Any experience with "GLA" (Global Leadership Adventures)?

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Any experience with "GLA" (Global Leadership Adventures)?

My daughter is interested in a volunteer position for the week of Spring Break. Has anyone had any experience with Global Leadership Adventures?

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Hi! My name is Ellie Hitt and I am an ambassador for Global Leadership Adventures. Last summer I traveled to Costa Rica on the Beachside Service Adventure and had the time of my life! Global Leadership Adventures is a wonderful program and it brings together people from all over the U.S. and even the globe! I would HIGHLY recommend any of the programs. The programs perfectly combine service, excursions, and cultural immersion with friendship and fun. On my trip, we volunteered every day with school age children and it was absolutely rewarding. On weekends and after volunteer time, we went on fun excursions such as ziplining, hiking, and horseback riding. Global Leadership Adventures provides a fun atmosphere for teenagers interested in learning about the world around them, and in the process, about themselves. This summer I am headed to Tanzania and I am literally counting out the days until I will be on another Global Leadership Adventures trip. I trully believe Global Leadership Adventures to be one of the best programs out there for teens and I would absolutely recommend the program!

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Hi Ellie,

Hi Ellie,
Just a questions, how did you become an ambassador for GLA?

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I went to Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures this past summer and I would definitely recommend it to you. It was my first time volunteering abroad and the program was very well structured. I'm not sure how much hands on volunteer work you daughter wants to do, but GLA did a great job integrating daily volunteer work teaching English at a primary school with other educational activities and fun activities. The program was really inspiring. I highly recommend it and let me know if you have any other questions!

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Hi, my name is Gabby and I am

Hi, my name is Gabby and I am also an ambassador for GLA. I too went to Costa Rica last summer and can also say that I had an unforgetable experience! The things you learn and people you meet will really change the way you view the world. My friends and family all agreed that I returned more mature and in some ways more intelligent. I fully recommend GLA for any body who wants to study abroad and get involved with communities and volenteer work in differnet countries.

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Global Leadership Adventures is great! This past summer I went on the Beachside Service Adventure to Costa Rica. I believe GLA has trips to both Costa Rica and Dominican Republic during Spring Break. My trip to Costa Rica last summer was amazing, since we did so many different things within just 10 days. We spent most of our days volunteering at a local school; we taught kids English lessons, arts and crafts, along with other projects. We also got to go on really fun excursions - watertubing, hiking volcanoes, hang gliding through the forest. In addtition to volunteering and going on excursions, we learnt about the Costa Rican culture through salsa dancing lessons and talking about social issues like Costa Rican/Nicaraguan immigration. It was a very well-rounded trip. I also felt 100% safe the whole time; the supervisors of the program were really nice and fun! If your daughter ends up going on one of the Spring Break trips, I am sure she will have the time of her life :)

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Hello,
My name is Noah and I am an ambassador of the GLA program. This past summer I attended the Nature's Kaleidoscope program in Costa Rica as well as the Beachside Adventure program. I experienced a completely new eco-system and culture. The trip opened my eyes to different issues going on in Costa Rica while I was there. In both programs combined (a total of three weeks) I contributed 50+ community service hours. Whether it was teaching English at a local elementary school, or clearing trails, or planting hundreds of trees to make a forest, I was kept happy and busy. All of the counselors and students on the trip were kind and respectful. While I did GLA in the summer, I can assure you that their morals, exuberance, and attitude will be the exact same in any program you decide to go on during spring break. I would really recommend this program.

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Hey my name is Emily Shipley

Hey my name is Emily Shipley and I've gone on 2 GLA programs. The first one I went to Tanzania and the second one I went to India/Himalayas. They were they best trips I could ever ask for. I was a really sheltered kid before, and never even flown alone before. But GLA helped a lot with my fears and I conquered them all. I am thankful to have GLA as my means of traveling and gaining more experience and care for the world. I wouldn't recommend traveling with anyone else but GLA!

