Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
98% Rating
(190 Reviews)

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

With a history and heritage in global education, Global Leadership Adventures packs our 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, not just a spring break or summer program.

GLA provides high school students the opportunity to authentically discover another culture, safely engage in high adventure and above all, participate in grassroots service projects that directly impact the families and communities they become close with while abroad.

The long-term partnerships our global staff have developed with local individuals, community leadership and action-oriented organizations around the world 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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Dawn
Female
47 years old
Wisconsin, United States
Newman University

From Fear and Trepidation to Relief and Satisfaction

10/10

It was with great anxiety that we sent our daughter last summer (2016) on her Global Leadership Adventures trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for the Preserving Nature's Wonders program. But it was soon apparent that it was the very best decision we could have made for her! Communication was immediate and sufficient throughout the trip. We were able to speak with our daughter on several occasions, most importantly when they first arrived safely in Ecuador. The excitement and pure joy we could hear in her voice was music to our ears and the enjoyment the group was having was evident in the daily updated blogs the program provided. But we still were not prepared for the incredible transformation we witnesses when we picked her up from the airport. The shy, quiet 16 year old we had dropped off just two weeks prior, was now confident and full of self-esteem! And oh how happy she was! The only sadness felt was that she had to say good-bye to the friends she had made and have come to mean so much to her. It has now been nearly a year since she had this incredible experience and she is still in daily contact with many of these new friends. I am so proud of the service work she completed on this trip and how it has changed her into a thoughtful, thinking young person who truly has compassion for the world around her.

How can this program be improved?

As a parent, the only thing I can think of to improve upon this program would be more frequent communication through the blogs. However I do understand how busy the days and nights are on a trip such as this and realize that the updates can sometimes be difficult. It was exiting to get the new blog updates, but also reasurring that all was well with our daughter!

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Maggie
Female
17 years old
Wisconsin, United States
Other

Truly the Experience of a Lifetime

10/10

I was fortunate enough to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands though Global Leadership Adventures on the "Preserving Natures Wonders" trip during the summer of 2016. This program was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was unique in that I was able to surround myself in one of the worlds most special ecosystems as I snorkeled with sea lions, sea turtles and many tropical fish, saw countless crabs and iguanas, and was able to meet the Galapagos tortoises up close. What made these experiences with the animals and nature of the Galapagos even more impactful, was the fact that I was able to volunteer and help the land I was visiting. On this program everyone was very kind and I am still friends with many of the other kids that I met to this day. Our mentors were very helpful and made sure that everyone felt and was kept safe throughout the trip. Post program, I was impacted mostly by the friendships I had made and the knowledge that I now had regarding conservation and the importance of it. Some useful tips that I have are to bring snacks along if you have any dietary restrictions. I am vegan and the program was very accommodating so I didn't miss out on many of the delicious foods that they served, but bringing along snacks was very helpful. Another tip is to bring a camera along and to keep a journal because there are so many memories that will be made on a trip like this, and since many activities are packed into one day, it is easy to lose some of them. I took many pictures and journaled every day so now I have something to look back on.

How can this program be improved?

I honestly cannot think of many things that I would change about this program. It really was a good experience for me, traveling went smoothly, my group was great, and we all had tons of fun in our two weeks.

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Patti
Female
52 years old
Princeton
University of Pennsylvania

Parent Review

10/10

I sent my two daughters on Global Leadership Adventure's "Preserving Nature's Wonders" trip last summer, and I could not have had a better experience with them. I was a little nervous about the idea of sending my two young girls out of the country without either parent, but GLA eased all my worries. From the very start, we had helpful staff keeping us updated on the necessary preparations for our trip. GLA made the entire process really easy and helped me feel better about the trip. My girls were safe the whole time, and they had incredible mentors with them on the trip. They both came home with a new outlook on the world, and I know GLA has truly changed their lives. I highly recommend this program to any parent and teenager looking to volunteer abroad.

Program Listings

Costa Rica

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Five unique ecosystems, one adventure. Come join us in Costa Rica to volunteer and learn first hand about conservation. GLA o...

Dominican Republic

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Come join us in the Dominican republic to dive deep into environmental sustainability issues and develop leadership skills to...

Ghana

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Come discover the Volta Region of Ghana, an area well known for its traditional African religion, kente cloth weaving, storyt...

Tanzania

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Work side-by-side with local leaders fixing up schools and orphanages facilities During the weekends, experience a real Afric...

Ecuador

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Come experience one of the most pristine natural environments where conservationists are working to protect this unique ecosy...

Peru

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Discover Peru and learn all about life and culture from the Sacred Valley to the Spanish language while making a difference i...

Guatemala

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Guatemala promises colorful adventure - and the opportunity to make an important mark on education. Spend your days in Xela b...

Thailand

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Explore the beautiful and rich culture of Thailand while volunteering. Global Leadership Adventures offer multiple Service Le...

India

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Capture the stories of a great civilization, from Himalayan societies to the stunning Taj Mahal. As you take in Dharamsala’s...

Indonesia

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During your time in Bali you’ll volunteer with inspirational community organizations, explore off-the-beaten path places and...

China

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The China: One Nation, Two Worlds program is uniquely designed for students to come away with a deep understanding of China a...

Fiji

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Fiji is indeed a tropical paradise, but is also a country with tremendous need. Many rural schools lack proper water and elec...

Spain

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For more than a language course, travel to Valencia—the perfect place for a full Spanish experience. Program Highlights: - Im...

Belize

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Lead the children of Belize in experiential learning activities such as co-creating books and take part in stimulating outdoo...

South Africa

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What if the future of our global community depended on your ideas and leadership? This program draws a diverse group of self-...