I joined AISEC since May 2009 and I did not decide to take summer internship on that year. I thought I need time to prepare and it was also impossible if I took internship on January 2010. So I’m waiting until summer 2010. I need one year to prepare this journey. I choose turkey to be my destination. Turkey was near from Middle East and I have friend in Jordan. I made a plan to visit Turkey, Syria and Jordan. I paid to AIESEC Organization which were 100,000 rupiah for interview, 250,000 rupiah for something I forgot, 1,000,000 for AISEC.net or something like that, and 1,000,000 for preparation before going to turkey. I bought lonely planet books which were about Turkey, Jordan, and Middle East.
I was so excited for this journey and planed it as well as I can. However, I haven’t got any spots in AIESEC Turkey projects. I had to wait until March 2010 to get a project. I wanted to stay in Istanbul. So I decided to wait until AIESEC Istanbul opened for the application. İ researched about other projects in AIESEC turkey, such as in Koceali, Izmir, Bursa, but still I decided to wait for Istanbul. My manager in AİESEC, chacha, helped me a lot to match me in AIESEC Istanbul project. We made a terror to some OC AIESEC Istanbul hehehe. Then I got interview with denizhan and he accepted me to involve in myself my world AIESEC Istanbul. Wowww.. I was so happy at the time. On April 2010, I started to get what I need during my trip. First, I had to decide what time I should go to turkey and back to Indonesia. I should think carefully. At that time, I already forget about my trip to middle east and I also have a boyfriend in Sweden and I want to visit him in Sweden. So I talked to him when he would be available so we could spend time together in Sweden. And we decided to meet on 6 June in Stockholm and spent a week in Sweden; he would graduate on 4 June so he would have free time for me, yeay J. I tried to re-arrange my schedule, no more middle east. At that time, I saw my TN form; my project would start from 13 June till 7 August. I booked my flight in my friend’s (dhacil) and i got student fare with İSİC card. In normal price, the price of Emirates Airlines ticket to Istanbul from Jakarta about 1,200 Usd but I got student fare which was about 900 us. It was great. Then, I had to get visa both turkey and schengen visa. İ must do it before 1,5 months of my departure time. So, I had to know all the requirements.
For turkey Visa – cultural visa
- Sponsor letter (TN FORM from AIESEC Istanbul)
- Visa application forms and two passport photographs in which you are looking straight ahead and which are not more than six months old.
- Copy of passport – only the biodata page
- A valid confirmed return airline-ticket to Indonesia / print-out ticket / ticket booking.
- Medical travel insurance (original & copy),
- A sponsor letter from Indonesia (I had from my university and sponsor letter from my mom. I had to show financial statement and I used my mom’s bank account, and letter of guarantee from here.
- My parents İD card because they are my sponsor.
After got my Turkey visa, I went to Sweden embassy to submit my application. To get Visa Sweden (Schengen Visa) was almost same with visa turkey process. I choose vısitıng friends visa so I don’t need to book hotel or something like that because I would stay in my boyfriend’s place. What I needed more for schengen visa was Appendix D (my boyfriend should filled it from Sweden, Travel Plan (İ tried to make plan, I want to go to Sweden and Greece from Turkey at that time). I should have my boyfriend’s financial record. His copy passport, a sponsor letter and guarantee letter from him (appendix E form) plus a copy of his personbevis (get it from the population register), obtainable at the local tax office. Don’t forget to have insurance that cover a minimum of € 30 000 for medical costs (treatment, hospitalization, etc). I used ACE insurance. Actually, all documents should be post, not copy or print. However, I didn’t have time to wait the document by post from my boyfriend, so he just sent by email and I print all the documents. He wrote letter of apologize about this.
I paid multiple entry visa for turkey about $200 but if u need the single entry visa, it was just $60. I just need 3 days to get the Turkey Visa. After I got turkey visa, I applied schengen visa in Sweden embassy. İ paid £70 for multiple entry visas. I just got informations that my project would be finish on 23 July not 7 august. I tried to find any conference during 23 July-9 august because I would back to my country on 19 august. I applied Muslim Jewish conference (MJC 2010) in Vienna (1-7 August 2010). It seems interesting. İ filled the application but at the time I didn’t get any announcement I could attend or not. They should select the application based on the capability and interest of the participant. I tried to find some other events that I could join it. İ also applied for Model United Nations Istanbul held on 9-13 August 2010.
Everything was already and I just prepare myself to enjoy my summer trip J