UTM Abroad Glocal Impact Projects

Pictures of student groups in Thailand, Guatemala and Peru

What is UTM Abroad GIP?

UTM Abroad Glocal Impact Projects (GIP) are short term global experiences that promote socially conscious travel and broaden your perspective to better prepare you to solve local and global challenges. While traveling through an amazing new landscape you will learn how global issues connect back to issues within our city and region.

Take advantage of the opportunity to travel, learn about a topic of interest in a unique location, participate in unparalleled community engagement initiatives that will expand your global mindset and develop and understanding of community development and social change. 

UTM Abroad Glocal Impact Projects: A local and global experience

UTM Abroad Glocal Impact Projects (GIP) is your opportunity to travel to participate in student development workshops with local and global community engagement. The term glocal derives from the portmanteau, glocalization. UTM students in good academic standing from any year of study can participate in the GIP program, which consists of three activities. All the activities in the GIP Program are recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which allows students to achieve three CCR credits upon completion of the GIP Program. By having credits on the CCR, students can display their transferable skills that they have learnt at UTM, which can be advantageous when pursuing future opportunities.  

Part One:

The first component of the GIP program are the four workshops that take place throughout the winter semester. These workshops are intended to develop students’ leadership skills, critical thinking skills, and proper safety measures required for the students when they are travelling abroad. These workshops will take place on Fridays from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Part Two:

The second activity of the GIP program is Alternative Reading Week. For the GIP Program, Alternative Reading Week will take place in the winter reading week, for students to engage with the Mississauga community. This allows students to implement their theoretical learning, from the workshops, towards a practical setting in the Mississauga community.

The second component of the GIP program will be local community engagment partnering with the Centre for Student Engagement. For the GIP Program, the local community activity will take place in the winter reading week, to encourage students to think about the GIP theme within the Mississauga community. This allows students to implement their theoretical learning, from the workshops, towards a practical setting in the Mississauga community. 

Part Three:

The third activity of the GIP program is the Global Experience. The Global Experience will take place in Spring 2019, where students will travel abroad to participate in global community engagement. The intention of the Global Experience is for students to become aware of the complexities of global community issues beyond being a tourist in a foreign destination.  

The completion of the GIP program will allow students to become aware of the complexities within local and global communities through the GIP themes! 

Where can I travel to?

The following UTM Abroad GIPs are being offered in Spring 2019:

What am I committing to?

The GIP Program has three main components:

  • Workshop series in Winter 2019 (4 sessions 10-12hrs)
  • Local Community Engagement (10-20 hours) 
  • Global Experience (10-14 days)  

In order to be accepted into the GIP Program, students must be available to complete all components listed above.