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LeadAbroad offers transformative study abroad experiences in Cape Town, Greece, Rome and Barcelona. Our programs focus on making this the best summer of your life - seeing amazing sights, getting to know students from around the country, tasting delicious food and learning about yourself in the process! Whether you are a globetrotter or a first-time traveler, we will make sure that your time abroad with us is unforgettable. We have 2, 4, and 5 week programs throughout the summer where you can earn 6 credits in leadership, service, art history, business, communications and more. We partner with Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and we love meeting new students and making a positive impact on their lives.

Our purpose is to...transform the trajectory of individuals’ lives, impact communities and create a better world.

Founded
2008
Headquarters

4484 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta , GA 30319
United States

Reviews

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Carly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had to fortunate opportunity to go on the LEAD Greece program this past summer. I must say in all honesty, it was the most incredible summer of my college career. Greece was such a beautiful place with amazing culture, food, and ummm… wine haha. However, the real reason I had the experience I did was because of the people. The other students on the program, as well as the LEAD staff (hi guys!!! miss you all!!) were everything. I know for a fact the reason Greece was so hard to leave was because of these people. It was an unfortgettable experience and if you are reading this right now and thinking of going…. GOOOO!!! YOU WILL NEVER FOR A SECOND REGRET IT!! Seriously, prepared for your life to be changed, along with the best sunset and tan you will ever have :)

What would you improve about this program?
Some of the class assignments felt invaluable... there were some good ones! I just felt like we spent a lot of time in the classroom. Since we WERE in Greece, we could have gone out and done lessons that took more advantage of the culture.
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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 5 weeks in Cape Town with LeadAbroad, making some of the best friends, getting to know the greatest city, and going on all kinds of cool adventures that helped me to grow and learn more about myself. Before leaving, I was excited to go to Cape Town, but had no idea just how incredible the trip would be. I learned about the culture of Cape Town, which gave me a greater appreciation for not only Cape Town, but also for all cultures and has shaped the way I travel. I did things I could have never imagined doing and that friends and family at home could not believe, but bungee jumping or sky diving isn't as scary as it seems when you're surrounded by the best friends and staff who will encourage you. I didn't know anyone when I went to Cape Town, but my roommate was a mutual friend and we got along right away. We signed up to go sky diving, but I was pretty nervous about it. When it was our day to go, we went in groups of 2 so my roommate and I decided to go together. We ended up being the last group and waited for about 4 hours until it was finally our time to go up in the plane and jump out! This time made me both more excited and more anxious. When were next up, someone who worked at the Sky Diving place told us that "good things come to those who wait" and that we would get to watch the sun set as we jumped. My roommate continued to encourage me and helped me to get over my fear, and we went up in the plane. I watched her stand on the edge of the door and disappear into the sky, knowing I was up next. Next thing I knew, I was free falling through the sky until the guy with me pulled the parachute. At that point, I was able to look down and see my roommate heading towards the ground and felt pretty accomplished for getting over my fear, with the help and encouragement of my roommate and friends. I looked around and saw Table Mountain and the beautiful city of Cape Town and the sun setting. This was just one of many experiences where I faced fears, learned more about myself, grew in friendships, and saw the beauty of Cape Town.

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Meredith
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't know a single person that was going on my trip, but from the minute I was on the ground in Rome I never felt alone. The staff and other students on my program were so welcoming and they were like my family by the end of the trip. Traveling Europe on the weekends was one of my favorite parts. I went to Interlaken, Switzerland one weekend and went canyoning in Chli Schliere. It was the coolest thing I had ever done. Another weekend I was in Prague hot air ballooning. The possibilities are really endless. Another favorite memory I have from my time abroad were the service projects I got to help lead as a community leader. It was so humbling and satisfying to be able to give back to the local community and really see I was making a difference in someone's life by giving them something as simple as a sandwich. LeadAbroad is unlike any other study abroad program. You will have the most amazing experiences, make lifelong friendships, and grow so much as an individual. I can't imagine not going abroad with them when I look back at all I accomplished. I could brag about this program all day, but the point of all of this is to tell you to step out of your comfort zone and go! Don't be afraid if you are alone because you won't be for long. It is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. You won't regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
I just wish it had been longer so I could have had more time with everyone on my trip!
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Kelsi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I decided to go on a trip with LeadAbroad without knowing anyone who would also be on the trip. It turned out that a girl from my sorority was going on the trip too, but we didn't know each other super well. Greece Direct would not have been as incredible of an experience without the friendships I gained along the way. Now, that sorority sister and I are very close, along with our entire group from the trip! I am so glad that I chose to experience Greece for two weeks with a program that is so focused on building relationships, embracing the culture and making every moment count. I am graduating in May, but if I had the opportunity to go on another trip with LeadAbroad, I would in a heartbeat!!! Greece is such a magical place. The Greece Direct trip is perfect because we got to spend a week in Athens and a week in Santorini. Athens is a city that was so welcoming and full of culture and history. It is huge, but by the time our week was up, I felt so comfortable in the city. I loved the people and don't even get me started on the food! ;) Santorini is basically a dream. Amazing beaches, beautiful water and entire villages on the top of massive rocks in the ocean. It is the coolest place! I loved the diversity of the trip in getting to experience the amazing historical background of Greece, along with one of the most beautiful islands in the world!!

