When will the camps take place?

Five camps are planned for 2020. Please note that there may be some changes to the dates or locations added.

● Global Encounters Kenya, hosted at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa with an excursion to Nairobi will be from 14th July to 8th August 2020;
● Global Encounters India, hosted at the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad with an excursion to Delhi from 9th July to 3rd August 2020;
● Global Encounters Pakistan, hosted at the Aga Khan University (Karachi) and Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (Hunza) from 25th June to 21st July 2020
● Global Encounters: Expedition Kenya hosted at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa with an excursion to Nairobi will be held in December 2020
● Global Encounters: Expedition India hosted at the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad with an excursion to Gujarat will be held in December 2020

Please note that additional locations may be added and dates may change.

How do I apply to Global Encounters?

Applications are available online at the.Ismaili/globalencounters. We encourage all applicants to read the various pages on the website. On the “Apply” page, there will be a link to the application. All applicants will need to create an account in order to apply to the programme. Please note that there will only be one opportunity to apply for all five programmes in 2020 (three programmes in June/July/August and two programmes in December/January). Applications are due on 19 January 2020. 

What is the application deadline for Participants?

The application deadline for all programmes being offered in 2020 is 19 January 2020. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Please note that all three parts of your application - Participant Application, Parent Form, and Teacher Reference - must be completed by the deadline in order for your submission to be considered.

What is the application deadline for Facilitators?

Facilitator applications will be accepted until 19 January 2020.

Who is eligible to apply to Global Encounters?

Global Encounters seeks passionate and ambitious participants who are interested in service, leadership, and international development. Applicants must be 15-17 years old by 1 June 2020 and entering their last three years of secondary school during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Participants must also speak English with proficiency.

How many participants will be accepted?

We anticipate accepting 60 participants for the programmes in Kenya and India and 40 participants for the programme in Pakistan. The Global Encounters: Expedition programmes in Kenya and India will accept 40 participants each.  


What does the cost include?

The participant fee for the 2020 programme is expected to be US$4150 for the June and July programmes and US$3150 for the Expedition programmes in December; we will share the final participant fee with applicants who are admitted into the programme. The participant fee covers housing, insurance, in-country ground and air transport, meals, excursions, and qualified staff. International airfare from your home country to the host country, visa fees, vaccination costs, and souvenirs are not included in the programme costs.

Is financial aid available?

Applications to Global Encounters are merit-based and needs blind.  This means that the admissions team does not look at financial status when reviewing applications.  Once an applicant has been admitted into the programme, financial aid may be offered to families who demonstrate need. The National Councils in each country support the review and assessment of finances using fair and transparent processes and will work with families individually to verify eligibility for financial aid.

How are travel arrangements made?

Participants are required to book their own travel to Global Encounters; however, families will be contacted by their Jurisdiction Coordinators after acceptance to discuss travel logistics and requirements. In some cases, Jurisdiction Coordinators will work with participants to arrange for group travel.

Can participants extend their stay after the camp?

Participants will only be allowed to extend their stay if they are picked up in person by a parent or guardian on the last day of the programme. More information will be provided after acceptance. All extended stays must be arranged in advance with the Global Encounters Central Office.


Are camp locations (Kenya, India, and Pakistan) safe?

The Global Encounters team, the hosting National Councils, the Aga Khan Academies, and the Aga Khan University take all necessary measures to ensure participant safety. All Global Encounters sites are secure campuses staffed with 24-hour security, located near hospitals, and are in countries currently deemed safe for international travel. While at camp, participants will be expected to be responsible, mature, exercise caution, and follow all facilitator and staff instructions. Families are encouraged to reflect on the maturity level of those applying from their family. The Global Encounters team continues to monitor the safety and security situation globally and will advise and amend the programme as necessary.

Will medical facilities be accessible?

Yes. In addition to being located near medical facilities, all Global Encounters host institutions have an infirmary, a resident nurse on duty 24-hours a day, and a physician on call 24-hours a day. When the group travels outside of the host site, we are accompanied by a nurse and members of our staff that are first aid certified. 

How will living arrangements in the dormitories be set up?

Participants will be living in student housing at the Aga Khan Academies (Mombasa and Hyderabad), Aga Khan University (Karachi), and at the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (Hunza). Girls and boys will be in separate buildings with multiple participants in each room. There are shared bathrooms and showers on each floor. Additionally, each residential block has a shared lounge.

What is the advantage of being located at the Aga Khan Academies and Aga Khan University?

Global Encounters is being planned collaboratively by the Aga Khan Academies in Mombasa and Hyderabad and the Aga Khan University along with the Jamati Institutions. All three institutions are globally recognized schools of excellence with state-of-the-art-facilities. Through these partnerships, participants will have an opportunity to take advantage of the staff and campus while exploring local culture and life and learning about the extraordinary work of the AKDN through hands-on experiences.

Can my child stay with family and friends in India, Kenya and Pakistan?

Community living is an integral element of the programme. All participants are required to live on campus for the duration of the programme.


What are the objectives of this programme? How is this programme different from other institutional camps?

The objectives of the programme are centered around: service learning, cultural exchange, global citizenship, and leadership development. During the programme, participants will learn from reputable professionals, foster meaningful relationships with Ismaili youth from around the world, broaden their perspectives in thought provoking and challenging sessions, lead and participate in community service projects, gain cultural competencies, and explore what it means to be a global citizen. This is the only international camp currently open to Ismaili youth from around the world in partnership with the AKDN and, as such, offers youth an opportunity to explore faith and ethics, and the work of the AKDN while living in a global camp community.

What experience do you hope each participant will leave with?

We know that every experience is different depending on the participant. Our hope is that each participant will leave having experienced a new culture, formed deep friendships with Ismailis from around the world, participated in a meaningful service project, grappled with some of the challenging issues facing our planet, and had an opportunity to lead a project.

How often will the participants be able to communicate with their families back home?

The schedule is very rigorous; however, time will be given to communicate with family back home multiple times during the programme and on an as needed basis. Directors will also send regular updates to parents.

How are the activities for the programme chosen?

Programme activities are chosen by educators in order to ensure a rigorous and thought-provoking experience that balances hands-on learning, seminar-style discussions, intellectual engagement, and fun. Classes and workshops are led by faculty, artists, and guest lecturers. The hope is that participants will leave with new perspectives and skills that they can use in their own communities and schools upon returning home.

Will participants be going to Jamatkhana every day?

There will be a prayer space created on campus and services will be held every day. Participants will also attend local Jamatkhanas several times throughout the duration of the programme.

Can participants use these classes to accumulate school credit?

Global Encounters cannot be used by participants to gain official school credits. Nevertheless, the programme will provide participants with some foundation in international development, leadership skills, and local culture and history that can serve as a springboard for pursuing their interests once they are back at school. Opportunities may include working with faculty to present their experiences to peers, leading service projects or educational outreach events, etc. Every participant will receive a certificate of service hours completed, which may be used to fulfill community service hour requirements at their respective high/secondary school.  Credit is contingent on approval by the participant’s school.


Do you have additional questions?

Jurisdiction Coordinators can answer any additional questions you may have. If you do not know your Jurisdiction Coordinator, you can email the international team at [email protected].