Global Connect

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation is excited for our upcoming Global Connect 2022 program!

Together with 16 young adult participants ACGC will explore the international development sector and themes of sustainability, gender equality, inclusiveness, and more — right here in Alberta! We will travel across Alberta and engage with Alberta international aid organizations, local organizations and community leaders through dialogue and practical hands-on learning. With the support of ACGC staff, participants will also work together to develop and implement activities to engage the public in Alberta on important global issues explored during the program.

Through Global Connect participants will:

  • Engage and learn with humanitarian and international development organizations based in Alberta
  • Become more informed about what Albertans and others are doing to address pressing global concerns
  • Explore the intersections between local-global issues in our local contexts
  • Deeply engage with current global issues, such as global poverty, gender equality, global health, and climate change
  • Build a strong network of like-minded and passionate peers who care about our global reality
  • And more!

There are currently 2 more spots open for the 2022 Global Connect program; read more about the program and apply below before the May 24 (midnight) deadline! 

Global Connect 2022

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. 

Below is an outline of the program schedule. A full schedule will be provided by 1 May 2022. 

Schedule

March 13: Application deadline
March 31: Participants Selected
April:  Online orientation and teambuilding
May 29 – June 9: In-Person Programming
June 10 – September 30: Public Engagement Projects
September: Final Wrap-Up


Covid-19 Alternative Schedule 

Should Covid-19 cause us to change the dates of the program, the following schedule will apply.  A final decision will be made on or before 1 May 2022. 

April:  Online orientation and teambuilding
July:  Online orientation and teambuilding
Aug 7 – 18: In-Person Programming
Aug 19 – Nov 15: Individual Public Engagement Projects
December: Final Wrap-Up & Conference

 

 

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 3 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. Logistical decisions regarding site visits and any day trips or overnight trips within Alberta will be made by May 1. 
  • Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ACGC’s Executive Director at director@acgc.ca.

This application is estimated to take 45 mins – 1 hour. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm MST on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. 

Click here to download a copy of the questions to fill offline prior to filling in the online application.  

If you have questions about the application, or to express your interest before filling out the application, please contact leslie.obol@acgc.ca or call 780-988-0200.

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.