Location
  • Belize
Length
1 - 2 weeks
Need-based funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Lodge
Age Min.
14
Age Max
18

Pricing

Starting Price
4599
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare
Oct 29, 2023
Dec 06, 2023
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About Program

Caribbean rhythms, abundant wildlife and warm, friendly waters make Belize a bucket list location for many; however, there is much work to be done here! Commercial fishing, climate change and human expansion pose a threat to the country's flora and fauna, including the Antilles manatee. Work alongside a non-profit organization that supports one of the country's largest wildlife sanctuaries, assisting on projects ranging from mangrove reforestation to marine monitoring to community outreach & education. While you're here, you'll become a marine "expert" in your own right: snorkel over coral reefs, boat through the bay and explore coastal caves via inner tube.

Service Hours: 30
Program Theme: Animal & Wildlife Conservation

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Program Highlights

  • Explore Corozal Bay, home to a large population of manatees, gentle giants of the sea
  • Snorkel and swim in the azure waters, go cave tubing and explore a pristine island
  • Volunteer at the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, learning from conservation experts
  • Visit an ancient archaeological site and hear more about the civilizations that once inhabited the region
  • Visit the Belize Zoo and a manatee rescue organization to get up close and personal with many unique species

Scholarships

GLA IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Scholarship

The goal of our scholarship is to provide inclusion, diversity, equity and access to GLA programs.

Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
based on 10 reviews
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  • 4 rating 10%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Growth 4.65
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.9
  • Program Selection 5
  • Pre-departure Help 5
  • In-program Support 5
  • Impact on Student 5
  • Value 5
Showing 1 - 8 of 10 reviews
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Jacey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My amazing time in Belize

I have been on 2 GLA trips, and last summer I went to Belize. I had an amazing time there and the experience was unforgettable. We stayed in the town of Sarteneja, a fishing village. Staying there we developed an awareness of the world around us and knowledge of the sustainable fishing going on there. As a group we got to connect and support the community, we made jewelry with Lionfish fins which are invasive, and got several presentations about the diversity of the animals. While learning was exciting we also got to go on excursions, such as ziplining and cave tubing. My favorite part was when we got to stay on an island for a night called Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, it was such a unique experience to be right on the ocean. Later in the day, we got to snorkel and we ended up seeing a Nurse shark. Overall my program was life-changing and definitely opened my eyes up to the world around me. Would totally recommend it!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Definitely the hour-long boat ride to Bacalar Chico, it was intimidating because I had never been on a boat for that long. But my friends I had made were super nice and it ended up being very enjoyable.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Tapaynga
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

I was under privileged compared to the other girls on the trip and they formed their own cliques within the first day. Some of the were really nice and included me in activities but if I was around some of the other girls it felt like they didn't want me there. The volunteer made me feel less alone but it would have been nice if I would have felt more welcomed by everyone throughout the trip. I also asked the girls to send me some pictures once we had service but none of them did. I feel like I missed out on a lot of memories and inside jokes. I don't have a lot of pictures from the trip because they were not sent to me after they agreed to send them.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I have always been terrified by the ocean and being able to swim in it knowing I was in a safe environment helped me step out of my comfort zone and try something new.
43 people found this review helpful.
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Laurie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Cultural Experience, Great Fun -- Huge Success for my Teen

Thank you for providing a wonderful experience for the students. I loved that the culture of GLA is real cultural exchange -- not wealthy Americans showering help on poorer communities -- but learning on both sides. The housing and food were excellent. I at first thought the cost was high, but when you consider the entirety of the experience, which included a weekend away in a hotel, all of the meals and excoursions, it actually was a very fair price. We will look into future trips in summers to come. Thank you!

44 people found this review helpful.
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Sarah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Belize Children’s Initiative Review

This past summer I traveled to Belize through GLA and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I found the program through a friend who had done a program two years before. She said it was be a life changing experience and she was not wrong. Not only did I make friends within the group I was volunteering, but I also made strong connections with some of children we worked with. One girl from my class emails me weekly to stay in touch! The program allows you to immerse yourself in another culture- nothing touristy. From cooking classes with our cook to shopping in the city markets, I truly felt like a native while in Belize. The housing was wonderful and had various hiking paths and a water hole for swimming. Overall it was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who wants to broader their understanding of our world and the people in it.

