth hour brought out a simple yet very powerful message that if we start today, then such conservation strategy is possible. It’s very practical to apply such strategies in our daily lives by switching off when not needed. It can be started by switching off merely a tubelight but imagine the impact if half the world’s population takes such an initiative daily.

The question to be spread is, “If not now, then when? If not us, then who?”

The writer is Umang Mehta, an AIESECer from Hyderabad who volunteered for the Earth Hour through AIESEC.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Hyderabadi student interned at United Auto Workers (UAW) Detroit, USA speaks about his experience


I am Praveen Paul, a management student from IIPM (Indian Institute of Planning & Management), Hyderabad. I did an internship with UAW (United Auto Workers, Detroit, MI, USA) for a period of three months.

It was a phenomenal experience for me. Meeting people from a different country, a different culture, was all exciting. I worked for the GOI (Global Organizing Institute) of UAW. There were 12 other interns along with me from different parts of the globe. Working with an entirely diversified group of young people with different ideas, varied cultures, gave me the experience to work in a globalized atmosphere. The first week, all interns were provided with orientation training about UAW and the verticals in which they work. This helped us to get accustomed with the organization culture and familiarity with the other colleagues. We were also divided into various teams of three people with varied tasks. The team in which, I was a part of, involved lot of traveling across US.  We traveled to various cities across US including Jackson (MS), Houston (TX), Atlanta (GA), Columbus (AL), New-Orleans (LS), Washington DC, etc. Our job was to visit various Automobile manufacturing units in US, where UAW was involved, and initiate talks with the workers of those manufacturing units. We happened to visit various technologically advanced manufacturing units like FORD, GM, CHRYSLER, TOYOTA, NISSAN, HYUNDAI-KIA, etc. All those visits improved our thinking horizons & thought process. We were able to understand much about the Industrial Relations Scenario in US. The first hand information, which we gathered, was put into a report with the help of our peers. This report will be utilized by UAW during their upcoming ‘collective bargaining negotiations’ with the automobile manufacturing company managements.

I was also asked to make an ‘India Specific research report’ based on the automobile manufacturing scenario in India, with more emphasis on the manufacturing hubs like NCR (National Capital Region), and Chennai. This report helped UAW as an organization to make their expansion plans in India.

I’m indebted to AIESEC, especially to people like Mr. Dinesh Baradi (AIESEC Hyderabad) & M/s. Jennifer Fischell (AIESEC Cornell), for helping me at each and every stage of my internship, in terms of document processing and communicating with me effectively whenever essential. I’m also Thankful to M/s. Caryn Laska (AIESEC Michigan) for being a great friend and a guide to me during my initial days at Detroit, MI.

I wish AIESEC Family all the best, and hope to see this student powered, global organization reaching great heights.

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