What is AIESEC’s real impact on society?

Generating a social impact through volunteering is one of the main goals pursued by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), through the creation of projects it is sought that a group of people, in a disinterested and non-profit way, help solve needs or solve problems within a community, the creation of these projects will be tied to the needs of the society where they are to be applied, and the people who participate in them will be selected according to their profiles in that society.

Now, if we want to create a social impact, why not do local volunteer work instead of international one? Do the AIESEC programs actually generate that impact at a local level? In order to answer these questions we must first explain the impact cycle offered by our NGO.

AIESEC was born after the World War II, when a group of young people fearful of a third global conflict understood that what generated the conflicts was the lack of understanding between cultures, and it occurred to them to make exchanges that allowed to obtain that level of interpenetration between the different countries in Europe.

The program was so successful that it spread all over the world and is now located in 126 countries; AIESEC volunteers involve local people (members of the Committee) and foreigners who are going to work on this project, and the reason for this is that by involving a third party – who does not belong to your society or your reality – a different vision to our problems can be given, that is to say that not only you are positively impacting your immediate society, but you are giving an experience to someone from another country, who in return will execute what they learned in their society.

That’s why AIESEC offers international volunteer opportunities, not only to create impact at the local level, but also to allow us to impact the volunteer who comes to work for our country and the society where they works. So yes, AIESEC makes an impact at the local level, but not only that, it also impacts internationally by touching the life of that trainee and the society where they will return once their project has been completed.

The problems in the world are more general than people think, that is why the UN has developed the 17 sustainable development goals. AIESEC forms local projects that align with these objectives, in this way we contribute not only to our society but also to a world that needs more and more young leaders.

The future of the world depends on our generation being formed correctly to get it through, and the way to get that training is to become global citizens, expand horizons, not to just think of the community where we develop, don’t you ask yourself  “what can I do I for my city?”, ask yourself “what can I do for my planet?”, This puts geographical boundaries aside and begins to think of even more ambitious and larger goals, helping other communities become an integral leader which will inevitably impact on yours.