Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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This summer, I went on the 21 day flagship program to Thailand with Global Leadership Adventures, and it was the best experience of my life. I grew so much as a person from group discussions and seeing all different walks of life in another culture. I never once felt unsafe, which was very nice. It was definitely clear that safety was the number one priority. The support we received from our mentors was amazing; they were always there for us to talk about missing family, to being scared of an activity, to personal struggles affecting you on the trip. The mentors really help to make you feel welcomed. We got to see every aspect of Thailand, from the nightlife of the markets to the daily lives of rice paddy farmers. The activities were all so much fun and had something to learn from them. The mentors are always making sure we're aware of what's going on. My favorite part about the trip, besides teaching Thai children, would be the last night of the program when we all laid out on the floor to write our bag notes and stayed up late to finish them after our final dinner. We had all grown so close throughout our 21 days and we just talked about our favorite parts of the trip and it felt like everything came full circle.

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Posted: October 20, 2017
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10
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10
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10
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15

Global Leadership Adventures changed my life, all for the better. I traveled to Tanzania this summer with GLA, and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I had the life changing opportunity to teach English in a local primary school in Kilimanjaro, plant trees at the school, and cement classroom floors. I had also had the opportunity to learn more about the incredible culture by visiting a coffee farm, a dance ceremony, and a couple trips to the market (and much more!). The TWO safaris we got to go on and hiking the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro are unforgettable experiences as well. The people in Tanzania taught me so much about myself, an entire different part of the world, and how to overall be a better, more positive person. The organization made me feel so safe and welcomed, and the people on my trip became my second family. I can not thank GLA enough for the incredible experience it has given me, and I definitely recommend it to everybody!!

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Posted: October 19, 2017
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10
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10
By: LB
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17

My GLA experience was absoloutely incredible. It changed so much for me for the better and I am definitely looking forward to doing another program with Global Leadership Adventures. The program has made me so much more mature and independent. From traveling halfway across the world alone to staying in a different country with people I have never met, I felt confident the entire time. During the week we would teach English and do service at the Primary school which was incredible because I made friends with so many 3rd graders who we didnt have a mutual language and we still all became very close. When we weren’t doing work/teaching at the school we were learning about the culture in tanzania as well as the history and real situations that were going on. We got to meet and visit with families from the local town and got to have a real experience with the people who really lived there. I understand the difference between being a tourist and really living in the culture and I never want to be a tourist in another place again!

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Posted: October 16, 2017
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10
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10
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10
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16

This was one of the best experiences of my entire life. It helped with both my growth as a person, a leader, and as a friend. Growing up I always wanted to travel and see the world and even help in out in my own way. Global Leadership Adventures made all of these things possible. From the second I touched down in San José to the second I left I felt welcomed, included, and important for the first time in a long time. We did so much community service that could change a lot of the townspeople's lives for a long time. While I was there, my group helped out at a local tree nursery, we built a scale model of a baby humpback whale completely out of plastic water bottle and we even did a couple of beach cleanups in the local marine park. That's not all we did while in Costa Rica. We also went on a bunch of adventures. We went zip lining, surfing, hiking, and we even took a day trip to Corcovado national park on the Osa Peninsula. I would definitely recommend either this or any trip that GLA has to offer. The mentors were so helpful at every activity, they were definitely a big part of why my trip was so enjoyable. The food was amazing and our home base was so beautiful. Every aspect of my trip was incredible and I fully recommend trying a service trip abroad. I know for a fact I will be going on another one very soon.

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Posted: October 16, 2017
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10
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10
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10
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16

Global Leadership Adventures was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I spent everyday working with elephants, something I thought I would never get the chance to. After interacting with such amazing and smart animals I truly gained an appreciation for the wild animals that roam the earth. Their personalities were incredible as they represented aspects that one would only expect to see in a human. The country itself is beautifully decorated with sacred temples at each corner of the road. Being able to immerse into Thai culture by visiting such temples was a great honor. Thailand was an incredible experience that left me to return home with all my expectations met. Thank you, GLA!

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Posted: October 16, 2017
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16

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