We are excited to back in 2022 at the Aga Khan University in Karachi!

Applications are now closed for 2022 in-person camps


Global Encounters Pakistan

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. Participants 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 time in various parts of the country, where participants will see social, economic, and rural development efforts first-hand through learning exchanges with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), and Aga Khan Education Services (AKES). Participants experience vibrant mountain-society traditions in the Northern Areas and take part in cultural workshops along the Silk Road. Participants also visit Lahore, Pakistan's second most populous city, where the AKTC is partnering with the government to restore this extraordinary walled city. 

In July, the Pakistan programme includes hikes and a trek in the breathtaking mountains and valleys where the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Himalaya's meet. 

Global Encounters Pakistan will be held from 24 December 2022 to 7 January 2023. 

A Typical Day

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




Wake Up
Morning Prayers
CORE Classes | Leadership


Service Learning | Workshops
Sports and Swimming
Free Time


Wash Up
Evening Prayers
Evening Programming


Residential Life
Lights Out


Health and Safety Information

As safety is a top priority, Global Encounters will regularly share the most current COVID-19 considerations, information and programme adaptations with prospective participants and families. Given COVID is dynamic, we are being flexible in our approach.

The Global Encounters Camps Team, the Council for Pakistan, and the Aga Khan University (AKU) are working together to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to safeguard participant health and safety.

AKU is a secure campus, staffed with 24-hour security. There is an infirmary on-site. Nurses will be on duty 24-hours a day for programme participants. In case of emergency, medical facilities are located on campus.

The global team will continue to monitor the safety and security situation globally and will advise adaptations to the programme as necessary.

It is expected that participants will be responsible, mature and exercise caution throughout the programme.

You can find more information on health and safety at camps by visiting the COVID-19 updates page.

Please note that we require all Global Encounters Camp participants and volunteers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the programme starts.


Applications are now closed for 2022 in-person camps.

If you have any questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact [email protected].