Mitt opphold i Indonesia

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Mitt navn er Kristin Heen Halvorsen og jeg dro på utveksling med AIESEC. Å reise til Indonesia for å jobbe frivillig er det mest fantastiske eventyret jeg har vært med på. Jeg var lenge i tvil om jeg faktisk skulle tørre å dra – alene, til en fremmed kultur på andre siden av jorden. Takk og lov for at jeg dro!

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Jeg skulle arbeide sammen med 20 utenlandske frivillige med omtrent like mange nasjonaliteter. Også lokale frivillige var involvert, så potensialet til å lære om mange kulturer var stort. Sammen skulle vi jobbe for å øke turismen til byen Semarang, en millionby i Sentral-Java. Å få arbeide med de lokale frivillige var desidert en av prosjektets viktigste styrker. Å ha noen som snakket språket og var kjent med lokal bedriftskultur og skikker gjorde at vårt bidrag i arbeidet ble av best mulig kvalitet. I 7 uker jobbet vi hardt, og vi klarte å skape noe av verdi.

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Jeg fikk leve og bo sammen med lokale, en erfaring som ga meg utrolig mye positivt og lærte meg vanvittig mye. De utfordret meg på mine vaner og tankesett, samtidig som jeg utfordret dem på sider ved deres kultur som absolutt kunne forbedres. Vi hadde mange gode samtaler som fikk dem til å reflektere over blant annet kvinnens rolle i samfunnet. Til gjengjeld lærte de meg mye verdifullt om respekt og sosialt ansvar. Indonesere er virkelig ett av verdens mest vennlige folkeslag, og jeg er nå så privilegert at jeg kan kalle dem mine venner.
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Under mitt opphold besteg jeg fjelltopper, så majestetiske soloppganger og red på hest gjennom en kjede gamle tempelruiner. Jeg har vært med på en storslagen forlovelsesfest og flere festivaler, og jeg har snorklet med djevelrokke og dykket med hai. Jeg har løpt fra komodovaraner og møtt på bøfler mens jeg var ute på tur i jungelen (alene). Dette eventyret har lært meg utrolig mye verdifullt om hvem jeg er og hva jeg er god på. Samtidig har jeg lært hva som er viktig for meg og hva jeg vil bruke livet mitt på.

Så hva venter du på? Grip sjansen og skap ditt eget eventyr.

 

Volunteering abroad and its contributions to personal growth

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By: Anteneh Tesfaye

Arriving in another country, meeting a new culture, and finding yourself as you serve others, this is all part of the volunteering abroad experience. Making a heart connection with the needs of others and being able to fill those needs is both gratifying and exhilarating. It is truly a life changing experience.
The benefits of volunteering abroad are sometimes inexpressible. Of course it feels good to be valued, and as a volunteer you can contribute using your unique skills, get new experience, and perspective. But the benefit of Volunteering is also great for your personal growth. It rewards you with more than what you have given. We separated a few benefits for your personal growth that you can get from volunteering.

1- Self-confidence
Young people can benefit from volunteering abroad in terms of enhanced confidence and self-esteem through skills development. Volunteering is very rewarding and it makes you to feel confident of what you are doing since people always appreciate it your deeds and even encourage you to do more. All this lift your mood and helps you to be more confident.

2- Gain a new perspective of the world
Going abroad for volunteering will expose you to completely different environment than what you used to. It will show you how life can be different. Seeing this other side of life will help you to be a person with well rounded perspective of the world.

3- Happiness

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”—King George IV.
Volunteering abroad will give you a chance to help and impact others. It feels good to make a positive change in someone else’s life. The time you will be spending with fellow volunteers, AIESECers and the beneficiaries creates bonds. The social bonds created during volunteering contribute directly to feelings of belonging and makes you happier not to forget the long life friendship you will gain.


4- Social skills

Whether you are an outgoing or shy person you will get to develop your communication, and social skills by meeting and communicating with different people from the country where you are at, or from different parts of the world who are working with you.

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5- Reduces Depression
Volunteering also helps to reduce depression, improve your mental health and help you live longer too. According to  an Every day health article, volunteering is also good because makes you do an activity, build social connections, and it also makes you feel good.

6- Sense of purpose
By volunteering abroad you will help others and make a difference on something, and someone other than yourself. It gives you something meaningful to do, and it is empowering to be doing something that really matters.


7- Health

Surprisingly volunteering also has a health benefits. “There’s a growing body of research showing that volunteering is associated with better physical and mental health outcomes,” says Eric S. Kim, a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A study he co-authored, published in Social Science and Medicine earlier this year, found that volunteers were more likely to use preventive health care services. For instance, people who volunteered were 47% more likely to get cholesterol checks and 30% more likely to get flu shots than those who did not volunteer. An annual flu shot appears to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke by about one-third over the following year.

AIESEC provides thousands of opportunities to volunteers abroad for young people. Volunteer abroad and live the most amazing 6 weeks of your life.

Working Abroad

Each of us has a comfort zone, a zone of behavior that is familiar to us and where we feel comfortable and safe. But to achieve your goals and realize your potential, you must be willing to be uncomfortable – to do things that push your limit or afraid to do. That’s how you develop your potential!

To work abroad you need determination to go out of your comfort zone to get a valuable work, life and cultural experience. You will expose yourself to new culture, language, and thinking. You will have to make new friends, new colleagues and new environment. Well, all this might be exciting or a little scary, but it is another chance to stretch you. Confront your fears and be willing to expand your comfort zone. The courage muscle can be developed just like any other muscle – with exercise. And when you do an activity outside your comfort zone a few times, you know what happens? That same activity becomes part of your comfort zone!

There is another bonus when you’re willing to expand your comfort zone. When you push through fear and take action in some areas of your life, you’ll develop confidence in other areas as well. It is true, as you become more comfortable with meeting new people and interacting with different cultures, you will  also became a better salesman, a better businessman, a better listener… the list goes on and on. You can try to dance around it all you want. But you will not develop your abilities to the fullest unless you are willing to be uncomfortable. Life does not reward those who refuse to expose themselves to difficulties and challenges.

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The best place to put you in this challenging environment and grow as a person and professionally is AIESEC. Being part of our Global Talent opportunities abroad and working in different Multinational and Startup companies after your graduate is the best way to challenge yourself with an intense experience and start or activate your professional life with valuable carrier experience. You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime. AIESEC offices in Norway and in the country that you go to will help you in every step of the way, will and follow your development.

It is true that doing an internship in another country is of enormous value, interning abroad and living in another culture is also something that is very attractive to employers seeking to hire new people. You proved that you are willing to learn and do what it takes to educate yourself and improve your skill set. That increases your marketability and lets you stand out from the crowd.

AIESEC internship abroad will lead to personal life enrichment and fulfillment that will ultimately stay with you for the rest of your life. You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime.

It is important that you put yourself in a position to win, and that means taking action despite fear. Confront your comfort zone and you’re on the way to developing your potential and leading the exciting, fulfilling life you deserve. Working abroad is a decision you’ll never regret!

 

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