Reunion at DO-IT 2015

Every five years, we are organizing a big alumni reunion at the national AIESEC conference DO-IT, usually in Fiesch/VS. This year, it will take place on 13-15 November and we would love for you to join.
We will have the agenda team meeting end of June in Berne, where we will build the proposed agenda. In case you would like to get involved or have input/expectations, please get in touch with the conference manager Corinne (corinne.binkert@nullaiesecalumni.ch). The goal is to give space for networking and catching up with fellow alumni, meet current AIESEC members and have sessions from alumni for alumni. We will start on Friday late evening with a short opening session and end on Sunday around noon.
One hundred beds are already reserved in Fiesch and are waiting for us! We are very much looking forward to meeting you there!

Dear fellow AIESEC alumni

It is quite some time ago, we have released our last newsletter in this format. In the meantime, we experimented with announcements through various social media platforms and we have to admit that we should not have stopped sending out these newsletters. Maybe, we are still inspired by AIESEC’s constant experimentation on new things. Oh well…. We are back here again, sending a round of apologies to those of you who have not heard from us for too long and at the same time, it is our intention to send you newsletters on a regular basis by email as well as the social media channels. We seek to balance the topics on what we write about like news from the AIESEC world, from the alumni organisation but also what alumni are doing in the world. If you have some inputs, please let us know. We are keen on your inputs.
About 4 years ago, we took the decision to re-establish an AIESEC alumni organisation in Switzerland again. Some of you might have said “again?” or “I wonder how long that lasts…” and with the silence from us over this channel, we almost proved you right. We hope that we still can prove you different this time. The board is committed to bringing the organisation to a stable level so that we finally have a lasting alumni organisation in Switzerland. We are looking forward to you joining our passion for a stronger alumni network in Switzerland. We would like to invite you to join us in building this network. Be it by becoming a member of the alumni organisation, by joining one of our events, to support AIESEC or by simply following our newsletter. We wish you a great summer and we are looking forward to bringing you the alumni network a bit closer.
On behalf of the AIESEC Alumni Switzerland board
Fabian Tschan

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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon 20 alumni gathered at Zürich Airport to enjoy a tour behind the scenes and some quality time together. After learning about some general facts and figures about the airport, we passed security control and went onto the tarmac where our guide, who was working for 30 years for Swissair and then Swissport in Zürich and New York, told us a bit more about the outline of the airport and how it has grown from a small airport, where passengers used to walk from the gate to the aircraft on foot to today’s international airport that handles 250’000 flights per year and through which 25 million passengers travel each year.
After that, we went to the baggage scanning department, where we saw all four steps of baggage scanning and the impressive baggage transfer system. Our guide told us that once security agents suspected a fragmentation bomb in a bag and when they brought it to the passenger to open it, the item in question was a neatly folded sequin dress. After looking at the collection of prohibited items they found in checked in bags, we realized that there is nothing that passengers don’t try to transport!
Next, we walked the 1,5 km through the baggage sorting system and the baggage tunnel to Terminal E. Each piece of luggage is transferred from the scanning system onto the transport system, gets its own little cart in which it gets transported at 35 km/h to Terminal E, where each piece is placed in the aircraft containers by hand. The people doing this job lift around 12 tons per day. We will all pack a little less next time we fly!
After walking along Terminal E on the airfield and admiring the Dreamliner from Quatar Airlines, we saw the Airbus A380 from Emirates proceeding to the runway to take off and many Airbus A340 aircrafts from Swiss International Airlines landing and rolling to their parking positions.
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Alumni in the world

We have all been part of AIESEC in the past. This is what connects us, this is what many of us still have very fond memories about. Some of us have been impacted more by our experiences within the organization, some of us less … some of us remember just a few particular moments, and others got married to a fellow AIESECer. Our stories are as diverse as our global AIESEC network of friends.
Even the AIESEC Alumni Switzerland organization reflects this diversity. After our time at University, there was indeed a life after AIESEC to be discovered, lots of personal and professional development steps to be made and everybody has gone their own way.
With this new section, we would like make the AIESEC Alumni Switzerland community a bit more tangible for you, dear reader, and we’d like to add a bit of personality to it. Going forward, it is going to feature one or two alumni sharing their perspective in a short, interview-style article. We are really looking forward to discovering many stories and potential that’s to be found within our AIESEC in Switzerland alumni community.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of the board of AAS, during our last board meeting.
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AIESEC Geneva invites to their 2015 Winter Event

Dear Alumni,
AIESEC Geneva warmly invites you to join our current members on our 2015 Winter Event in Leukerbad, from 21st to 22nd February.
The weekend will be filled with various activities: skiing, snowshoeing, sledging, thermal bath, ice-skating and indoor sports. Nice AIESEC gathering is to be expected in the beautiful mountain scenery of Leukerbad. You can find all information regarding prices, activities and registration in the booklet in attached.
We hope to see you numerous !
The link to the event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1563817940501819/

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Registrations for the Young Alumni Track at DOIT 2014 are open!

