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Global Leadership Adventures

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Ages: 15-18

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

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Global Leadership Adventures, 10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A-1
San Diego, CA USA 92108

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GLA offers volunteer travel summer programs for teens in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites, learn the local language and history, and serve the community through volunteer efforts. Read More!

About Global Leadership Adventures

Need help selecting the right teen volunteer summer program for you? Whether you are interested in high school study abroad or simply want to spend a summer volunteering abroad on meaningful community service trips or projects, we have the program for you. Since everyone is different, the best program for you depends on your interests and motivation. We offer teen study abroad summer programs that focus on themes ranging from environmental issues, volunteering with children, poverty alleviation, public health, international relations and even sports and community service.

Do you want to spend summer break from high school doing community service in a rural area, or in a city? And lastly, are you most interested in one of our teen community service trips to Africa, Asia or Latin America?

Here are some factors to consider: How long do you want to be a teen volunteer abroad? What topics would you like to study while abroad? Is practicing a foreign language a requirement? Do you prefer volunteering with children, animals or in nature?

Once you have considered these questions, call one of our Enrollment Advisors at+1.858.771.0645 and they"ll be able to suggest the perfect summer volunteer travel program for your high school student!

Our Enrollment Advisors have visited most of our programs and can tell you their own personal experiences. In addition, they can provide you with references of students who have participated in our high school study abroad programs with us in the past, detailed day-by-day summer volunteer program schedules, and even photos from our teen service trips around the world.



