Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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I was lucky enough to spend two weeks doing this program through Global Leadership Adventures this last summer. Our service in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) was very hands-on, creating and executing our own lesson plans to inspire public school children to learn English. The cultural immersion only enhances the program through new food, beautiful temples, meeting and talking to monks, and exploring colorful markets. You create such strong bonds with your students and fellow volunteers and mentors. The whole learning experience was worth every penny, from learning about fundraising to navigating international airports by myself. I would recommend this great experience to everyone!

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Posted: November 25, 2017
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10
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10
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9
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16

I spent two weeks in Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures and it was an incredible and rewarding experience. The staff was so helpful to answer any questions before my trip and there are webinars which give a lot of information to new travelers! Safety was a main concern that my parents had but I felt safe the entirety of my trip. GLA has local staff who know Tanzania very well and has security at the home base as a precaution even though the area was very safe. The local staff was beyond friendly and I loved getting to know them! The international staff was so kind too, I loved getting to know them! The service was so rewarding- we spent time teaching and refurbishing classrooms. The service was interactive and hands-on which really helped us to see the difference in the community. Each day we did a cultural activity, such as going to a coffee farm, painting Batiks, dancing, meeting local families, and going on a safari! I enjoyed every activity and am so grateful I was able to immerse into the culture as we did. I recommend this trip to anybody- it will change your life!!

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Posted: November 18, 2017
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10
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10
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This summer I went to China with a group of 24 students. Originally when searching for programs I found that none of them were even close to my price range as they were all too expensive. At first, I selected Global Leadership Adventures because of its affordable price and its service component. But it turned out to be so much more than that! GLA was an experience through which I learned to be more independent and confident. When out in the streets with other students we had to use our language skills to communicate which took a lot of brain power but also a lot of confidence. Making friends while on the China program was not hard at all. All the kids on my program were ambitious and they cared about making a difference. Since I found kids similar to me on the program it was really easy to make friends. Even though it's been a while since this summer we still have our group chat going strong and I even regularly meet up with two of the kids who live close to me. I definitely recommend GLA for other students because it really was a life changing experience for me and I think everyone should experience this great adventure!

The language aspect of this program could be greatly improved. The language classes were extremely informal and I don't feel like I really learned any new Mandarin.

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Posted: November 16, 2017
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9
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9
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This summer, my daughter travelled for the first time by herself, and she went all the way to South Africa with GLA. Leading up to my daughter's departure, GLA was extremely supportive and helpful. I loved that you could book your own flights (as opposed to being forced to go to JFK or Ontario first) because I'm in a mileage program. Even then, they helped me book the flight that worked the best. During the trip, I waited each and every day to look at the program blog. It was so wonderful seeing my daughter step out of her comfort zone with a smile on her face. Right when she came back home she immediately told me about the millions of plans she had to return to South Africa or go on another GLA trip. I'm happy to say I'm planning to let her go on one again :) !

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Posted: November 12, 2017
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10
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10
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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!

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Posted: November 7, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: Jared
Age:
16

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