GIP FAQs

 

Glocal Impact Projects FAQs

What is Glocal?
Glocal is a portmanteau or a combination of the words Global and Local. The purpose of combining these words is to illustrate the local and global volunteering elements of the UTM Abroad Glocal Impact Projects (GIP) program.

What if I have a class that conflicts with the workshop sessions on Friday from 10:00am – 12:00pm in Winter 2019?
Unfortunately, if you are unavailable for the workshop sessions, you will not be able to participate in the UTM Abroad GIP program, at this time. During the workshops, students will be learning about topics which are necessary to understand prior to embarking on glocal volunteering.

What if I have other plans during Winter Reading Week 2019?
Unfortunately, if you are unavailable during Winter Reading Week 2019, you will not be able to participate in the UTM Abroad GIP program, at this time. During Winter Reading Week 2019, students will be engaging in Alternative Reading Week (local volunteering), which is a necessary activity to complete the UTM Abroad GIP program.

What is Alternative Reading Week?
Alternative Reading Week is an opportunity for students to engage with the local volunteering during reading week and is run by the Centre for Student Engagement (CSE).

Students that are applying to participate in the UTM Abroad GIP program will commit to be available during Winter Reading Week 2019 to engage in local volunteering.

What does the cost of the UTM Abroad GIP program cover?
The fee of the UTM Abroad GIP program covers the cost of flights, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, and most meals. It also covers the cost of two program leaders who are well experienced in the on-site location, and who run the daily program offerings, as well as a UTM professional staff member who travels with the group to provide logistical support and helps to maintain the safety and security of all participants.

Should I bring additional money and/or debit/credit cards?
We advise students to bring as much money they feel comfortable carrying. Typically, past participants have brought enough money to buy small souvenirs for family and friends.

Are there any other costs I should be aware of?
Students are responsible for the cost of their own passports, visas (if applicable), health insurance, and doctor's fees associated with any required paperwork. Students should also budget to purchase or borrow a travel backpack as wheeled suitcases will not be suitable for the on-location terrain.

Is there any additional funding awards for the UTM Abroad GIP program?
Yes, there is minimal additional funding available. Check out detailed Funding Information Here.

It is important to note that the UTM Academic Dean’s UTM Abroad Bursaries does NOT apply to the UTM Abroad GIP program.

What is the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)?
The CCR acts a secondary resume that shows what programs/events a UTM student has completed and the skills they were able to attain from their participation in various UTM activities.

How many CCR credits do I receive for the UTM Abroad GIP program?
Students who complete the UTM Abroad GIP Program will achieve three CCR credits.

When do applications open for the UTM Abroad GIP program?
The applications for the UTM Abroad GIP program will open on September 1st 2018.

When do applications close for the UTM Abroad GIP program?
The deadline for UTM Abroad GIP program will be on November 11th 2018.

Do I have to be enrolled for an academic course to do the UTM Abroad GIP program?
No, a UTM student is not required to enroll in an academic course to participate in the UTM Abroad GIP program. Any UTM student with a CGPA of 1.50 is eligible to participate in the UTM Abroad GIP program.

What is the difference between the UTM Abroad GIP program and UTM Abroad Academic program?
The difference between the UTM Abroad GIP program and the UTM Abroad Academic program is that for the UTM Abroad Academic program a student is required to enroll in a course. Learn more about the UTM Abroad Academic program, here.