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Friday, August 19, 2011

AIESEC Go Exchange Program Experience

Written by Lim Pei Yeen, VP Communications of AIESEC in MalaysiaShare your university life with us and get published here!

Hi, I am Jovian Tan, an undergraduate from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia who studies Computer Science majoring in Software Engineering. I love to travel, I love computers, I love music and I love making new friends!

I went to Taiwan in June 2011 under the Go Exchange Program by AIESEC, a program which provides opportunity for students and recent graduates to be part of issue-based or professional internships in more than 107 countries.

I joined Go Exchange Program because of the priceless diverse experience that money cannot buy! Going exchange is another step in my learning process to become a more independent and responsible person. I love traveling to new places, experience new things and of course meeting tons of new friends from all around the world.

In Taiwan, I worked in the Animal Protection Program organized by the Life Welfare & Environment Quality Association. We were sent to attend courses and classes lectured by prestigious veterinary professors from National Taiwan University. We helped in various animal adoption campaign and even had the chance to participate in huge events like Pet Expo Taipei 2011.
Jovian at Pet Expo Taipei 2011.
A picture of Jovian with the Veterinary Professor and friends after attending a course in National Taiwan University.

I find it very interesting and challenging to work with people from diverse culture. I worked with young people from Indonesia, Philippines, Czech Republic, Russia and Mexico in the project. I learned about the differences between cultures, be tolerant in situations and the concept of give and take. Most important of all, I learned to respect all lives.
Jovian and his fellow friends from Indonesia, Philippines, Czech Republic, Russia and Mexico.

I was surprised that a 70 years old lady, who is my Project Manager, Aunty Liu (劉姐) can maintain the heart of a teenage spirit, without hesitation in striving towards her dreams and goals. “Don't just sit there, take action! Turn your dreams into reality,” she said. I am truly inspired by her.
Jovian and his very inspiring Project Manager, Aunty Liu.

The most memorable piece of memory throughout my exchange experience would be the “Cool Conference”. It is the most amazing conference I had ever participated. I interacted with many high school students in Taiwan. It was a lot of fun especially during cultural sharing session. The students had culture shock when I shared with them the diversity of Malaysia. They were surprised that I know many languages such as English, Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, and Xin Hua.
Jovian and the Taiwanese high school students in Cool Conference.

I definitely will recommend Go Exchange Program to all my friends because this is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity that you will hardly get after your graduation. I am already considering and planning for my next exchange!


AIESEC, present in over 107 countries, is the world’s largest youth-run organization with over 60 years of experience in developing high-potential youths into global-minded responsible leaders. AIESEC focuses on providing a platform for youth leadership development. This is done by providing youth the opportunity to take up leadership roles and do an internship abroad. For more information, visit http://www.aiesec.my
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