How self-aware are you?

Once in a while, we find ourselves completely lost. We follow the way that has been designed for us, similar to a manikin or a puppet, and still locate ourselves in the middle of nowhere without a map or compass to manage the way, or a cell phone to call home.

That is the thing that life is: an incomprehensible Bermuda Triangle.

You have nobody but yourself as a resource to remain above water. We spend the greatest years of our lives going to class to figure out how to be something.

We’re not generally beyond any doubt of what that something is, but despite everything we go to class, do homework and concentrate for tests. Some invest more energy than others, but we all try.

In reality, books won’t lead you out of the forested areas. You can’t search for answers in the dictionary, and a map will never lead you where you should go. All the training and knowledge on the planet can’t make you whole.

Qualifications don’t come with a purpose. You can have straight A’s forever, however, they will never lead you to your identity. Schools don’t teach you much about yourself. The discovery of the self is the most significant lesson you were never taught.

Finding out about yourself ensures you a route past money and achievement. When you are self-aware, you are a power to be figured within this world since then you are ahead of everything.

A majority of people have no clue about who they are, and you can easily tell by their mentality and life-decisions. Being self-aware means winding up more beyond any doubt of yourself by setting benchmarks and seeing precisely what you need.

What helped me get self-awareness was my volunteering experience.

Here are 3 things my volunteering experience helped me boost:

Becoming self-aware

Being by myself, helping other people for 6 weeks gave me a lot of time to think about me. It made me realize how I can do much more than I ever thought. The need to interact with people from all around the world made me reflect a lot on my own beliefs and habits.

I can honestly say that I came out of this experience knowing much more about myself that I ever thought I would, and I take this knowledge for life.


During my exchange, every day there was a new challenge, and I had to overcome it alone. And this made me realize strengths that I never knew I had.

Before, I would tremble and question my ability on doing a lot of things. Now I know that, even if I’m not able to do something yet, I can always learn it.

Life fulfilment

Of course, being out there helping an NGO is extremely rewarding!  Seeing the smile on people’s face, know that I actually made a difference, it’s priceless. We have the horrible habit of taking care only about ourselves and focusing on our own lives, but there’s so much we can do, even with small actions, to make the world a little better.

These three elements made me more prone to have an uplifting point of view towards my life and objectives.

One of the advantages of volunteering is that it gives you a nearby look at how your activities are affecting people around you. Besides, being a piece of a volunteer program can influence you to feel glad and give you a sense of purpose.

Volunteering can fill voids in individuals.  

Helping other people may enable you to conquer individual battles and give your life new significance and a sense of purpose. It takes your mind off of your stresses and makes you meet new experiences and individuals that may even influence you to land at new answers for them.

Moreover, volunteering keeps you mentally empowered and as said by Wharton educator Cassie Mogilner, it influences you to feel like you have additional time.

Stepping out of your comfort range of familiarity is among the advantages of volunteering abroad. This encourages you to accomplish your personal objectives and set new ones and be in a steady condition of self-change. Volunteering additionally makes you more self-aware and making you a better version of yourself, it improves your own quality in your eyes.

Do you have a fantasy? Do you have an objective? What moves you to attempt an idea?

These are the start-up devices for executing your fantasy. Where does one discover such devices? For many people, finding these devices resembles searching for a buried treasure. Not knowing where to look, the vast majority acknowledge life as it is given to them; what could be possible?

People who have discovered achievement can help make conditions where others discover the instruments for progress.

Tall boats have a demonstrated achievement record for helping individuals discover their basic purpose for existing. 6 weeks on board a tall ship, as a crew member, will change an existence until the end of time, it’s your marathon, it’s your hustle.

Most tall boats are preparing vessels to build character, confidence, and self-assurance. To put it plainly, it changes lives. So let’s become a Global Volunteer today and board this tall ship!

Blog by- Anisha Bhawnani

Contribute to SDG by volunteering in these 6 projects today

Contribute to SDG by volunteering in these 6 projects today

According to United Nations Volunteerism Toolkit

“By mobilizing capacities and extending the reach of action, volunteers can facilitate and support people’s engagement in planning, implementing and monitoring the SDGs, bridging social capital and strengthening social cohesion.”

