Alexandra Crineanu chose to go in Tunisia, for 3 months and work for AIESEC Sfax. This was a national project organized by AIESEC Tunisia and took place in the cities were AIESEC had local committees. She was a trainer in the area of English Communication and Business Skills so she had a daily training with students from Sfax, from the morning till the evening, where she discussed different topics according to the levels of the participants.
Asked why she decided to access this opportunity she said: “because I was aware I will come back with a richer suitcase of knowledge and awesome experiences. I achieved more good tings that I would ever imagined I will win from a “third world” country, for me it was the best experience so far from which I learned plenty of things. The different thing that I expected was the hospitality of the people. I never thought I will feel there like I’m home and I never thought I will be so welcomed by those very open people”
During this internship she developed her personal and professional experience. She learned to be more tolerant, to accept people as they are and understand the differences between our cultures. As a professional she learned to organize better her time and the seminars, to adapt to the requests of the participants, to deliver the messages using the appropriate means. She also developed her time management skills and communication skills with other cultures.
Mostly,in her free time, went out with locals and some students who invited her out.She said that: “Often we were also invited by our students to have lunch at their house with their families so we had the chance to experience more their cultures. The AIESEC members in charge of the project also organized for us cultural visits, events where we promotes our cultures and our experiences.”
The best experience for her was the friend she made there and the things learned from them. From her experience in Tunisia she learned to be hospitable with all the people that are coming to her country, to make them feel home and to help them integrate as it is the most difficult part of someone’s beginning in a new place.