Rocket Science for babies


I love that our friend Tania spotted that Coraline was reading this book in yesterday’s photo. This book is our nod to I.A.E.S.T.E. (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). Since 1948 it has arranged over 350,000 traineeships in over 80 countries worldwide. It is paid work placements (usually over the summer) in these 80+ countries together with a summer social programme for the trainees who come to work in firms and research laboratories in their specialised subject area. It is for university level Science, Engineering and Architecture students.

I used to work on the IAESTE U.K. team and each country has its own team, and boy did I have the time of my life. I met so many amazing people, had so many adventures and watched so many placements influence lives and introduce new perspectives. @zgrada, one of the trainees who came to London on an Architecture placement some years ago, came to visit Coraline and gave her this book. I met him at an I.A.E.S.T.E. Conference in Skopje where he was part of the hosting team. He’s a talented Architect and now works in London as such.

I have many I.A.E.S.T.E. friends who I hold so very dear as it’s one big family. Hello to all of you - you are all amazing! After I left the I.A.E.S.T.E. U.K. team I was lucky enough to be asked back to take the minutes at a couple of their January Conferences which are hosted by a different country each year.

@official_iaeste, all about perspective changing, and sharing knowledge, which fits so much with all the programmes I’ve worked on in my career, and with the writing I’m doing now. Thanks for bringing me onto the team @cvakomies and indeed they were your words in yesterday’s post

Attitude, DevelopmentLiz