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Life-Changing International Journeys for Teens

TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome to GLA! We are so proud to celebrate 15 years of providing life-changing journeys for teens and have an exciting portfolio of program options available for 2020. Our GLA family welcomes students from all backgrounds with open arms, as we value diversity and inclusion in all that we do. In order to fulfill our mission to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it, we need all young people to consider joining our movement to transform our world for the better. I firmly believe leaders are made and not born--a belief stemming from our unique African roots to my own journey and humble roots as a first generation college graduate. Leadership and personal growth is the core component on all of our programs, regardless of duration, location, or theme type--it is woven throughout every aspect of the experience. Our intentional leadership curriculum challenges youth to think critically, to digest and understand all that they are seeing through their unique travels. I invite you to join the GLA movement and become inspired to be the change! Sincerely,

Jessica Rose Miller Executive Director



is to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. We believe in the power of mindful travel as a transformative experience in the lives of our young people. GLA programs oer more than just an incredible experience in a new place, but provide the depth and breadth of content, opportunity and thoughtful curricula to ignite a spark in students to move forward into the world as mindful citizens.

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WHY GLA? What makes the GLA experience unique for students and their families? Leadership & Intentional Program Design

Our Program Models GLOBAL SERVICE-LEARNING Through the vehicle of community service, students dive out of their comfort zone and into a welcoming community. Experiencing a culture through this lens offers students the opportunity to truly get to know local residents and lends a strong sense of purpose to their travel. Through the service-learning methodology, participants come away with an in-depth understanding of their host community and the global issues it faces. Our service-learning programs are a good fit for students who want to form meaningful bonds with local residents or those who wish to lend a hand on community-developed service projects.

Local Partners

Program offerings in this category range in theme (see page 12) and include: > HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS > HIGH SCHOOL SPRING BREAK PROGRAMS > MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS

Expert Staff Full-Service Parent Support

EUROPE DISCOVERY Where our service-learning programs go deep, Europe Discovery programs go broad. These experiences deliver on our exploratory travel methodology to immerse students in a country or theme through a series of locations deliberately selected for their impact and significance - iconic monuments, historical

5-Point Safety System

sites, and cultural exploration are all on the agenda. This program type is ideal for students who are curious about or have a strong interest in history, culture, the arts, contemporary issues, and the role of each city or region on the global stage. Program offerings in this category range in theme (see page 32) and include: > HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS

Leadership & Intentional Program Design GLA programs create ambitious, ethical leaders. At GLA, we believe leaders are made, not born: leadership is a life skill that can, and should, be developed. Leadership is woven throughout all elements of the program. From role play to style exploration to getting students out of their comfort zone and into leadership roles within the group, GLA intentionally weaves this approach into the daily experience on our programs. Every site visit, cultural workshop, and service activity is an opportunity to put these leadership skills into action. Our holistic approach to leadership and learning creates a lifelong impact for students.







We encourage students to recognize that we all have the power to be incredible forces for good, and we give students permission to exercise their leadership potential intelligently and compassionately. We intentionally weave this leadership approach into the daily experience on our programs. We believe that framing the program experience around leadership helps create development and growth opportunities for students to dig deep into their vision, purpose, and knowledge of themselves and the world.

Read more about our Leadership Philosophy, and how we weave Leadership into every program on page 134.

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WHY GLA? continued... Local Partners Our local partners are the key to making our programs as immersive and authentic as possible. Like Mama Simba, our Tanzania partner, our local partners know the communities in which we operate inside and out.

Partnerships pave the path to sustainable development. At GLA, we recognize that working with local partners is a fundamental part of sustainable development, effective community service and responsible travel. Our partners help bring foreign cultures to life, providing the critical context only a local resident could provide, and granting our students locals-only access to off-the-beaten-path experiences. Partnerships help deliver authentic experiences. GLA’s local partners also play a much larger role than simply being a piece of our program design. They are a core part of our global family, and many have been working with us for years. Students interact with and learn from partners, who range from founders of NGOs to small business owners, local educators, host families and area experts. Whether in remote or city destinations, partners provide unique experiences that we could not access on our own.

