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AIESEC INDIA iGCDP EP PREPARATION BOOKLET.

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<ul><li> 1. "IndiaWelcome to India!is,thecradleofthehumanrace,thebirthplaceofhumanspeech,themotherofhistory,thegrandmotheroflegend,andthegreatgrandmotheroftradi7on.Ourmostvaluableandmostinstruc7vematerialsinthehistoryofmanaretreasuredupinIndiaonly.MARKTWAIN</li></ul> <p> 2. CONTENTS GlobalCommunityDevelopmentProgramme DiscoveringIndia BreakingBarriers CustomerExperienceManagement CultureShock Contacts 3. Register with us IfyouareaGCDPEPwhohasbeenmatchedtoIndia,filloutthisform: hEp://discover.aiesec.in/register/igcdp-register/ 4. What is GCDP? We aim at providing social impact opportunities thatbuild young leaders who have the right set of skills,knowledge and attitude to make a difference to thesociety. Development of entrepreneurial and responsibleleadership by creating direct positive impact throughinternational volunteer experience. 5. What have the EPs got to say? 6. What have the EPs got to say? 7. What have the EPs got to say? 8. Visit the Taj Mahal - The Epitome of Love WhenlisJngthethingsonemustdoinIndia,youcantleaveTajMahalout.Builtinthe17thcentury,thiswhitemarblemonumentaEractsthousandsoftouristsfromallovertheworld.Itistheepitomeofloveastheworldknowsit.WhileavisittoTajMahalatanyJmeofthedayisexciJng,considervisiJngitduringnight,preferablyonafullmoonnight.ThechargesarealiElehigherfornightvisits,butitisworththeexperience. 9. Corbett National Park A rendezvous with the wildsideArendezvouswiththewildsideofnatureisalwaysanexciJngexperience.CorbeENaJonalParkcandefinitelygiveathrillingrendezvouswiththewildernessofIndia.ItisoneoftheoldestnaJonalparksofthecountry,andcertainlyoneofthemostpopular.Embarkonawildlifesafarihere,eitherinajeeporonanelephant.Wildlifesafaripackagesrangefromshort3daytourstoextensive11daytours.YoucanspotseveralwildanimalshereincludingJgers,leopards,andsomuchmore. 10. Feel the Pulse of the Nation with a ride on the Mumbai LocalTrainForafeelofthepulseofthenaJon,takearideintheMumbailocaltrain.Andifyouarebrave-heartedenough,considertakingarideintheMumbailocaltrainduringthepeakrushhours.YougettohearallkindsofdiscussionswhileintheMumbailocals-frompoliJcstoeconomyandsports-peoplesharetheiropinionabouteverything.Butthebiggestwonderofthejourneyishowthepeoplesurvivethejourney,clingingontothebarestofmetalpiecestheycangettheirhandson.DontworryaboutgeVnginorgeVngout-thecrowdwillhelpyouwiththat;) 11. Go Goa!GoaisoneofthemostvisitedtouristdesJnaJonsintheworld.Knownforitssprawlingbeaches,thestateisblessedwithmanybeachesthatserveasaholidaypicnicspotforadventures,honeymoonersandgeneraltouristsalike.BrightlightsandpeoplemasqueradedasSantasignifythecomingoftheChristmaspartyandNewYear.TakeatouroftheoldchurchesinGoa,whichgiveapeekintotherichculturalpastoftheland,ThechurchesdatebacktotheJmewhenPortugueseruledtheland.SomeofthemhaveaninteresJngstorybehindthem,whileothershavebeauJfularchitecturetobemarveledat.SomeofthemustvisitsonewheninGoaareBasilicaofBomJesus,MaryImmaculateConcepJonandSeCathedral. 12. Relax in a House Boat in Kerala - You will Love ItHouseboatsinDalLake,Srinagarareamesmerizingexperience.TheonesinKeralaarenottoofarbehindeither.WhileahouseboatinKeralamaylackinluxuriousdecor,itmorethanmakesupforitwiththeserenitythatsurroundsit.Stayingamidstdensefoliage,withthemostpersonalizedserviceisexactlythekindofbreakyouneedfromthestressedrouJnesoftoday. 13. Play Cricket on the Street - Make your own rulesCricketistoIndialikewhatfootballistoBrazil.Peopledonotneedparksorstadiumstoplayagameofcricket.Alltheyneedisanemptystreetcorneranditisgameon.PlayagameofstreetcricketinIndia,withitspeculiarrulesanddollopsofexcitement.Watchout-one-Jp(bounce)-one-handisout! 