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Visit to LC Irbid, Pbox meeting and more November 30, 2006

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well here I am again to update my blog…

   so let me start with the my most recent visit to Irbif, well a few days ago I sent an email useing the connection list our MC so kindly sent us, and in that email I mentioned that I was planning to be in Irbid on Wednesday and that I would really like to meet up with some AIESEC membes there and hang out if any of them were free, but till Wednesday morning I got no reply from anyone, logic would indecate that none of them would welcome a nice guy like me to their university (HOW RUDE) , but I decided to go to Irbid anyway, on my way there (which took like for ever because the bus driver seemed to belive that going faster then 60 kph is a SIN) I got a SMS from Wasfia, which was very refreashing at least someone was welcomeing me, I replied to her that I was on my way and that I will call when I get there, which I did, but apperantly I was a bit late and she got a bit busy, so I decided to call Mahmoud Shadid, he answered I told him I was at Yarmook he left his meeting with the other Team leaders in his Pbox (what kind of a leader just leaves a meeting 😉 ) any way he picked me up and we went to continue their meeting,… they seem to be organized enought, I guess we are haveing a bit of difficulties at the begining but we’ll get pass it soon I hope, to be frank I concider my Pbox (which is CSR) extreamly LUCKY, our external “maali” is so great and helpfull, but at the same time I am sure the other teams will be able to do it without an external, any way back to the main story, after they finished their meeting, Mahmoud and Rand took me on a short tour at the university, then Mahmoud went to his lab, and Rand continued to show me around, and by the way I like Yarmook more the Jordan university at least at the buildings and streets part, Rand introduced me to her twin sister, then rest of the tour, when Mahmoud finished his lab I met up with him again and he continued my tour around, I have been to Yarmook University before  but never actually went around and checked inside the buildings so at least now I got a better view on what I am missing out on, oh and by the way we pumped into a few AIESEC members while I was haveing the grand tour around the university ( I still got a few buildings I want to check out next time)….

Lets see on the more serious side, we had our Pbox meeting this week, it might not have been as good as I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t so bad, now we are more prepared to meet up with Maali (our external) on saturday so we can finalize the research plan (perhaps even the whole plan), the day before the meeting we had a CSR team leaders  meeting to plan out the Pbox meeting, and we had quite a good plan and outline, but  we were not able to stick to it, but at least now we got a better idea of what concider when planning out next meeting, I also noticed that when we divide taskes to be done individualy the members can get a bit lazy or perhaps I am rong and the only reason some were a bit lazy was because they were still tired from the Aqaba conference, I guess I’ll find out soon, and we’ll change our strategy acordingly.

 about the AISEC.net, I registered but to be honest I am a bit lost there, I don’t know much of what and how to do things, where I can find specific stuff and so on, and I sent an email to Oksana about it, and it seems that the MC will give us a teaching session about it.

SO I’ll soon be updating the blog again after out meeting with Maali on Saturday (in her office, 😀 I am so happy we got her as an external)

Aqaba conference November 26, 2006

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OMG!!!

      I had the greatest 3 days conference at Aqaba ever, so many things happen and there are so many things I want to write so this might be a long post but I’ll try to shorten it as much as possible.

      First of all and what is most important is about the sugar-cubes (or whatever they are called) I was so bust that I started writing them a bit late and then I had to leave early before everyone so I didn’t have a chance to put in all those I wrote, plus I didn’t even write all the ones I wanted to write because as I have said a thousand time I AM BAD WITH NAMES, any how I have to say something very important here, on the 2’nd day of the conference I felt a bit overloaded and stressed out, and it took a few moments from some GOOD AIESEC friends to make me open my eyes and look around, and when I did I saw some of you (you refers to AIESEC members who attended the conference) also feeling a bit down and tired which made me KNOW that I am not alone and that I am a part of the AIESEC members, and I also saw some still standing and handling the stressful situation and that made me believe I could do it too, so a great THANK YOU to each and EVERY one of you (NO EXCEPTIONS)

 

      OK now to what happened, well on Thursday morning I got home from work at about 8, I quickly packed my stuff and tip toed out of the house, took the first cab I found, we met up at main gate of Jordan University and waited for the bus, which was a bit late, but all well what ends well, and we started out about 4 hour trip to Aqaba, we had some of fun on the way there, I had to get some sleep on the bus as well because I had spent the 3 days before it sleeping less then 4 hours a day, I wish I could mention the things that did happen on the way, but I said I’ll make this post as short as I could ( but its not going to short).

