From September 17 to 19, the International Student Association AIESEC of the Catholic University of Korea (CUK) branch held an open booth to explain overseas volunteer work on the first floor of the INTERNATIONAL HUB – Cardinal Kim Sou Hwan International Center. AIESEC is an official, non-profit organization under the U.N. based on various parts of the world, which has been working since World War II to realize fundamental world peace, offering opportunities for exchange among young people from various countries around the world. The open booth, which was regularly held, was also set up to promote overseas volunteer opportunities organized by AIESEC to realize world peace based on their understanding of each country.
Students participating in the open booth could hear a brief introduction of AIESEC as well as an explanation of their overseas service. Also, they connected interested students to the overseas volunteer consulting. In addition, there were products such as AISEC goods, overseas volunteer discount tickets, and chocolates for sale. Therefore, students could enjoy simple entertainment similar to 윷놀이. It ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every CUK students could participate.
Yoon Suk-ju, who is an AIESEC OGV (Out Going global Volunteer) Department member, said that he was disappointed about the low participation rate in open booths and students’ entry barriers of global volunteering. He said, “Experience getting out of your comfort zone and Korea through global volunteering. It is not as difficult as you think.” He added, “It is the same with other volunteering activities, which are held in Korea. You can have a good effect on people just by staying with them. I hope many students participate in global volunteering.”