Global Citizenship - Toronto

Travel to Toronto over Reading Week and work alongside organizations with diverse approaches to addressing social concerns within their communities.

Enhance your leadership skills

Want to enhance your leadership skills? ucalgarycares Global Citizenship in Toronto is a co-curricular program where first year students develop their own unique leadership identities while making a difference. Over February Reading Week, the group travels to Canada's largest city to learn from, and volunteer for, a broad range of nonprofits. Examples of past activities include attending a smudging ceremony at Native Child and Family Services, learning about LGBTQ+ immigration issues at the Rainbow Railroad, receiving a climate change presentation at the Pembina Institute and sorting donations at the Parkdale Community Food Bank.


When: February 15-22, 2020

Where: Toronto

Prior to February, the participants attend four workshops to prepare themselves for their Reading Week experience. Participating in this program is a great way to gain experience, get Co-Curricular Record credit, develop skills to address social issues in your own community, make friends and have a great time.

More information

Estimated Cost: $1350*

Co-Curricular Record: Yes

First Year Experience Program 

Applications for the 2019-2020 ucalgarycares programs are now closed.

*Cost includes flight, accommodation, ground transportation, meals, resource materials and t-shirt. Bursaries are available for students with financial need, with thanks from SU Quality Money. Please contact for more information or if you have any financial concerns.

Additional Considerations

Winter in Toronto can be quite cold, so prepare to dress for the weather as you will be doing a lot of walking outdoors and navigating the city by public transit.

What the ucalgarycares Global Citizenship trip in Toronto gave me in my first year of university was a unique way of experiencing the world outside of my usual comfort zone.... It was also a great way to be able to connect with like-minded first year students on the campus and experience something new together!

2016 Participant