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Maya V said...
May 14, 2015 at 12:15 am
I did the 10 day beach-side service adventure trip this summer in the Dominican Republic and it was definitely one of, if not the, best experiences of my life. From the unbelievably important work we were doing to the crazy adventurous things we did, I had a great time. We helped build the biggest bottle school in the world, planted hundreds of trees, interacted with the local communities, went zip-lining and cliff jumping into gorgeous waters and so much more. I wouldn't change anything about m... (more »)
LisaHowes said...
May 12, 2015 at 7:09 pm
I spent three weeks with Global Leadership Adventures in their Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley program. My group learned a ton about how volunteering abroad is a perfect way to make a difference while immersing yourself in another culture. We built the foundation of a greenhouse (the rest of the greenhouse was completed by the group after us) and I can honestly say it was an immensely challenging, yet rewarding experience. Anemia is a huge problem in Cusco, and this greenhouse will provide th... (more »)
OliviaSkye said...
Jan. 28, 2015 at 11:25 pm
I travelled with Global Leadership Adventures over the summer of 2014, and it was an amazing experience. I went to India and Thailand, and they were great. They were supportive throughout the entire process of getting there, being away for five weeks, and then adjusting to being home. I will be traveling again this summer, and would recommend this program to anybody who wants to do service abroad.
Hnry88 said...
Jan. 12, 2014 at 10:45 am
Hi, My name is Henry and I went on the Service in the Sacred Valley Trip to Peru during the summer of 2013. As an ambassador for GLA, I would encourage everyone interested in traveling abroad in the summer to consider this program as your first option! The program takes you to places a regular tourist would not be able to visit, including a remote village in the Andes, and do activities like playing soccer with the locals that I will never forget. We were always safe and each day was filled with... (more »)
aroraair said...
Apr. 9, 2013 at 11:13 am
  Absolutely AMAZING! I had the best summer. The staff were professional and I felt safe 100% of the time! I totally recommend the company- any trip! A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE!        
Chrys16 said...
Dec. 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm
This summer I went to Costa Rica with GLA and it was an amazing adventure. I not only returned with a new perspective for the world but memories that will last forever. I learned Spanish the best way possible and learned about the culture in a different part of the world. I have a greater appreciation for everything now and I've noticed such a change in my self since I've returned from my trip. I believe with GLA it is possibly for teens to travel the world and learn new and meaningful w... (more »)
Lauren said...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm
I traveled to Ghana over the summer with Global Leadership Adventures and had such an amazing time! I left and returned a completely different person and would not trade my experiance for anything in the world. With the help of GLA, I have been inspired to continue making a difference, here at home. I'll never forget my time in Ghana, and I highly reccomend creating an experiance of your own! Check out this website to explore all of the different service options and destinations you can choo... (more »)
Irene97 said...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 12:38 am
GLA gave me an amazing summer that will stay with me forever. I made friends and had an amazing time with our group. We became aware of the many differences other countries had from ours and learned about how we could make a change. I would definitely recommend other teens to look into the program and see the many programs it offers.
Sarahstein14 said...
Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm
GLA is absolutely amazing! It's an incredible way for teenagers who are concious of the world around them to experience other cultures and help communities in need. Going on two GLA trips last year taught me more than I could ever learn by reading a textbook. On top of the knowledge I gained, I made some of my best friends during my trips! Thank you, GLA, for helping me realize that there's more to gain when you give. Going to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala truly changed me as a pe... (more »)
Molli531 said...
Dec. 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm
I think that GLA is an amazing program for teenagers and all teens should get the chance to experience what I did through it. I love GLA because it's an amazing and safe way to become globally aware. I was able to experience things that some will never get to do in a whole lifetime. It really opened my eyes to life around us and made me feel  important. I plan on changing the world one day and GLA really helps you in guiding your path!!!
beckyhrndz said...
Dec. 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm
This is such an AMAZING program! If you are a teen, please don't waste any more time because this is seriously such an amazing experience. You meet so many new people, you get to live within a different culture, and you get the chance to develope into a great leader. I wish I had been inroduced to this program earlier in my teen years because I would have loved to of had the chance to go on more trips! And parents, if you are concered with safety, don't hesitate to call and ask about the... (more »)
Katie21 said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm
GLA was such an amazing, eye-opening experience! It gave me the unique opportunity to see the world through others' eyes and realize how lucky I am for all that I have in my life. I made great friends, saw a wonderful culture, and had an amazing adventure.
LKwasnoski said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm
My trip to Peru with Global Leadership Adventures made my summer the most memorable I've ever had! I got to experience a complete different way of life, where the kids were raised in poverty and struggled against malnutrition daily. Yet, these kids were happy. So ridiculously happy just to be alive. And they were more than willing to embrace a bunch of teenagers into their daily routine! Knowing that it would be these kids that benefitted from our volunteer work made my GLA trip special.
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Emily2296 said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Through GLA I made life long friend while exploring the most AMAZING islands! I traveled to the Galapagos with them and it was an eye opening and life changing experience! All the service we did really mattered and helped out both people and animals. Thank you SO MUCH , GLA for helping me have the best summer of my life.
erinb518 said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Hi! My name is Erin Bryk and am an Ambassador for GLA. I went on a Global Leadership Adventures trip to Thailand this summer and loved it. Not only was I able to do community service, but I was able to explore a different culture. We did many awesome activities like zipling, hiking, bike riding, and riding elephants. We spoke conversational Thai when we shopped at local markets. We also had great conversations in the evenings as a group about leadership, service, and global issues. I would highl... (more »)
gschlein said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm
Global Leadership Adventures is great!! I went on the Dominican Republic trip last summer and it was so life changing. Going on the trip made me realize how valuable the environment is. While there we also did so many great adventures, like jumping off waterfalls and snorkeling! It also gives you a real sense of independence because you fly by yourself. I met some really cool people while there, and i also got credit in my high school for attending it. I really recommend looking into it. :)
GreyGondella said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm
I traveled to Ghana this summer with Global Leadership Adventures and it was literally the best three weeks of my life. You never feel unsafe, uncared for, or out of place. Between your mentors, fellow students, and American and in-country directors, you form a disfunctional family but know you can talk to anyone about anything. GLA gives you the perfect taste of a new culture, and lets you try new things - everything from swimming under a waterfall to teaching a class full or rambunctious child... (more »)
haleyssmile said...
Dec. 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Global Leadership adventures is a program unlike any other. I have had the life-changing experience of being able to travel to Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures two summers ago. While there, Global Leadership Adventures was incredible with insuring everything from safety to endless educational experience to the most important part.... FUN! While in Tanzania I had the humbling experience of being completely emersed in a culture completely unlike my own while meeting incredible people, su... (more »)

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