Attending International Congress in Egypt – A young leader’s perspective

As we have indicated in our first blog post, this past August AIESEC hosted International Congress – a conference of 800 youth delegates – in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Hosting such a large event in a country going through an intense political situation proved to be challenging but rewarding for the organisation, giving us a renewed sense of purpose.

The Local Committee President of AIESEC Michigan, Domenic Smith, was lucky enough to attend International Congress in Egypt in August. He was able to share his experience on the AIESEC Unites States Alumni Association blog this week. Here are some of his thoughts:

“Flying into Cairo for AIESEC’s 65th International Congress is an experience that I will never forget. I did not go to the pyramids and I did not get to see the cradle of society like many who traveled to Egypt before me. Instead, I witnessed something far more profound.

I saw a country that was truly in chaos, a country that was starving for new leadership. AIESEC’s presence of over 800 delegates from 124 countries at IC, at such a volatile time in Egypt’s history, showed me the true passion and dedication that this organization and its members have toward developing globally minded leaders to try and make the world a better place. AIESEC did not give up on Egypt and cancel the conference, which would have been very easy to do. We did not boycott the conference because it endangered us or because our governments warned against it. Instead, as an international plenary, we demonstrated the support that we have for AIESEC Egypt and the belief that we, the AIESEC community, have that one day the members of AIESEC Egypt will become the leaders that their country needs to restore peace and prosperity.

The world came together at IC for the 65th time to show that we believe in the impact that young people can have on creating a brighter and more accepting future. Experiencing 124 countries, united by a mission, working together to fulfill AIESEC’s 2015 goals was an incredibly powerful experience. When do you ever have the chance to see 124 countries work together towards one common goal?”

To read more about Domenic’s experience, check out the rest of the post here.  

Did you attend International Congress 2013 in Egypt? What was your experience like?

3 replies
  1. Winifred
    Winifred says:

    Hi there! This blog post couldn’t bе written any better!
    Looking through this post rеminds me of my previous roommate!
    He alwaуs kept talkіng about this.
    I am goіng to send thіѕ агticle to him.

    Prеtty sure he will have a very good read. Thanκs for shaгing!

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  2. Clare
    Clare says:

    Dear Domenic, very well said. As an Egyptian I would like to salute you and all aiesecers who made it to Egypt in such a tough time. I was fortunate to be there as a speaker on that event and I consider it one of the best conferences I have ever been too cause the amount of energy in the place was overwhelming. The dedication and commitment you guys have shown is priceless. As an Egyptian I thank you for this and would love to see more of you guys over here there is a lot more to see in my beloved Egypt that lovely sharm el sheikh.
    Cheers,Clare

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