The Strathmore chapter has been increasingly welcoming students from across the world as part of the AIESEC international exchange programme that allows students to interact and engage with other students from different countries.
“On average, we bring about 80 students into the country every year. Majority of them come from China and the rest from Europe and other parts of Africa,” says Jared Mwanzo, the chapter President.
“In the last one week, we have brought in six interns: two from Botswana, another two from Canada, one from Finland and one from China,” adds Sumeya Ahmed, one of the officials at AIESEC Strathmore.
AIESEC is a global youth organization that develops leadership capabilities through their internal leadership programs. It also engages students and graduates in international student exchange and internship programs for profit and non-profit organizations.
In Kenya, AIESEC is in 11 universities, Strathmore and University of Nairobi chapters being some of the more active.
“I love it here. It is a great place to relax. There is no stress or pressure,” she said.
Giovanni Lanni, a photography student in Canada, explains the benefits of being an AIESEC member.
Jared further explains what it takes to be an AIESECer.
“One must at least be a short- term member of AIESEC in order to get involved in exchange programs. This means that one must undergo a cultural preparation seminar in order to avoid culture shock when they travel to other countries.”
Another Canadian intern, Melisa Lavoie, says she is passionate about children.
“Through AIESEC, I have been able to come and help the less privileged. I am not an active member of the organization but they helped plan my trip for me.’
The interns explained that their main aim in coming to Kenya was to go teach children in the slum areas.
The current interns leave for Kitui next week, where they will carry out community service for the next one month.