Explore India: a global volunteer program to achieve productive employment and decent work

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AIESEC in President University supported the realization of sustained economic growth by helping 13 exchange participants volunteering to several countries such as Malaysia, India, South Korean, Romania, and Vietnam in the Global Volunteer Program. One of those 13 exchange participants is Meyta Bilqis Sabila, a student of Communications Study Program President University batch 2017.

On September 3-18, 2019, Meyta went to India and run the program that in line with United Nations sustainable development goal number 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. She ran “Explore India” project to support India in achieving productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people. The project which promotes the beauty of India has taught her a lot of things. “I went to several cities such as Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Deldi to explore the tourism potential there. I became the tour guide on this trip. I had to list down all the information about tourist attraction, transportation, and calculated budgets. It has made me learn to be a good decision-maker,” said Meyta.

In collaboration with a non-governmental organization in India, Meyta and other exchange participants from around the world teaching English to children who are not going to school. “It was really fun. We teach them English but sometimes they answer us in Hindi, so it was really cute,” explained by Meyta excitedly.

Meyta revealed that through the volunteer program, she had a chance to make friends from around the world. Further, it has expanded her capacity as an individual also give her another point of view of India. “India is a beautiful, exciting, and unique country. I found another side of India through this project. I will surely come back again soon,” closed Meyta.

AISEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) is a youth organization which driven by their trust in youth to be the solutions of the world’s issues. AISEC stands to boost the leadership skills of youth, one of them is through Global Volunteer program. This project focuses on how to develop leadership by cross-cultural understanding and leave an impact on the world.