    So we got to Aqaba in one piece and entered the hotel, got our room numbers and keys, my first roommate was a great guy called Ahmad from Yarmook university, but due to the “smoking factor” and that fact that he was not a smoker and I am, we had a few room changes, so my 2’nd room mate was another great guy, and guess what he’s name was Ahmad too and he is also from Yarmook (We can’t run from destiny) , now before I forget I really want to sent a WARM thanks and “a pleasure to meet you” to both of my roommates (please if you know them pass the message and check the end of the post for important information)

    Lets see after that we went to start the activities, and if I was going to write down all our activities I would need more then a gigabyte of space online so I am not going to write it down unless its very important and special.

   After a visit to MacDonald’s late that night we went back to the hotel and I just had to get some sleep (after 4 days with less then 15 hours of sleep daily and none of which was longer then 2 hours in a row) so I went up to my room read a few pages of the novel I got and went to sleep, and we woke up on Oksana’s voice and knock on the door (message to Oksana: we woke up on the first nock, there was no need to come back and knock again 😉  ), and at breakfast I found out that my friends had stayed up having fun that night and they didn’t even ask if I wanted to join them SHAME ON YOU.

        Half way through the 2’nd day I just felt so down I started to think I wanted to quite AIESEC,  looking back at those moments I feel that it was stupid, but I also found out why I was thinking like that coz its so NOT ME, and I’ll mention it later in this post.

        I am going mad while I am writing this, I don’t know what to write and what not to, its sooooooooooo much, ok ok  I can’t write more about the events just 2 last notes:

 

1) I was chosen as one of the most inspiring people at the conference, and I and I AM SO HONORED, I am sure the other 2 people who were also elected are the only ones who can understand how great it feels, … THANX A LOT guys for choosing me, I do hope I was a good influence.

 

2) Since I started my AIESEC experience I have found some of my bad sides and have learned to fix them and become a better person, and also it has made me change my thinking patterns, it have never given me an answer to my questions or tools to change my mindset, it just had putted me in an atmosphere were I actually start thinking about these kind of stuff .

 

  

Ok I said before that on the 2’nd day I felt soooo down and stressed and wanting to give up, but I know I AM NOT LIKE THAT, so why did I behave like that, why didn’t I just adapt to the situation, I have been adapting to different and really difficult things my whole life, first I thought it was lack of sleep and that things turned out to be more demanding that I expected after that I thought it might be because I didn’t have my medication and my adrenalin was going over the roof , but after a 1.5 hour international call with a good friend who happens to be a psychiatrist ( Linda I’ll  pay you back for that call by the way and sorry for keeping you home on Saturday night), I found out why I was not acting how I usually do, its because I was actually trying to not act as I usually do, I was not going with my flexible nature, I was making my personality stiff as a board, exactly how I have been acting when ever I have to deal with new people from the local Jordanian society (I am not good with dealing with them) and usually that method has worked quite well, but those situations never involved continues interaction for MANY HOURS in a row, and it was not with people as great as those I met in AIESEC, so by being NOT me in a situation where I being the just me would have been accepted, I broke myself by myself, it wasn’t the stress or amount of info or lack of sleep and brakes, it was ME, and now I have learned my lesson and I will be able to use that for any future situation,

Well I have to give my gratitude to Leen and Dana –the other 2 team leaders in my PBox- who supported me so much and gave me all the spirit up lifting that I needed, and I also can’t thank Maale -our external- enough coz she offered so much help and she was so nice even though she could have given up on me and thought I was a weak team leader,  and of course Monnica didn’t stand on the side in silence, she kept reminding me that she will always be there as she have been since the first day in my AIESEC experience.

 

It has been a long post but I have a few last things I have to ask you

1) please spread the link to my blog coz from now on I might post details about what is happening in my PBox (that’s the team I am a part of at AIESEC incase you don’t know) and I would LOVE to get some feed back and advices on everything possible.

 

2) If any one know Ahmad my 2’nd room mate at Yarmook university, we were staying at room 305, please tell him to send me a SMS coz I lost his number and I owe him so money, or you can send me his number directly, just make sure it’s the Ahmad who stayed in 305 and he is the one who smokes.

 

3) We are going to work a lot AIESEC and we will interact with each other a lot, or at least I hope so, but each and every one of the AIESEC members  who were in the conference was SO GREAT and open minded and sophisticated ( some more then others) that I would really like to meet up and hang out even when we are not doing AIESEC stuff so when ever there is an event or something spread the word and lets meet, and I will be visiting Irbid more from now one so I hope I’ll be meeting my fellow AIESEC members there too.

