Global Leadership Program - Leadership exCHANGE

About

We help you Find Your Hustle. You learn to lead, to understand culture, and to make an impact in your world.

Our programs draw students from all over the world (80+ Countries), which enrich our discussions, expand our minds and make dinners and experiences that much more fun.

Imagine learning about human rights issues surrounded by people from the Netherlands, Chile, Australia, Prague, Egypt, etc. Now imagine laughing with them as you go through our leadership retreats and free time activities. You're expanding your mind 24/7.

You graduate our program a Change Agent with friends from all over the world.

Founded
1999
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

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Tomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In July 2015 I took a great challenge and moved in Raleigh for one month. I became one of ten students of this program, the only one from Europe that time. And it was a game changer.
Ten strangers turned quickly into friends who worked and studied together. We explored, created or helped someone every day. Along our journey it was amazing to follow our ideas which started to shift into real business plans and socially responsible ventures. And that happened thanks to help and support from start-ups leaders, CEOs, professional coaches and other people. We developed every day, our visions got thicker, more consistent and vivid with every lesson we had.
At the end, 10 people full of passion introduced their ideas to broad audience during final pitch presentation. 10 great ideas which our about to change our societies and communities.

What would you improve about this program?
I can hardly find a thing that could be improved. From the education, organization, safety to housing and overall effect on my life – this program was incredible, extraordinary experience.
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Tara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a life changing experience on the Global Leadership Summer Study Abroad Program in Prague. Through the classes and leadership of the instructors, and the powerful and inspiring stories of the delegates (from all over the world), I was challenged in how I thought about the world, leadership and even myself.

When I returned I had developed a clear idea about what I wanted to do and felt I had the tools to achieve it. The program inspired my postgraduate level studies, career choices since and even travel destinations (to go and see my friends!).

Not to mention, the Czech Republic is a stunning country! From paddle boating on the river, visiting the castle, weekends away in Berlin and Vienna, and catching up with friends over 20cz beers after class- there is no better place to spend your summer!

You will not regret signing up for this program. It has inspired the development of NGO's, social enterprises, and helped to develop changemakers across the world. What happens in Prague can't stay in Prague- when you come back you will never be the same!

What would you improve about this program?
Take me back!
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Andrea
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was student during the summer of 2012 and it was one of best experiences in my life. The city of Prague is such a magical and wonderful place full of secrets and history, and it's the perfect place to study about philosophy and leadership.

During this program I had the opportunity to meet a great group of people from around the world. I was so inspired about their knowledge and their cultures, and I'm glad to call them friends.

The 'Philosophies of Leadership' class was amazing. I had the chance to understand others as leaders, research about great leaders from around the world, from Plato and 'The Allegory of the cave' to Havel and 'The Power of the Powerless', and in that way to understand what was my purpose as a global citizen.

Taking the Social entrepreneurship class and being able to look at the window and see the Charles Bridge, just a few steps from you, is an experience that you don't want to lose. You get so inspired by all these people and places that you won't regret it.

Don't lose the opportunity to spend an incredible summer with the Global Leadership Program at Prague.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Andrea Ramirez

Andrea Ramirez is a graphic designer and dreamer from Mexico. She recently graduated from the 'Universidad de Monterrey' with the distinction Summa Cum Laude. She loves art, illustration, and history. She enjoys traveling around the world, seeking inspiration and adventure. You might find her listening to all kinds of music, especially 'The Beatles'.

Why did you decide to study abroad with Global Leaders?

My school has a partnership with Leadership ExChange and some friends attended to the programs in Prague and Panama and came back in love with the program. They told me that it was a great experience and that I shouldn't hesitate in applying.

What made this experience unique and special?

The people and professors (Heather and Jason) made this experience so special. You can't run a program like this without the energy and knowledge of people like them. Also, the location (Prague) has so many things to offer--everyday is different. If you go you should walk everwhere, pay attention to the things around you, and take pictures!

How has this experience impacted your future?

