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Overview

Overview

With a history and heritage in global education, GLA packs itineraries with leadership development, volunteering and the delight of taking learning off the beaten path. Our unique program design produces what many students call a life-changing experience.

GLA provides high school students the opportunity to authentically discover another culture, safely engage in high adventure and participate in grassroots service projects that directly impact global communities.

The long-term partnerships we have developed with local individuals, community leadership and action-oriented organizations continue to be the backbone of our programs.Helping them deliver sustainable impact while transforming the way we look at the world and ourselves is what gets us fired up every day at GLA.

Types
  • Volunteer Abroad
Activities
  • Health & Medicine
  • Work Abroad
  • Education & Literacy
  • Children & Youth
  • Community Development
  • Study Abroad
  • Conservation
  • Ecotourism
  • Animals
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Environment
  • Arts & Culture
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Countries
  • Dominican Republic
  • Fiji
  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Oceania
  • Ghana
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Spain
  • Guatemala
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279 Participant reviews

Margaret Saab

8 Mar 2019

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This past summer, I went on an amazing trip with Global Leadership Adventures to Costa Rica! I was fifteen, and I did not know anybody going on the trip with...Read more

This past summer, I went on an amazing trip with Global Leadership Adventures to Costa Rica! I was fifteen, and I did not know anybody going on the trip with me, so I was essentially alone. In reality, as soon as I got there I was not "alone" at all. Everyone is so supportive and eager to become friends with each other. For me, that kind of environment was the most rewarding part of my trip because I left with close friends and really fun memories with every single person on my trip. When picking a program to go on, I knew I was very interested in environmental sciences and learning more about the environmental problems of our world, so I choose the protecting the Pacific program. On this particular program, we learned about the environmental damages of plastics in our oceans and I know I came home with a better understanding of exactly what I can do to save the environment. We learned all this through leaders who came and spoke, activities to help us consider our environmental effects, and most importantly through service. Everyday our service was focused around ocean cleanups, planting trees, or other natural service forms. My personal favorite was planting trees because even though you get very dirty and tired, there is a reward in knowing you are positively affecting the environment around you. Our home base was amazing, and we had a home cooked meal everyday of local cuisine, such as rice and beans or green papaya. I would recommend GLA for everyone because of how much I grew as a person on my trip and from how life-changing of an experience it is to go and immerse yourself in another culture through serving others.

Ella Kopperud

6 Mar 2019

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Okay, I'm not going to lie to you. I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This trip was the best experience of my...Read more

Okay, I'm not going to lie to you. I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This trip was the best experience of my entire life so far. Ironically enough, I get home sick for Peru, which is where I traveled with my GLA family and adopted as my home away from home for 2 weeks. I made friends that will last me a life time. I got a whole new take on how privileged I am to live in a first world country. I felt a sense of purpose and was inspired with a desire to continue to give back and make the world a better place. I also greatly improved my leadership skills. I felt independent on this trip to Peru, like I could really be myself and learn more about me. This trip was so much fun as well, whether it was playing cheesy games at home base, white water rafting, or even doing service. The cultural experience was life changing and I loved it so much. I always felt safe, protected and heard. I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything in the world. So much so, that instead of birthday and Christmas presents this year I just asked my relatives to donate money to my next trip that I'm doing this summer, 2019. I am so excited! If you like adventure and are looking to do something amazing this is what I recommend. If I could give it more than 5 stars I absolutely would. Thank you so much to GLA! If you're reading this right now I urge you to check out their website and look at some trips, I promise you won't regret it!

Cara Dunleavy

5 Mar 2019

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Hi! I am a Global Leadership Adventures Alumni and I had an amazing trip with GLA. I choose Ghana: children of Africa and this was the best experience of my...Read more

Hi! I am a Global Leadership Adventures Alumni and I had an amazing trip with GLA. I choose Ghana: children of Africa and this was the best experience of my life. In Ghana, we lived in a house that was in the village I volunteered in. There wasn't ever any moment that I felt unsafe. At the age of 15, this was not only my first time traveling into Africa but my first time traveling alone. I feel that I have grown a lot, everything from no longer having a single story of Africa to know how to check in my bags. I didn't know much about the culture. shortly after arriving we got a little history and visited a host family to learn how to speak some Krobo. The program staff were very supportive and were always there to talk if you needed anything. a million words can't begin to explain the love, joy, and so many more emotions from this trip.

Jamie

5 Mar 2019

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WOW! GLA was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. Not only did I get to meet amazing people and take part in amazing experiences, I learned so...Read more

WOW! GLA was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. Not only did I get to meet amazing people and take part in amazing experiences, I learned so much about myself. I was so scared to do the large hike before Machu Picchu as I have never been that athletic. Even so, I was able to push myself to new limits and completed the hike in its entirety. I was so proud of myself and would never have been able to have that experience without GLA.

The staff is so amazing and helpful, and are aways there to answer any questions and serve as wonderful mentors. Each day I felt supported and like I could go to them with any concerns that I had.

So grateful for this opportunity that I will take with me the rest of my life!