Team leader meeting November 20, 2006

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    Hello to EVRY ONE,

On Saturday morning (the only day I sleep in) I woke up at by a call from Annica, at about 8:40 am, and it turned out that the team meeting was suppose to be from 8:30 am to 6 pm, but I was under the impression that it was from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, so I got dressed in a hurry and took a cab (kept nagging on the driver to hurry up) and got there in one peice, from there that had a full schedual for us, it was really informative and they guided us through the “how to be a team leader” stuff, a few nice simulations and games made it more fun less boreing, but still by about 4 pm we (or at least me) were getting tired and sleepy,.

THE IMPORTANT EVENTS:

 1) I got to know the other team leaders, they all seemed to be quite nice.

2) We had Pizza for lunch

3) I found out that Asier got an offer to go to another place (Dominican republic) and seems to have his mind undecided on going or staying with us, so I better put  a plan to convince him to stay, but on the other hand I wish him the BEST OF LUCK in what ever he does and urge him to go with what he thinks is best, (as long as the best is staying with us…lol just kidding).

We got a meeting to prepare for the convention in Aqaba, which I hope to be successful, and I am sure that with our 3 lovely MCs (Monnic, Anni, and Oksana) it will be.

I can’t wait to meet my team and get to know them, and I have already started reading some books about about how to motivate and become friendly with team members, (its really harder then it seems)

Any way wish us luck, and I’ll keep you posted.

                                         Kenaz out

Am I in or out?? November 17, 2006

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HEY YOU ALL

     It has been a very long time since I last posted anything, but I have been VERY BUSY, so let me get you up to date

well we finished our project and handed it in, it wasn’t as great as we expected and wanted but it was OK,

After that we had out interviews, mine was last Monday, it I was SO READY FOR it, I had ideas and puchlines ready to use, but something went wrong and I kind of got lost in the interview.

then on a peacfull afternoon, while haveing a late lunch with my friends, I got a phone call from Monnic, and you should have seen me when she told me that I got in to AIESEC, I was screaming of joy “I GOT IN, I GOT IN”

After that I started thinking more and more about the “Team leader” possition, I wasn’t really planning to apply for it as my schedual is already full as it is.  But after a lot thinking meditating I decided to go for it, I sent the application and waited…. then on a beautiful morning while I was takeing my morning shower to get ready to go to the university I got another call from Monnic, and she gave me SOME REAL HARD TIME, she kept telling me how many students applied for the leadership posstions and how it was SO HARD to pick only 6 students etc etc etc, and all the time I was thinking “oh she is just trying to let me down easly and not hurt my feelings for being rejected” but then she said “you were picked” and I was sooooooooooo shocked, I didn’t know if she was kidding or trying to confuse or something, but it seems that I am the new  team leader for learning at the SCR project, *Hight Five to ME*

well we got much to do from this point forward, we got a conference at Aqaba next week, before that there is  a team-leaders meeting, and the parents meeting, and the preperation for the conference meeting

Things might get MAD from now on, but on the bright side I AM IN, I AM IN

I was lost, now I am just devastated November 3, 2006

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Dear all

Yesterday (Thursday November 2, 2006) I went to Irbid with the plan of going to two AIESEC meetings one with Oxana (11:00 am) and the one with Sharif (3:30 pm), and after that having a “small party” with a lot of friends, any way things did not go as planned, I first decided on taking one of those small busses instead of the Hijazzy bus, so I got on one of them which had the word Irbid on thinking that its last stop will be Irbid , I WAS WRONG!!! The bus did stop by Irbid but it wasn’t its last stop, so when I got off the bus at its last stop I found my self in a small town, more like a village but in the end I got myself on a bus back to Irbid, on the way I sent a SMS to Oxana telling her I’ll be bit late and then she called back telling me that she is in Amman and Sharif is giving the “brand meeting” to her group, so I said that was ok, she then gave me his number and I decided to call him the moment I got of the bus, but a few minutes before I got there he called me up ,ok ok a lot happened but the important thing that in the end I got their, now after I go there the important things started, First of all Sharif seems to be giving the meetings in a more serious way the others, in a more lecture-line approach, even though at the beginning I thought it was less fun and less interactive in it I quickly started to think that perhaps that is much better in this stage of our AIESEC experience ( I know I should write @XP but many different people read my blog so I can’t do that) any way after the meeting was over Sharif introduced me to a girl in his group and asked her to give us a small presentation about AIESEC and the AIESEC experience, so she was nice enough to do so, it was not what she said that I liked because she only said what I have already heard or read, it was the “aura” she was pulsing with while she was talking, things went on, and I talked a bit (actually a lot) with Sharif, I have to admit we have quite different ideas and thinking patterns but he got my respect a lot, and I found out that much of what I understood about AIESEC was not so right, the imagine I had created about AIESEC was not correct, this really made me RESPECT Annica, Monica, Oxana and Asier a LOT MORE, because I started thinking back about what I heard some of them say, and it just hit me what they had been trying to get through to us, I was born and raised in the west and I do not have the typical middle eastern mentality nor do I have the typical western mentality , if I only understood the real essence of AIESEC after some taking and debating with Sharif so what about the others???