I think I grew so much. I had the chance to take a break in my life and meditate about my role in my city, my country and the world. I realized that I was a global citizen and I had responsibilities. I was able to combine two things that I loved and that I never thought I could mix like design and social service. GLP helped me to think outside the box and go further, to research and learn from amazing human beings and to share what I knew with others. If you want to spend a summer like no other, apply asap! You won't regret it!

Highlights: In the academic area we had the Philosophers debate where we had to chose our favorite and study him so we would be able to answer questions like him/her (I was Plato). We even made costumes. We had some extra activities like a visit to Terezin (a concentration camp), we went to the Communism museum, and did social service in a town nearby. I also loved the presentation of the projects in our social entrepreneurship class. It was just amazing to see how my project and my friend's projects develop during the program and how well prepared we were to present it in front of others. In other aspects, I'm so glad I had the chance to meet wonderful friends and got to know a little bit more about their culture. I can say I have a house waiting for me in the Czech Republic, Australia, Colombia, Panama, Bulgaria and more!

  • Morning: My first class started at 11:15 (which was perfect because I'm not a morning person). The school was 15 minutes away from the dorms, but I was also able to take the tram which took 2 minutes to get to the school. The Philosophies of Leadership class was the perfect way to start the day. We talked about the lecture of the day, what we didn't understand, what was the author thinking when he/she wrote the article, and how can we apply it to the present. We were a big group (around 40 from around the world) but we split into different groups so were able to share our thoughts. We were able to express ourselves in a creative way (writing questions, drawing, writing poems etc).
  • Afternoon: Sometimes I went back to the dorm to eat something, other days I just walked around with my friends and looked for a restaurant. Prague is really cheap in comparison to other European cities and they have all kinds of food from vegetarian to Italian to typical Czech food. After lunch, I went back to my social entrepreneurship class where we were focusing on a social project. We had the chance to share our dreams and our hopes of how we can change the world. We helped each other on our personal projects. I was out of class around 6 p.m. and at that time I ran directly to Charles Bridge and to the the Old Town. There's so much life and history in every corner of Prague that you can't stay in one place. If you're into art I would definitely recommend you spend some time in the Alphonse Mucha's Museum.
  • Evening: I was back at the dorms around 9 p.m. and that's when I started my homework (as I said before, I'm not a morning person and I can focus better at night). Sometimes I used to study in the common room with my friends, especially when the lecture of the day was difficult. On the weekends we went out to clubs or bars. Prague is also the perfect city to go party or you can always have drink and listen to jazz music.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Liz Tracy

Job Title
Coordinator for the Panama Program
Interview with Liz Tracy - Global Leaders

What position do you hold at GL? What has been your career path so far?

Liz: Coordinator for the Panama Program. I have started and run my own jewelry business, worked with an International NGO, served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer, done Case Management for a Green Jobs initiative and now working with a team to start up a co-working space for socially minded entrepreneurs in Raleigh, NC called the HUB.

Did YOU study abroad? If so, where did you go and what inspired you to go?!

Liz: Yes, I did study abroad. I spent a summer in Costa Rica doing volunteer work and adventure travel and I also spent six months in Madrid, Spain studying business and art. I have always been drawn to the Latin American and Spanish culture. I love the language, food and lifestyle. I was bitten by the travel bug again last year and moved to Panama to work. I would encourage everyone to travel, get out of their comfort zone and experience a new place, even if it is just the next state over.

What does the future hold for GL - any new programs to share?

Liz: Leadership exCHANGe is going into its 14th year and we just partnered with the Sullivan Foundation and added Costa Rica to our list of programs for this year. Not only can you gain leadership and social entrepreneurship skills in the Panama program, but you can stay for 4 more weeks in Costa Rica and apply those skills you learned in the classroom to work on community based projects. Great experiential learning in a beautiful country!

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Liz: Something that makes our program unique is the blend of students from so many different countries. I hope that the future of the study abroad industry continues to push for this type of interactive immersion. More and more students are finding the value in international programs and are taking the opportunity to travel and live in another country. I think that in the next 10 years the percentage of students that study abroad will continue to increase and that students will seek out programs that are more intentional about integrating them into the culture of the place where they are studying. In my opinion you cannot afford not to study abroad. It is an incredible investment in your future and will help shape your global perspective.