Expert Staff Our program staff act like camp counselors, but they are more than just supervision! Our staff have years of working with teens in an experiential, international setting and help connect the dots of the student’s experience and leadership strength.

GLA’s international program staff are more than chaperones - they’re passionate educators and teen experts. GLA works hard to hire knowledgeable, responsible, accomplished, and FUN individuals; we know that having the right Directors and Mentors can make all the difference in creating a comfortable, safe and inclusive learning environment for teens. Students are led by program Directors and Mentors who have in-depth professional experience working experientially with youth, hold college or graduate degrees, and are confident travelers with certifications for the locations and activities they will oversee. Over half return each season to work with GLA year after year. Some Directors have even served overseas in the Peace Corps, or in other international organizations and roles, and they bring the skills they have acquired working cross-culturally to their roles with us each summer. Our staff elevate a program from a mere trip to a life-changing journey.

Full-Service Parent Support We understand it can be challenging to leave your teen to the care of others, so we take equal care in providing superior support for every parent, before during and post-program.

Full Pre-Departure Support Once you’ve enrolled in one of our programs, the GLA team is at your disposal to provide full support for all your preparations: >Where and how to book a flight >Recommended routes so that GLA students can travel together >Understanding the passport and visa application process >Full access to the online GLA Travel Portal: Connect with other families with students on your program, and have all pre-departure information at your fingertips

In-Country Support and Updates

During the program, we are your direct link, 24 hours a day: >We provide a 24-hour emergency hotline >All students are required to call home upon arrival at their destination >Our team will make you aware of any emergencies, major schedule changes or updates >We are able to relay urgent messages between students and parents via in-country staff >We provide evacuation and secondary medical insurance for all students during the program >We periodically update student blogs with real-time photos and accounts of student experiences

Post-Program Follow-Up

After the program, our staff follows up with every family to: >Hear your feedback on the program and level of parent support >Ensure we’ve provided the best possible service to you and your family >Discuss continued engagement and opportunities

FROM ONE PARENT TO ANOTHER I never, ever felt like I was left wondering. “GLA was AWESOME! From the very beginning of our contact with GLA, I was impressed with the breadth and depth of the information offered. When I spoke to or communicated with staff via email, they were friendly, always helpful—just great. All of the information we needed was readily available. I never, ever felt like I was left wondering.”


We love GLA! “Two sons, three trips (Costa Rica, India and Dominican Republic) and we love GLA! It’s an amazing experience for the kids but equally rewarding to us as parents when we see these mature and appreciative young men return home after just a few weeks.”


I trusted GLA and they did not fail. “It truly was a gamechanger experience for my son as well as for me (his mom). This is my first time letting go and sending him to a different country that I’ve never been to, either, and completely on his own. I trusted GLA and they did not fail.” LUCAS’ MOTHER, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY

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WHY GLA? continued... 5-Point Safety System™ Safety is our first priority. While we believe in the transformative power of stepping outside comfort zones, we remain invested in managing the risks of doing so. We've carefully crafted and continue to enforce our 5-Point Safety System™, a set of rigorous standards that support the safety, health and well-being of students on every program.

GLA Home Base: Safe and secure lodging: Utmost care is taken to provide safe and secure lodging. Accommodations vary based on location, but all include exclusive spaces reserved for GLA students and staff. It's our home away from home, a place to relax, the gathering place for meals and sanctuary for reflection, team building and leadership after active days. For a description of Home Base types, turn to page 9.

Caring supervision & expert local knowledge: GLA policy is for no student to ever be by themselves at any point in time outside the established Home Base. Students may be with staff members, in groups or assigned to a buddy. Our program student to staff ratio is maximum 7:1, but typically 6:1 or lower. Our local partners and in-country staff have intimate knowledge of the host community and country, are familiar with the area's medical facilities and are uniquely equipped to handle itinerary adjustments and emergencies.

Safe transportation: From the moment students arrive, they are greeted by GLA staff and transported to Home Base in approved transportation by experienced and licensed drivers. In the case of a flight delay, staff will wait for their arrival. Transportation between Home Base(s) and activities is always in GLA-approved vehicles or via the mode of transport most appropriate for each specific location. For example, in Europe students will take public transport such as trains in small groups supervised by a staff member; in other countries where public transport is not as reliable, we will use GLA-approved vehicles such as buses or vans. In some cases, a taxi may be used but only with staff in accompaniment.

