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Egypt LC GUC
EGYPTIAN TRADITIONS AND CULTUREThe Culture of Egypt has six thousand years recorded history. Ancient Egypt was among the earliest civilizations. For millennia, Egypt main-tained a strinkingly complex and stable culture that influenced later cultures of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. After the Pharaonic era, Egypt itself came under the influence of Hellenism, for a time Christianity, and later, Arab and Islamic culture. Today many aspects of Egypt’s ancient culture exist in interaction with newer elements inculding the influence of modern Western culture.
Ancient Egyptian religion was a polytheistic system there was a strong cult of resurrection in the next life centered around the god Osiris. Coptic Christi-anity was popular in the Roman and Byzantine periods, and Egypt was indeed one of the stron-gest early Christian communi-ties. Today, Christians constitute from approximately 5-10% of the population.Islam in Egypt came to the country with the succes-sors of the Prophet Muhammad, and is today the dominant faith with over 90% of the population.
Egypt’s main language or mother tongue is Arabic. Arabic came to Egypt in the 7th century , and Egyptian Arabic has become to-day the modern speech of the country. Of the many varieties of Arabic, it is the most widely spoken second dialect, due to the influence of Egyptian cinema and media throughout the Arabic-speaking world.
Belly dance, or Raqs Sharqi (liter-ally: oriental dancing) in Arabic, may have originated in Egypt, and today the country is considered the international center of the art. The mamba is very popular in Egypt and can be found especial-ly in the country’s capital, Cairo. African music is a rich mixture of indigenous Egyptian, Arabic, African and Western influences. The most popular Egyptian pop singers are Amr Diab, Mohamed Mounir,Ali El Haggar, Mohamed
Hamaki and Tamer Hosny.
MUSIC AND DANCE
The most played most-watched sport in Egypt is Footbol (Soccer). Egyptian Soccer clubs especially El Ahly and El Zamalek are known throughout the Middle East and Africa and enjoy the reputation of long-time champions of the sport regionally. They enjoy popularity
even among non-Egyptians.
Egyptian cuisine consists of lo-cal culinary traditions such as Ful medames, Kushari and Molokhia. It also shares similarities with food found throughout the east-ern Mediterranean like kebab and falafel.
1st day of spring 2nd monday after Coptic Easter day
Eid El-Fitr Breakfast Feast
Eid EL-Adha Sacrifice feast
MAJOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
It’s Called Sham El-Nessim dayJust avoid going out on this day to national parls and the zoo
Sinai liberation day
1952 revolution day
Armed forces day, victory day 1973
Suez liberation day
Comes right after the Holy fasting month of Ramdan
Comes right after the pilgrimage season, it lasts for four days
D A Y D E S C R I P T I O N
AIESEC GUC was founded in 2009 with a starting number of 40 members, only to ever grow to 200 members in 2015.The name GUC stands for “The German University in Cairo” which is located in Cairo where AIESEC GUC has started.In 2011, AIESEC GUC was rewarded the fastest growing LC “Local Committee” in the MENA “Middle East & North African Region” in the MENA XLDS Confer-ence, and in the same year in IC 2011 “International Congress” – a conference held each year having the top leaders of the 126 countries where AIESEC is present”, AIESEC GUC won “Fulfilling the promise” award.In the next year’s MENA XLDS Conference 2012, AIESEC GUC again won another award but this time AIESEC GUC was recognized as the “LC of the year” award.Later that year in NIC 2012 “National Induction Conference”, AIESEC GUC won “Organiz-ing Conferences Excellence” award, and in 2013, in MENA XLDS 2013, AIESEC GUC won the “Absolute Growth” award, beside being “The most innovative entity” in NRM “National replanning Meeting Conference” 2013.Moving on to 2014, AIESEC GUC was ranked 1st nationally in Egypt and 2nd globally in number of exchanges done.
7Wonders of theWorld
WHY IGCDP AIESEC GUC?Our IGCDP team is well known for their outstanding projects, activi-ties, and R&S team. This year we come with seven projects. Here are some more details on what we offer:
RECEPTION & SERVICING TEAM:The reception and servicing team is an initiative that is taken by AIE-SEC GUC in order to ensure that the experience provided to our in-terns is the best possible. A team made up of some of AIESEC GUC’s most dedicated members, they are responsible for providing the qual-ity we promise and strive for. Responsible for interns’ accommoda-tion, interns’ help on a day to day basis, interns’ cultural experience within the country, trips, outings & much more, this team is basically the Standards & Satisfaction insurance team. AIESEC in GUC has one of, if not the best reception & servicing team in the whole MENA region and is proud of it. A number of people solely dedicating a big portion of their year in order to assist our interns, AIESEC GUC could never thank this team enough, the same goes for a lot of the interns whose lives were touched by this team.
