How long have you been a member? 19 years
Why did you join? I joined for the social aspects of JCI. Since I’ve been a member I’ve picked up so many different aspects of the organisation. For example before joining I hadn’t travelled overseas or even around Australia as much as I have now. I have now been to every state in Australia and to almost every continent (hope this will be rectified by the time I get to World Congress in Brazil in 2013 – South America will then be done) ! The speaking opportunities is another aspect of JCI that I really enjoy.
What is the most interesting JCI event you’ve been to and why? I definitely would say the 2009 JCI Japan Academy (the best Academy ever) in Kagoshima. I had the opportunity to meet and network with future leaders of the organisation and be shown around a great part of Japan. It’s very intense in that we had a week of being together 24/7. I highly recommend this Academy for anyone looking to lead their national organisation !
Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined? Yep. Sitting in your lounge now! Travelling around the world. I never would have travelled around the world without JCI. I wouldn’t have met so many amazing people. This being my ninth world congress I’m going to this week, there’s so many people I’ve met.
What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member? The opportunity to meet and network with people from around the world. People don’t believe me when I say it, but I’m quite a shy person. JCI gives me the opportunity to get out there and meet people in a friendly environment.
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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith