ALPS 2017 Report

My 1st AIESEC Conference!

5 AIESEC Alumni Austria members visited the ALPS 2017 Conference in Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria, from Oct. 28th till Oct. 29th. The whole Conference lasted for 4 days and took place from Thursday, Oct. 26th till Sunday, Oct. 29th.

Hi, I am Manfred and I have been a member of AIESEC Alumni Austria (“AAA”) since 2012. I was a trainee from 1992 until 1993 for 11 months in Milwaukee, WI, USA. This traineeship and the experiences of living and working abroad have really changed my life! Since I hadn’t been in Young AIESEC before, I really started to get to know AIESEC during that exchange period and developed more and more interest from that moment on. I was even welcome to join AAA much later. Given this background, though, I am lacking all of the insights into the inner life and “secrets” of the AIESEC world. Therefore, I am using every opportunity now to get to know AIESEC better. The ALPS 2017 Conference was another chance to catch up with some of my shortfalls. Here’s my report:

Our part was to fill the “Gala Night” on Saturday evening. We started out in performing our “Roll Call” dancing to the song “Let’s Twist Again” from Chubby Checker in front of all conference participants, and we had lots of fun. Thanks to Caro and Nicol for the choreography! Afterwards we shortly introduced ourselves to the audience and sat down again. Thereafter, AAA as a whole was introduced by Edu, Faci and our evening host. He pointed out that in recent years interest in Alumni had been particularly high, given our experience and practical insights. Jordan, our President, subsequently gave an introductory speech about his path to AIESEC “back in the days” and what he has learned from that experience. He let the audience in on his goals and ideas for the future of AAA and what he wants to achieve in the forthcoming years, as well as what AAA means and can mean for Young AIESEC now and in the future.

Following Jordan all of us (Caro, Andie, Chrys, and I) returned back “on stage” and each of us gave a more detailed – and in part very emotional – overview of his or her past with AIESEC and what we have taken from that time, why we had joined back then, what we have experienced, and how it has influenced our life. My case was slightly different, I reported mostly on my career development, which was very positively influenced by my traineeship. Our stories were followed by a Q&A session for about half an hour until the end of our part. A lot of questions were raised by Young AIESEC, so I felt like we made a quite valuable contribution to ALPS 2017! Afterwards we were invited to join all other activities during the rest of the evening (and even on Sunday), which particularly involved a “Halloween Party”. I will certainly always remember the “Boat Race” way after midnight, which was just exciting! We participated, yes, but we didn’t even make it to round two (which was actually quite good for our health…).

I think we have successfully achieved our goal of introducing AAA, supported by our roll-up highlighting our key messages, to all participating Young AIESEC, i.e., who and what we are, where we are coming from, where we are standing now, and where we want to be in the future!

Manfred Weierer

Events & Activities Autumn 2016


October 31st and November 1st four Alumni (Jörn Lange, Chrys Taslis, Greg Tzavelopoulos and Dieter Langenecker) participated in this year’s ALPS (x) at the Hochkar, sharing their experiences with AIESEC both during their studies as well as Alumni, and informed about the relaunch of Mentoring for active Aiesecers by Alumni Alumni

(X) The Austrian Leadership Preparation Seminar – ALPS, is the largest conference in AIESEC in Austria and provides the participants with a space of growth where they can understand and assimilate their past experiences and empowers them to take their next steps in AIESEC – whichever they might be; through developing their leadership skills and helping them create a vision for their own path in AIESEC.



Thursday, Nov. 3rd,   at Das Campus WU Wien with past-President Midge


Fear and Social Peace

Thursday, Nov. 10th,  wonderful inspirational evening organised by Eva Westhauser

The meeting took place at the Europazentrum Wien, where our team of nine motivated old AIESECers (out of 4 generations) was discussing along the following questions:

What I am afraid of/what scares me?

What is social peace? (personal definition)

How can we achieve social peace?

Read the whole summary here

Next gathering Jan. 25th 6:30 -8 p.m. (location tba)


AAEurope‘s  StepUp

Nov 11-13th,  in Athens, on the ATP/Alumni Theme Program

All the details here


“Unconditional Basic Income – Naive Illusion or Base for a Sustainable Future?”