45 people found this review helpful.
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Cate
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Leadership Adventures - Belize

I went to Belize two summers ago and it was the most amazing thing I've ever done. Everything about it was so incredible - the safety, the service, the excursions, the staff, etc. I went on the three week trip and it was everything I could have asked for and more. We taught a three week summer camp for kids at a local primary school. I really liked how we stayed in the same classroom each day, so we could make meaningful relationships with the students. After 10 days of camp, my class was like a family. It's crazy how close you can become with someone in that short amount of time. It's been a year and a half since my trip, and I still talk to the kids through Facebook. I even got to go back to Belize with my family for spring break and visit all the kids I taught at. Although the trip eventually ends, the relationships and memories are lifelong. The service was definitely my favorite part of the trip.
In the afternoons, we would go on excursions! My favorite was the weekend trip to Caye Caulker - one of the many beautiful islands of Belize. We went snorkeling, swimming and got to relax on the beach and reflect on all the amazing memories we made. Some of the other excursions we did were cave tubing, orange picking, going to the zoo and many more!
Safety is definitely GLA's main priority. The homebase is super safe and the staff makes it feel like home. I can't speak highly enough about GLA. I had such an amazing time in Belize that I went on another GLA trip this past summer!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I can think of is I wish the summer camp we did was a few days longer. But I know it's super hard to fit all the activities into a three week trip!
43 people found this review helpful.
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Brianna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Ever!

Over the past summer, I went on this program and I was pretty nervous to travel alone and not know anybody. Little did I know that I was going to have the time of my life! This program helped me meet people that I can call my long lost bestfriends! I developed relationships with people who amazed me everyday with their kindness and generosity! I developed myself as a person through many different aspects. First, this trip helped grow my love for community work and missionaries. It makes me feel better about myself when I am helping others and this program was all about that. Second, I went out of my comfort zone and was able to have a fun time without having to worry! There is so much more I could include but I reccomend that everyone goes on a trip with Global Leadership Adventures and sees for themselves. The staff who accompanied me on this trip was awesome. I couldn't of asked for better people to lead my way to bettering myself as a human and bettering the people of Belize. The housing of this trip was awesome and the beds were comfy. The food was out of this world! I’m currently missing the abnormously large amount of plantains that would be accessible to us at all moments. This program has influenced me to want to be more involved with my community at home and the world around me! I will be going on another missions trip just because of how awesome this one was. My favorite memory about this trip was working with the kids. I worked with the younger age group and they were all so adorable and excited to learn. What I really took out of this experience is the fact that kids in Belize wanted to learn so bad while people at my home complain about going to school everyday. The kids in Belize would showup to the school we taught at running up to the friends I made and I hugging us! They would say thank you as much as possible just because we taught them the alphabet or some numbers. This really amazed me and made me realize that I need to be more grateful about how lucky I am to be able to go to school everyday. I reccomend that everyone who can goes on this trip and makes a memory close to this one. A memory that can change their outlook on life and make an extraordinary impact just like Belize; The Iniative for Children did for me :)

What would you improve about this program?
I would say that this program does not need to be improved! The staff did everything I could’ve ever asked for fulfilling my time there with undescribable opportunities and fun ones at that.
43 people found this review helpful.
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Alexa
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Lifechanging Trip for my Daughter

This past summer my daughter Ava travelled to Belize for two weeks with Global Leadership Adventures. At first I was a bit hesistant to let her go on the trip, but I had never seen her so impassioned by a cause. Also, after extensive research on several websites, I found out GLA has few to no bad reviews and about a million amazing ones. The assurance from other parents about the trip’s safety and impact on their child’s life are what finally convinced me to let her go. And it was so worth it!! Ava had THE time of her life and found a new sense of purpose as well as many new friends. The in-country staff was always there if I ever needed to place a call in case of emergency but if I had questions I’d just email GLA and they got back to me quickly. My personal favorite part of this organization are the blogs that the students post online every few days. They gave me a great idea of what Ava was doing each day and I loved the pictures attached! Couldn’t recommend this organization more!!

What would you improve about this program?
Make it more clear that students are allowed to have a phone on the trip
42 people found this review helpful.
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Ava
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Leadership Adventures: The Initiative for Children in Belize

This past summer I participated in Global Leadership Adventures Belize: The Initiative for Children. I had THE most amazing and life-changing experience of my life. The staff is amazing and very well-qualified/equipped to deal with any situation or emergency (should one even arise at all). The best part about this experience is that it is a totally authentic and service-oriented approach to exploring new cultures. On my particular trip we went to a poetry night a few villages over from home base, snorkeled around Tobacco Caye, and explored ancient Maya ruins.These direct and genuine interactions with Belizean culture are what sets GLA apart. Further, the service we participated in is beneficial to all involved. We got to teach the local youth English, paint their playground, and encourage them to reach their full potential. Even more, though, the service we completed changed our lives equally, if not more so, by opening our eyes to poverty, the privilege of public education, and social justice.

What would you improve about this program?
These were the best two weeks of my life and could not have been any better!!
44 people found this review helpful.

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