IAAS. International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences.
What is it exactly? Well according to wikipedia it’s
…an international non-profit and non-governmental student society headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. It was founded in 1957 in Tunis by 8 countries. At the moment it is one of the world’s biggest student organizations and one of the leading agricultural student associations. IAAS gathers students studying, majoring or researching in agriculture and related areas like environmental sciences, forestry, food science, landscape architecture etc. Its committees are spread in universities in over 40 countries worldwide.
Well, according to me, is one of the things that kept me busy since my first semester in Bogor Agricultural University. 🙂 I’m lucky to be a part of this awesome organization. IAAS Local Committee Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) is the founder of IAAS Indonesia. So I am in the LC which started it all. Being the 16th generation (IOP 16), I got to be a part of the Exchange Program Departement in the year 2008-2009. Got an upgrade to be the Executive Secretary II in 2010 and finally now I’m the Executive Secretary I for the year 2011. 🙂
What do we do? We organize events that is related to agriculture. Not only that, we also have events that help students especially in our university, practice foreign language and even interact with foreign students. Helloooo, international association here! 😉 We have an exchange program that let us experience being an intern or work in farms abroad. We also have community programs such as teaching elementary school students English & how to take care of the enviroment. We have a conversation/discussion event that let us communicate with the random students in IPB to ASEAN & FAO people. We have sooo much more events that is hard to miss. You’ll regret not participating in those events, I can guarantee.
What I love about IAAS LC IPB is that we are family. 🙂 Even though it keeps me bust as hell, I enjoy being busy here. It’s different than with anywhere else. Maybe since we all share the same motto which iswork hard, play hard. 😀 Hahaha. We have super duper fun and still work professionally. It’s awesome. With almost 3 years being active & making friends then turning them into the family away from home, I can say that IAAS has a lot of special meaning to me. This will be the people & the situation I miss when I leave this university. I love you guys.
IAAS, Think Globally, Act Locally!