Healthy meals and pure water: Meals are prepared fresh daily by Home Base staff or vetted restaurants, and include a healthy mix of grains, protein, vegetables and fruits. Students will enjoy local cuisine, but familiar staples such as rice are typically available. We are happy to provide a list of select programs that can best accommodate a student with particular food allergies or dietary restrictions. Students will always have access to unlimited safe drinking water and will be provided three meals per day, plus snacks.

24/7 support and emergency response: GLA provides 24/7 support and a hotline while programs are in session.

While incredibly rare in occurrence, GLA has a plan in place for all types of emergencies and situations that could arise through diligent risk management and identifying proper health and support facilities within vicinity of our programs. We provide medical and evacuation insurance to all students, and professional medical support is also available to our teams 24/7 should specialized guidance be needed.

More on our Home Base model: Safety is our top priority, and we provide lodging that’s out of the ordinary. On a GLA adventure, you might stay in a zen-like ecolodge tucked away in the lush Caribbean jungle, a traditional Inca tambo, or rustic Thai villas neighboring an elephant sanctuary. In this catalog, each program page will indicate a general idea of the type of lodging you can expect to experience. Most programs include an overnight stay away from the main Home Base or split time between two or more Home Base locations.



These may resemble Western hotels back home, with

An enclosed compound is a cluster of several buildings

multiple stories and a reception desk at the entrance;

in a gated enclosure. Compounds often include

others may be smaller, locally-owned properties where

detached guest quarters, a separate kitchen, dining

our group stays in an exclusive floor or wing.

area, a common area, multi-purpose facilities and host


residences, all within an intimate space.

RUSTIC VILLAS Rustic villas are detached, well-appointed structures


that offer comfortable living with plenty of open space,

Traditional bungalows are detached structures, often

amenities and lush landscaping. GLA reserves a group

featuring some open-air construction and located in

or cluster of villas, and has access to shared eating areas

remote locations close to nature and the local culture,

and common space.

such as beach towns, jungles and mountains.



Guesthouses are modest, unique properties where

Ecolodges tend to be remote, located in relatively

students have the opportunity to personally interact with

pristine natural environments. Ecolodges emphasize

their host, often eating together and sharing common

elements such as environmental responsibility and


minimizing negative impact. Students have the unique experience of being educated by hosts about the flora and fauna of local ecosystems, and experiencing

> Extend your stay and dedicate another week to language learning. > Become part of a local family who welcomes you into their home. > Polish your Spanish skills through true immersion in the community.

Check out our homestay options for Costa Rica and Spain (pages 98 and 130) or visit experiencegla. com/articles/homestayextension/

closeness to nature as well as the area’s local culture.

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GLA FELLOWSHIPS What is a Fellowship? Global Leadership Adventures offers Fellowships to provide academically or creatively gifted students the opportunity to expand upon their GLA program with a curriculum that both highlights and recognizes their achievements. These self-guided and GLA-supported Fellowships invite students to step up and learn to be leaders in their field of interest. Our Fellowships are specially designed to work with any GLA spring or summer program, of any length, in any location, because you are the leader in your learning as a GLA Fellow.

What Does a Fellowship Look Like?

Why Apply to Be a GLA Fellow?

Each GLA Fellowship contains three curriculum units:

Whether you're a highly motivated student who wants to earn

> Pre-Program: You will be asked to complete coursework to spur your learning on a selected topic. This may include reading, viewing documentaries and more. You will be given options to shape your experience. > On-Program: Once you arrive in-country, you will have an objective to complete that will further your learning and prepare you for your post-program assignment. This may include taking photos, journaling or capturing video depending on your chosen Fellowship. > Post-Program: After you return home, you will be given time to wrap up your Fellowship by completing a special project. This may include writing an essay, curating a photo

additional merits for your college application or simply passionate about broadening your horizons in a field of interest, you're an excellent candidate for a Fellowship. Upon completion of your Fellowship and successful submission of your final project, you will be honored with the following awards: > A certificate of achievement > A medal, plaque or pin honoring your achievement > A recommendation letter from our Executive Director > Ability to add 'GLA Fellow' to your college application

collection or producing a short video. Every step of your Fellowship is outlined on the curriculum you receive, from start to finish. While the Fellowship curriculum is self-guided and relies on you leading your learning, if you follow this guiding document step-by-step, you can't go wrong!