What would you improve about this program?
I have no critiques :) This program is seriously the best.
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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go:Rome was absolutely incredible because I got to meet people from all different schools that I probably would have never met otherwise. Each week we were challenged to dive deeper into not only the culture of Rome but ourselves. I learned more about myself and the capabilities I have as both a leader and a traveller. I got to see some of the greatest pieces of art as well as miraculous views all in one trip. It also pushed me to expand out of my comfort zone with people who were there to support me along the way. There is nothing like this trip because it encompasses travel, education, AND service in which we get to help out the community that we are staying in. It really taught me a lot through lessons and experience that you honestly cannot find anywhere else.

What would you improve about this program?
Making the community group meetings mandatory. These community groups separated us into smaller groups within the whole program so that we could meet people that we may not have known before. In these groups we discussed our travels and dove deeper into who we are as an individual. These were probably my favorite parts of the program because I really got to know my community group and what they were experiencing on their weekend travels. Some people decided not to go, but I think it would be beneficial if the people were obligated to go, so everyone can get to know each other.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Claire Williams

Claire is a third-year Communication Studies major at the University of Georgia, and genuinely loves working with all kinds of people. Her passion in this life is to be able to work with college students and allow them to see their full potential as they transition into the "adult world".
Study Abroad in Italy

Why did you pick this program?

LeadAbroad has been on my radar for quite sometime. Back when it was called Global Lead, my older sister spoke to me about an amazing study abroad program that a group of college students her age decided to begin. When I got to college, I looked into it by watching their videos and learning more about their story. It really stood out to me compared to other programs because it combined adventure, leadership, AND service. The service part was hard to come by in other programs and the fact that it's a strong element of LeadAbroad really represents what the entire organization is about: helping others. Whether that is helping the community or helping the students on the trip, as well as the incredible input from the staff, there is so much growth and learning occurring throughout the entire program.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

I always suggest they take a look at the LeadAbroad site. There are so many study abroad programs provided here at UGA, so I highlight how this one is completely different. It pushes students out of their comfort zone through travel with students from different universities around the country. What usually gets them hooked is the idea that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go abroad with people from all different backgrounds, who they may never have the chance to meet otherwise. Even if they may not chose this particular program, I point out that study abroad is the one thing from my college experience that has fully changed me for the better. It is so rewarding to dive into a culture that is so foreign and fully embrace the beauty of that country. There is truly nothing like it.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My biggest suggestion is to branch out. Dive into the people who are part of the program that you did not know before. I found the most growth in stepping away from the people I knew coming onto the trip, and meeting those I didn’t. Once you make that jump, new relationships will grow from the willingness to meet new people, creating a family feeling amongst everyone in the program. It just takes that first leap of faith to create the magic of the community you will get as the program progresses.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

I’m always reminded of a trip a took with a new friend, Mimi. While it could be counted as a disaster, looking back it has turned out to be one of our favorite and possibly the funniest memories from the trip. It is what we like to call a "Series of Unfortunate Events: Venice Edition". We had decided to buy a ticket to Venice thinking it was for 6pm, but discovered it was actually 6am. We had to leave our dorm at 4am; no, we are not morning people. We arrived in Venice around ten and went on a walk to find our hostel. Four hours later - with all our luggage, in 100 degree weather - we finally found the hostel! The “lobby”, which consisted of an incredibly old couch, only one small blacklight as lighting, and lacked wifi, was occupied by a woman working reception. We asked, “is this Youth Venice Palace?”, to which she didn’t have an answer to, as it was her first day. We couldn’t help but think - you don’t know where you work? Eventually a man walked in to help; he spoke no English and we don’t speak Italian, an hour later we were finally checked in. Before walking into the room, they mentioned it needed to be cleaned. “Cleaning” meant giving the room a quick spray of Lysol, and leaving us to it. We found hair and tooth pics everywhere. At that point, Mimi and I were dying of laughter at the absolutely ridiculous situation we were in. We went out to dinner (during which we got ripped off, paying an extra 30 Euros each for our meal), after returning to the hostel to sleep our friends finally arrived waking us up, and I spent the rest of the night with food poisoning. I think I managed to get about 10 minutes of sleep.

While our visit to Venice was a disaster, it ended up being a blessing and a lesson to learn from. I realized traveling comes with many bumps and bruises, but keeping your head up and pushing on can show you that you’re stronger and more positive than you think. Now, Mimi and I look back and laugh about all of the absurd things that happened during that trip, and admire the fact that we were able to smile through it all, taking the unfortunate events as they came. I can say I will forever keep that day in my memory. Thank you Venice.

How did you decide on a program location?

This was a difficult question for me to answer when deciding on a program, it all depends on what you want to get out of the trip. For me specifically, I had always dreamed of traveling to Italy and seeing the incredible history as well as art it provided. I had seen some of it in books, but being able to see it first-hand was a completely different experience. I recommend taking a look at the countries listed, and aligning the experiences, history, and elements each provides with the items on your travel bucket list.