Volunteer Abroad

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)

My trip to South Africa has been the most pivotal moment of my life thus far. Especially within this specific program, you tackle issues that most other travel organizations do not. I was able to work directly with a small business owner, and the whole GLA group was able to help foster entrepreneurship in a country with about a 25% unemployment rate. South Africa is a beautiful country, with stunning views (and penguins! and ostriches!) and vibrant cities. If many are hesitant to travel afar, South Africa is a great choice. Everyone is welcoming and helpful (and speaks English). When I left, I cried my eyes out. I plan on returning as soon as possible, and hopefully studying there during University.

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

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Global Leadership Adventures, or GLA, is incomparable to any other program. Every staff member is always there for you, especially your mentors. All of the mentors are very supportive and kind hearted people. When I got back home, the first thing I said to my mom and dad was, "Can I do another next year?" Everyday we woke so excited to scarf down our delicious breakfast and head out into the jungle to join the smiling faces of the locals. I will never forget these 10 days, the best 10 days of my life.

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

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

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer I participated in Global Leadership Adventures Belize: The Initiative for Children. I had THE most amazing and life-changing experience of my life. The staff is amazing and very well-qualified/equipped to deal with any situation or emergency (should one even arise at all). The best part about this experience is that it is a totally authentic and service-oriented approach to exploring new cultures. On my particular trip we went to a poetry night a few villages over from home base, snorkeled around Tobacco Caye, and explored ancient Maya ruins.These direct and genuine interactions with Belizean culture are what sets GLA apart. Further, the service we participated in is beneficial to all involved. We got to teach the local youth English, paint their playground, and encourage them to reach their full potential. Even more, though, the service we completed changed our lives equally, if not more so, by opening our eyes to poverty, the privilege of public education, and social justice.

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

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I never knew that my life could be changed in 2 weeks. Global Leadership Adventures accomplished this task however. My 2 weeks in Tanzania were filled with laughs, challenges, and smiles. I never stopped smiling. From the first 20 hour plane ride to the last, I have never been happier in my life. The GLA staff is like no other staff you have ever met before. They genuinely care about you as if you were their own child. They made me feel incredibly safe being alone all the way across the world. They were my family for 2 weeks, and they are now my family forever. I recommend GLA because it incorporates volunteering, adventuring, and growing as an individual. For whatever you are looking for, this is the program for you. I have never met more amazing people or done more amazing things in my entire life. Don't hesitate. You're life will be changed for the better forever, trust me!!

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

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I traveled to Tanzania with Global Lewdeship Adventures for two weeks in August 2017. I am someone who is very attached to the their friends and family, and couldn't imagine traveling with a group of strangers for two weeks abroad. As my trip neared, I thought I was crazy for signing myself up! But I wouldn't have wanted to go with any other program. Global Leadership Adventures made my trip the most amazing thing I have ever done. I made friends I still talk to and hope to see soon, and I made relationships with Tanzanians that I hope to never lose touch with. This program made me realize how incredible the world around us is, and forced me to put myself out there and engage in this wonderful world. I could not recommend this program enough. The staff and experience made me appreciat life more, and gave me a bad case of th travel bug. I'll be back, Tanzania!!

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

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This trip left me totally inspired and motivated. I have a new love for Dominican and the people there, it is just gorgeous. We spent a lot of time in the communities setting up pop-up clinics, and helping with the construction of labs and clinics. It sparked my interest in nursing and I was able to learn a lot from shadowing the doctors there and taking notes.
What I liked was that it was away from all the tourism, you got to see more of the raw, real Dominican. I have a friend that went on vacation to Dominican, and our trips turned out to be very different. I was happy I got to see the real thing, and learn about the struggles the communities face. It is also interesting to actually be there and not fully relying on different forms of media to tell you what its like. You get to actually be there!
I do wish that I had practised more spanish before the trip. Although I was able to still communicate through motions and pointing, it would be totally different if I could actually speak that language. It was an overall amazing experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I came from Canada and did a solo trip so I really didn't know what to expect; lots of nervousness in preparation. That feeling quickly subsided with the incredible helpful staff from project abroad (PA) who gave me guidance in many areas including travel insurance set-up and recommended flights.

The actual trip was even greater. Though I was only there for 2 weeks, I managed to make a bunch of memories and friends with people from all over the world in our host family's accommodation. The host family was set-up from the workers from PA who gave me a thorough description of the home I would be staying in. They made sure to double-check if I had any questions continuously throughout the trip and made themselves available on demand.

The city was beautiful (Cochabamba) and it was well-guided my first few days to figure out the intricacies of the city along with the routes to work.

Could not be happier with my trip and highly recommend using PA for any future endeavours.

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

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