When the Sustainable Development Goals were launched at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, they signalled a very bold commitment to the people and the planet and were inclusive of a universal effort to fight for equality , defeat injustice and tackle climate change by 2030.

The  Sustainable Development Goals ( Global goals ) , were a call for volunteers to be the vehicles  that drove sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly explains the importance of multi- dimensional partnerships and Volunteer groups that are needed as the most powerful means of implementation.

“ Volunteers Are The Stakeholders To Achieve The 17 SDGs.”  Because , it is impossible to achieve these goals without a population of young , courageous individuals, who are engaged at all stages, at all levels and at all times.  

Volunteering creates a strong ripple effect, which is exactly what we need to spread the awareness about these Goals and then to bring this knowledge to collective actions.

HERE is how AIESEC wishes to contribute to this mission, and some SDG projects across the Globe powered by AIESEC  that are available for volunteering Today.




         Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

This project aims to work for SDG 4- Quality Education.

(  By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. )

This Project aims  to bridge the educational gap between the countryside and urban youth of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. These outskirt learners have limited or no access to communicative English, the need to learn which is becoming a necessity in this developing country.

The Volunteers work in a Pagoda which offers a platform to people of all age groups to learn different languages and communication skills through practical sessions, lectures, activities and creating interactive sessions among the class. It also includes the merger of education and cultural awareness through interactions planned in this particular manner. The Volunteers work in groups and close interactions with the students help them to build a strong community.  

To Volunteer for this opportunity –  Chance Giver Project ( SDG 4 )



     Ghana- Madina

This project aims to contribute to SDG 2- ZERO HUNGER.

( By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment )

Mix for Boost requires volunteers to work with small scale farmers in order to maximize food production.  It involves educating the farmers about the sustainable methods of farming and training them on basic knowledge about the same. This is followed up by assisting them in selling their produce and submitting a report at the end of the project.

The project helps to improve the agricultural produce in Ghana , Africa and learn about various opportunities that exist in this field.

To Volunteer For this Opportunity- Mix For Boost


  1. iCancerVive

Alexandria, Egypt                                                                                                 

An opportunity to work towards SDG 3- Good Health And Well Being .

( By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.  )

The volunteers work with iCancerVive, an organization in Egypt which works in local hospitals to work and supports children with cancer by helping the foundation to conduct various activities in collaboration with the cancer departments of these hospitals.

The activities involve helping the treatment of cancer patients, providing the kids with psychological support , and provide them with friendly interactive spaces in fun rooms created by the foundation in the hospitals. Other activities include fundraising and awareness campaigns for cancer treatment and helping the hospitals to procure enough drugs  for the  treatment.

To Volunteer for this opportunity – iCancer Vive


  1. All For She 1.0

  Ningbo Shi, China                                                                                                 

(By 2030,  End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere | Work For Gender Equality .)

Primarily the volunteers will be working for the awareness of women’s rights and importance of gender equality by teaching in primary schools and communities, and then holding presentations in the community about the same.

Working with different NGOs to help vulnerable girls and women and participating in public talks with students from some universities.

To volunteer for this opportunityAll For She


  1. ProJKT: Humaniac

Cikarang Utara, Indonesia

( By 2030, Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems )

The primary aim of the project is to work for animal welfare, prevention of animal abuse, improve the ironic condition of overpopulated strays, and to increase the strength of Human resources in these animal shelters.

The activities include fund raising activities to support NGO’s financial aids, conducting educational seminars in schools for awareness about animal welfare , helping the NGO with its basic activities like dogs and cats visit, vet visits, shelter cleaning ,  rescuing and adopting.  Also participating in any other campaign o event that the NGO conducts.

To volunteer for this opportunity – Humaniac


  1.  Coastal and Turtle Conservation Project – Oceano

         Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

( Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans )

This project aims to preserve the Coastal areas and marine life of Sri Lanka . It involves visiting and volunteering in turtle hatcheries in Sri Lanka , participating in beach cleanup programs ,  studying about marine ecosystem in sri lanka and implementing findings in the volunteering activities.

