Global Connect

In spring of 2022 ACGC facilitated the first of a series of Alberta-based learning tours under the name Global Connect. From May 29 to June 9 together with youth participants 18 to 24 years of age we explored international cooperation through themes of sustainability, gender equality, and a range of local/global issues—right here in Alberta!

We partnered with our members and other projects and initiatives through dialogue and practical hands-on learning. Over the summer and into the fall Global Connect participants are implementing public engagement activities by opening up conversations around some of the lessons learned throughout the Global Connect experience.

Applications for Global Connect 2023 will open up in December.

We thank all the ACGC members and partners who made Global Connect 2022 possible:

  • Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA)
  • Alinea International
  • Billie Fortier, Lawyer, MLT Aikins LLP, Calgary
  • Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Canadian Volunteers United in Action Society – Associations des Volontaires unis dans l’action au Canada (CANAVUA)
  • The Colombian Coffee Bar & Roastery
  • Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4W)
  • Centre for Affordable Water Technology (CAWST)
  • Professor Dwayne Donald, Curriculum studies and Indigenous wisdom traditions, University of Alberta
  • Earth Group
  • Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA)
  • Journey 2050 (Nutrien and Calgary Stampede)
  • Mennonite Central Committee 
  • Operation Eyesight
  • Painted Warriors
  • Samaritan’s Purse 
  • School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Sihle-Sizwe Vineyard Foundation
  • Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC), MacEwan University
    in partnership with Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
  • Villages Calgary
  • Water Movement
  • Wilder Institute, Calgary Zoo

How To Apply

Applicants must be:

  • 18-24 years of age as of April 1, 2022
  • Residents of Alberta
  • Able to demonstrate current commitment to international cooperation
  • Available for the complete duration of the program
  • Available for alternative program dates (if necessary)
  • Willing to help design and implement public engagement initiatives during and following the program (with support from ACGC staff)

ACGC strives to create an inclusive and welcoming space through this program. ACGC welcomes applicants who bring diverse perspectives to this program and who may be a member of an underrepresented group. Prioritization will be given to newcomer youth with lived experience in a developing country in order to provide deeper discussion on the realities faced by communities in the Global South. (See list of countries here). Should you face barriers to participation, or have concerns about your ability to full participate, please indicate in your application, or direct questions to the contact provided.

The program includes 3 stages:  orientation and teambuilding (virtual); in-person learning tour (12 days in person); and a public engagement project component. 

Travel, food, and accommodation throughout the program will be provided. Accommodation may include a mix of hotel, hostels, and camping. 

Schedule TBD

Thanks to funding provided by Global Affairs Canada, this program has no fee, and all travel, accommodation, and food during the program is covered for selected participants. 

Personal expenses such as personal care items, medication, snacks are not covered.  Transport to and from the program drop-off point are are not covered.  For those facing financial barriers, ACGC is committed to working with you to address these costs should they hinder your ability to participate.

 

ACGC prioritizes the safety and security of our participants, staff, and facilitators. At a minimum, the following risk-mitigation measures are planned to ensure a successful and safe program:

  • All applicable Government of Alberta health and safety requirements at the time of the program will be adhered to and enforced.
  • ACGC requires all participants to have minimum 4 doses of COVID-19 vaccination at time of participation. 
  • Participants will be required to complete a daily self-assessment related to COVID-19 symptoms.
  • ACGC will provide participants with rapid COVID-19 tests, masks, and hand sanitizer for use in the program should it be deemed necessary to ensure the safety of participants at the time of the activity and in line with current health guidelines.

Additional Safety Protocols:

  • The program is being designed with the use of outdoor/open-air spaces as much as possible.
  • All participants will be required to sign a consent form detailing the final safety protocols in place for this in-person program. 

Cancellation or Changes due to Covid-19

  • ACGC is committed to open communication with participants and will seek to monitor the health situation with input and feedback from participants.
  • ACGC reserves the right to alter or cancel the program in order to ensure compliance with public health measures. ACGC will not penalize any participant who may wish to withdraw their participation at any time due to health and safety concerns. 
  • Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ACGC’s Executive Director at director@acgc.ca.

About ACGC

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) is a coalition organization with over 40 members focused on sustainable development and global citizenship. We aim to mobilize Albertans (like you!) to become more active global citizens engaged in sustainable development and gender equality, especially through increasing awareness, sharing knowledge, and strengthening connections to mobilize for global issues. 

Our values include respect, inclusiveness, equality, empowerment, human rights, collaboration, accountability, transparency, sustainability, and mutual learning.

Past Programs

ACGC has been running youth experiential learning programs since 2010, previously called the ‘Change Your World Youth Leadership Program’.  

  • 2010:  Ethiopia with Canadian Humanitarian
  • 2012:  Peru with Sombrilla International Development Society
  • 2013:  Nicaragua with Change for Children Association
  • 2015:  South Africa with Keiskamma Canada Foundation
  • 2017: Uganda with Mennonite Central Committee Alberta

In the past, youth travelled internationally to visit international development projects run collaboratively by ACGC’s partner organizations. This year, with limits on international travel, we are taking a new approach! 

Read more about past years.