My name is Lori Burgess. My daughter Brooke went on a GLA trip to Guatemala last summer. She had an extraordinary experience, was well taken care of by the GLA staff and gave back to an underprivileged society. It was a growing experience for a impressionable 15-year-old who learned to put others before herself.
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Our daughter went on the GLA trip to Ecuador, Galapagos in July 2016. It was truly a remarkable fun-filled adventure that enriched her leadership and social skills and provided an acute awareness of our fragile environment. Snorkeling amongst the sea lions, turtles, climbing volcanoes and learning about exotic species such as the giant tortoise were just some of the highlights. The program attracts outstanding, intellectual students from around the globe whom our daughter still stays in touch with.
As a parent, I was particularly impressed with GLA's organization and caliper of their trip leaders. We felt safe and secure on trip arrangements and it was comforting to receive daily briefings and photos from the students.
The GLA program is second to none on their organization, adventure and mentorship.
GLA Which stands for Global Leadership Adventures offered a life changing journey for my daughter as a 17 year old , she came back a different person meeting a diverse group of people from various countries whom she made very close friends with . They offered to go to many different countries and my daughter chose Africa \ Ghana she learned about a new culture, learned about volunteerism, mentoring the old and younger kids .It was a very Inspiring program for her working side by side with local people learning about their social issues and Community service & explore places of historic and cultural significance . As a parent I was very hesitant to send her but I am glad I did,I can indeed say that she is a much better Global Citizen since her return from Africa.
My daughter was so inspired by her trip to the Dominican Republic that she
signed up to go to Ghana this summer. She has been independently fundraising
with the guidance of the GLA contacts. She works as a GLA Ambassador and has gone to events to talk to students who want to learn more and share her own
story to earn scholarship points. I’m impressed by the independence that GLA
has fostered in my child as she in accountable to fundraise for her own trip.
I went on the Initiative for Children in Costa Rica last summer and I loved it! I had done lots of service before, but this was my first time going abroad for service. I wasn't disappointed. People warned me that a lot of times these programs are more for just having fun and not actually helping out people, but we had a total of 17 work days and 4 "play" days, which I think is a very healthy balance. It also felt much more like a community-helping-community experience than a foreigners-helping-under privileged because GLA so actively involved the entire community in our project. The community led out project and gathered the materials and supplies, and it was up to them after we left to maintain the park - we just helped build it. I met so many amazing people and I'm so glad I went with GLA because they made my summer of 2016 one that I can never forget.
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