14. Theres so much more to do!. Checkout:101ThingstoDoinIndia!hEp://discover.aiesec.in/about-india/things-to-do-in-india/ 15. Important information CalculateandcomparethedifferenceofthecostoflivingfromyourhomeLCtoyourhostLCcheckoutwww.numbeo.com Alistofgeneralemergencyhelplinenumbersacrossthecountry:Clickhere ToknowtheweatherandJmeinanycityhEp://www.Jmeanddate.com/ 16. Changing Perspectives This is an excerpt from a Pre ArrivalSurvival Guide written by an EP fromAIESEC UK with contributions from EPsaround India Pessimistic view designed to give aworst case scenario, all possible worseeventualities, this doesnt mean it will belike this! 17. AccommodationTogiveyouapictureofthedifferenttypesacrossthecountryorevencity!TryingtowritethisdocumentwefoundourselvesstrugglingtoprovideacomprehensiverepresentaJonofaccommodaJonasitvariestremendouslyfromregiontoregion,LC(localcommiEee)toLC,projecttoproject!ThereisnoonesizefitsallguideforaccommodaJoninIndiaandthereforetheresponsibilityofclearlyknowingwhatyouaretobeexpecJnguponarrivalshouldbeofyourutmostpriority.EvenifitisoutlinedonyourTNform,itisstronglyadvisablethatyoucontactyourrespecJveTNmanager,EPbuddyortrainingpartnerandgetacompletesetofinformaJongiventoyoupriortoyourarrival.WepersonallyfeelthatthemoreclarityyouhaveaboutyourhousingsituaJon,thenthebeEerpreparedyouwillbetodealwithalloftheotherfactorsinvolvedwithlivingandworkinginanewcountry! 18. Accommodation ChecklistMakesureyouarecheckingthefollowingwithyourTNManagerregardingaccommodaJon: EPsperroom KitchenFaciliJes Internetfacility WashingFaciliJes Sleepingspace DistanceofaccommodaJonfromareaofwork 19. KNOW Your ProjectHavingafewkeythingsinplacebeforeyouleaveisessenJal,themainonebeingresearchintotheprojectorfieldofstudy!Althoughmanyofyoumayfeelthatbecauseyoustudythesubjectyoumaybeworkingin,doyouknowthelocalrealiJesthatmayfacetheorganisaJon,orevenwhatthecultureofthebusinessmaybe?AsmenJonedbefore,anotherkeypointyoushouldtrytoascertainfromyourTNmanageristhedistancetoworkfromyouraccommodaEon.YoushouldtryandprepareyourselfsoyouhaveabeEerideaofwhatyouwillhavetotraveleveryday.InaddiJonyoumayneedtobudgetforthis.Thestartandenddateofyourprojectarealsoveryimportanttopics.AccordingtotheAIESECGCDPDeliveryModel,thefirstweekofyourprojectwithmostlyincludeseGlingintothelocalandnaEonalculture,geIngaccustomedtothefoodandfindyourbearingsinthenewenvironment. 20. KNOW Your ProjectBearthefollowingpointsinmind,andbesuretoclearthemwithyourTNManager: InformaJonandbackgroundabouttheorganizaJonyouaregoingtoworkwith.Thiswillenableyoutoresearchabouttheissueyouaregoingtobeworkingon. DistanceofworkfromaccommodaJon Startandenddateoftheproject,includingtheincubaJonperiod. AboutotherEPsyouaregoingtoworkwith(Beexcited!) Measurableresultsandexpectedoutcomefromyourworkingintheproject Whenduring,beforeoradertheprojectcanyoutakeJmeofftoexplorethecountry IsanyaddiJonalpreparaJonrequired,suchascarryingalaptopetc. 21. Arrival into India ClearwhowillbemeeJngyou,where,atwhatJme,havetheirnumbers,EBcontactlist.AccommodaJondetailsaddress,direcJons,justincasethereisanemergencyandyouneedtogettothehotel,EPflat. KeepyourDollarshandy,youcanconvertaporJonofthemuponarrival.AskAIESECersaboutcurrencyexchangecentersinthecitythatmightgiveyoubeEervalueforyourmoney,aderyouhaveseEledin. ConfirmtheidenEtyoftheTNmanageruponpickup,andifthishasbeenoutsourcedtoataxifirm,makesureyouhavetheirnumberandname,andthenringtheTNmanagerandconfirmyourpickup 22. Arrival into IndiaMakesureyouareclearwiththefollowingdetailsbeforeyouarriveintoIndia,ifnotcontactyourTNmanagerforthesame: Contactdetailsofthepersonwhoisgoingtopickyouup IfyouaretravellingbetweenciJes(Example:YourflightlandsatMumbaiandyouhavetogotoSurat)pleasemakesurethatthereisareservaJonforyouinthenextflight,ortrain,orcabforthejourneyonward. TatkalTickets(EmergencyReservaJon)fortrainsareavailableforbookingonly1daybeforethetrainjourneyandgetsoldoutpreEyquickly.IfyourhostLCisdoingthebookingforyou,makesureyoureceivetheJcketinyouremailANDtheSMSonyourmobilephone. ConfirmingwiththeTNmanageraboutabackupplantoreachtheaccommodaJon,incaseyourpick-updoesnotturnup(ItsbeEertobesafethansorry!) 23. FoodRegionaldifferencescanleadtoextremelydifferentfoodbeingservedacrossIndia,withmostci7esbeingluckyenoughtocontainalotofthedifferenttypes!Whether it be rice based, chapati accompanied, or naan complemented, most mealswill cost very little but pack a lot of carbohydrates! But what about the stories that sayall Indian food is spicy and that Westerners just cant manage it! To that I sayrubbish! I would say that I have a moderately strong stomach but I can managecurries which the locals would call relatively hot, with the help of some sweet Lassi tocool the burn of course!It is true that most of their food is spicy but how that term is used in most locationsin the world is different to India! Here everything is spiced, whether it be simplebreakfast porridge or a little cup of chai (tea as we would call it). I feel it should besaid that it would be wise for every person to carry some immodium or equivalent,despite how strong your stomach may be! Our bodies are often just not used tobreaking down such spices and flavourings and even though you may feel that yourmouth can handle the heat, it doesnt mean that your stomach can!