Wednesday November 16th,  Great profound presentation by Thomas Krisper

The Swiss referendum on June 5th 2016 drew the worldwide attention to this idea: Everybody should be guaranteed an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in order to be able to live modest but in dignity. You can also see it as a financially extended interpretation of the Human Rights declaration (Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”). Other aspects are: an answer to automation and increasing unemployment, a new definition of work, a possibility of activating the creativity and resources of all humans, and many more. The important part is: It is not just a new form of social welfare, but a total shift of paradigms: From a system of fear and competition to a system of institutionalized love and mutual empowerment, which is more efficient not only ethically but also economically!

See the PPT presentation HERE


Christmas Market at Aggstein

Nov. 20th , in short: too many people, not all of them/too many Alumni; see for yourself:


But Glühwein and Würstel helped to endure the cold temperatures and crowds



AIESEC’s YSF/Youth Speak Forum

Nov 22nd – 25th,  in cooperation with UNIDO

Read all about this global initiative at



SIETAR Austria – Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research

Friday Nov. 25th,  Speech by Gert Jan HOFSTEDE on „The Dark Side Of Culture



Christmas Market

Saturday, Nov. 26th  Beautiful Christmas Market visit by AA Innsbruck



Alumnite in Vienna and 1st Alumnite ever in Innsbruck

Thursday, Dec. 1st 




50 Years Anniversary of AIESEC Czechoslovakia

Saturday, Dec 3rd,  in Bratislava with Jean Choplin, Founder of AIESEC in 1948 (a real moving experience!)



LCM and Christmasparty LC Graz

Wednesday, Dec 7th, in my home LC Graz, which is also going to initiate Alumni activities!


And now, watch out for the upcoming newsletter with the 2017 outline

(haven’t subscribed to the newsletter yet? Do it now, here!)

Share contacts with AIESEC!

We as AIESEC in Austria are currently actively approaching companies to partner up with us, not only about exchange, but for many other things. Therefore it would immense help us if you could share your contacts with us of companies, which could potentially be a future partner of AIESEC in Austria.

Therefore I´m attaching an excel which contains already some contacts, but for sure is also missing a lot!

Thank you for your kind help and hope to meet you in person on our events!

Johannes Schneeberger
AIESEC in Austria 16/17

My areas of contribution to AAA 2016/17

Keep it personal & simple

My “areas” of contribution to AAA (and Aiesec) 2016/17 include:


Cooperation with AIESEC in Austria

Communication (Social Media, Newsletter)

Vision, ATP (Alumni Theme Programme)


Ad Alumnites:

As is the case in many AIESEC/AA countries every 1st Thursday of the month we will have an  ALUMNite in Vienna (and hopefully soon also in other cities! Interested? Just let me know!).

An informal get-together (Stammtisch) of Alumni, visitors from abroad and active AIESECers; to reunite, meet old friends. share stories, experiences, inspire – and have fun.

Every then and when we may have some special program (provided someone proposes to organize it).

And I’m thinking to organize a special Christmas Market Alumnite, where also our families (especially kids, or as in my case, grandchildren) can participate.

So head over to the AAA calendar, and make use of the “export to your calendar” feature (the link opens in a new window, so you’ll be able to come back here in no time)!


Ad Cooperation with AIESEC in Austria

Checking out possibilities for co-operations, sharing ideas and experiences, and enabling AIESECers a flawless transition to AAA when finishing their studies!


Ad Communication (Social Media, Newsletter)

Regularly update/inform AAAlumni (and the rest of the world) of what’s going on, what is in the pipeline.

As to the newsletter we are going to reactivate the idea of the “4 Seasons Newsletter”, meaning it will be published once a quarter (21st of September, of December, of March and of June). Plus, the odd issue for special events. And, do consider the idea of sharing your thoughts in one or more of the issues J


Ad Vision, ATP (Alumni Theme Programme)

What is AAA/AIESEC really about, its purpose, mission, vision? “Peace and Fulfilment of Humankind’s Potential”? Or, “Leadership”? To enable students to be better prepared for …? Or to be a thought leader, to propose (and implement) new approaches?

