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Participant Profile

Global Encounters Camps are open to intellectually curious and civic-minded young people who demonstrate leadership, strive for excellence, and commit to serve their communities and countries.

We would like to know you and learn about your interests, passions, and motivation for applying. We encourage you to be open and honest in your application. Your application will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee comprised of educators and professionals.

Programme Dates

  • GE Camp India: 24 June 2023 - 19 July 2023
  • GE Camp Kenya: 14 July 2023 - 8 August 2023
  • GE Camp Pakistan: 22 July 2023 - 17 August 2023
  • GE Expedition December in East Africa and South Asia: 18 December 2022 to 4 January 2024

Applicant Criteria

Please keep the following information in mind when you apply:

Applicants should be between 15 to 18 years old as of 1 June 2023. Eligible applicants must be in high/secondary school. Applicants must be fully COVID vaccinated or must have the intent to be fully vaccinated two (2) weeks before departing for camp. A fully submitted application includes the following three components:

  • Participant Application Form with short answer essay questions that must be completed independently by the applicant
  • Parent/Guardian Form to be completed by a parent or guardian
  • Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form to be completed by a teacher, mentor, or coach

Please note: Global Encounters Alumni (past participants of a Global Encounters programme in Kenya, India, or Pakistan) are not eligible to apply. However, CONNECT Alumni who have not attended a residential Global Encounters Camp are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Programme Fees

The programme fee is $4,075 USD for June/July camps and $2,975 USD for December camps.

The fee covers accommodation, insurance, in-country ground and air transport, meals, field visits, qualified staff, and an excursion.
International airfare from your home country to the host country, visa fees, vaccination costs and souvenirs are not included in the programme fee.

Admission into Global Encounters Camps is on a needs-blind basis, and financial aid may be available to admitted participants that need support.

2023 Participant Application Questions

Below are the 2023 Participant Application essay prompts:

  • Reflect on a time that you were challenged, inspired, or took a risk—inside or outside of the classroom. How has that experience shaped you, and what questions still linger?
  • At Global Encounters, participants live and serve together for almost a month.   Some of the most important experiences happen when you live and learn from people that are different than you. Please describe an experience where you learned or grew from interacting with someone whose background, identity, or perspective differed from yours.
  • Leaders mobilise and support groups to work towards progress. Describe an instance where you demonstrated leadership in a group (informally or formally). How did you help your family, school, or community move towards a goal
  • Please tell us about a social, community, or humanitarian issue, cause, or concern - large or small - that you care deeply about.  How are you engaged with or helping to address this issue?

Applicants should be ready to share their extra-curricular activities and an image that represents who they are.

The Global Encounters application site is:


The deadline to apply to all 2023 Global Encounters Camps is Sunday, 22 January 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (Vancouver time).
If you have questions, please email [email protected]