Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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This past summer my daughter Ava traveled to Belize for two weeks with Global Leadership Adventures. At first I was a bit hesitant to let her go on the trip, but I had never seen her so impassioned by a cause. Also, after extensive research on several websites, I found out GLA has few to no bad reviews and about a million amazing ones. The assurance from other parents about the trip’s safety and impact on their child’s life are what finally convinced me to let her go. And it was so worth it!! Ava had THE time of her life and found a new sense of purpose as well as many new friends. The in-country staff was always there if I ever needed to place a call in case of emergency but if I had questions I’d just email GLA and they got back to me quickly. My personal favorite part of this organization are the blogs that the students post online every few days. They gave me a great idea of what Ava was doing each day and I loved the pictures attached! Couldn’t recommend this organization more!!

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Posted: October 22, 2017
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By: Alexa
Age:
48

My daughter had the best trip of her life with Global Leadership Adventures. The impact that they have had on her life has been tremendous and I am grateful to them. Though she was already a kind person, she came back with more gratitude than I believed possible in a teenager. She valued everything that she had and gained a lot more patience in her everyday life. Global Leadership Adventures exposed her to a new culture and took her out of her comfort zone. My daughter is shy and tends to avoid public speaking, but GLA made her work at this weakness and she came back more confident than ever. They inspired so much change in her in such a short time. My favorite part of GLA was the safety that they offered the kids. My daughter never once felt uncomfortable and she came to love the people who watched out for her and I know that she is still in contact with some of them. She had to go to the doctor in Tanzania and her mentor was fantastic with her. My daughter was very nervous and she told me that her mentor reassured her and helped her every step of the way. GLA is the most reliable organization and provides the most for the kids. They take safety as a first priority. I recommend GLA to any family who has a child with the same interests as mine.

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Posted: October 22, 2017
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10
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10
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10
Age:
48

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
Age:
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
By: LB
Age:
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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