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Hi, my name is Emily Crandall

Hi, my name is Emily Crandall..and boy would your daughter love Global Leadership Adventures! It was an amazing experience, and completely life changing. I was nervous at first but when i got to the airport and saw all my future roomates i was full of joy. We become close rapidly working at the local schools teaching english. Teaching english to the children was on my most challenging yet favorite parts. I stepped out of my shell and comfortable environment which was something new for me! Being there was a gift to me, I learned that it is okay to be in a new place, to make new friends, and to step out of your shell. I was always the quite one in the back but now no.. I am doing the musical, I am in clubs, and much more at school. It as truely an honor to be able to experience this trip. -Emily

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Hello! My name is Madeleine and I am an ambassador for Global Leadership Adventures and I spent ten days in Costa Rica last summer and I was a life changing experience. From a daughters perspective, she will learn many new leadership roles and meet so many new people from all over the world and gain an apprecietion for what she has, it is truly an enriching experience. For a mothers perspective, the students are never out of sight of the staff, once they are in the country they call you right away and you know they are safe. If you decide that it is a good time to go on a trip, the only advice I have if you are worried about travel, then make sure when you book your flight it is with the rest of the group and they fly together. If you have any concerns feel free to e-mail me at madeleine.philip@yahoo.com, and I can put you in contact with my mother as well who can share her opinion on the trip. But I enjoyed mine so much, and my mom was comfortable enough with the program while I was gone that I am going on another trip with Global Leadership Adventures this summer.

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I traveled with GLA to Costa Rica last summer and it was an incredible, and eye-opening experience. I learned more about myself and the world around me than I ever imagined. I felt sage 100% of the time, we were never in any uncertain situations and I was comfortable with all the staff all the time. They were with us from the minuet our plane landed until we got back on to go home. I would strongly recommend GLA to anyone interested in international service travel.

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The Dominican Republic with Global Leadership Adventures

Hi, my name is Lily. Last summer, I went to the Dominican Republic with Global Leadership Adventures. It was such an amazing opportunity, I learned a lot and had fun, and it changed my life. The unique thing about Global Leadership Adventures is that it combines meaningful service work with fun excursions, all while educating the students about poverty and the environment.
Going to the Dominican for ten days was definitely outside of my comfort zone, as I had never flown independently before, and had never been to sleepaway camp. Taking the leap and doing something so thrilling helped me to get more out of it. Looking back and seeing that I accomplished something so amazing continues to inspire me daily. Being in the Dominican taught me about a new way of life. I would not have gotten to know the Dominican people and their culture so well if not for Global Leadership Adventures. I also learned about the impact of climate change on third world countries as I helped to build a bottle house. This was the main form of service during my trip. A bottle house is basically a structure made from locally sourced plastic bottles that were once trash. We used them to make a six-room building to be used as a school, medical clinic, or whatever the village needs. We also planted cacao seeds as part of a reforestation project, which will help communities gain a source of food and income.
When we weren’t doing hands-on service in impoverished villages, we spent a lot of time at the beach. The Caribbean waters were so perfect for swimming. We also went to Dudu Lagoon, into which we could zip line and cliff jump. The first full day in the Dominican was spent hiking Mt. Brison. It was a really difficult climb, especially since I am not an athlete, but it was important that we did that first. Everything after that seemed easy in comparison. It felt incredible to have accomplished something I never thought I could do by hiking a mountain. Some days, we just hung out at base camp. There was a pool, and we could always walk to the beach right across the road. We spent a lot of time playing cards, which was a great bonding experience. Without Wi-Fi, we had to entertain ourselves during downtime, but it was crucial to get to know the other kids on the program.
I do not hesitate in saying that my trip to the Dominican with Global Leadership Adventures changed my life. It was a truly humbling experience. After seeing such poverty, it made me appreciate what I have even more. It also inspired me to continue to actively participate in the community and to constantly work toward making a difference. I think about my time in the Dominican literally every day since I returned home last August. I strongly recommend going on a service trip with Global Leadership Adventures. It may not be what you’re used to, but once you take the jump out of your comfort zone, you definitely won’t regret it.

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