Global x Change

Global x Change is an emerging Community of Practice that brings global education practitioners and researchers from diverse backgrounds together:

  • To raise standards of practice in North-South experiences for all stakeholders

  • To share, collate and create resources that are accessible on a common platform

  • To collaborate around programs, projects, research, advocacy, and special initiatives

  • To encourage and offer professional development, support, and leadership

Global x Change was formed in 2015 and emerged out of the desire of Canadian global educators to form a cross-sector network of professionals seeking to raise standards of practice in their organization’s North-South endeavours. Compañeros Inc is a launchpad for Global x Change while it takes shape as a non-profit association. For more information, comments or questions please contact 416.963.4952 or

Working Group II for Standards of Practice in North-South Experiences


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2

Expected Outcomes:

  1. To produce a coherent second draft of the Six Standards of Practice for North South Experiences.
  2. 2. To outline a realistic timeline for all Six Standards to be reviewed and finalized.
  3. To identify and solicit feedback from external stakeholders.


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New members are most welcome.


$80 fee covers refreshments, lunch, space rental, and administration:

Working Group for Standards of Practice in North-South Experiences

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2

This Working Group is for you if you are: (a) A practitioner and/or researcher critically engaged with the issues, complexities, and literature surrounding North South Experiences; (b) In a position to influence your organization’s system to consider adopting, endorsing, or signing-on to a voluntary code of conduct or standards of practice self-audit tool; and, (c) Are available to participate actively in this Working Group in 2016-17.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Consensus around which prioritized standards of practice would form the basis of a common code of conduct or standards of practice tool that organizations could: (a) Use voluntarily to perform self-audits of their North South Experiences; and, (b) Adopt, endorse, and sign on to in order to demonstrate accountability, raise the profile of standards, and influence others (e.g. decison-makers, media).
  2. Outlined strategy and timeline for publishing a common standards tool, distributing it through various networks, obtaining a leading group of early adopters, and inviting more organizations to join the standards movement.
  3. Drafted infographic design template that communicates prioritized standards effectively to different users and stakeholders.
  4. Identified sources of funding to build a standards network that would create a platform for shared resources, encourage collaboration and advocacy, and offer professional development opportunities.
  5. Committed members of the Working Group folllowing up to achieve the 4 outcomes above.


$100 fee covers refreshments, lunch, some space rental, and three days of the lead organizer’s time and office support specific to this event:


Standards of Practice in North-South Experiences Workshop


Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (EST)


Metro Hall, 55 John St, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6


Professionals engaged in international cooperation, development, and education; faith and social justice missions; corporate social responsibility; and, grassroots civic engagement initiatives are witnessing a proliferation of contentious motives, ethics, methods, and activities around Global North-South experiences.

If you work in an organization involved in sending volunteers or arranging internships, research, service learning, solidarity, voluntourism, or global citizenship, equity and inclusion activities in the Global North-South, this Workshop is for you.

We will:

Arrive as both leaders and participants with resources to contribute, collect, and develop collegially

Gain an overview of existing Standards of Practice and discuss the concept of ‘mutual private of benefit’ and ‘reciprocal public benefit’ (Duarte, 2014)

Survey the means and methods by which Global x Change can become an effective Community of Practice

Depart with new contacts, resources, questions, ideas, and decisions relevant to our own professional context and capacity

See how Standards of Practice connect to the Sustainable Development Goals in OCIC’s iAM e-magazine!
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Registration fee of $100 covers the costs of materials, light lunch and fair trade beverages. Partial travel subsidies of up to $100 are available upon request to OCIC Members. Click