Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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My daughter went on a trip last year with GLA to Costa Rica. At first we were nervous about our her going so far as a 15 year old, but GLA was great and it ended up being a trip of a lifetime. The GLA advisors, Jackie, was very patient and informative with all my questions. They were completely on the ball at every step of the way and made us feel very comfortable as parents. The volunteer work with local school system was great for our daughter, but even more, the immersive cultural experience with like-minded teens from various places and backgrounds was irreplaceable. She has become an ambassador going with GLA to Peru this year and we're excited for her and the impact these trips are having on her world view, life experiences, learning and self esteem. We felt very comfortable working with Global Leadership Adventures and can not wait to see what future adventures our daughter has with GLA!

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Posted: December 1, 2017
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i spent 14 days in chiang mai working with elephants at a tourist home. there we discussed the issues elephants are faced with in thailand and ways we can help. our service work centered around the elephants and consisted of things such as cutting grass for them, building dams to help with flooding in the town we were in, taking the elephants to the river to bathe, feeding them and cleaning after them in the morning. the GLA staff both local and international were awesome, they were very helpful but also fun and entertaining. the food was incredible and our home base at thai elephant home was beautiful. this was a once in a lifetime experience and an unforgettable trip. we met high school student at a local schools and became friends with them in a couple hours in less than a day. we played soccer with the mahouts and performed a very cringy talent show. this was a very fun and eye opening trip and i am very glad i got to go on it and meet some great people as well.

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Posted: December 1, 2017
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This past summer, I went to Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures. My program was called Beachside Service Adventure and consisted of 10 days in Parrita. There were about 60 people in my group (mostly girls only like 10 boys) and we were split up into mentor groups of like 8-10 ish.

M y group worked with a startup plant nursery which was amazing. We worked with two locals, Nicholas and Mau who's nursery it was, and spent our service time basically hardcore gardening in the rainforest. One day we were clearing the land for the nursery and we got to be super cool with machetes and hack through the jungle brush which was awesome. Other groups did stuff like paint a mural at a school, build a tire playground, plant trees at a farm, build a garden at a school, etc.

One of my favorite parts was our nightly mentor group talks. Since gla does focus a lot on leadership we did discussion groups about leadership in our lives and how we can be a leader in our community and we talked about globalization and the relationship between developed/developing countries and some economics so it was really cool to get kinda a crash course foreign policy and how it applies to us kinda thing. And we totally had to open our minds to new ideas which was cool

Honestly the best part was just being immersed in the culture like eating rice and beans and drinking pineapple juice we ate SO MUCH fruit it was amazing

I thought the GLA people were really cool like every program has to have a native who works as an advisor so we actually had two: one woman who has just finished up in the peace corps and one woman who was from Parrita. They were really organized like being at the airport was stressful at first but once you find the GLA people they take care of you the whole time which was great and my parents weren't stressed at all

I would recommend on program length so I did a 10 day but I would recommend the 14 day ones just cause I really started to form close bonds right as we left and didn't really get the chance to develop those friendships. If you have any interest in the peace corps or mission work it's so great cause a lot of the staff did the peace corps or at least extensive volunteering so you get tons of cool people to ask lots of questions.

If you're nervous about doing GLA I'd definitely recommend the programs in Latin America/Caribbean. I know my parents were a lot happier knowing I was in the same time zone and it was easy to call me and my flight wasn't too bad. Plus it's less of a culture shock than, say, Thailand. I would definitely say whatever program you do, find someone who did that one before because there were a lot of confusing things just cause they can only fit so much in a brochure.

One of the lasting effects of GLA on my life is I feel a lot more down to earth and focused on nature and being in the present and I worry way less about social media or texting or television now which is nice.

-Miranda Wilson, GLA Ambassador

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Posted: November 27, 2017
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I was lucky enough to spend two weeks doing this program through Global Leadership Adventures this last summer. Our service in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) was very hands-on, creating and executing our own lesson plans to inspire public school children to learn English. The cultural immersion only enhances the program through new food, beautiful temples, meeting and talking to monks, and exploring colorful markets. You create such strong bonds with your students and fellow volunteers and mentors. The whole learning experience was worth every penny, from learning about fundraising to navigating international airports by myself. I would recommend this great experience to everyone!

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Posted: November 25, 2017
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I spent two weeks in Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures and it was an incredible and rewarding experience. The staff was so helpful to answer any questions before my trip and there are webinars which give a lot of information to new travelers! Safety was a main concern that my parents had but I felt safe the entirety of my trip. GLA has local staff who know Tanzania very well and has security at the home base as a precaution even though the area was very safe. The local staff was beyond friendly and I loved getting to know them! The international staff was so kind too, I loved getting to know them! The service was so rewarding- we spent time teaching and refurbishing classrooms. The service was interactive and hands-on which really helped us to see the difference in the community. Each day we did a cultural activity, such as going to a coffee farm, painting Batiks, dancing, meeting local families, and going on a safari! I enjoyed every activity and am so grateful I was able to immerse into the culture as we did. I recommend this trip to anybody- it will change your life!!

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Posted: November 18, 2017
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