The GSL Catalyst has been designed for students who are starting their journey as a social leader.

This course will enable them to form meaningful connections with others around the world and empower them to develop their own social action projects which will tackle the issues they care about most.

It is for students aged 11 – 17 who want to:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Explore their passions and purpose
  • Build confidence and resilience
  • Understand how to improve their wellbeing
  • Learn how to design a social action project that addresses the Global Goals

Booking is now open for our 2022 and 2023 courses, join the GSL movement today!

I really enjoyed the GSL Catalyst course because it was very insightful and provided me with a new outlook on leadership and the world. Additionally, my facilitator was excellent and very inspiring. The other people in my team were all very passionate young leaders and we were able to have lots of effective discussions.

Ainsley, Victoria Shanghai Academy, ChinaGSL World Catalyst Participant 2021



A three-day virtual course which includes powerful leadership training led by experienced facilitators, inspiring live talks, collaborative sessions, reflective coaching practices, and global discussions.


A 30-day action period following the course where students are supported to make positive change for the issues they care about.


A virtual graduation event will showcase what students have learnt and accomplished during the course. E-certificates will be awarded following the event.



  • COURSE DATES: 28th – 30th October 2022
  • INDEPENDENT CHALLENGE: 31st October – 29th November 2023
  • GRADUATION: 16th January 2023
  • EARLY BIRD BOOKING DEADLINE: 7th September 2022
  • FINAL BOOKING DEADLINE: 28th September 2022


  • COURSE DATES: 28th – 30th July 2023
  • INDEPENDENT CHALLENGE: 31st July – 29th August 2023
  • FINAL BOOKING DEADLINE: 28th June 2023

Schools are invited to share the course with their students so that they can book directly using the GSL online shop. Once we have received payment, they will be sent a registration form and their place on the course will be confirmed.

COURSE FEE: £220 / Early bird £185

Member school students access 20% discounted fees


What will students learn?

Each day of the virtual course is focused on a distinct theme:

  1. Leadership Foundations – students build leadership skills and learn about the importance of wellbeing
  2. The Need for Change – students learn about global issues and the Global Goals, identify their passions, design vision statements, and discover how to improve their resilience
  3. Plan to Action – students learn about the independent challenge, begin project planning, and reflect on their learnings and highlights from the three days

During the independent challenge students will:

  • Plan and implement a project
  • Work towards set goals
  • Challenge themselves
  • Communicate with others effectively
  • Practice time management and creative problem-solving techniques

How will students be taught?

The course is taught via live virtual sessions using Zoom.

Content is delivered in English by an experienced team of facilitators/coaches. We ask that all students are confident in their level of English language, and suggest a CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference) of B2 or above (C1/ C2) to join this course.

The sessions are interactive, and students are expected to actively participate using cameras and microphones.

There are two time zone options for the three-day course. Students will be asked to select one option for all three days upon registration. The options are:

  • 08:00 – 11:45 or 15:00 – 18:45 UK time

How will students be kept safe online?

Students safety is taken seriously and we want to ensure everyone has a great experience. Everyone will be required to read and sign a Code of Conduct before the course begins. We want all young people to be able to engage in a safe and respectful space.

What equipment will students need?

  • Access to a laptop or PC with internet connection
  • A headset, or speakers and a microphone
  • A webcam
  • A notepad and pen

Will students be assessed?

Students will not be assessed but will be required to submit a summary of their independent challenge, alongside any relevant evidence including pictures, written reflections and/or a creative piece to showcase their GSL journey.

Will students receive a certificate?

Students will be awarded with e-certificates following the virtual graduation event.

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