Ask any AIESECer what they love to do throughout their experience in AIESEC, and one thing they’ll insist upon are AIESEC conferences! Guaranteed. No matter where you are in the world, the numerous conferences hosted by AIESEC are life changing experiences. From personal development, to collaborations, to just plain fun – it is one thing that you truly have to experience in person
So what is an AIESEC Conference? AIESEC seeks to provide leadership and development opportunities to its members and one of the most effective ways it achieves this is through conferences, typically a jam packed two or three day session with everything ranging from workshops, development, socials, and reflection. Everything is well organized by a “OC” – team, an organizing committee behind the scenes dedicated to making the conference the best possible, and facilitated by a “faci” – team, a group of AIESECers trained specifically to facilitate events such as these!
At a typical AIESEC Conference:
– Opening Plenary (AIESEC Dances!)
– Purposeful (Theme of Conference)
– LC Time (Connect with your own local committee and plan out your goals)
– Workshops (AIESEC information systems, training, and learning)
– Socials (wet & dry, simple a fun time)
– Reflection (Turn what you learned into actual realizable goals for the future!)
Seriously though, AIESEC conferences are a blast!
The best parts:
- People: The people you meet will likely become new lifelong friends! Sounds cheesy, but you meet so many friendly different, but talented people from various universities and LC’s.
- AIESEC Traditions: From AIESEC dances to…well can’t say too much, but oh so fun!
- Socials: Amazing partying with the best people, AIESECers know how to get down 😉
So what are some conferences that you can attend?
NC (National Congress)
The largest annual AIESEC event which goes on for 5 days for leadership training, strategic planning, and networking with all members of AIESEC Canada, corporate partners, & turnover of the national team!
Upcoming: December 30, 2015 – January 4, 2016 in V!
NLDC (National Leadership Development Conference)
AIESEC’s annual national conference that brings together students from across Canada for a weekend of development, education, and fun. From learning about the AIESEC way to interacting with corporate partners in the Youth to Business forum, it is one of AIESEC’s truly developmental conferences.
Takes place in May every year in a different city across Canada.
OARC (Ontario Atlantic Regional Conference)
One of AIESEC’s regional conferences to connect LC’s within the region. From fabulous workshops, events, and social– it’s a great time. Western is proud to have been the host of OARC 2014!
TTT (Train the Trainers)
A mini conference at a LC where individuals from nearby LC’s will also participate to learn the skills needed to help facilitate their own conferences!
Upcoming: November 21 – 23 at Western (SouthON)! Toronto (NorthON), Prairies, Coastal, Quebec
These are just a sample of the many conferences you can attend! AIESEC conferences provide a tremendous value – once you attend one, you’ll want to attend more! Stay tuned for more in-depth blog posts about each AIESEC conferences and their unique aspects.
In short, AIESEC conferences are: Impactful, Collaborative, & Driven. They are educational, friendly, and one great time! I’m not joking when I say the experience is worth it ten times over!
Hope to see you out here!