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Program Description:
AIESEC - Program Overview
AIESEC is the world's largest, youth-run, not-for-profit organization in the world present in 120+ countries and territories. We create global leaders and citizens through cross-cultural exchange. We understand how important it is for people to experience these different cultures and to be open-minded. While embracing our national goals, our local chapter in San Diego has the specific goals of promoting exchange to under-served countries so that they can experience a different culture, where new ideas and perspectives are explored. As of now, the San Diego Chapter of AIESEC supports a specific set of options each winter break and summer. 
 
Location Summaries:
 
  • Thailand: Nakornprathon and Kanchanaburi
  • Colombia: Bogotá
  • Peru: Pacifico, Lima

Program names:
  • Thailand: Sawasdee #28 Projects Summer 2018
  • Colombia: WeSpeak Summer 2018
  • Peru: Dreamers for AIESEC in Pacifico, Lima Summer 2018

Program dates:
 
  • Thailand: June 15 2018 - July 28 2018
  • Colombia: June 3 2018 - August 9 2018 (Students may have their dates accommodated to 6 weeks instead of 8 weeks)
  • Peru: June 17, 2018 - July 29, 2018

SDSU Aztecs Abroad Application Deadline:
April 1st (very basic steps - SDSU record)

AIESEC Application Deadline:             
May 1st* (host application - primary application)

*SDSU recommends that you complete the AIESEC at the latest by April 15th. 

REMEMBER: These two applications are separate and not connected in any way, so they should be completed at the same time. You need both applications on record to be considering this opportunity to fulfill a requirement for your SDSU graduation plan and you will need to follow up with an academic advisor to ensure that you are arranging credit or clear on documents needed by your department to support your plan. 

Program Price:                                                      
Thailand: Starting price at $499 + $100 (Program Fee)
Includes airport pick up, accommodation, and at least 2 meals per day
[Not included: flight, extra meals, Foreign Travel Insurance Program, transportation, any required/recommended vaccinations (if applicable), other personal expenses.]
Thailand: June 15 2018 - July 28 2018

Colombia: Starting price at $499 + $25 (Program Fee)
Includes airport pick up, EP Buddy, Accomadation, Cultural Agenda, One meal per day, IPS, Dance Classes, Global Village, Lead Sessions, Welcome Package
[Not included: flight, extra meals, Foreign Travel Insurance Program, transportation, any required/recommended vaccinations (if applicable), other personal expenses.]
Colombia: June 3 2018 - August 9 2018 (Students may have their dates accommodated to 6 weeks instead of 8 weeks)
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Peru: Starting price at $499 + $70 (Program Fee)
Airport pick up, Cultural Agenda, Certificates, Spanish Classes, Accommodation, one meal per day.
[Not included: flight, extra meals, Foreign Travel Insurance Program, transportation, any required/recommended vaccinations (if applicable), other personal expenses.]
Peru: June 17, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Sample of cost of living in Thailand: 
Thailand: Numbeo
Colombia: Numbeo
Peru: Numbeo

As always, if you live, shop and eat locally all costs are lower. 

Students MUST complete the free AIESEC application on Podio, link can be found below:
  
AIESEC Application Instructions
Thailand: https://aiesec.org/opportunity/877382
Colombia: https://aiesec.org/opportunity/898119
Peru: https://aiesec.org/opportunity/877356
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Language of Instruction:
 
English or Spanish
Program Dates:


 
Thailand: June 15 2018 - July 28 2018
Colombia: June 3 2018 - August 9 2018 (Students may have their dates accommodated to 6 weeks instead of 8 weeks)
Peru: June 17, 2018 - July 29, 2018
 
Housing Options:
 
Host Families, Homestay, Apartments with other Participants
 

AIESEC Application:                                          
https://aiesec.org/opportunity/867450
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ACADEMIC NOTES
AIESEC in Thailand has been approved as an option for SDSU seeking an international experience, but this is not credit bearing program. If you wish to receive academic credit and/or international experience, please contact the appropriate academic advisor or international coordinator for your college.

