Nothing says AIESEC quite like a road trip, too little sleep, and lots of folks from all over the world!
A Fun-packed Road Trip to Louisville
On Tuesday, August 7, Paul Hamill (AIESEC Miami, â€˜84-86) took a group of 12 AIESECers doing traineeships with UPS in Atlanta on a memorable trip up to UPSâ€™ Air Hub in Louisville, Kentucky. They were up at the crack of dawn to embark on the six-hour drive up to Louisville, where they were to discover the true extent of UPSâ€™ operations.
The 12 trainees (six getting ready to return home, and six new ones about to start their 18-month traineeships), came from 11 different countries ranging from Russia to Brazil or even Vietnam.
Paul had organized for three giant SUVâ€™s to come pick them up at 5:30 a.m. (the ongoing joke for the trip was that they were the CIA in their mysterious SUVs!) and, in true AIESEC fashion, made sure that they stopped for dinner across the Ohio river so that the trainees could cross Indiana off of their list of states to visit.
Exploring the UPS Air Hub
The group arrived in Louisville around 3:00 p.m. and were treated to a tour of UPSâ€™ Air Hub. They visited the warehouse and discovered the detailed workings of UPSâ€™ mail system - how they receive packages and sort them, and even the special temperature-controlled rooms required for medical customersâ€™ packages.
That wasnâ€™t the best part though. The troupe came back at 11:00 p.m. for the real show: airplanes arriving at the UPS airport and the trajectory packages follow after off-boarding. Each night, the UPS hub in Louisville receives and sorts over 4 million packages (and even more during the holidays!). The trainees rode a bus around the airport following packages around to see where they go, how each is sorted into its appropriate container, and the college students who make the entire operation possible. Fun fact: UPS employs thousands of students to work at the Air Hub at night and, in exchange, funds their tuition.
Exhausted when their tour ended at 2:00 a.m., the trainees returned to their hotel for a quick nap before their ride home at 7:00 a.m. (does this remind anyone else of not sleeping enough at AIESEC conferences?!).
They all had wonderful things to say - both about the road trip and their traineeships at UPS.
â€œI love UPS and the US so much! This is one of the best decisions I have ever madeâ€¦ Everyone at UPS was so nice, which really made my experience great. I donâ€™t want to go home!â€
- Chi Hoang, Trainee at UPS from Vietnam
To the trainees going home, we will miss you! And to the new trainees, we canâ€™t wait to hear about your next adventure!