Global Citizen Certificate

Sterling College Global Citizen students volunteering at Vic High

Be the Change You Want to See

In our Global Citizen Certificate, we inspire you to help others and engage with Victoria's community, all while using and improving your English skills!

In Power English Mornings you will improve all your English skills, particularly your fluency and ability to communicate.

In the afternoons you will take part in special initiatives focused on using your English to improve the world around you. You’ll learn about the culture of volunteering, and how it improves your ability to get a job. You will use English in a community fundraising project; give presentations; volunteer in the local community; write a blog; and meet local Canadians.


To join the program, you are:

  • At least 15 years old
  • An intermediate or higher level of English
  • In Canada on any kind of visa (all volunteer opportunities are unpaid, part-time, incidental to the study portion of the course, and are for charitable or non-profit organizations)

Start Dates

The total course is 12 weeks in duration, made up of three 4-week modules. You can take the modules in any order, although 1>2>3 is recommended.

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Oct 24, 2016 Nov 21, 2016 Not available
Feb 6, 2017 Mar 6, 2017 Apr 3, 2017
May 1, 2017 May 29, 2017 Not available
Sept 18, 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Nov 13, 2017

Example Week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30am - 8:30am Rotary Club Breakfast (optional)
9am - 12pm Power English Mornings (English classes)
1pm - 3pm Learning & Discussion Fundraising Project Volunteering Activity Learning & Discussion Volunteering Activity
Evenings and Weekends Special seasonal volunteering opportunities are available according to the time of year (optional)

Program Elements

Learning & Discussion Explore what makes a good volunteer, and how volunteering can be a bridge to paid work. Develop transferable job skills like giving presentations, writing business emails and planning events.
Fundraising Project The class develops a plan for a fundraising project with donations going to a local charity. Volunteer as a class at several charitable organizations, doing things such as chatting with the elderly, preparing kits for a disaster, assisting with a cultural workshop and more.

Sample Partners

You will support organizations like these, through fundraising and volunteering:

Rotary International logoVictoria Highland Games logoOak and Orca Bioregional School logoDisaster Aid Canada logoHelp Fill a Dream Foundation logoFairfield Gonzales Community Association logoThe Glenshiel logo

Participants Receive

A Graduation Certificate detailing the level of English achieved, a statement of volunteer hours, and a reference letter.

Extra Volunteering

Have even more fun volunteering on the weekends!

Spring: Easter, Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, Uno Fest, Victoria Highland Games, Victoria Day Parade, Africa Fest, Global Partnership Walk

Summer: too many to list

Fall: Saanich Fair, Halloween, Remembrance Day, Movember, Rifflandia Music Festival

Winter: Family Day, Victoria Film Festival, Christmas Craft Fairs, Food Drives, Festival of Trees, Christmas

Student Experiences

Want to learn more about life as Global Citizen student? Check out these blogs by Miyu, Mai, Antoine and Rodolphe.

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