Thailand

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

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Nov 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Thailand Elephant Welfare Project 2017
My daughter went on this trip this past summer and her experience was absolutely amazing! I was a bit nervous sending her to Thailand, however, the knowledge and experiences were amazingly rewarding. She spent every day with elephants in a way that was very interactive and insightful. Once returning home she told me all about her trip. Feeding, washing, playing with animals, she was excited about it all. She was immersed in Thai culture eating new cuisine and being exposed to Buddhism. It is a beautiful culture from what she tells me. I hope she continues to travel and create new experiences. GLA was the perfect program to do so!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 24, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

I was recently involved with GVI on their under 18s program in Thailand. During my time there, we held a fun fair at the nearby Ban Nam Khem school. It was great to see all of the small Thai kids running around and having a ball. I reminded me that happiness can be so simple, even something as small as a bit of face paint can make a child’s day. Our stall, called ‘Splat the rat’ was almost impossible! Essentially, we had a few decorated PVC pipes which we would hold vertically and put a ball in the top end for the children to hit with a plastic bat when it came out of the bottom. We saw child after child after child fail to hit the ball! In well over 200 attempts I reckon only 4 or 5 children actually managed to hit the ball in one swing! One of the funniest moments was when a small girl took a huge swing with the bat and ended up smacking a massive teenage boy between his legs! He doubled over in pain and she just laughed hysterically with everyone else! This experience was one of many which I enjoyed over the course of my two weeks in Thailand. I would highly recommend GVI itself as a company to volunteer abroad with, as well as this program specifically, which I believe has enriched me and furthered my understanding of foreign cultures.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Global Leadership Adventures was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I spent everyday working with elephants, something I thought I would never get the chance to. After interacting with such amazing and smart animals I truly gained an appreciation for the wild animals that roam the earth. Their personalities were incredible as they represented aspects that one would only expect to see in a human. The country itself is beautifully decorated with sacred temples at each corner of the road. Being able to immerse into Thai culture by visiting such temples was a great honor. Thailand was an incredible experience that left me to return home with all my expectations met. Thank you, GLA!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter went to Thailand with Global Leadership Adventures and loved it! We were hesitant to let her travel alone, but she proved to be capable, and the support GLA provided was fantastic. We felt comfortable with her safety and wellbeing, and she came home with new stories and a new excitement about the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I loved traveling with Global Leadership Adventures! My service was so rewarding, and I loved working with the kids in Thailand. The country itself is so amazing, and kept me in awe the whole time. I felt safe and secure throughout my trip, and never had a worrying time, even during my travel to and from the country. The trip was life-changing, and I miss waking up in Thailand!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I had such an amazing experience through the Global Leadership Adventures' program Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope! I traveled to Thailand not knowing anyone, yet I felt at home. Each student was so welcoming and eager to make new friends. My favorite part of the two weeks was definitely teaching English to the children. They were so engaged in the lessons and tried to understand, although the language barrier was a challenge. The kids were so thankful that we taught at their school and crying as they said goodbye. I also loved immersing myself in Thai culture visiting many different temples, and also volunteering at an elephant conservation. We also had a Thai cooking lesson. It was so much fun learning about new foods that are different than ones I usually eat. Besides the many different activities, the Global Leadership Adventure mentors were always so nice and helpful. They were always there for us and were willing to talk about anything. This was an unforgettable experience that I would love to repeat hopefully next summer!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In May 2017, I had the opportunity to teach at a Day Care Center in Krabi, Thailand through the Projects Abroad Organization. My time in Thailand was such an eye opening and humbling experience. I decided to embark on this journey because I needed a break from my work/studies and I can honestly say that I had the time of my life. Teaching the kids was incredibly rewarding. In the end, I realized that the kids taught me more than I could every teach them. They taught me things about myself that I was never in touch with. It is also incredible how many great people I met along the way that shared common values and interests.This trip challenged me in so many ways and pushed me many times beyond my comfort level.

The accommodation was comfortable and the food well, I couldn't complain... (as I can eat pad Thai and fried rice every day). One of the things that I liked the most about Projects abroad is that I always felt like I had their team's support 24/7. The Projects Abroad staff and other volunteers instantly made me feel welcomed and like family. I have no regrets in choosing this organization and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enriching experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

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