Global Encounters Pakistan is the newest of our international camps. Pakistan is a beautiful and diverse country with a deep and extensive Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) footprint. The first camp took place in July 2017, based at The Aga Khan University's (AKU) exceptional campus in Karachi. Students have an opportunity to experience the bustling city of Karachi, engage with the Jamat in Sindh, and participate in workshops covering new innovations in medicine led by AKU's faculty. Participants volunteer in local communities and schools in projects supporting poverty alleviation, urban health, early childhood development, education, and care for the elderly. 

Participants will spend a significant portion of their camp in Hunza and Gilgit, where students see social, economic, and rural development efforts first-hand through learning exchanges with beneficiaries of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), Aga Khan Cultural Services (AKCS), and Aga Khan Education Services (AKES). Students experience vibrant mountain-society traditions in the Northern Areas and take part in cultural workshops along the Silk Road.  The Pakistan programme includes hikes and a trek in the breathtaking mountains and valleys where the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Himalaya's meet. 

Sample Camp Schedule:

Week One

  • Welcome and settling into our home away from home
  • Community building and orientation
  • Core Classes begin in ethics, faith, and leadership
  • Service project planning
  • Interactions with Karachi Jamat and youth
  • Local excursions exploring Karachi

Week Two

  • Seeing cutting edge work and research at AKU
  • Service learning projects
  • Core Classes in ethics, faith, and leadership
  • Socials with Karachi youth
  • Excursion to interior Sindh (Hyderabad and Khyber)

Week Three and Four

  • Move to Gilgit and Hunza
  • Explore Altit and Baltit Forts and AKDN projects in Northern Pakistan
  • Socials with students from AKES Schools
  • Core Classes in ethics, faith, and leadership
  • Arts and culture workshops - visual and performing arts, dance, Northern Area cooking and cuisine, woodworking, and music
  • Finalize capstone projects
  • Service Leadership Summit
  • Closing ceremonies

Sample Daily Schedule:

The Global Encounters schedule varies from day-to-day. The following schedule is an example of a service day:

6:30 - Wake, Wash & Ready for Day

7:00 - Morning Prayers

7:30 – Breakfast

8:15 - Core Classes

10:15 - Service Projects

3:00 - Transition & Break

3:30 - Sports, Swimming & Workshops

4:30 - Free Time, Rest & Shower

6:30 - Evening Prayers

7:00 – Dinner

8:00 - Evening Programme or Workshops

9:30 - Night Snack, Relax, Reflection

10:30 - Lights Out