When I went to Irbid I hade two doubts about AIESEC:

1) Did I want to become an AIESEC member?

2) Did my schedule, plans and other stuff allow me to continue with AIESEC?

When I came back I was LOADED with doubts:

1) DO I want to continue with AIESEC?

2) If I would become an AIESEC member would I allow it to actually change me?

3) Do I deserve to be a part of AIESEC?

4) Would I be able to both take and give something from and to AIESEC?

5) Do I understand what will happen if I become a part of AIESEC?

   etc etc etc

After my talk with Sharif, he headed to Amman, and I took my self on a tour around Yarmook university, unfortunately not concentrating on the sites but putting all my thoughts into what I just found out, I got a call at about 6 from my friends asking me where the hell I was because I was REALLY LATE for the party I organized, so I took a cab to the “eastern neighborhood” and found a party filled with fun and joy going on, but not to worry it took me less then an hour to get my new state of gloominess and negative feelings spread around to every person in the party.

I know this has been a  long post but this event didn’t open my eyes on my AIESEC experience but also on my whole life, I have started doubting decisions, actions and principles, and I think its worth mentioning as much about the event, ok ok for those who are still reading I got only 2 messages for 2 people I met on Thursday but I don’t have their emails, but I hope they read this blog, and if you know them please pass the message:

The first: to Tahani (Yarmook university), I am really sorry for what I told you, what you are doing is GREAT, don’t go and ruin all that good work because a stupid stranger couldn’t keep hi mouth shut while he was in a gloomy mood.

The second: to Sharif, I can’t thank you enough; our conversation will not only affect my AIESEC experience but also my whole life, I have already started making significant changes in it, and made 180 degree redirecting in a lot of stuff, and for what its worth you are one of 3 people who actually changed my life while I was convinced that it was for the best.

AIESEC brand October 31, 2006

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After the Eid vacation our exams started so it was even harder to find a time for us to meet with Anni, but she declared a time for this weeks meeting, which is/was suppose to be about the AIESEC brand but it turned out to be at the same time of one of my exams, so with a bit of coordination I was able to go to another group’s meeting, held by Asier, which turned out to be interesting, it was different from anni’s meetings but not in a bad way, I can’t say it was better or worse then hers but simply different, they each got their own method which seems to work perfectly, but perhaps they could meet up and talk about it, so each could better his or her way, any way back to the brand of AIESEC, Asier first explained the meaning of brand in general in a very nice way, personally I think he might have spent to much time on this part but I am sure he knew what he was doing, well I don’t think I should mention all the details about the meeting but to summon what I got from it, the AIESEC brand is an important part in the marketing activities in the organization, I would simply describe it as the banner or flag the AIESECs hold up high when entering each and every battle, its also the organizations united signature.

An after vecation party (I needed that) October 31, 2006

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Well well , here we are after the Eid vacation, I hope you all had a lovely time, and didn’t worry too much about the mid-term exams that started right after the vacation,

      To the important stuff… ME and MY vacation, !!! well I had a great time, I spent it with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, we had one devastating problem after an other, but we had so much fun solving them together that I don’t care that I wasted my money on stupid stuff and spent a day in the hospital vomiting blood,

Any way, the good vacation, which I thought was going to end terrible, ended with a NICE surprise, I was checking my email and found an invitation for an Halloween party to welcome our first two AIESEC Interns here in Jordan, so on a very SHORT notice I tried to find a costume, which apparently was harder then I thought, but thanks to two friends at the university I had a costume to wear for the party (so a thousand thanks to my best friends “you know who you are”), any way, it turned out that the place of the party was changed and I had already left before they sent the email about the changing but luckily a friend hacked my email that day and she was smart enough to find out that I had no idea about the new place, so she called me INTERNATIONALY to inform me ( thanks Maria, I owe you one).