All majors: Your department may be able to arrange from 1 to 3 credits for your participation in this experience or provide other instruction on how to ensure this experience can count towards your international experience graduation requirement (IEGR), if applicable. This would need to be arranged in advance, prior to participation in the program. If you do not require credit or need to fulfill your IEGR, you are still welcome to participate on this program.

If your college does not offer the option to provide credit for this experience, you can work with the College of Health and Human Services to learn more about their credit options open to all students. Visit this link: https://chhs.sdsu.edu/international/independent-international-volunteer-or-internship-programs/

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) students wishing to fulfill their International Experience Graduation Requirement (IEGR) MUST earn academic credit in conjunction with these programs. Email chhsintl@mail.sdsu.edu for more details and or visit CHHS.SDSU.EDU/international 

Liberal Studies students, please contact your department at libst@mail.sdsu.edu for more details to confirm permission to use this AIESEC experience to fulfill an IEGR.

** You must have a complete Aztecs Abroad application on record for your experience to be recognized. **

CSU-MANDATED FOREIGN TRAVEL INSURANCE PROGRAM (FTIP) REQUIREMENT
All students registered in the Aztecs Abroad Database who are finalized as approved, committed status participants will be automatically enrolled in the CSU-mandated Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP), typically about 30 days prior to departure. Enrollment in this plan is mandated to address emergency travel assistance and health matters while abroad. Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive this insurance. You will not need to fill out any special forms for enrollment. As you complete all of the required steps in Aztecs Abroad to confirm your participation, you will receive an email from the ISC's Study Abroad Office confirming your FTIP enrollment and expected billing date. Some countries noted on the CSU High Hazardous Country List may have additional premiums. All confirmed participants will also receive an FTIP Travel Assistance ID card PDF document. Details about coverage, including the policy number, can be found via the SDSU Risk Management website. This information will also be included in an enrollment confirmation email. The CSU approves travel for students going to destinations with travel advisories set to level 1 or 2. If you are requesting  to travel to a country with a travel advisory set to level 3, as as listed on the U.S. Department of State website, your travel plans will need to be evaluated by the Risk Management Office and signed by the SDSU President for final clearance. In certain cases, participants may need to be reassigned to alternate locations.     

Travel Requirements:

Passports: You need to have a valid passport to travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens may go to the SDSU Passport office.

Visas: A visa allows a person to enter the host country. If your volunteer experience lasts over 90 days, you may need to obtain a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may also need a visa to enter the country to which you will travel. It will be your responsibility to research the visa requirement for your host location, as per your passport citizenship. Visit Travel.State.Gov to learn more about the entry and exit requirements for your destination. 

Thailand Visa Information http://www.thaiconsulatela.org/service_visa_detail.aspx?link_id=34
Colombia Visa Information- http://losangeles.consulado.gov.co/en/procedures_services/visas
Peru Visa Information http://www.consulado.pe/es/losangeles/Paginas/Inicio.aspx

Sample of Visa Details -  Summary for Thailand:

Thailand - You can review additional details here in regards to the "O" visa application process. You will need to apply for a single-entry Non-Immigrant "O" visa for the purpose of volunteering only (no multiple-entry visas granted for this type). See Consulate General of Thailand in Los Angles web page for full details on Thailand's visa application process. 

Summary of Thailand visa steps for the purpose of volunteering with an NGO (non-government organization)
  • You must submit an application that includes:
  • A current passport - valid for at least six more months beyond your program end date and passport must have some blank visa pages - include a copy of the "picture/information" page of the passport.
  • Two recent passport-type photos
  • A copy of your U.S. Permanent Resident card or long-term U.S. Visa (does not apply to U.S. passport holders)
  • Completed visa application [download]
  • Recent bank statement showing at least $700 US
  • Copy of airline tickets or e-ticket
  • Signed letter on the organization's letterhead stating duration of stay, duties, etc. along with a copy of the organization's registration. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year SDSU Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 04/01/2021 TBA TBA