reception booklet winter - aiesec in lebanon
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Dear Exchange Participants,
Welcome to Lebanon! As a country, Lebanon is usually named theParis of the Middle East as it has the beauty and open mindness ofEurope but mixed with the arab culture which makes it a uniquedestination for anyone.
I hope your journey in this magical country will be remembered foryears and decades. You will have an amazing time full of newmemories, friends and knowledge. Learn, live and have fun.
See you soon,
Jose Luis CuriMCVP iGCDP 14/15
AIESEC in Lebanon
AIESEC in Lebanon
Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, is a country on the EastMediterranean. It is bordered by Syria to the north/east andPalestine/Israel to the south. Lebanons location at the crossroads of theMediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland, has dictated its richhistory and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity.
The country is famous for its exquisite beauty, diversity, glamor, Europeanflavor, and hospitable people. Its rich culture and history have placed iton the must see list of every world traveler. Lebanese cities are amongthe most famous names in ancient history and majestic ruins still standtoday as a testimony to the greatness of people who lived in this land.
It is the cross culture of various civilizations over thousands of years.Originally home to the Phoenicians and then subsequently con-queredand occupied by the Assyrians, the Crusaders, the Ottoman Turks andmost recently the French; lebanese culture has evolved by borrowingfrom all of these groups. Lebanons diverse population, composed ofdifferent ethnic and religious groups, has further contri-buted to thecountrys festivals, musical styles and literatura as well as cuisine.
Despite the ethnic, linguistic, religious and denominational diversity ofthe lebanese, they share an almost common culture. Lebanese Arabicis universally spoken while food, music and literatura are deep-rooted inwider Medierranean and Levantine norms.
Lebanese cuisine includes an abundance of starches, fruits, fresh fish, vegetables and
seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly.
When red meat is eaten it is usually lamb onthe coast, and goat meat in the mountainregions. It also includes copious amounts of
garlic and olive oil, often seasoned by lemonjuice; olive oi herbs, garlic and lemon are typical flavors found in the Lebanese diet.
Some dishes are also specifically
prepared on special occasions: the meghli dessert,
is served to celebrate a
newborn baby in the family.
Recently, after the long years of the civil war and reocurringperiods of political unrest, Lebanon has become an increasinglypopular destination for tourism. In fact, in 200, the New York Timesranked Beirut the No. 1 travel destination worldwide due to itsUnique Nightlife and Hospitality.
Its rich history, mild climates, along with other factors, have allmade Lebanon currently one of the most visited countries in theMiddle East. Lebanon, even in its post-war state, has managed toattract around 2,352,081 touristsin 2010. Statistics have shown thatLebanons tourist attraction has been rapidly increasing and theMinistry of Tourism predicts that this ongoing trend will amplify in thecoming years.
Top tourist destinations in Lebanon
Baalbek Jeita Grotto The Cedars
Tyre/Sour Beiruts hippodrome
Afqa Waterfall Deir EL Qamar Beittedine
Ecotourism in Lebanon has a rich background of natural diversityand a wide range of outdoor activities. With an original landscapeconsisting of mountains, forest, wildlife, beaches, snow fed, rivers,caves, valleys and gorges, Lebanon is becoming more of anoutdoor destination where people can visit its natural reserves andpractice their ecotourism activities.
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Lebanon has a wonderful nightlife, it is possible to find bars, nightclubs,pubs and restaurants of all possible styles; it is guaranteed that everysingle taste will be satisfied. Lebanon is considered to have one of thebest gastronomical offers in the Middle East; the Lebanese blood of itsresidents makes them assist to the local nightclubs to show theirdancing skills; also it is possible to find more relaxing plans like having adrink or coffee in many places around the city, like cultural andrecreational activities. All these makes Lebanon a wonderful destinationfor all those interested in discovering the nocturnal side of its culture.
