Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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My 16 year old daughter went on the 14 day animal rescue program last summer. I was hesitant at first since she had never traveled alone. We then found out one of her teammates had done a trip the summer before and she and her mother spoke highly of the experience. I gave in. Jules had the most amazing experience. Everything from the service work, the cultural learning, and of course the friendships. The staff were attentive to the students and Jules expressed that she always felt safe. Jules is a vegetarian and had no problem eating on the trip. The blog posts that were supposed to be 2-3 times a week, were almost daily which was very helpful for a nervous parent. To be able to read and see pictures of what they were doing, how much fun they were having, and how happy everyone seemed eased my concerns. She would have stayed longer if she could have and is already signed up for the upcoming summer for trips to the Galapagos and Thailand.

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Posted: January 24, 2018
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By: LAWeeden
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Hello, my daughter went on the Costa Rica beach side service adventure trip. Initially, my wife and I were really worried sending her to a foreign country alone. I can honestly say I was very pleased with the way GLA handled everything. I needed to get in contact with her on the trip and they quickly got her to a phone. I felt very confident in the GLA staff and program. I am so excited for her to be going on her next trip this Spring to the Dominican Republic. Thank you GLA!!

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Posted: January 15, 2018
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This past summer, I traveled 7,515 miles from New Jersey, USA to Tanzania, Africa, all thanks to Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). Truthfully, words could never even adequately describe the experience I had. Before leaving, of course I was nervous, and also skeptical of all of the GLA Alumni I had seen raving, saying things such as "experience of a lifetime" or "life changing". Boy, was I off! It definitely is the type of thing that you have to experience for yourself to truly understand. However, I hope that in seeing my love and passion for the program, along with thousands of other teens from all around the world, that you too will be inspired to give it a go!
On the Tanzania 14 day program, you get to teach at a primary school for one week, complete 30 hours of service (doing some type of refurbishment on the school), spend a day with a host family, explore local markets, villages and communities, spend time at an orphanage, hike the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro and even swim in it, tour a coffee farm, dance with locals, create traditional African art, embark on a two day safari trip (ABSOLUTELY AMAZING), try new and exotic yummy food, and SO MUCH MORE! Additionally, you make real, deep, meaningful connections with like-minded teenagers who will absolutely, positively be some life long friends of yours! Most importantly though, you learn about yourself! Whoever you are and wherever you came from, you are guaranteed to be enlightened, awakened and have an entirely new perspective on the world at large once your time is up! (My advice would be to even go for the 21 day program- 14 days are enough, but they fly!) Take a chance, take a risk and go for it! You will NOT regret it! There is no price tag that can be put on this experience.

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Posted: January 10, 2018
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Last summer, I spent 10 days in Costa Rica on Global Leadership Adventure’s “Beachside Service Adventure”. I can honestly say that those ten days were some of the most exciting, transformative, and meaningful ten days of my life. The service we performed was touching and I loved every second of it. The “adventure” excursions were beyond fun and let us explore different parts of Costa Rica. The environment GLA created for us (as students abroad) fostered life-long friendships. I am so happy I got to go to Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures!

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Posted: January 5, 2018
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By: Caroline
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16

I had the best time traveling to Guatemala with Global Leadership Adventures! I went to Guatemala for 14 days on the Children of the Maya trip. I learned so many new things about their culture while making an impact on local communities. I would go back in a heartbeat! I loved all the people I met from the others teens on the trip to the staff members! The staff members were so awesome and welcoming and I love the home base, not only that I am still in contact with some of the other girls who went on the trip! I am so glad I was able to go on the trip and I would highly recommend others to travel with Global Leadership Adventures too!

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Posted: January 5, 2018
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By: livherb
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