Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
98% Rating
(225 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

Grace
Female

The Best 14 Days

10/10

I went to Moshi, Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures for two weeks this summer and it was incredible! The local staff was absolutely amazing and we all got so close with them. The mentors were very supportive and fun to hang out with. Our service consisted of teaching and refurbishing a school, and was very rewarding and so much fun! The food on this trip was SO GOOD but, for picky eaters, the staff was always willing to make something that you like. We went to a coffee plantation, orphanage, batik painting lesson and saw cultural dancers perform as well as hiked to the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro! I really recommend this trip because it was honestly the most eye-opening time of my life, and was truly unforgettable!

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Sofia
Female
United States
Other

Global Leadership Adventures: My China!

10/10

This summer I went to China with a group of 24 students. Originally when searching for programs I found that none of them were even close to my price range as they were all too expensive. At first, I selected Global Leadership Adventures because of its affordable price and its service component. But it turned out to be so much more than that! GLA was an experience through which I learned to be more independent and confident. When out in the streets with other students we had to use our language skills to communicate which took a lot of brain power but also a lot of confidence. Making friends while on the China program was not hard at all. All the kids on my program were ambitious and they cared about making a difference. Since I found kids similar to me on the program it was really easy to make friends. Even though it's been a while since this summer we still have our group chat going strong and I even regularly meet up with two of the kids who live close to me. I definitely recommend GLA for other students because it really was a life changing experience for me and I think everyone should experience this great adventure!

How can this program be improved?

The language aspect of this program could be greatly improved. The language classes were extremely informal and I don't feel like I really learned any new Mandarin.

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Gianna
Female
16 years old
Michigan
Other

Cultural Kaleidoscope

10/10

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to participate in one of Global Leadership Adventures' (GLA) Thailand service trips! I went for two weeks to Chiang Man, in northern Thailand, and created lesson plans and later executed them to teach English in public primary schools. Being able to see thoughts and plans become a reality, while also helping expose children to a new language helped create a strong bond and an experience that can only be understood by doing it. There's a lot of service but it's balanced with fun and cultural immersion. We visit temples and markets, meets monks, eat delicious new food, and interact with people, and animals, that you've never met before! The program directors do a great job of prioritizing the service but making it fun also. Every part of the experience has helped me grow, from fundraising to traveling internationally alone to immersing myself across the world. I hope everyone who wants to can have this adventure!

How can this program be improved?

The only improvement I could see would be to have the directors foster the relationships of the participants a little bit more. Maybe in things like team building excerises.

Aine
Female

Growth In Guatemala

10/10

My past summer service trip was an extraordinary adventure that I looked forward to for months on end before summer of 2017 came. Throughout the school year my mother would use the trip as a common incentive for me to keep up to date on my school work while motivating me to be the best that I can be because I knew that I had such a big reward coming my way. When the day came to get on the plane, I was nervous about not really knowing anyone and being so far from my family for so long. I was comforted by the Gla facebook pages that allowed me to at least know some names and faces prior to the trip. If it wasn't for the amazing staff and opportunity that the company gave me, I would not be the same person that I am today. My trip was filled with amazing food, one-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and experiences and friendships that will go on to last me a lifetime.

How can this program be improved?

As long as the students on the trip stay friendly and focused, nothing could have been better.

Roxanne
Female

Excellent trip!

10/10

My son had an amazing experience with GLA. The support was wonderful, the travel was easy, and the group was a perfect size for getting to know each other in a real way. Nice mix of fun and service. Highly recommend. The flagship program gave them an opportunity to interact with kids and teach in the elementary school, pour a sidewalk at a shelter, and spend time with monks at the temples. I would recommend booking travel with the suggested travel partner, and GLA posts a roster of people going and where they are coming from. The kids met at the hub airport (New York or LA) and went to Hong Kong and then Chang Mai. Well run program! The group still keeps in touch now and is planning to get together over the holidays.

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...

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...

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...

Thailand

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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-...

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...