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The majority of travelers use service taxis to get from place to place.Service taxis often operate like buses on set routes between townsand cities, though they can be hired to visit other places with somenegotiation. Each taxi carries between 4 (inside metropolitan areas)to 6 (longer distances) passengers, who share the fare betweenthem. The fare is 2000 LL (Lebanese lira) for a short distance of acouple of km, and increases depending on both distance to betraveled, traffic and of course, like everything in Lebanon,persuasion/negotiation skills. A private Taxi ride, is similar to servicewhen it comes to pre-negotiation, but the cost is the same as a fullyloaded Service (the fare * number of passengers).
Entry visas may be obtained from the Lebanese Diplomatic and Consular Missions Abroad
or at the airport.
Please check with your nearest Lebanese Consular mission for more details concerning
visa regulations applying to your citizenship.
1. Citizens from:
Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Qatar and UAEReceive a free entry VISA or 3 months at the airport.
2. A free one-month valid visa, renewable till 3 months, at the airport,is granted to the
citizens of these countries:
Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belgium Brazil Bulgaria CanadaChile Republic of China Czech Republic Costa Rica Croatia Denmark EstoniaFinland France United Kingdom Georgia Germany Greece Hong KongHungary Iceland Ireland Italy Japan Kazakhstan Kyrgyztan LatviaLithuania Macedonia Malaysia Malta Mexico Moldova Netherlands NewZealand Norway Peru Poland Portugal Russia Romania Singapore -Slovakia South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Tajikistan Turkey USAUkraine Uzbekitan Venezuela
3. Citizens from:
Algeria, Egypt & Tunisia
Can obtain their visa at the airport provided they are in possession of the
A round trip non refundable ticket.A hotel reservation or residence adress.
A 2000 USD in cash or check from a recognized bankYou might be asked for the $2000 upon arrival and you have to show them
the money and not give it to them; sometimes they dont ask for it.
4. Other nationals should contact the Consulate at the Lebanese Embassy for
details botow to obtain their Visa, at least one month prior to arrival.
5. Restricted Entry: The Government of Lebanon refuses entry to holders of Israeli
Passports, holders of Passports containing a visa for Israel, valid or expired, used or
unused and Passports with entry stamps to Israel.
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HistoryFounded in June 2011 as an expansion by AIESEC Egypt, it becamean official Committee in February 2012, being the fastest entity tobecome a full member in the AIESEC network.
AIESEC Lebanon continued its achievement to win the prestigious INGaward for having the best relative growth in performance.
In recognition to the amazing efforts and success, LAU LocalCommittee won the regional relative growth award in 2012.
AIESEC Lebanon has hosted two regional conferences: MENACo inOctober 2012 and MENA XLDS in March 2013 which is the biggest andthe most anticipated event in the MENA region.
AIESEC Lebanons global community development program will beworking in three major issues of the nation: unemployment, tourismand refugees.
We run projects as: Discover Lebanon and Refugee-AID during thesummer and AMAL Project during the winter.
The quality of the program is our major focus; we strive to provide ourexchange participants with the best of personal and professionaldevelopment environments.
Before arrivalGeneral support on how to prepare your stay in Lebanon through theReception Booklet.
Expectation meet: a Skype call with an AIESEC member where youcan ask him/her questions concerning your stay and also you will betold about what you shall ideally expect from us.
Inform AIESEC with all the information of your travel:
Flight departure and arrival time.
Have at hand the name of the person responsible for your pickup,including the mobile number.
After arrivalProvide support to find accommodation & concrete options if wehave some available.
AIESEC will deliver an induction session where you will be informedabout your work, more details of Lebanon and things you shouldknow prior your internship.
Taking you on your first working day to the office.
AIESEC is responsible to provide initial assistance in establishing andorienting you upon arrival for your internship. We are here to support,but it is expected from the interns to be responsible for their work andbasic needs in a foreign country.
What we expect from our exchange participantsPersonally:
Be open minded
Accept and try to underst