Learn more about Fellowships, cost, and how to apply at experienceGLA.com/fellowships



Push yourself to develop an

Explore and analyze the aspects

artistic creation based on your

of international service and other

experience on a GLA program.

cultures through the lens of your

Whether you’re creating a short

specific academic passion. People change

story, journal entry, short documentary

the world every day though many different academic pursuits, and this Fellowship allows you to chase your own.

film, or a photographic journal, this Fellowship focuses on making

Whether you’re helping health workers in the field or learning about the

you grow as an artist. While creating art might not be easy, the

intricacies of philosophy, the experiences that come from GLA programs

experiences that come from GLA programs lend an amazing

can lend amazing inspiration to your studies. Traveling to a new country,

inspiration for your work. Traveling to a new country, experiencing

experiencing a diverse culture first-hand, adventure with peers, and

diverse cultures first-hand, adventuring with peers and helping

helping local communities will give you a fresh perspective on your

local communities will give you the content you need to make

academic passion.

something incredible.

PUBLIC HEALTH - Gain a deeper understanding of how public health

PHOTOGRAPHY - Capture moments frozen in time while on

and medicine combine to make a healthy community and use this

your GLA program as you try to improve your eye for framing,

knowledge to connect to your GLA experience.

subject and light as a photographer.


VIDEOGRAPHY - Use what you learn and what you see on your

international aid and volunteerism as you strive to help communities on

program to film, direct and edit a short film that shows what your

your GLA program.

experience was truly like.

ANIMALS & WILDLIFE - Learn about the struggles and obstacles that

CREATIVE WRITING - Put pen to paper as you explore your

animals and wildlife face though research and explore these issues first-

experience though prose. Tell your story through a personal

hand on your GLA program.

narrative, short fictional story, or anything in between.

HISTORY - Understand the history of the place you’re in and how it

FINE ART - Push the bounds of creativity with a custom fine

connects to the current state of where you are in the world.

art project using any medium you can think of, such as paint, sketching, sculpting or even music.

PHILOSOPHY - Explore the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence as you experience a life-changing journey on your GLA program.

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GLOBAL SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAMS GLA's Global Service-Learning Programs are not just another volunteer experience. GLA crafts each service-learning program to be immersive and multidimensional by combining leadership with three key components for a meaningful, intentionally designed, educational experience:

COMMUNITY SERVICE Community service is the vehicle through which students are exposed to a culture unlike their own. When GLA students arrive, our local teams and host communities welcome their energy and additional helping hands. As students become embedded in a greater plan for change, global issues that were once remote become tangible, and distant concepts turn into people with faces, names and stories. Working side by side with our partners, students become engaged in understanding how the labor they provide accelerates critical, community-led initiatives. Many of our alumni leave our programs valuing the time they spent on service sites most.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING GLA celebrates experiential learning through immersion, cross-cultural exchange and guided reection. Our students participate in interactive experiences that expose them to diverse cultures, arts, value systems and histories in ways that no textbook could convey. These experiences welcome high engagement, critical thinking and a willingness to see the world through many dierent perspectives. Designed around a combination of cultural activities, small group discussion, leadership development, journaling and reection.

 GLA FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS Throughout the catalog, you will see some of our Global Service-Learning program sessions marked with a ag. These are our Flagship Programs. GLA students, parents and sta have reported that our 21-Day Flagship programs oer the optimal amount of time to develop friendships with locals and their peers, to make a more signiďŹ cant impact on the community and to fully immerse themselves in a new culture. Our Flagship programs provide additional weekend excursions, volunteer service opportunities, and leadership training than are available on our shorter programs.

ADVENTURE No GLA program would be complete without adventure! Each host community is set in a unique landscape and contains its own historical and natural treasures, and exceptional opportunities for students to challenge themselves in memorable ways. Our adventure activities are intentionally selected to tie into program themes and double as learning opportunities.

