Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
First Reminiscences…with the LC members in “KHI”
I looked around the airport, saw the immigration officer, gazed at the disembarkation, administrator, glanced at
And so there we were sitting in Saaim’s car smiling at each other with no apparent reason, may be due to the fact that six of us had to cram inside the car pretty oddly or may be it was the sign of bafflement after seeing me and wondering “Is this guy really from
So the journey went on. I was too tired, both mentally and bodily, to actually grab the smirks and jokes being spurted out inside the car and to my respite finally the car stopped in front of Barbera (I don’t know whether it’s the right spelling) Coffee shop. We ordered some fresh juice, coffee and a couple of plate of custom made cheese-layered fries [thanks to Omar’s long-term relationship with the hoteliers… :)] and chit-chatted a bit before heading to the MC house.
Eventually, we arrived at the MC building.
I thought it would be a right abbreviation for Military Cage because to get to the house you have to undergo three layers of inspection operations. First is the main gate, guarded with an armored person. Then there is the voice recognition system. After your voice verification, a prison-like gate electromagnetically opens and you climb up the stairs. While climbing the stairs one might get the feeling of walking through a multi-storied cell with reinforced iron railings on every access-point. Finally when you reach the MC house, there is the third and final layer of security, the iron-fenced door of the house itself. Pretty secured isn’t it!!!
At the MC house, I met Wangari, the Kenyan girl doing her internship at Asoka. Wangari, Sadaf,
It was around 8:00 pm local time and there I was seated at the MC house with all the MC people missing. The event which followed next was enough to make me go besmirch and ruin my jubilant and exciting mood. Stay tuned for that story to be covered in the next blog.
Well that was my recollection of the 13th of November, my first day in
Sincere thanks to Taha, Emad, Wangari and
“Bhalo Thaken” (Stay well)
- Karim A.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Kouadio Yao's experience!
A message from AIESEC in Pakistan's 5th Trainee, and AIESEC in Karachi's 2nd Trainee, Kouadio Yao! He is a former MC VP PD in AIESEC Cote d'Ivoire, and is here in Pakistan working for Berlitz Language Center!
I-THE TRAVEL PREPARATION
To come in Pakistan it means you need to have a visa, to get it in West Africa you have to go to Senegal for some countries and Nigeria for some others.
I decided to go to Senegal for this application. Once I arrived there I went to the embassy of Islamic republic of Pakistan in Senegal and I applied for one year and half as a result the ambassador refused my file without explanation. After telephone contact he told me that I need some additional documents. One must prove how can I live in Pakistan and another proof that my country government know that I’m leaving the country for Pakistan. To have all these proofs I told the committees to do their best to send me these documents, and for this I told the MC of AIESEC Cote d’Ivoire for my governmental documents and the LC Karachi for my living documents in Pakistan. When I got the documents I applied again and obtained visa for 3 months renewable.
II-THE CHECKING AND ACCOMODATION
I took off in ABIDJAN on Friday the 17th Nov'06 at 16:25 (GMT) after a long journey, I arrived in Karachi on Saturday 18th Nov'06 at 11:30am. Firstly AIESEC members and trainee came and picked me at the airport, and then we went to the restaurant for eating and finally I joined at the MC house with the MC and trainees, where I would live for the time being.
At the MC house we buy all of our need (breakfast, dinner …) I use the computer of the trainees and the MC internet connection. Everyday the VP ICX-C Taha Durrani comes and visits me. He was also responsible for my initial transportation to my office. Whenever he is busy his brother comes and picks me from office. In the office I have made some friends, whom I talk with.
I would like AIESEC Pakistan to meet the foreign affairs ministry in order to facilitate visa obtaining that will be very good for AIESEC one side and for the country the other side.
As thanks, I thank the LC Karachi because this is a king of LC we are looking for in AIESEC because the members are friendly, before coming, all of them sent me a message that is one thing I noticed. When I came many of them came and visited me some sent me the welcome message. I particular thank the LCVP ICX-C TAHA Durrani who now is my brother!
I recognize the work done by AIESEC in a small time (2004-2006) 2 years for all this progress. I say that not because I’m here but since joining AIESEC in 2001, I traveled in some countries and saw the progress they have done in many years.
Honestly my expectations about the culture of the country when I was in my country, were different, because at the airport when the policemen saw my visa they kept it and started asking many questions. As the change agent I’m here to see what happens really (the AIESEC role) and one day I will explain to everybody really what is the Pakistani culture!
Thank you all for everything! Insha-ALLAH we will change the world!
Berlitz Language Center
THIS is what we are here for. THIS is AIESEC!
You can contact Yao on firstname.lastname@example.org