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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 Egypts 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.
Egypts 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 countrys 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
Its 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 years 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.
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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 GUCs 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 GUCs 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 youre in and communicating with people using it? Of course it isnt 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 interns 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: Weve 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-