 Multi-Program Links Link two programs together for the ultimate GLA experience. Look for the link icon on each program page to see which programs can connect to each other for a longer, more rich experience abroad. Combine two programs within the same program type to deep dive into a topic you are passionate about, pair two programs within the same country for the most immersive experience, or two programs in the same continent for a comparitive experience - the opportunities are endless!





Work on projects that directly impact local

Learn what health and healthcare look like abroad

Be a steward for the environment by participating

children in the community - from school

in underserved communities. This could mean

in projects to promote sustainable practices like

infrastructure to playground restoration, you'll

preventative community education or hygiene

reducing, reusing and recycling. Do hands-on

help create a safe space for kids to play and learn.

advocacy, shadowing medical students, assisting

work to help preserve the natural world and the

You'll also get opportunities to play games and

in pop-up clinics, collecting diagnostic information

communities who depend on its protection.

make new friends.

or learning from medical professionals.


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South Africa

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South Africa

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Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic

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Costa Rica

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Tutor and provide education to children at school

Observe and protect animals in their natural

Learn the language of your host country through

and outside the classroom. Be a friend and role

habitats, national parks, or shelters. Take care

local immersion and mentored study. Take

model to the youngest generation. Leave a lasting

of the environment that supports animals by

classes that improve your Spanish, French or

impact on the community through infrastructure

working on projects to clear invasive species,

Mandarin, no matter your skill level. Use your

improvements at local schools.

collaborate with experts, and spend time up-

new language skills to get to know locals in your

close and personal.

host community.

Ghana Tanzania Bali Fiji Thailand Peru Guatemala

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South Africa

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Costa Rica


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Costa Rica

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Fuel your passion for storytelling though rich

Complete a meaningful building project from

Fuel your passion for sports by connecting with

language and powerful imagery as you use your

beginning to end, leaving behind your legacy for

local youth and revitalizing sporting grounds to

skills and develop new ones while supporting

local families and the community to use. Work

promote healthy, active lifestyles in communities

a developing community. Sharpen your

alongside local organizations who promote

where there is limited access to organized

photography and writing skills as you gain real-

sustainable building initiatives in the community

sports and nutrition education. Choose between

world experience in the field.

and see your hardwork through from start to

programs focusing on soccer or surfing!



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Dominican Republic

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Costa Rica

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EUROPE DISCOVERY PROGRAMS GLA’s Europe Discovery Programs are not just another teen sightseeing tour. Europe Discovery programs place emphasis on exploratory travel as an alternative means for self-discovery and meeting core learning objectives. This program type is designed specifically for high school-aged students. GLA crafts each Europe Discovery program to be immersive and multidimensional by combining leadership with three key components for a meaningful, intentionally designed, educational experience:

EXPLORATORY TRAVEL Where our Global Service-Learning programs go deep, Europe Discovery programs go broad. Discover your leadership potential while exploring and connecting with local leaders along the way. These experiences are travel-centric, focusing on the exploration of a region and theme. As opposed to regular tourists out only to see the sights, our students come away as more experienced travelers ready to engage with the world as they travel, with both a broader understanding of the world-at-large and their possibilities to transform it.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING Explore Europe’s most iconic and impactful sites while meeting learning objectives. GLA celebrates experiential learning through immersion, cross-cultural exchange and guided reflection. Our students participate in interactive experiences that expose them to diverse cultures, arts, value systems and histories in ways that no textbook could convey. These experiences welcome high engagement, critical thinking and a willingness to see the world through many different perspectives. GLA programs cultivate more confident communicators and independent agents of change.

ADVENTURE No GLA program would be complete without adventure! Mark experiences off your bucket list with UNESCO World Heritage sites such as La Sagrada Familia, the Eiffel Tower, or the Acropolis. Experience the thrill of a gladiator training in Rome, kayaking excursion in Greece, or an invigorating game of golf in Scotland. Each city contains its own historical and natural treasures and exceptional opportunities for students to challenge themselves in memorable ways.

 AMSTERDAM LINK - SEAMLESSLY Connect two programs! 

