Global Transitions

Global Transitions Program

Applications for the 2013 study period are still being accepted!

The Global Transitions program offers students an opportunity to enhance their university experience - by volunteering in Ghana. Interested in seeing the world and becoming a true global citizen? This could be the program for you! Participants of the GT Program will have the opportunity to spend 3 months in Ghana (located in West Africa), learning through volunteering, and receiving University credit.  

View our Global Transitions Brochure.


Academic Credit
Participants of the Global Transition program will complete one-half university credit (INTC 1P20) in the summer prior to departure. While abroad, students will complete an additional full-year University credit (INTC 2F05).
Program Start Date
If accepted, you will start your first on-line course in July and depart for your placement in September. You will have the opportunity to return to Brock and start your classes in January 2014. Or, you can continue to explore the world and resume classes the following September.  Regardless of either start date, you will still be eligible to receive the same "perks" of a first year student (guaranteed on-campus housing and entrance scholarships).
Field Placement Opportunities
You will have 3 different placement fields to select from.
Health & Medical: you can assist in rural clinics or urban hospitals in a clinical, research, or administrative role. Or, you might assist in teaching first aid, nutrition, basic health & hygiene, and HIV/AID awareness.
Teaching: your placement could have you helping out in rural or urban schools, teaching English, Computers, Math, Science, Art, Sports, Music, and Life Skills. You might also be placed to help with specific academic and athletic after-school programs.
Social: students placed in this field help out in orphanages or child day-care centres; they assist with youth-at-risk programs and drug & alcohol rehabilitation programs. Some participants assist with funding proposals and other administrative duties.

Cost of the program

The cost of the Global Transitions program is approximately $4,900 (subject to the cost of airfare). Please note that this does not include Brock tuition fees, meals and local transportations or expenses such as a Ghanaian volunteer permit, passport fees and vaccinations.

Included in this cost:

  • Round trip flight to Ghana
  • 24/7 in-country coordinator support
  • Pre-departure workshop
  • Airport reception
  • Accommodation
  • WUSC volunteer coordination fee
  • Welcome reception and dinner in Ghana
  • Seven day in-country cultural orientation
    • Placement consultation and preparation
    • Health and safety/managing culture shock
    • Getting around town/market and bargaining
    • History, religion and current events
    • Cultural do's and don'ts
    • Local lifestyle; food, music, social life
  • Day trip excursion to Kakum National Park and Elmina Castle

All participants will receive the Brock Student Mobility Award, valued at $500. You can also apply for additional Brock  bursaries.

How to Apply

If you are coming directly from high school, please complete the Incoming Student Application.

If you are currently a Brock student and you would like to apply, please complete the Returning Student Application.

Applications are due no later than March 29th, 2013.  Please submit your application in person or via mail, by this deadline.  Applications are to be sent to:

International Services & Programs Abroad
International Center (Room 210)
Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave.
St. Catharines, ON    L2S 3A1

For more information, please email

P: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3163 or 4785
F: (905) 688-2074