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Peace Corps for Teens

Global Leadership Adventures presents a fresh, new approach to service-learning for intellectually curious and socially oriented teenagers. Programs are offered in 11 countries...

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Costa Rica

GLA Costa Rica - Volunteer Programs for Teens

Global Leadership Adventures offers five exciting volunteer programs for teens in Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure, Spanish Service Adventure, Nature's Kaleidoscope,...

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Dominican Republic

GLA Caribbean: Beachside Service Adventure (for Teens)

Appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean and be part of sustainable solutions to end its poverty. This Global Leadership Adventures' Beachside Service Adventure for teens in...

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Thailand

GLA Thailand: Cultural Kaleidoscope (for Teens)

Find yourself fully immersed, exhilarated in a potpourri of saffron robes, scenes of refreshing green mountains, historic golden temples, and technicolor markets in Thailand....

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Tanzania

GLA Tanzania/Kilimanjaro: Heart & Soul of Africa

Explore the myth and magic of the real Africa at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in a volunteering opportunity for teens from Global Leadership Adventures. Participants

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Ecuador

GLA Galapagos: Preserving Nature's Wonders (for teens)

Live alongside exotic marine life in one of the last untouched places on earth, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Participants in this volunteering and adventure travel program...

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Thailand

GLA Thailand: The Elephant Village Initiative™ (for Teens)

Learn about the importance of elephant conservation and how to care for these majestic animals in a volunteering and adventure program for teens from Global Leadership Adventures. Participants...

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Indonesia

GLA Bali: Land of Discovery (for Teens)

Spend two to four weeks on a sojourn in the island of Bali in Indonesia and experience its green rice fields, white-sand beaches, volcanoes, and waterfalls. Swim with dolphins,...

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Guatemala

GLA Guatemala: Children of the Maya (for Teens)

See the world of the Maya through the eyes of a future generation in a high school program in Guatemala from Global Leadership Adventures. Participants can volunteer to help...

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Ghana

GLA Ghana: Children of Africa

Global Leadership Adventures offers service learning opportunities of teens in Ghana. High school students will participate in a variety of activities, including reliving...

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Peru

GLA Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley (for Teens)

Discover the ancient Inca Empire while making a difference in the lives of families in Cusco, Peru. While volunteering to improve the health and education of children in

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China

GLA China | Teens Volunteering in China

Students on this Global Leadership Adventures program will develop a deep understanding of China and its complexity. Participants will explore Beijing, the political and

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India

GLA India: Service Through the Lens™ (for Teens)

Take part in “Service Through the Lens™” - a program for teens, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in India. Using visual imagery and photojournalism,

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Fiji

GLA Fiji: Empowering Island Communities™ (for Teens)

Help empower communities in the islands of Fiji in a volunteering program for teens from Global Leadership Adventures. Participants will wake up daily in the tropics, surrounded...

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Global Leadership Adventures Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

My China

- [ ] 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.

Program: GLA China | Teens Volunteering in China

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Parents perspective on 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 :) !

Program: Peace Corps for Teens

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Gla Thailand

This was the most amazing thing ever! GLA made it so easy to sign up and get registered and they did all the heavy lifting! Everything we did was in the community, interacting with locals and some NGO’s. If you have the chance to go, you have to! It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll also make some of the greatest friends you could ever meet! It truly is a life changing experience.

Program: GLA Thailand: Cultural Kaleidoscope (for Teens)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Cultural kaleidoscope Thailand: Global Leadership adventures

This summer I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in the most amazing country with the most amazing program, Global Leadership Adventures. This program offered so much and gave me the experience of a lifetime to give back and also gain cultural insight on the beautiful Chiang Mai Thailand in Asia. What was unique about my experience was the culture shock. When I had arrived in Thailand I didn't know how to piece my emotions of happiness towards this beautiful country I was lucky enough to be in. For anyone debating on participating in this program I say do it, it gave me the culture bug where all I want to do now is go back, it made the leave so hard because the experience was so amazing. I have absolutely no regrets with this program or this trip. This had a MAJOR impact on my life post-trip, it changed my path. I know now I need to help people, I need to give back. The peace corps was something I had never looked into until now, or even global teaching for english. This trip made me look at life in a new light with a new perspective. My favorite memory on this trip was while I was teaching, I was in the back of the classroom with a student because she was ahead of the class and wanted to learn a little more advanced english. Teaching to a country that does not speak your language was extremely difficult but this student made it easy, her name was Nuan. On the last day tears filled my eyes and this student who I had made a connection with and who had touched my heart came up to me and repeated a long sentence in english, ending in "I will miss you and I love you". Hearing English words you taught come out of the student will be a memory I hold onto forever. Alongside that, every part was honestly my favorite and I genuinely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in making a change that will make yourself be the change.

Program: GLA Thailand: Cultural Kaleidoscope (for Teens)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Parent point of view

My daughter went on the Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope trip this summer through Global Leadership Adventures. I have never seen her so happy upon her return. When she proposed this trip to me, I was very nervous because she would be in a new country without me or anyone she knew. However, I was reading the description of the trip and saw how much service she would be doing and eventually let her go. We spoke to each other every night and she kept telling me how amazing the trip was and that I shouldn’t worry because of how safe it was. They were very strict and secure at all times so there was nothing to worry about. To any parent skeptical of letting their child go away, you should know that my daughter did not feel unsafe at all on the trip and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. She could not stop talking about her experience when she came back, and people are still telling her how amazing it is that she was able to volunteer abroad!

Program: GLA Thailand: Cultural Kaleidoscope (for Teens)

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