July 3 - July 6


Our Europe programs are intentionally designed with session dates to allow students to seamlessly connect any two Europe Discovery programs, a must for any European explorer. Experience the city's UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, historical buildings and the unique culture of the Netherlands with GLA chaperones. Get a taste of authentic Dutch cuisine and gear up for your next adventure while you recharge and explore a new area! Linking via Amsterdam makes combining many of our Europe programs possible and makes for an ideal European travel experience.





Deepen your knowledge of an individual coun-

Learn the language of your host country through

Traverse national borders to discover the cities

try of your interest through a journey from the

local immersion, formal classes based on level

or regions that have the most to offer in terms

capital to other important cities or regions within

and mentored study. Take classes that improve

of exploring a themed learning objective. Enjoy

that country. Get an intimate feel for the nation’s

your skills regardless of whether you are a be-

travel itineraries and activities that are tailored

history, culture, people and contemporary chal-

ginner or seasoned language student. Use your

to support program content while making for a

lenges, including the exploration of often vastly

knowledge to get to know locals in the commu-

well-rounded fun travel adventure.

varying regional identities and values.


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United Kingdom

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nities to which you’ll travel.


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Cities that Shaped Europe:

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(Rome, Paris, London) Undertstanding the EU

page 134

(Brussels, Berlin, & Beyond) The STEM Experience

page 136

(London, Paris, Geneva)

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No matter which destination you choose, we are here to help you prepare for your departure. Our Travel Coordination team is at your disposal from time of enrollment until you head to the airport, and beyond! > Once enrolled you will have access to the Travel Portal for your specific program which will have all the information you need to prepare for departure, as well as a pre-departure handbook. > FLIGHTS: Our team will provide all the information you need to book your flight, assist you in connecting with other students to fly with, provide you with guidelines for arrival and departure, and get you in contact with our partner travel agency. > OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Your dedicated Travel Coordinator will also provide you information on obtaining a passport, obtaining a visa if required, other requirements for traveling to your destination, packing guidance, vaccination information, and tips for travel!


pages 80-91 Dominican Republic Guadeloupe

CENTRAL AMERICA pages 94-121 Guatemala Costa Rica

SOUTH AMERICA pages 62-79 Brazil Galapagos Peru

AFRICA pages 20-35 Ghana Morocco South Africa Tanzania

ASIA & THE PACIFIC pages 36-61 Bali China Fiji Hawaii (USA) India Philippines Thailand


pages 84-104 France Italy Greece Spain United Kingdom Multi-country

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Children of Africa™ pg 22 Building Healthy Villages™ pg 24


Cultural Kaleidoscope™ pg 26

SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town Children's Initiative™ pg 28

Global Health & Advocacy Project™ pg 30 Safari Service Expedition™ pg 32


Children’s Education Adventure pg 34

A vast and diverse continent awaits, teeming with the sounds of daily life. Stunning landscapes spill out across a multitude of cultural landscapes. From sunsets at the southernmost point to the smells of spices in the north, smiling faces welcome you to explore an Africa beyond your expectations.

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GHANA: Children of Africaâ„¢

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 27 - July 17 July 22 - August 11  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 60


 Children & Education

Beating drums, children's laughter and warm greetings welcome you to become family in the heart of West Africa.


June 13 - June 26 June 29 - July 12 July 15 - July 28 August 1 - August 14  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 40

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Tutor children at a village primary school Help build and refurbish school facilities Discuss current social issues facing Ghana’s women and children Hike to a beautiful waterfall Learn traditional African dance, batik fabric dyeing, drums and percussion Explore outdoor markets and historic sites


GHANA On this program you will... step onto the flat, sandy land of Ghana and immediately hear the laughter of children everywhere. This laughter will be the soundtrack to your trip, and a source of energy as you volunteer among one of Africa’s most passionate and kind communities. Ghanaians are known for their smiles, vibran-

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cy and welcoming nature—you’ll see bright colors in the land, stitched into traditional clothing and adorning your Home Base. Your presence will

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infuse the classroom with excitement as you inspire students toward success in school.

