Hortensia Pașalău student at University of Bucharest accepted the Global Talent challenge and applied for a 6 months internship in Cairo at The American University. There she occupied the position of program coordinator for the Office of Student Development. The office worked with student organizations on campus, training agencies and sponsors. Daily work included scheduling and organizing events, community and business projects, student project competitions, trainings and conferences, along with their planning, budgeting and logistics; finding in the appropriate venues for each scheduled event and preparing it accordingly, in cooperation with other departments such as security, media services, indoor and outdoor services, safety, facilities and partner schools or universities.
Beside this, in her free time she explored the surroundings. She was impress by Cairo and told that „here’s always something interesting to discover, whether it’s a new coffee place, a forgotten street of the old city or a pyramid. Everything is different through the heat, sand, dust and smoke from the thousands of hookah pipes that fill the air and your lungs as you take your breath.”
Being involved in this project developed by AIESEC helped her to develop and learn new things: „I became more efficient in everything that I do and perfected my speech and interaction with people within a company or organization. Besides the professional development gained, I treasure the personal development and cultural understanding that I reached by working and living side by side with people coming from different backgrounds and cultures.”
Asked about her best experience abroad she said that: „ the time spent with people who had the same goals and aspirations or the kindness and open mindedness that some random locals showed, all made it into a pleasant experience and proved once again that if you want something and work for it, achieving it is possible, despite the differences or obstacles.”
She believe that Global Talent offers an opportunity, but what happens after that is up to each person. Things might or might not be perfect and the unexpected is always bound to happen under some form. But taking that opportunity is what matters the most. Because all the good, the bad and the unexpected will lead to the point where you will be able to discover, define and understand yourself and your actions, it will build your confidence, ethics, cultures and will widen your perspectives, defying stereotypes with each passport stamp gained. As an advice: „Before leaving, make sure you are in control of the situation. Be informed. Do a little research about your hosting company and its location, about the hosting AIESEC committee, about the accommodation provided (if any), make a general idea about the cost of living of your destination, and last but not least, do a basic, general research about the country that will host you. Be responsible and open minded regarding the culture that will host you and always be aware of your rights.”
The main reason that made her to go in a Global talent internship was the fact that she was looking for something “different” and she found it „in both professional and personal level.”
Whatever your reason is, you should totally try to get out of your comfort zone, apply, travel and experience the opportunities that are given to you by Global Talent.