Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

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i spent 14 days in chiang mai working with elephants at a tourist home. there we discussed the issues elephants are faced with in thailand and ways we can help. our service work centered around the elephants and consisted of things such as cutting grass for them, building dams to help with flooding in the town we were in, taking the elephants to the river to bathe, feeding them and cleaning after them in the morning. the GLA staff both local and international were awesome, they were very helpful but also fun and entertaining. the food was incredible and our home base at thai elephant home was beautiful. this was a once in a lifetime experience and an unforgettable trip. we met high school student at a local schools and became friends with them in a couple hours in less than a day. we played soccer with the mahouts and performed a very cringy talent show. this was a very fun and eye opening trip and i am very glad i got to go on it and meet some great people as well.

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Posted: December 1, 2017
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This past summer, I went to Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures. My program was called Beachside Service Adventure and consisted of 10 days in Parrita. There were about 60 people in my group (mostly girls only like 10 boys) and we were split up into mentor groups of like 8-10 ish.

M y group worked with a startup plant nursery which was amazing. We worked with two locals, Nicholas and Mau who's nursery it was, and spent our service time basically hardcore gardening in the rainforest. One day we were clearing the land for the nursery and we got to be super cool with machetes and hack through the jungle brush which was awesome. Other groups did stuff like paint a mural at a school, build a tire playground, plant trees at a farm, build a garden at a school, etc.

One of my favorite parts was our nightly mentor group talks. Since gla does focus a lot on leadership we did discussion groups about leadership in our lives and how we can be a leader in our community and we talked about globalization and the relationship between developed/developing countries and some economics so it was really cool to get kinda a crash course foreign policy and how it applies to us kinda thing. And we totally had to open our minds to new ideas which was cool

Honestly the best part was just being immersed in the culture like eating rice and beans and drinking pineapple juice we ate SO MUCH fruit it was amazing

I thought the GLA people were really cool like every program has to have a native who works as an advisor so we actually had two: one woman who has just finished up in the peace corps and one woman who was from Parrita. They were really organized like being at the airport was stressful at first but once you find the GLA people they take care of you the whole time which was great and my parents weren't stressed at all

I would recommend on program length so I did a 10 day but I would recommend the 14 day ones just cause I really started to form close bonds right as we left and didn't really get the chance to develop those friendships. If you have any interest in the peace corps or mission work it's so great cause a lot of the staff did the peace corps or at least extensive volunteering so you get tons of cool people to ask lots of questions.

If you're nervous about doing GLA I'd definitely recommend the programs in Latin America/Caribbean. I know my parents were a lot happier knowing I was in the same time zone and it was easy to call me and my flight wasn't too bad. Plus it's less of a culture shock than, say, Thailand. I would definitely say whatever program you do, find someone who did that one before because there were a lot of confusing things just cause they can only fit so much in a brochure.

One of the lasting effects of GLA on my life is I feel a lot more down to earth and focused on nature and being in the present and I worry way less about social media or texting or television now which is nice.

-Miranda Wilson, GLA Ambassador

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Posted: November 27, 2017
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By: wilsonm3
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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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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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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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