Community Service


Immersive Learning

Volunteer in primary schools to help improve English

Immerse yourself in batik cloth dyeing and drum-

Experience full immersion in Ghana’s rich cultural

skills, tutor those who might be falling behind and

ming workshops, as well as a crash course in the na-

heritage as you are invited to actively participate in

contribute to each school’s needs, including making

tive language. You’ll be given a Ghanaian name by the

drumming and dancing, explore outdoor markets

improvements to the facilities. Split your time be-

local chief and have the opportunity to visit a seam-

and take part in cooking lessons with staff at your

tween teaching and campus refurbishment projects

stress for custom-made clothing made from fabrics

Home Base, who will treat you like family. You’ll also

to serve every aspect of the school, and learn all

you select. You'll hear from local experts on topics

experience the natural surroundings of Ghana with

about education in Ghana. Try to keep up with the

like traditional gender roles. On the 21-Day Flagship

a beautiful waterfall hike. On our 21-Day Flagship

children as they invite you to play soccer and school-

Program, dive into the nation’s history as a hub of the

Program, visit a monkey sanctuary on a two day ex-

yard games after class!

slave trade with a visit to Fort Prinzenstein.


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GHANA: Building Healthy Villages™

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 20 - July 3 July 7 - July 20 July 25 - August 7  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 40


 Building from Start to Finish Be a part of an invigorating two-week building project and see your work through from the ground up to completion.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Live in a beachside Ghanaian eco-lodge Explore issues related to composting latrines within the community in which you are working Construct a composting latrine from start to finish for families in need Experience Ghana’s unique drum and dance culture Cruise down the River Volta to the sea


GHANA On this program you will...

 Link this program

learn why the role of public health is critical in breaking persistent poverty cycles through your start-to-finish compost latrine building project and

to Dominican Republic:

discussions with health-focused organizations. Participate in community outreach programs that educate about WASH (Water And Sanitation, Hygiene). Both physically challenging and an opportunity to dive into health issues, this unique program provides both a building experience as well as

Building a Sustainable World pg 82

a glimpse into Ghana’s colorful and celebratory culture.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Assist local masons in the construction of a compost-

See first-hand why sanitation is important in rural

Live steps away from Ghana’s southern coast, where

ing latrine from start to finish for families in need.

communities; learn from nurses as they provide

you’ll experience the sights and sounds of fishermen

Before you wrinkle your nose, consider the critical im-

regular maternal and neonatal health checkups for

on the beach. Join them in pulling in the nets! Explore

portance of your work: These latrines help prevent the

mothers and newborn babies. Compare and contrast

outdoor markets, colorful fabrics and handmade

spread of disease and help local girls stay in school.

traditional ways of life in Ghana and western practic-

crafts unique to this region of the world. Visit a coast-

This eco-friendly project also produces high-quali-

es with guest speakers. Be immersed in local culture,

al slave fort, a poignant reminder of a page of histo-

ty fertilizer that can increase crop yields and sustain

including high-energy drumming workshops and

ry that defined our modern world. Cruise down the

nutritious diets. Be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony

Ewe (pronounced “eh-way”) language lessons.

Volta River to the sea, and celebrate finishing your

with the families upon completion!

service project with a bonfire on the beach.

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MOROCCO: Cultural Kaleidoscope™


July 1 - July 14 July 17 - July 30  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 20  Language Hours: 10


 Community Development & Children

Uncover the secrets of magical Morocco as you immerse yourself in the smells of unique spices, bustling markets, meaningful service, and smiles you'll never forget. Program Highlights • • • • • •

Volunteer at a summer camp for elementary school children Tour Marrakesh's famous medina & markets Experience a traditional hammam, or Arabic steam bath Visit historic Casablanca and the capital city of Rabat Learn to cook tajine, the most popular dish in Morocco Engage in ten hours of Modern Standard Arabic instruction through an accredited language school


MOROCCO On this program you will...

