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June 2004
Working vacations with AIESEC
Written by James Eder, AIESEC member
AIESEC members in Barcelona
AIESEC members in Barcelona

The members of AIESEC Birmingham are spread far and wide around the world this summer.

James Eder introduces students from the University of Birmingham who are working away from home.


Stevie Cameron
Stevie's in The Philippines.
Diary 1
Diary 2
CSR Conference
Diary 3
Diary 4

Andrew Webster
Andrew's in India.
Diary 1
Diary 2
Culture Shock!
Diary 3
Diary 4
Diary 5

Jess Rudkin
Jess is working in the Czech Republic.
Diary 1
Diary 2
Diary 3
Diary 4
Diary 5

James Eder
James is sharing his marketing skills with local people in Colombia.
Diary 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Diary 6 - Aims
Diary 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11
Diary 12 - 13 - 14 - 15
Diary 16 - 17 - 18 - 19

Working with AIESEC
Jame Eder introduces the student organisation.

AIESEC in Birmingham
Amaneeta Shokur explains more about AIESEC and how she is involved.

Scheila came to Birmingham from Brazil on a student scheme run by AIESEC.

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AIESEC (pronounced "i-sek") stands for the Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce.

AIESEC is the world's largest international student organisation with 30,000 members in over 86 countries.

AIESEC was founded over 50 years ago.

AIESEC is a registered charity in the United Kingdom.

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Some members are close to home, running our Summer Exchange Centre in Birmingham. Some are further afield - Stevie Cameron's in the Philippines, Jessica Rudkin's in the Czech Republic, Andrew Webster's in India and I'm in Colombia.

Over the next few months, we hope to share the stories, expectations and experiences from our varying summer placements here on the BBC Birmingham website - use the links in the left hand blue margin to follow our progress.

Summer vacation placements

Those travelling to the Philippines, Czech Republic and India are participating in a programme called the Cultural Envoy for Exchange Development.

AIESEC members at the UK conference
Jess, Andrew and Stevie (on the right) at AIESEC's UK conference with friends

AIESEC's core work is to encourage cultural understanding through an exchange of students from around the world, organising global work placements, as well as promoting corporate social responsibility in firms.

The concept of the programme is to give AIESEC members global experience, working with local AIESEC committees sharing knowledge and best practices, learning along the way about the different cultures. (There are AIESEC organisationsin 86 countries worldwide.)

I'm going to Colombia on a different programme for students entering their third year at University.

James Eder on the metro in the  Philippines
James Eder on the metro in the Philippines

I'll be working with a foundation for the Development of the Child, the Family and the Community. I'll be sharing my skills in marketing and fund-raising for the benefit of this charity.

I've been on overseas placements before - in this photo (right) I'm squashed onto the metro in Phillipines.

All placements range for 6 - 10 weeks and promise to be very individual experiences. We look forward to sharing them with you.

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