And to the party I went, not the best party I have attended, I didn’t get out of it with all the benefits I wanted, but I am not complaining, I might have wanted to do a bit more mingling myself, but unfortunately I had to spend my time making other people mingle (they really didn’t look like the party kind of people, perhaps I should start giving lessons, at least that way I’ll have a chance to enjoy the party more myself)

Long story short it was nice party, a lot of different people, and I had people actually try my eid kaa’k and ma’mool, (I hope they liked it)

       So happy Halloween every one

the final version of the questions October 24, 2006

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ok here is what we handed out to students to answer, there are a few mistakes but you’ll what we mean by each question

Dear fellow student,

We are a group of students from different faculties here at the Jordan University, and we are recently started a new project to measure the level of understanding students have of the concept of corporate social responsibility, with the help of AIESEC expansion here in Jordan, and we would appreciate if you would give us a few moments of your time to fill this questioner.

Your few moments would mean a lot to us, and hopefully help us start making a useful good change in the WORLD.

Gender: Male    Female

Major:____________________

Faculty:___________________

Year of study:__________________

Age:_________

Q1: Do you have any knowledge about corporate social responsibility?

      Yes    No

      If yes please define: _____________________

Q2: Do you think that companies should be obligated to help in society issues?

     Yes    No

Q3: What are the problems you think companies in
Jordan should help solving?

     ____________________________________

     ____________________________________

Q4: Which sector should decide what companies should be socially involved in?

    Public, government, company employees, company’s management, others

Q5: DO you think companies that are participating in social issues are doing so to cover their unethical activities?

     Yes    No

Q6: Do you know any companies that are participating in developing the society?

    Yes    No

Q7: Do you think companies can benefit from helping the society?

    Yes     No

Q8: Do you think that people and non-profitable-organizations are able to affect companies to adopt corporate social responsibility in
Jordan

      Yes     No

Q9: Do believe that the topic of corporate social responsibility should be included in university courses?

      Yes      No

Q10: How do you classify
Jordan in the field of corporate social responsibility?

         1     2      3      4      5     (1 worse and 5 best)

Project on its way October 24, 2006

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OK ppl, we got to a point where projects has started to take a form, now since my last post we had had one meeting in the Chess-court at the Jordan university to talk about the questions, Annika stopped by and gave us some useful advices, which we took to consideration, we rephrased the questions so that the students might answer even of they got ZERO knowledge about CSR,  I’ll make a special post listing the final form of the questioner, any way, I went home after that, made “Eftar” then started typing the questions, I saved it to my flash memory and the next day before our official meeting with Annika in the UN leadership institute I went to a computer lab at university and printed out a copy for each team member, then I went to the meeting and found Karam, who pointed out several spelling mistakes and grammatical ones, which reminds me I REALLY should start improving my English because it turned out its much WORSE then I expected, any way the questions could be understood even with the mistakes, so we agreed that each one should get 15 copies filled ASAP, so we can start making the conclusions and results.

so now I am waiting for everyone to hand it their part of th work so we can decide what methodes we will use to make our full detailed report

short post about 2 meetings October 24, 2006

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Hey again every one

First of all HAPPY EID, I know it has been too long since I updated this blog but honestly I have been TOTALY BUSY these past weeks, ok let me fill you in on what happened we have had 2 meetings since last update (I think…its hard to keep track of all the stuff that is happening in my life these days), so lets see what happened in those 2 meetings:

the first: I really enjoyed this one, Annika was again gave “active learning” a new definition, her creative ways of getting things across are interesting and funny, and the meetings are getting less and less “lecture-like”, if my memory is serving me right that meeting was about the AIESEC organization, it’s princibles, laws, goals etc etc etc.

Annika was explaining the concept of AIESEC being a “platform” and she jumped up on the table infront of us to give us the idea of what a platform is, and how different things are parts of a platform and how.

oh and we were informed about AIESEC internal organization system, personaly I find it to be a bit too “uncentral” but if it has worked for about 60 yearsm it must have some kind of element Annika didn’t explain in details that made it work, so I’ll check the AIESEC blogs and web-sites to get a better idea,

the 2’nd meeting was very interesting but at the same time a bit more boreing then the other ones, it was about the exchange system AIESEC follows,  as I said it was very interesting and full of usefull information, but it I think its a bit to early to get into the exchange thing, I know its an important part of the AIESEC experience, but for me it was a blow to be tought about it so early, perhaps  I felt it to be a bit boreing its because of the “surprise” , but to be honest it had a few moments full of laught and fun.

now the two meeting had a lot of stuff that I would like to share with you, but I can’t put more then 15 minutes aside to update my blog and I still have to write a post about the project, so please forgive me,

again Happ Eid every one!!!