Registrations for the Young Alumni Track at DOIT are open!
http://www.aiesecalumni.ch/doit
Join us for two days of fun, plenty of time to reconnect and network with other alumni and time to reflect.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Fiesch!
In case of questions, do no hesitate to get in touch with Corinne, our track manager.

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Summer event 2014 of AIESEC Alumni Switzerland

Dear fellow AIESEC Alumni
You’ll surely agree with us that the months of July and August are generally known and loved for their excessive amount of sunshine and the fact that it’s sometimes even possible to put on our bathing suit and flip flops, which clearly makes everybody happy! It’s equally famous for the super cool outdoor activities we can do with friends.

Our annual AIESEC Alumni Switzerland Summer Event will this year offer an opportunity to spend a few beautiful, relaxed, fun and adventurous hours outside with (old or new) AIESEC Alumni friends! It will take place on Sunday, August 17th 2014 and for the first time, it will take place in the beautiful Bernese “Seeland” region, more concretely in Pres-d’Orvin, Bellevue, about 20mins above Biel-Bienne.

After an easy and stunning 1.5h hike/walk – followed by a short General Assembly – we will have lunch and spend some time at the famous ‘bison ranch’, with its nice views and fun rope park (http://www.bisonranch.ch/).

Sounds like something you don’t want to miss? We agree!!!!
Join us for a fun outdoor summer day! We can’t wait to see you there!!

More information in the below agenda.
Travel costs and entry to rope park (CHF 31.-) are to be covered individually, lunch is planned to be subsidized by AAS, depending on the amount of participants.

Option „Bison Ranch“
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Congratulations to LC Geneva for winning the ALUMNI STAR AWARD 2012/ 2013!

The artistically designed ALUMNI STAR AWARD is a challenge award which is conferred by AAS on the most active local committee in Switzerland which demonstrates the most valuable contribution to the alumni network.

LC Geneva is the winner for the year 2012/2013 and the first local committee to receive the ALUMNI STAR AWARD. Next year the award may stay in Geneva or move to another LC with the best alumni activities.

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The STAR and the team

Thank you to NOTABENE GROUP for providing the STAR AWARD. The artifact has been designed and handmade in the early 1980s specifically for the recognition of talent and contribution to society. AIESEC Alumni Switzerland is proud to continue using the artifact for the same purposes.

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Past Events: Summer Event of AAS

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Twenty-five alumni met on a wonderful sunny afternoon in Bern for the summer event. After a refreshing swim in the Aare we went to Schwellenmätteli Restaurant for an extensive apéro.

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The goal of the AIESEC Alumni Switzerland summer event is to bring alumni from all over Switzerland together for a relaxed occasion to network and reconnect. We are planning to organize this event every year around July or August.
This year we met at the Restaurant Schwellenmätteli in Bern, which is located directly at the river Aare. Twenty five alumni met on this sunny and hot afternoon on August 19th.

The board of AIESEC Alumni Switzerland presented future events and chances for involvement. An example is the mentorship programme that has been launched. The members of the national board of AIESEC in Switzerland is already enjoying this programme. Now we would like to encour-age more alumni to support active members.
Another opportunity are the two topic related alumni groups around NGOs and entrepreneurship.

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Also we started to collect money (also the small coins!!) for the AIESEC Alumni Switzerland Fund. This fund shall support AIESEC projects. At the moment we are collecting money to help AIESEC Lugano to finance a member from AIESEC Italy to come for six weeks to Lugano to start up the internship sales and to train LC members in the area of incoming exchange. The Local Committee in Lugano has suffered from a big membership and therefore knowledge loss over the last years and was close to being closed last year. Now they are starting from scratch and need every support possible. They have handed in a good application for the fund and we decided to support it with maximum 5000 swiss francs. At the moment we collected around 900 swiss frances. If you would like to contribute as well please feel free to make your donation on the homepage of AIESEC Alumni Switzerland or put some coins in our red piggy banks that will be on every regional group first Thursdays event. The attendees of the summer event feeded them very well! A big thank you to all the attendeed for that from the board!
We hope that everybody enjoyed the event to the fullest and hope that we see you (and many oth-ers) again at one of the next events!

Past Events: Regional Group SG/ZH event

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AIESEC Alumni at The Hub Event
On 12th May about thirty Alumni and current members of AIESEC Switzerland came together at The Hub in Zurich for an afternoon full of catching up and sharing experiences. After Michel Bach-mann, AIESEC St. Gallen Alumnus and Co-founder of The Hub Zurich, gave us a presentation and tour of the venue, two AIESEC Alumni, Giancarlo Schwendener and Duane Raymon, shared their experiences they made both within the network and since becoming Alumni. A nice apéro and din-ner at the restaurant Zeughauskeller rounded off the event.
Spending this day getting the know new friends, reconnecting with old ones and learning something while doing so was great. We would like to thank all Alumni and current members who joined this event and are looking forward to next year’s edition.