-AnEPfromUnitedKingdom 24. ClothingDiscerndressappropriatelydependingonthesituaJonIndianculture.CheckwithlocalrealiJesasitcanvarydramaJcallyacrossIndiaveryimportantforfemalesmorethanmalestemples,intheeveninginciJesorjustday-to-dayinruralareas. Clothestendtobeverycheap,andgoodquality.Arrivelightanddepartpacked. Howtowashclothing-bringtravelwash Carrywinterweartowardoffthecold.Ittendstogetverycoldinthenorth,becomingwarmerasyougosouth. IndiatendstobeconservaJveaboutclothing,dressappropriatelybutcomfortablyJ Checkthelocalweatheronline:here 25. Health BesuretotakeappropriatevaccinaJonsbeforearrival,youprobablydontwanttospendyourinternshiplyinginbed. Malariapillsareavailablecheaplylocallyandcanbepurchasedwithease. Clearoutstagnantwaterinyourtraineeflattoavoidbuildingupofmosquitoes Purchaselocalmosquitorepellants,whichtendtobeeffecJve. AvoideaJngregularlyfromroadsidestalls,askAIESECersaboutrecommendaJons. Keepthedetailsofaphysician,hospitalandotherameniJeshandy.ItsbeEertobesafethansorry. KeepimmodiumwithyouJ 26. Helping you through your own feedback AIESEC as an organization wants to be better everyday and provide the best services possible to thecustomers. For that sake AIESEC International has partnered withCustomer Gauge, a customer feedback firm thatgives data on Net Promoter Score. NPS is acustomer loyalty metric that is based on directquestions. It measures the loyalty that exists between aProvider (AIESEC in this case) and a consumer(the exchange participant in this case) based onthe quality of the services given by the provider. 27. What you need to do?You will receive an email with a survey 3 timesduring your entire cycle of engagement withAIESEC. You will receive the first survey as soon asyou are matched, the second survey when you arein the other country on exchange and the thirdsurvey when you come back from the internship.The email will look something like this: 28. You can give the ratings as per your experience. Broadly:0-6 means Poor7-8 is Average9 is Good10 is Excellent 29. How is this survey useful for both the parties? The Exchange participant can keep on giving constant feedbackthrough the survey forms and we can improve our services/ ask thehost local committees in other countries to do the same. You can open a case through this survey and keep the hosting localcommittees accountable in case they are not fulfilling any of thepromises they made. Give us more insights in the quality of services of the AIESEC localchapters all around the world. 30. Culture ShockItisthefeelingofdisorientaEonexperiencedbysomeonewhentheyaresuddenlysubjectedtoanunfamiliarculture,wayoflife,orsetofaItudes.Duringyourinternshipyoumayexperiencecultureshock.Thisfeelingcancomeduetodifferentreasonsrelatedunfamiliarenvironment.However,youneedtotaketheiniJaJvetoadjustintheenvironmentandfindsoluJonstoyourchallenges.Bydoingthisyouundergo,thephaseofexperienEalentrepreneurialdevelopment.Throughisphaseyouwilllearnanddevelopskillsthatmakeyourmindsetentrepreneurial.Hence,youwillbecomecapabletoworkeffecJvelyinanysituaJonandtakeneweriniJaJves. 31. CultureShockWhengoingthroughacultureshockkeepgoing. 32. Culture ShockYoucangotoouronlineplaiormtoknowaboutstoriesofcultureshockandshareyourstory.Itsreallysimpletojoin,sharestoriesandsearchfortripinspiraJon.Youcanexploretheworldbycountryorbyexperience:whetheryourewonderingwhatyoucandoinChinaorcuriousaboutwhatlifeislikeinCambodia.Ifyouareatraveler,makeyourtriplastlongandshareyourstories.IfyourelookingforinspiraJon,discovertheworldatyourfingerJps.Visitculture-shock.metoday!culture-shock.me 33. AIESEC India ContactsAnup MohanDirectorIncoming Global Community Development ProgramAIESEC Indiaanup.mohan@aiesec.netMariana MihaiNational Support TeamExchange Participant CommunicationEmail - mihaimarianapetria@gmail.com 34. GOOD LUCK FOR THE INDIANTIMES AHEAD J </p>