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From top, Maria Robertson, Talent Management Director for AIESEC Manawatu Rebecca Wildbore, Bayleigh Lewer, Kirsten Hauschild, Kelly Weaver, AIESEC Corporate Development Director Bradley Osborne, Xavier Lynch and Luke McCarthy.


Business students head overseas to share skills

Five College of Business students are giving up their summer holidays to help others through a voluntary work and overseas exchange programme.

They are part of the Manawatu campus chapter of the Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC)  – a youth organisation operating in 1600 universities worldwide.

Bayleigh Lewer, Maria Robertson, Xavier Lynch, Luke McCarthy and Kirsten Hauschild signed up for the programme, called OE+, which promotes student leadership and skill sharing. They will teach English and take part in humanitarian projects in Italy, India, Hungary and the Ukraine for up to 14 weeks over summer.

Ms Lewer will be travelling to Berdyansk, Ukraine to teach English to eight to 25-year-olds while Ms Robertson is heading to Chandigarh, India, to work with children and work on HIV and Aids prevention projects. Mr Lynch is on his way to Ancona, Italy, to organise events to show how banks are adapting to microcredit.  Mr McCarthy has applied to teach English in Hungary and Ms Hauschild hopes to go to the Philippines to work on disaster relief.

Local committee president Kelly Weaver says the internships, lasting from six to 14 weeks, help students improve their job prospects. “This is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves and make an impact round the world,” she says.

The chapter, which has 19 members and six executive board members, is planning an international internship next semester called Project Kia Ora, which will bring up to five international interns to Manawatu to work on a community project.

Students who are interested can get more information by emailing manawatu@aiesec.org.nz