Olivia currently attends high school in Philadelphia. She has travelled to India and Thailand through teen programs, and France and Italy with her family, and she hopes to travel more through GLA!Interviewed on - 5 November 2014
I wanted the chance to see the world.
GLA provided the time to both do service and explore and be a tourist.
I got to work with Elephants which was amazing.
GLA is a community and it feels very connected.
My mentors were amazing. They helped me through personal issues and helped me understand the culture.
I wish I'd packed less.
We wake up around 8 a.m., eat breakfast together, go over the schedule, get ready to leave, go somewhere, usually each lunch there, come back for free time, eat dinner together, and then have an evening activity (usually a discussion).
Going to The White Temple.
The living spaces were beautiful and clean. I loved how they felt private, but there were lots of social areas.
It's made me want to travel even more.
Pack wisely. If you can buy it easily where you're going, consider doing so.
Confirming that I am indeed as independent as I like to say I am.
It made me a lot more aware of what's happening around me within my own community, which has allowed me to put things into better perspective.
I'd like to study anthropology, archaeology, photography, or political science.