3 years ago

Hey folks,

My name is Cherish and I am a Sophomore in College. I’m incredibly involved in an organization known as AIESEC. It’s the world’s largest, international, student-run organization that was created after WWII to eradicated culture misunderstandings and create the peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential. AIESEC sends young people on exchange in over 111 countries to work on internships.
Thanks to AIESEC, I got to experience life outside of the US for 4 brief days in Mexico City for my first International conference. However, I am eager to actually get the chance to live and experience life in a new country and culture.

This summer, I want to go on an internship through AIESEC. I am pretty open to where I could go, but I would really love to go to Brazil where I can practice Portuguese and work for an NGO in the Sustainability industry.

I’m trying to find ways to raise money in order to go on this internship. There is no other way that I could go.
There is a fee for AIESEC of $500
The flight is about $1500
Additional expenses would range from $1000-$2000.

Do any of you have ideas to raise money? I was thinking of launching some sort of social media campaign, but all of the websites like and paypal have really high fees for exchanging money.


January 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

You must sign in or join to reply!

Profile photo of Lizzie Lizzie (@nymzie) 3 years ago ago

Omg that organization seems so cool! I love experiencing other countries :)

For fundraising.. do you have a job? If not try to get one! :D Haha thats the best way to get money.

If you had a job last year and you live in the US, it is TAX RETURN TIME!!!! BEST time of the year! You know all that money the government took out of your paychecks all year? You get that all back :) Or most of it. And! Last year the government gave out tons of money to people *just* for being students. It was so magical. I don’t know if they’re doing that again this year, but I really hope they are!

Profile photo of Cherry Cherry (@cherish1631) 3 years ago ago

I actually have two jobs. And the money I get on my tax return I will use to pay off credit card debt I have accumulated.

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years ago ago

Well, you will definitely need to come up with $$$ for the expenses part, but you should solicit some local businesses to see if they will sponsor your flight or your AIESEC fees, or any part of them.

Write up a 10-12 page report (formal) that talks about the sustainability issues facing Brazil (and other countries), how things are changing, how NGOs are helping, why you want to help and learn, etc. and see if you can’t get some funding from local business.

I would make a website/blog too, and tell them you will be blogging about your time away, and also leading up to the trip, and that you will display their logo and thank them for their patronage on the website.

There is one idea for you. You only have to make the report once and then you can submit it to as many places as you like. They may require confirmation that you have been accepted in to the program though, and that you have a placement lined up for sure lol. There are fraudsters out there too, unfortunately, so don’t take it as a negative if someone asks for proof ;-)

Profile photo of Luis Benini Luis Benini (@luisbenini) 3 years ago ago

Hey Cherish!

I’m an AIESEC Member working at the committee located in Brasília, Brazil. I would love to help you with any kind of information you need.

Profile photo of Cherry Cherry (@cherish1631) 3 years ago ago

No way! I was also considering any CEED opportunities in Brazil, do you know of any? Also, how are the LCs like with trainees? Gah, so many questions. So glad I found you on here! I wonder if there are more AIESECers on this site…

Reply to this topic

More Posts Like This


Whats your No. 1 book on spirituality?

We all get ideas from books and INSPIRED by them! Which is the book which inspired you the most? I know that a book cannot bring you forward, but still it can bring in the motivation needed to go forward. I start: my...


Where are you from?

Who knows, maybe you’ll find someone cool that lives right near you. I’m from Southern California — Fullerton to be specific.


[Official] Site-Wide February Meditation Challenge!

Welcome to the first of many monthly HE 30 day challenges! We ran a poll to choose the challenge, and the winner was meditation, with dream journaling as a close second. The rules are simple: 1) Meditate at least once...


Spiritual coexistence

Buddhists + Hindus = no problem Hinds + Christians = no problem Hindus + Jews = no problem Christians + Shintoists = no problem Shintos + Confucians = no problem Confusians + Bahaians = no problem Bahais + Jews = no...


How to Suck at Life and Totally Waste Everyone's Time.

step 1:Argue with everyone Step2: Always argue Step3: Be an ass hole for fun Step4: Post videos and links to prove a point Step5: Do all of the above while on this website


Thoughts and Realizations of an Ex-Christian

As I sat there listening to one of my past close friends, Micah, sing a touching song praising God, I envisioned who I was in that building not long ago. I saw myself on that stage singing next to him, the soft acoustic...


What single change would have the MOST positive impact on the world?

Could be societal, political, economical, etc. In other words, if we could only change ONE thing about the world to better our lives, what should it be?


Questioning the Color Spectrum

My friends and i were arguing about the color spectrum tonight. The debate was whether or not an alternate color spectrum’s exists aside from the white-to-black and rainbow color spectrum’s. Perhaps there is...


Do Drugs Change You?

Do drugs change who you are, or do they unlock your inner being? I started out as a very hood drug user who knew everything there is to know about life but then i had my experiences with psychs and now im a peaceful guy...


I have a guy problem – I really don't like guys.

Hi. I need advice…. I am having a really hard time *liking* guys. I feel like if I make out with a guy more than once if we are drunk or just at a party I tend to have feelings for them, or grow feelings for them,...


Innocence and Purity of Being

My Fourth and Last Ayahuasca Ceremony I intently concentrated on my intention with a slight sadness in my heart, that this would be my last and final Ayahuasca ceremony in Peru. While meditating I focused on clearing my...


Pure Acceptance and Surrender

My third Ayahuasca ceremony represented for me the interconnectedness of all living things and the meeting of the hearts of all beings. While sitting and meditating and concentrating on opening up my heart and completely...


The Unfurling of my Heart

My Second Journey with Ayahuasca New Years Eve My intention was to focus on opening up my heart and clearing my mind. Jose sang his beautiful Icaros and initiated the ceremony with Mapacho. I had my larger cup of...


My Journey of the Heart

My First Ceremony with Ayahuasca I just want to take some time to shed a little light on my story and my personal journey before I embarked on my journey with Ayahuasca. I have wanted to travel to Peru and South America...


Your biggest questions in life?

I have many questions I would love to be answered, but it occured to me there are probably tonnes more great questions I haven’t even thought of. What are some of the questions you would like to know the most, or...