To volunteer for this project Oceano

Blog by-Khyati Ghai



How Young People Contribute to Changing The World Everyday

Written by Ivana Gusic, Head of Public Relations and Marketing at AIESEC in Austria

This is not a story about current conflicts that are happening in the world. It is not about rockets flying over our skies or ending wars. It is about smaller things. Little things. But the kind of little things that keep a person going forward; that bring the spark into everyday and strengthen the belief that this world is worth fighting for.

In a small town in Hungary named Gyor, 50 young people from AIESEC in Austria attended a conference to plan for the upcoming year and cover numerous topics relevant for the executive bodies gathered there. This conference itself is special because it brings together young people from 6 different countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Serbia and Brazil. But that is another story altogether.

AIESEC Conference in Serbia

AIESEC Central European Congress gathering young people from Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Austria.

The moment that matters happened towards the end of the conference.

I was holding a session — last session of the day about external exposure (since I am Head of PR and Marketing). I was very skeptical of how it would go because everyone was tired from the six-day conference, which was almost over.

There was a part of the session that I completely forgot about; this small task which turned out to be the spark of greatness. I remember I almost skipped it. You never know what is going to be the biggest moment of the day. Usually the moments you believe will be insignificant turn out to be big ones.

The task was to “Discuss in pairs the topics that we, as voice of youth in Austria, could write about; topics that AIESEC is really passionate about; topics that may seem ordinary, but matter.”

After a couple of minutes, it was a moment to share. I thought a couple of people would share and that’s it.

It started with a few remarks and turned into fiery exchange of ideas and opinions.

Forty young people in leadership positions voiced their opinion, passionate about making a change in their hometowns and their country — from educational gap between formal and informal education and skills and experience required to find a job today, to racism in the world and Austria and how to tackle the integration of immigrants for a more peaceful and tolerant world. The issue of aging population and how to empower youth to ensure a sustainable development. Women leadership today in the world and in AIESEC (which is abundant with women in leadership positions).

Internationality and positive aspects of it in today’s globalized world, where conflicts seem to appear like fireworks. Start-ups and the concept of entrepreneurship and innovation as solutions for challenges facing the world today. Tackling social challenges and addressing those that are relevant in a country.

And many more. At least 20 people were actively sharing and feeding of each other’s ideas.

AIESEC Public Speaking

I was standing on the stage, listening to one person after another saying their opinions, listing topics they are passionate about and they would like to write about. I remember I didn’t want the exchange of ideas to stop. I was so overwhelmed by the passion about the issues mentioned and flabbergasted by a wide variety of interests. Forty young minds awake and aware of things that don’t work and willing to do something about it. Have you ever witnessed something like that?

I haven’t before.

I remember that when my enthusiasm and disbelief settled, I was angry — at people saying that youth today is passive; that we don’t care about anything but ourselves. I remember standing in the room with 50 people who paid to come to a six-day conference when they could have gone to the seaside like their friends did. I remember them talking at 7pm in the evening about issues in the world and at home they were passionate about and wanted to solve. And I remember one thought above all others.

That there is greatness in young people. They are aware of the world they live in — technology has made us interconnected and informed. They are passionate and they have an opinion. They are ready to be heard and to contribute to changes if the world will let them.

So how can we empower them? How can we make sure they get a say in what kind of world is being built for them? What kind of world they will live in?

Maybe you’re thinking now that we’re young and that we’ve got a lot to learn yet. And this is true. We don’t know everything. But we have ideas and we are ready to learn. And we’re worth it.

So it should begin today, because 5 to 10 years from now, some of those forty people will have leadership or executive positions. They will have the opportunity to decide which course we take, for better or worse.

Imagine if everyone thought like that. Imagine if everyone cared. Imagine if the world was made up of this type of young people — interested, aware, concerned and willing to participate and change the world for the better. Imagine the world they would be able to build.

And help them — help us build it.

AIESEC Conference

This story was written in contribution to the AIESEC Everyday Leader Series, which showcases stories of everyday leaders who are changing the world. Share your story with the world.