INTERNS PREPARATION SEMINAR:
Yet another attempt in order to provide S&S fulfillment, we in AIESEC GUC, believe that an Exchange should never be just the job descrip-tion in whichever project you are in. With the R&S team contributing to the Cultural part of the Exchange, the last pillar left would be Edu-cation & Self Development. AIESEC GUC focuses on this last pillar by providing the Interns Preparation Seminar. Held in the beautiful coastal city Dahab for our Summer Realizations, the Interns Prepa-ration Seminar is a full AIESEC conference attended by our AIESEC GUC interns. This conference aims at developing our interns through sessions and activities as well as providing them with the basic AIE-SEC knowledge. The job description and work pillar fulfilled through impactful work experience, the cultural exposure pillar tackled by the outings & trips provided and the education and self development pro-vided by IPS, thus fulfilling what we see are the pillars of a good life changing experience Exchange.
Global VillageThe Global Village is an event implemented by AIESEC GUC in order to bridge the gap between the Local Chapter members and AIESEC GUC’s very own foreign change makers, however this is not the only reason. It also connects the interns with our community, being an open event that anyone can attend, discussing a number of topics with different mindsets, getting insight on each of the other interns’ cultures through their presentation as well as getting insight on their own culture through the Egyptian mindset, learning more about the Egyptian mindset and much more. It is a cultural event that is at-tended by many, in which a number of shows are performed by both interns and AIESECers.
IGCDP DELIVERY & SATISFACTION
Arabic Sessions:In our attempts to provide a strong cultural experience, what could be more cultural than learning the language of the country you’re in and communicating with people using it? Of course it isn’t that easy as Arabic is a challenging language, but that just makes these les-sons that much more fun, you get to learn enough Arabic to interact with people you see in the streets normally. This is something that we pride ourselves in and that we provide, totally free of any charge whatsoever, for any intern who wants to attend.
Accommodation:In AIESEC in GUC we do our best to provide our interns with the best Exchange accommodation there is. We allocate our interns in their respective accommodation according to their work place, we find the closest available accommodation, we as AIESEC in GUC, have and al-locate the intern to in order to provide an easiness in transportation and to save the intern’s time and provide him with a satisfying jour-ney. Our accommodation are divided into two sectors, the first being apartments and the second being hostels. Apartments: We’ve been doing this for quite some time now, we rent apartments for our interns in which they stay during the duration of their Exchange, the locations of which are decided based on how close they are to the place of work.Hostels: This is something that we as AIESEC in GUC piloted the past year and it has been something that proved extremely successful, we have contacted a number of hostels, having reached agreements with which in order to host our interns, providing them with a cozy family like feeling of staying together at all times.
Airport Pickup & Drop-offUpon arrival to Egypt, you never have to worry about being picked up from the airport, as one of the AIESECers will be waiting for you when you arrive to take you to your accomodation as well as to your work on your first day. Moreover, one of the AIESECers will also drop you off at the airport when you complete your project and ready to return to your country.
Trips & Outings
As mentioned, AIESEC GUC is one of the few LCs globally that has a re-ception and servicing team, which besides making sure of the interns› comfort, is also sure that the experience of exploring the country and discovering all its cultural and touristic aspects and spots. All the trips the interns might have planned in mind are probably already planned by reception and servicing team before their arrival, so they don’t have to worry about how they are going to reach the pyramids or the Egyptian museum for example. Besides, there are trips to cities outside Cairo like Dahab, Alexandria and Luxor. Even more, the reception and servicing team will arrange outings for the interns in Cairo’s best hangout spots because fun besides work is a crucial part of the IGCDP experience.
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Empower MeEmpowerment and education in the Egyptian society are always in need of development and upkeep. Our country that is unfortunately suffering in these sectors, which is why this project was created. The impact this project has on our society is one of a kind. In this project the intern teaches children languages, ethics, culture diversity, living diversity and everything in between. The intern in short becomes a mentor to the children showing them a side of the outside world that they have never seen before. Becoming their eye to the world and representing his/her culture to each and every young child he encounters and impacts his life, the intern adds to the children edu-cation and tools that will help them all throughout their lives, help-ing them become an empowered developed version of themselves in order to be able to adapt to society and become an influential part of it as they grow up.
