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Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This trip with Global Leadership Adventures was absolutely amazing! I went to Thailand this last summer and absolutely loved it. Despite my mom crying and worrying about me being gone for 3 weeks in a new place, it was very stress free. GLA made it so easy to register and complete the necessary paper work, there were no worries before my departure. The community service was awesome, and then we were also forced to interact with the locals, which was great! That’s an experience you could never get a different way. If you can go, you must!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location:
Posted: Nov 7, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter went on the Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope trip this summer through Global Leadership Adventures. I have never seen her so happy upon her return. When she proposed this trip to me, I was very nervous because she would be in a new country without me or anyone she knew. However, I was reading the description of the trip and saw how much service she would be doing and eventually let her go. We spoke to each other every night and she kept telling me how amazing the trip was and that I shouldn’t worry because of how safe it was. They were very strict and secure at all times so there was nothing to worry about. To any parent skeptical of letting their child go away, you should know that my daughter did not feel unsafe at all on the trip and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. She could not stop talking about her experience when she came back, and people are still telling her how amazing it is that she was able to volunteer abroad!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Nov 7, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I really enjoyed this opportunity to work abroad. This is my second time using Projects Abroad with my first experience being a nursing internship in Nepal. This time around was a Public Health internship in the capital city of Phnom Penh. I traveled with my wife who was working with English Education and Projects Abroad was able to accommodate us with our lodging as well as transportation so that we were able to stay together during our time there. I had an excellent experience working in different districts in and around Phnom Penh, and I was able to truly experience the culture in the short time that I was there. The work mostly consisted of distributing medications to individuals as well as providing health education and giving cursory physical assessments. While I greatly enjoyed the work, we also had a great time traveling around Cambodia to such places as Koh Rong Samleoum, Siem Reap (Ankor Wat), and Sihnoukville. We were also able to tour the S-21 and the Killing Fields which are essential pieces to an important time in the development of the country. I highly recommend traveling with Projects Abroad for a safe and inclusive experience as well as traveling to Cambodia both to discover more about the past and yourself!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 7, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer I spent 10 amazing days in Costa Rica on the beachside service adventure with global Leadership Adventures. For my service project I worked on painting a mural at a school called Sardinal Sur and sometimes it was challenging because we had to paint in the rain and a lot of our hard work got ruined however we all banded together to fix it and make it the best it could be. Originally it was mentioned that we may not be able to finish in 10 days however we outdid ourselves and got so much done, seeing the children's faces looking at our mural on the last day of service was so rewarding and made everything worth it. I definitely left a piece of my heart in the community of Parrita in Costa Rica and they have taught me so much more than I could have ever imagined. Being able to challenge myself and gain skills through service, activities like ziplining and horseriding, the leadership curriculum and putting myself out of my comfort zone has been unforgettable and truly life changing as it has helped me grow as a person. I left with 63 new friends who feel like a second family to me and I am so grateful for that. I would highly reccomend this program or GLA as a whole for people looking to do service trips because your safety is their number one priority and they care so much about all the students involved.

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Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 6, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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