Global Citizens Network & Stipend Program

Intercultural Engagement

Supporting Your Education Abroad Experience

What is something that you've always been curious about related to culture? This is your opportunity to explore it!

Though opportunities for intercultural learning abroad are on hold, we invite you to get creative and earn Global Citizens Network Stipend hours while discovering the world from home!

Whether you're curious why certain traditions or cultural practices exist, want to learn more about food and language, or just want to learn more about a certain region, this is your chance.

The Global Citizens Network & Stipend Program is your opportunity to define and tailor this activity to your interests. 

The stipend provides generous funding for your time, and the program supports your ongoing global engagement.

What can you expect by becoming a member of the Global Citizens Network?

Increase your intercultural competency through research and reflection
Engage in the global campus community
Expand your perspective
Grow your network & experience with internationally-focused activities 
Reflect on your learning and plan your next steps
Earn $500 for 15 hours of your time, towards your VIU Education Abroad experience!

How to Join:  Email us!

Join the Global Citizens Network & Stipend Program by emailing your full name, student ID and Education Abroad program to with the subject "Please add me to the Global Citizens Network & Program".   *Ensure you have met the eligibility requirements before requesting to join.


You will have up to 1 semester after you return from your Education Abroad program to complete your hours and submit your completed Activity Log Form.  Use the Activity Log Form as a Guide, through these steps:

1. Explore
Complete the exercises on the Explore web page, and create a plan for how you will engage, which you can add to your activity log and count an hour of time for.

2. Social Distancing Activities
Participate in events from the opportunity directory or propose your own. 

3. Reflect & Submit
Complete a final reflection about your experiences.

Submit the completed package by email to  Once approved, you will receive a stipend cheque of $500 as recognition for your time, engagement in the Global Citizens Network and your intercultural learning!

This program is one of the ways that VIU Education Abroad supports intercultural learning!


In order to participate in the Global Citizens Network & Stipend Program and receive the award towards your education abroad experience, please ensure that you:

  1. Are enrolled at Vancouver Island University in a minimum 60 percent course load (9 semester credits).
  2. Have participated (or intended but were not able to due to a program cancellation) in an Education Abroad program (Exchange, Field School, Practicum, Internship).
  3. Are in “good standing” at VIU.
    1. If you are on probation, have a GPA lower than the minimum required over the previous Fall and Spring semesters, or have a “registration services withheld” flag on your student record, you will not be eligible for the stipend;
  4. Complete the hours and submit the required Activity Log Form along with any supporting materials by December 11, 2020 OR before you graduate - whichever comes first.

Those who have outstanding fees, holds or fines owing to VIU will not be eligible for the stipend until their account is in good standing.


The topic(s) you choose should be:

  • Related to human culture
  • Of interest to you
  • Explored with an open and curious mind
  • An opportunity to connect beyond borders


You can use a variety of mediums to share what you've learned from the cultural activities. Some suggestions are:

  • Blog Post
  • Social Media Post
  • Video
  • Photo Series
  • Reflection
  • Any Other Medium!

Some of the opportunities will involve active listening or learning. In those cases, you can simply record your reflections and findings on your Activity Log.
Consider letting us share your experiences with the Education Abroad community!

Social Media Contributor Guidelines

Blog Contributor Guidelines

If you're submitting any photos, also include a signed Media Release Waiver

Pre-Approved Activities & Opportunities

Members of the Global Citizens Network may select from these pre-approved internationally focused events and activities, in order to complete their Activity Log hours.

Some ideas for activities to get you started:

Plan a Field School - Plan a 4 day itinerary in a location with a specific theme in mind. Include details such as tours, site-seeing, where you would stay and eat and what you would be seeking to learn (4 hours)

Cook a Traditional Meal - Find a recipe for a traditional meal and attempt to cook it yourself. Share with us what the process was like and what was the end result (2 hours) OR go to the Cultural Connections Facebook Page and attend one of the new Culture Kitchen cooking demonstrations and tell us what you learned (1 hour)
Better yet, show off your skills by hosting a Culture Kitchen of your own! Contact for more details or to sign up (3 hours)

Research an Interesting Site - Find a site or a natural wonder from across the globe that you didn't know much about and learn all about it. Do some research. Use resources like Atlas Obscura or UNESCO World Heritage to search unique and interesting spots by region (3 hours)

Explore a Virtual Museum or International Art Collection - Use Google Arts & Culture and take a virtual tour of famous museums like The British Museum or the Guggenheim or view famous art collections from The Met and MoMA (2 hours)

Virtually Visit a VIU Exchange Partner School - Use Google Earth to explore the area around any of our partner universities across the globe! Use street view to find funky neighbourhoods, beautiful parks and other places of interest. Can you discover a little about the culture there? (2 hours)

Learn a Language - Download DuoLingo and start learning a new language! Send us a screenshot of your profile and learning tree and gain 1 hour for reaching Level 4 in any category (max 4 hours)

Propose Your Own - If there is a topic you'd love to explore that relates to the theme of Global Citizen, feel free to propose it! Google Arts & Culture is a great resource for a variety of topics ranging from foreign fashion, wedding traditions, sports history, the opportunities are endless! Contact to pitch us your idea.



When & Where

1 hour for attending per event (max 3)

3 hours for hosting

Culture Kitchen Series

Culture Kitchen is a weekly Facebook Live cooking show hosted by VIU Intercultural Program Coordinator Simon Schachner on Tuesdays starting at 5 pm. Each week features a different student or recent alumnus demonstrating how to cook one of their favourite dishes. Follow VIU Cultural Connections on Facebook to join in on the fun. Live comments and greetings encouraged.  

To volunteer, Contact 

More information: See the Cultural Kitchen Series website & the Cultural Connections Facebook page.

1 hour per Quiz Night

UHI Quiz Night

University of Highlands and Islands is hosting Quiz Night every Friday at 11:00 AM (local time). This is a great opportunity to connect with students around the world while gaining hours towards your Global Citizen Network Activity Log.

For more information about how to join visit the UHI Events Page or contact

 1 hour

Birsay and Skaill: Archaeological Landscapes of Orkney's West Mainland

This online seminar is presented by Institute of Northern Studies and hosted by Dr David Griffiths, Reader and Associate Professor in Archaeology, University of Oxford. 

For more information, visit the UHI Public Seminar Page

1.5 hours per post 

(suggest 2 posts for 3 hours total)

Education Abroad Blogger

By participating as a guest blogger, you can earn ($$) by simply sharing your stories and experiences relating to culture and global learning.

Contact: for information and to apply

See your post featured on the Education Abroad blog and shared on social media!  A great addition to your portfolio.

  • Anytime!  

1 hour per post

Social Media Contributor 

Create a post that we can share on our Instagram or Facebook page and help to engage to VIU community!

Contact: for information and to apply

  • Anytime!

Propose Your Own

Propose Your Own

The above activities are pre-approved. If you know of an online event, webinar or learning opportunity activity is international in focus and related to the VIU community, email us the details and we will make an assessment and confirm if it can be counted towards your Activity Log.


More to come! Keep checking back


Activity Log Form

Once your finished, submit you completed Activity Log Form along with all of your corresponding materials to for consideration.

Tips for completing a fillable PDF form:

  • If needed, download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC: click here.
  • Save the document to your computer BEFORE you edit it or you will lose your work.
  • Complete the form.  Save changes.


Education Abroad Office
Faculty of International Education