Culture VibesWith a culture as rich as the Egyptian culture, some things wane in comparison to others, everyone knows the pharaohs, the sphinx and the pyramids, but there is so much more to the Egyptian culture than that. So much that is too often forgotten both by Egyptians and foreign-ers. This project aims to promote the Egyptian culture beyond just be-ing the usual few informations everyone remembers. Helping struggling culture centers in Egypt perform and develop through various ways, participating in cultural centers events, promoting the culture cen-ters during other events, helping their Facebook page become greater through managing it or even participating in events and plays organized by the culture center. These are just a few of the ways our project helps these culture centers gain more recognition as well as our Egyptian cul-ture. As if that wasn’t enough the intern would go on outings to Egyp-tian culturally related places in order to document by way of pictures, videos and blogs the Egyptian culture which he would then represent through our Facebook, Instagram, Youtube pages and our Blog website. The Egyptian culture is to be preserved and we will contribute to this!
Lead GreenEnvironmental crisis is everywhere across the globe, with global warming coming up and with the way we humans treat our envi-ronment, many countries have issues with environmental pollution, Egypt is no different. With high pollution rates in many fields, en-vironmental awareness was a necessity as our country desperate-ly needs it. A new initiative taken in order for us to aid our com-munity in yet another field, partnering with a number of NGOs, we are to provide our society with much needed support in this is-sue. From going on awareness campaigns, to aiding NGOs, to giv-ing sessions and teaching values of safeguarding, this project is one that will hopefully impact the community and help improve the Egyptian environmental state and diminish the pollution levels.
BackbackingEver since the Arab spring, and the revolutions that occurred during and afterwards within Egypt, the Egyptian tourism has never been the same. With media lashing day and day out about how “unsafe” Egypt was, with countries red-flagging Egypt as a danger zone, the Egyptian tourism, which had always been flourishing, took a massive hit. It was with that in mind that last year, the Backpacking project was initiated. A project whose aim was to revitalize the Egyptian tourism and em-power it enough in order to contribute to it going back to the state it was in before the revolutions. Now, on the fourth iteration of back-packing, and having run for two consecutive years, this project is still contributing same as before. In this project the interns literally back-pack Egypt visiting it’s touristic places and heavenly spots all the while documenting their journeys through blogs, videos and photographs, sharing them with the rest of the world through our now widely-known AIESEC GUC Backpacking page. Receiving sessions about technicali-ties needed, and in need of decent photographers and videographers, this is a project for all photography and writing enthusiasts to enjoy.
Child RightsChild rights are neglected in many parts of the world, sadly, in Egypt we also contribute to this sad but very true issue. Children below age working minimum wage jobs to support their families is not such a weird sight in Egypt, and that is just not right. For this reason and many more we have initiated the Child Rights project over a year ago. Delivering awareness on children rights, ranging from a good education to a safe home and shelter to children family rights and going on and on, we have partnered with a number of partners to de-liver our message to the Egyptian society that children rights should be respected, we, alongside our interns deliver these sessions and workshops to children of varying ages making them aware of their rights and helping them learn and develop through our program.
Women RightsSome would say “A woman is the center of the society, you can judge the society by how well they treat their women”, well, following in this logic, we want to better our society’s standing and therefore we have been focusing on Women Rights Empowerment for quite some time. Let’s face it, women rights in Egypt are not the best they could be, but this is why this project is so needed, for the past couple of years we have been working hand in hand with numerous NGOs developing women rights in Egypt. Writing reports, doing visits, the process of ensuring women rights fulfillment in Egypt is a long fight but one that is worth it and one in which the contribution of every single person will bring us that much closer to the final goal, and it is a worthy goal.
A.B.L.E (قابل)There is no sadder thing than someone who has all the gifts needed to live a normal life but cannot have such a life due to fate’s irony. A lot of people do not have the privilege of undergoing a successful education, for them life usually goes down a miserable path of hard work for minimum wages, all because they did not have a privilege that a lot of us take for granted. We at AIESEC GUC do not accept this and therefore we are starting our Illiteracy program. This pro-gram focuses on teaching such people the Arabic language with its intricacies, providing them with enough information and knowledge for them to be able to lead a normal life and have a more fruitful fu-ture. Needless to say, a strong or native Arabic language is required as well as a good English one. Let’s give these people better lives!
CONTACT LISTMohamed Ayman
Ali El Fouly