Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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I went to Costa Rica on the 2 week Initiative for Children program and it honestly changed my life. I was scared, as were my parents, but that fear totally went away once the trip started. The staff was beyond qualified and our safety was never even a question. We did really cool activities like ziplining, rafting, horseback riding, etc. The service was life changing and I can't even begin to put it into words. We spent nights lesson planning and days doing school renovations or working directly with the kids. The best part was that our mentors trusted us to really take charge of our service and guided us as far as lesson planning went but it was really on us to execute our lessons which was incredible. There was one activities day where we lead stations and myself and another girl lead a dance activity as we both are dancers, a boy lead a martial arts activity with the kids, and 2 other girls lead soccer. The kids loved it and it was a really great way to take our new leadership skills to the next level. Everyone was so bonded by the time our trip was over and we all cried and did not want to leave. I would recommend Global Leadership Activities to anyone who is looking for a cultural experience and wants to do service abroad. I loved it so much that I will be traveling with GLA this coming summer as well!

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Posted: November 5, 2017
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10
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10
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17

When my 15 year old approached me about volunteering abroad, I must say I was apprehensive. The world is changing everyday in so many unpredictable ways. However, I wasn’t raised to fear the world. I was taught to be bold and to work towards my dreams with passion. There’s so much more than the boxes we live in and we only get one chance to make the most of our time here. I can’t just send them out into the world with reckless abandon either....so I researched...ALOT....trying to find a program which I thought would help my teen develop an appreciation for other cultures. One that would help guide, without stifling creativity and would encourage growth and independence. I went through countless reviews by parents and participants of many programs. Global Leadership Adventures seemed to be a perfect. A great balance of service, culture, and adventure. From day 1, a GLA rep was available to answer any questions to help guide us through the process. We were well informed as to what would be required, timelines, deadlines....any and all of the behind the scenes stuff to make this trip a reality. It has provided a solid foundation to encourage growth for a different future. One where boundaries become blurred and opportunities are more than just dreams. There is so much to learn in this world, but many are too afraid to learn. Too afraid to promote change. Changes don’t have to be global. The children, the families, the communities our GLA teens are supporting....it doesn’t take much to inspire 1, who could then inspire 1 more. Before long, that 1, turns into countless numbers of people who have been inspired in different ways to accomplish different things. I am grateful my teen has the desire to want to do more. To help others. To take a chance on the world and believe that it can be better. GLA as been an amazing group for my teen. I hope others will see the importance of stepping outside of the box...outside of their comfort zone, and be the change.

My teen loved this program so much! There was a new found appreciation for the people and the culture of Thailand! It also fueled a desire to want to do more, see more, help more, BE more! We are excitedly preparing for next summers 5 week experience!

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Posted: November 2, 2017
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10
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10
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10
Age:
45

This summer I spent two weeks with amazing staff, students, and guides on the beautiful islands that are the Galapagos. This experience was my first time traveling alone, and i have to say it couldn't have been better. Everyday we would do community service work, with purpose and pride, just like the staff had taught us. We also got to experience the culture and beautify of these islands though many fun activities like hiking, snorkeling, beach walks, spending time in the town, and more. The staff had extensive knowledge and were more than willing to answer questions, goof around, and participate with students. Future participants be aware, you will come back changed. Seeing one of the last places on earth that is virtually untouched will change you, it changed me. To see how elegant nature is without human interaction has made me want to fight even more to protect it. I cam home wondering what more I could do, and swear of the impact my everyday actions have. This trip will change you, and 100% of that is for the better.

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Posted: November 1, 2017
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10
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9
Value:
9
By: Ella
Age:
15

Over the summer, my daughter traveled to Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures. At first, I was very nervous to send her to Tanzania. She had never been out of the country before and I didn't know all that much about the program! However, Global Leadership Adventures welcomes their students with open arms. Seeing the daily pictures on GLA's blog of my daughter and her new friends smiling and having the time of her life, I knew that it was the right decision to let her go. We still hear about it daily! This trip completely changed her life and gave her a whole new perspective on the world and on what she wants to do in her future. I cannot thank Global Leadership Adventures enough for giving this amazing opportunity to my daughter and for ensuring me that my child was safe half way across the world!

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Posted: October 30, 2017
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: mariab
Age:
52

My high school age daughter has traveled with GLA for the past two summers. Her first trip was the Galapagos program, and she did Bali this past year. She does not have enough great things to say about her trips, and when she got home from the airport after her trips, she could not stop talking about it for hours. Even still she tries to bring her trips into conversation whenever possible. As a parent, I was originally worried about letting her go, even though we had done significant international travel as a family before. We went to an alumni open house event before her first trip, and that solidified my confidence in GLA. She was able to talk to a girl who had gone on trips before, and her parents were able to speak to me about their experience. I was impressed at how well prepared GLA was in helping prospective students feel comfortable and excited about an adventure abroad. While she was abroad, we got frequent updates on the program blog, and seeing her smiling face in pictures reassured me. She has found a new passion for travel, and has been begging me for a third summer with GLA.

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Posted: October 29, 2017
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: cgtravel
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