Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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I went on Global Leadership Adventures' Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley trip over the summer of 2014. I had an amazing time and I believe that the experiences I had there were truly unique. My group was able to see firsthand how hard work and dedication pays off, as our service project focused on building the foundation to a greenhouse that would be used by a village outside of Cusco. The work was definitely challenging, but I feel that it shaped us as people and bettered our work ethic, and I could feel a transformation among my group members as the trip progressed. We also visited the village's school every day to spend time with the schoolchildren there, and at the end of our trip we had the amazing opportunity to watch them preform beautiful traditional Peruvian dances. Along with all the hard work we did, we also learned so much about Peru's history and culture. Global Leadership Adventures organized speakers to come in almost daily to teach us more about Peru and the things that makes it unique. I especially enjoyed taking Quechua classes because it made me feel more connected to the people there. The Peru programs, along with all of the other programs offered by Global Leadership Adventures, are filled with amazing experiences that will inspire and influence students to continue making a change, I definitely recommend this organization, and I encourage finding their Facebook page or visiting their website to learn more about their programs.

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Posted: May 13, 2015
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By: LisaHowes
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My trip was absolutely life-changing. The living conditions were very different from what I was used to at home, but I adjusted really quickly. We were essentially living in hut-like structures, void of air conditioning. I believe that this really added to what I took away from the experience. The local director there said that you can't really understand the locals unless you live like them. Because we had western toilets and running water, we were living one step above the villagers. It made the experience really humbling. Some GLA programs offer hotels as the home base. This would have changed the experience for me and made it more difficult to relate with the people we were working with. Coming from a nice, air-conditioned hotel to the service sites would have made it easier to be patronizing toward the locals. The service was really meaningful. One day, we went to a village called La Grua to conduct a trash cleanup. When the church let out, however, all the children of the village came running up to us, grabbing our hands and helping us pick up trash. All of the volunteers had found a buddy within a few minutes. It was really sweet. From the outside looking in, these children are living underprivileged lives. But they're all so happy and affectionate. The few hours we spent in La Grua was really inspiring. We also spent a day at home base planting cacao seeds to develop seedlings. We spent the most time in Caraballo, where we worked on what will be the largest bottle house in the world. I highly recommend going on a trip with Global Leadership Adventures. Taking a jump outside of your comfort zone will definitely be worth it.

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Posted: April 6, 2015
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This past summer I spent two weeks in Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures. I would highly recommend it to any high-school student in search of a life-changing summer.

As an inexperienced high-school student, Global Leadership Adventures helped me prepare for my upcoming adventure. From booking flights, to visas, to doctor forms they helped every step of the way, which was extremely helpful for my worried parents.
The whole experience was amazing.The in country staff were warm and friendly, and made me feel right at home from the minute our bus pulled in. I traveled with 30 other highschool students, most form the United States, one other from Canada like me, and two from England.
Our living arrangements were basic, but you don't really need much more then a bed and home cooked meals when your out volunteering and doing activities for most of the day.
The mornings we spent volunteering at the Himo-Korona Primary school. In groups of three or four we taught english to the students for a hour, played with them at recess, then planted fruit trees around the school. Despite their lack of resources all the students were smiling and grateful for the education that they had, which was eye-opening for me to see. It shows how much we take advantage of our education system here.
The second half of our day we would spend doing activities. These activities involved wandering the streets with a host family, dancing with a local dance crew, making batik art, hiking to a waterfall, or doing leadership activities in home base. On the weekend we visited the Ngorongoro Crater, which was absolutely spectacular for wildlife viewing. Anyone going to Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is a must because it is so densely packed with all kids of wildlife, and home to the big five.

Overall my experience with Global Leadership Adventures was one I won't soon forget. Like I said before, I would recommend this program to any high school student searching to broaden their mind, and create change in communities around the world, as well as in themself.

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Posted: March 8, 2014
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