AAEurope (Peter Mandl) is on the forefront of these conversations; I’m thinking about participating myself as well; and to invite you to share your thoughts and input about the (future) role of AAA/AIESEC; maybe a future (kind of) Board of Advisors? Some of you already expressed interest; so if you feel that in addition to the AIESEC spirit you nowadays also have some experience and thoughts to share, simply let me know, and we’ll take it from there! (You can read more about ATP here)

And do provide us with your thoughts, ideas and active participation!

With best regards,

Dieter Langenecker Portrait picture

Dieter Langenecker (AAA Pres.)

InteGreat - an AIESEC Vienna BOKU project

InteGREAT: Be a host and help make a project become reality

AIESEC Vienna BOKU to organize InteGREAT in Vienna

The project idea:

InteGREAT is a 6-week AIESEC internship that will take place from August 15th to September 25th. Students engage with local NGOs such as Caritas, Red Cross or KAMA in order to improve refugees’ integration in Austria. In order to do so, student interns will …

  • … teach (unaccompanied) minors and organise recreational activities for them, hosted by the individual NGO with whom they are working
  • … organise workshops and seminars about the national and European social and cultural context, IT and english courses
  • … create project ideas to raise awareness on integration and welcoming the country
  • … promote their NGO’s activities, help with the Website/Blog management, and give media coverage and visibility to the refugees’ stories and activities

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New LC and MC teams in the house

The new Member Committee Team

On 1st Juli 2016, the new MC term will start. The new MCP was elected during ALPS in December in Fürstenfeld: Anita Živković, currently Head of Operations – Global Internship Program in Austria’s national team. Some of you maybe remember her guest feature “AIESEC Exchange & Leadership Programmes” about the new/current exchange programmes on our website’s news section.
Anita is currently joined by her national and international colleagues and will take over from Una Marin (outgoing NCP) soon.

Thanks so far for the cooperation between AIESEC and AIESEC Alumni – we hope to improve it even more 🙂

The new Local Committee Teams

AIESEC in Austria has quite grown in the recent years.Vienna now sports 3 Local Committees (and a so-called IG/Interest Group = LC in startup phase). And next to the already established LCs in Graz, Linz and Innsbruck there also is one in Salzburg. Unfortunately the former LC in Klagenfurt doesn’t exist any more and several attempts to revive it had failed.

By the way: from an alumni perspective it would be nice to have local/regional alumni communities at all places where there are LCs. Though we as national team with AIESEC Alumni Austria can’t organise local events we still can help with the communication here on the website, the newsletter/event announcements and the communication over our social media: LinkedIn, XING, facebook and AlumNet.

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“On the Road with Migrants”

On Saturday, June 11th 2016, Chrysosthenis Taslis from AIESEC Alumni Austria  and AIESEC LC Vienna WU organized a special boardgame called “On the Road with Migrants”. The game was developed by Caritas France based on real stories and this time took place at at Business University of Vienna (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien).

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Solar panels and wind power generators are means of producing sustainable energy

Sustainable Energy dialogue in the making

Sustainable energy and climate change

Climate change is affecting every aspect of our lives and current global happenings such as
economics, global policy or the refugee crisis. One year after COP-21 we will discuss
actions on climate change: Are we doing enough? What can politics, economy and civil
society do and how are we best working together? How does a realistic solution look like?

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AIESEC Exchange & Leadership Programmes

Anita Živković PortraitAIESEC in Austria offers currently three different Exchange & Leadership Programmes. They all aim to develop leadership skills in young interns coming to Austria and at the same time providing companies, start-ups or NGOs with valuable skills and knowledge:

  • Global Citizen – the global volunteer programme
  • Global Talent – the “classic” exchange programme
  • Global Entrepreneur – a programme designed for start-ups.

Duration of internships vary from programme to programme, as does their main goals and legal backgrounds.

Learn more (guest article by Anita Živković, Head of Operations – Incoming Global Talent Program):

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