Age: 15-17
Course Length: 1 Week (Monday to Friday)
Class Duration: 3 hours/day

English Proficiency Requirement*: Upper Intermediate (CEFR upper B1 or IELTS 5.5) 

*For other equivalencies, please see the English Proficiency Requirements.

The Global Citizenship Challenge is a one-week intensive experience in team-building and problem-solving for motivated students aged 15-17 ready to take on real-world problems. Guided by program instructors, participants will study essential principles of teamwork and design thinking. Then, working in teams of three to five, they will apply this knowledge to create their own solutions to an unsolved problem affecting our global community. Students are supported throughout the course by real-time interaction with instructors and facilitators. At the end of the course, students will present their solutions to program staff, community leaders, and family and friends. 

For dates, fees and how to apply, please see the page linked below

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This course is offered online. Students are expected to attend a three-hour live class, about half of which is spent working in a smaller group. Those who participate in all classes and contribute to the final presentation will receive a certificate of completion.  

Global Citizenship Challenge participants should be prepared to work with their instructors and teams on Zoom via video in English. Students should have an English language level of CEFR upper B1/IELTS 5 in order to order to feel comfortable participating in this program.       

This course is designed for:

  • Students who are passionate about the global community and would like to take the discussion further with like-minded individuals from around the globe.
  • Students who were originally planning on attending the Global Citizenship Program. This is a great look into what the full program would look like!

Age: 15-17
Course Length: 1 Week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Classes: 15 Hours / Week
Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate+
Course Prerequisite: None

 

According to The World Food Programme, “one third of the food we produce each year is lost or wasted,” which contributes to Food Insecurity worldwide. Students will explore elements of Global Citizenship and discover their place in an interconnected world. Through a variety of teaching methods, lectures, and hands-on activities, students will develop the necessary leadership and communication skills with a global perspective to explore, understand, and mitigate food wastage. With a greater understanding of leadership and the tools to act, the course will empower students to engage within their own communities and build a better world. 

Age: 15-17
Course Length: 1 Week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Classes: 15 Hours / Week
Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate+
Course Prerequisite: None

 

When we think of a “homeless person,” certain negative stereotypes may come into our minds: Laziness. Mental illness. Addiction. Those of us who are lucky enough to have a secure place to live may assume that homelessness is something that happens to other people. But in reality, people experience housing insecurity for complex reasons mostly beyond their control, such as discrimination, an abusive home life, a natural disaster, or the rising cost of real estate. Because housing insecurity comes in so many forms and has so many causes, no single solution can help everyone. In this course, through case studies, class discussions and research, we will learn together about the different types of housing insecurity, as well as consider a range of solutions. 

Age: 15-17
Course Length: 1 Week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Classes: 15 Hours / Week
Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate+
Course Prerequisite: None

 

Oceans are more than just massive bodies of water – they provide food, medicine, oxygen, and economic benefits for humans. For marine life, oceans are home to diverse habitats and ecosystems. However, pollution, dumping, and runoff, to name a few, are destroying all facets of oceans and life below water. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 14, examines conserving and sustainably using our oceans. In this course, through case studies, class discussions and research, we will learn together about the issues and threats posed to our oceans, as well as consider a range of solutions to lessen pollution affecting bodies of water, specifically in reference to plastic use. 

Age: 15-17
Course Length: 1 Week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Classes: 15 Hours / Week
Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate+
Course Prerequisite: None

 

With 71% of its surface is covered in water, the Earth is sometimes called a “Water World,” or “The Blue Planet.” So why do some people and countries have all the water they need, while others don’t? In this course, we will explore the complex social, economic and environmental reasons for water scarcity. Is access to water a human right? Whose job is it to make sure that citizens have a safe water supply? Should corporations be allowed to buy and sell water? Through case studies, class discussions and research, we will discover that these questions have no easy answers. 

Age: 15-17
Course Length: 1 Week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Classes: 15 Hours / Week
Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate+
Course Prerequisite: 1 GCC course or GCP program (any topic)

 

Post-secondary education encourages students to research ideas, question concepts, and thoughtfully engage in respectful debate and discussion. GCC+, an extension of the Global Citizenship Challenge, provides further academic skills support for students and instruction on being more mindful of the ways discussion and debate are had and how questions are asked and answered in seminar-type classes. 

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For upcoming dates, fees and information on how to apply, please see the page linked below.

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