Academy of Freedom in Spirit is an NGO founded in 2004. It is based in Greece and takes action on social activities with the aim of protection of human rights to spiritual evolution. It also strives forward to ensure the creation of necessary conditions for their spiritual growth and evolution. Read more to learn about Vinesh's experience interning at the Academy of Freedom of Spirit.
My internship lasted for 2 months, May and June, 2015. There were a total of 60 interns representing countries ranging from South Africa to France, the UK to Istanbul! Ten of these interns were Indians. Greece, despite its petite size, is well known for its rich and vibrant history as well as beautiful beaches.
AIESEC helped me connect with this institution. AIESEC is an international non-governmental non-for-profit organisation that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships and volunteer exchange experiences across the world.
I came to know about AIESEC from one of my friends who had a great experience interning abroad. The very next day I explored my options to work overseas and learn something new. To make it to the list of selected students I had to follow a long and tedious process which included an interview on Skype. I had applied for Greece, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Since Greece was facing an economic debacle, it was on the top of my priority list. I wanted to experience what it would be like to work in a country facing such adverse conditions. In my interview, I was asked a number of questions regarding my subjects, hobbies, and personality. One week later I got an email stating that I had cleared the interview and was given an appointment letter to which I had to respond within 3 days. My joy knew no bounds and I immediately sent a confirmation in reply to the internship offer.
The organisation held speeches and lectures on major subjects concerning the way we think and the way we maintain human relations. This was done with the motive of creating an environment of free thinking and expression. The citizens of Greece were under a lot of duress and emotional pressure due to the economic instability, and the kind of moral support this organisation provides is commendable.
After joining the organisation, I noticed that the working style of the firm was very obsolete and hence they had become dormant. I made a few suggestions which went down well with the administration and were actually implemented; they infused new blood in the organisation. The first struggle I faced was adapting to the new culture where a majority of the people spoke a language which was completely unknown to me. Hence I relied upon a translating device and received quite a lot of help from the local people who conversed with me in broken English.
Despite the fact that I was just an intern, they respected my opinions and valued them. This boosted my morale and made me feel like an equal member of their team. Sometimes I got so engrossed in my work that I forgot to take my meals and in those circumstances they made sure that I got proper food and rest. Usually, after work, I used to socialise with my colleagues and fellow interns who had come from different parts of the globe. We also held get-togethers where I once cooked Indian delicacies and we all had a gala time.
In the last week of our tour, AIESEC organised an event for all the foreign interns from different organisations and evaluated their performances. I have a lot of fond memories of the Global Village wherein all the interns represented the culture of their respective nations and interacted with the locals. I got a chance to dance, sing and represent my nation on a Global front in this event.
Since this was my first trip abroad I got a chance to interact with a number of people with different outlooks and opinions which helped me become a better person. I occasionally felt homesick but the people around me were so warm and loving that those feelings disappeared soon.
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