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June 2004
Working abroad: James Eder
Written by James Eder, AIESEC member
James riding on top of a truck in the Philippines
James riding on top of a 4x4 in the Philippines

James Eder will be sharing his business skills with local people in Colombia this summer.

He's travelling abroad with the AIESEC student organisation, and he'll be writing a regular diary on BBC Birmingham.


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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Profile of the South American country from BBC News.

Follow James' travels on this map of Colombia from Lonely Planet.

James' photos
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Population: 44.2 million (UN, 2003)
Capital: Bogota
Major language: Spanish
Major religion: Christianity
Money: 1 Colombian peso = 100 centavos
Exports: Petrol, coffee, coal, gold, bananas, flowers, chemicals, emeralds, cotton,, sugar, livestock


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.

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I'm a student at the University of Birmingham. In September, I'll be entering the third year of my Business Commerce degree.

I joined AIESEC in September 2002 during my first semester at the University of Birmingham. Since then, I have been very involved in AIESEC's activities.

James Eder on the metro in the  Philippines
James Eder on the metro at rush hour in Manila

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled to some great places. I've taken part in conferences in the UK and over in Belfast, a management seminar in Sweden with over 30 nationalities and last summer, I was on a placement for two months in the Philippines.

This summer I'm off to Colombia! All of these opportunities have been sponsored by AIESEC's partners (especially HSBC and British Airways).

I'll be working with a charity 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 local people.

James Eder at sunset in Boracay
Sunset on the island of Boracay in the Philippines

I am due to leave for Colombia on 15 July, so I'm just preparing myself as much as I can, reading up about the place I'll be staying at - Baranquilla in the North, where Shakira and Tequila come from, or so I have been told!

While I'm excited about going, Colombia's history of conflict, drugs and violations of human rights means I'm more than a little apprehensive (as are my family!).

I'm really looking forward to updating you with news from my travels - come back to soon!

Written by James Eder

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