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spend time in four Moroccan cities - Rabat, Marrakesh, Casablanca and Oukaimeden, a small city at the foot of the Atlas Mountains - to acquire a holistic perspective on the intricacies of North African culture. With a distinctive mix of Arab, African, and European influence, Morocco is a colorful, fragrant and uniquely diverse country ripe for exploration. Through formal Arabic instruction and practicing with children in the summer camp at

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which you will volunteer, you'll be fully immersed in all that this country has to offer.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

to Spain: Cultural Crossroads Past &


Volunteer your time at a summer camp for primary

Explore local customs through a Moroccan cooking

Hike in the lovely expanse of the High Atlas Moun-

school students from underserved communities. You

class and meet with a series of guest speakers who

tains, where you just may spot monkeys, Barbary

may help out with everything from teaching simple

are experts in the Moroccan education system. Learn

ground squirrels, or some of almost 200 species of

English lessons, to facilitating games or craft activi-

to haggle for beautiful woven textiles and artisanal

birds found in the area. Speaking of animals, you'll

ties, to assisting with physical refurbishment or beau-

goods in Marrakesh's expansive outdoor market,

have the opportunity to see Morocco from the back

tification projects such as mural painting or sprucing

or souk - with a few Arabic lessons under your belt,

of a camel, the traditional form of transportation in

up the facilities.

you'll soon be a pro! Visit Casablanca's Hassan Il, the

the region dating back over a thousand years.

largest mosque in Africa.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town Children's Initiativeâ„¢

  21-DAY PROGRAM July 9 - July 29  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 45


 Community Development & Children

One of the greatest meeting points of the African continent, South Africa is alive with energy, potential and action for social change.

 14-DAY PROGRAM July 9 - July 22  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 30

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Live in Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful cities Experience the complex and multicultural society of South Africa Volunteer on an education project with local youth Visit and hike the iconic Table Mountain Experience South Africa's animal kingdom On the 21-Day Flagship Program, embark on South Africa's famous Garden Route



On this program you will...

explore the colorful diversity in one of South Africa's provinces, spending the majority of your time in immersive exploration of Cape Town. Observe how movements for social change shaped South Africa following decades of Apartheid. Learn what it means to be a social entrepreneur through guests speakers from local social entrepreneurship ventures. Be a part of the change happening to address current social issues. Delve deep into the tribal history of its people, enjoy magnificent views as you conquer the peak of Table Mountain and observe the contrast between urban and rural

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Cape Town.

Immersive Learning

Community Service


Join a meaningful project in poverty-stricken Cape

Learn about Apartheid - a period of time in the

Home to pristine beaches, the colorful Bo-Kaap

Town township communities working with children in

country defined by racial inequality - by walking in

neighborhood, the cosmopolitan V&A Waterfront and

early childhood development centers. You’ll be assist-

the footsteps of their most famous leader, Nelson

majestic Table Mountain, South Africa has it all. Bike

ing local teachers by working hands-on with students

Mandela. Visit Robben Island, where Mandela and

around Cape Town’s peninsula, explore wildlife, and

while also helping with ongoing physical projects at

hundreds of others of activists for equality were im-

go on a challenging hike to the summit of Table Moun-

the school to help make it a more useful environment. Your impactful work will be rewarded by the bright, smiling faces of the local children who are excited to learn and play with with you every day.

prisoned during the Apartheid regime. You will also learn about the diversity within Cape Town, including Cape Malay culture through a cooking lesson on their cuisine and a visit to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Throughout the program, learn from community leaders' successes as you come up with dreams

tain—the views are well worth it! Experience the most spectacular view of Cape Point from offshore while taking a boat ride to view the rare African Penguin colonies. Visit the most southwestern tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans converge.

of your own for the change you hope to make in the world.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Global Health & Advocacy Project™


 Public Health & Medicine

Travel to rural South Africa, where you’ll help provide crucial health education to a community in a secluded village town.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 27 - July 10 July 13 - July 26  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 35

Program Highlights • • • • •

Experience true cultural immersion in a rural South African community Observe community health workers in a mobile clinic Learn about the challenges of providing healthcare in remote areas of the African continent Hike the Drakensberg mountains, famous for their many peaks and magnificent scenery Zipline amidst the stunning natural beauty of the mountains


SOUTH AFRICA On this program you will... live in Geluksburg, which means “happy mountains” in rural KwaZulu-Natal. This rural village town, like many others, has limited resources for primary health care and basic first aid. Become accustomed to the Zulu culture as you participate in a home visit and explore the places where traditional and western medicine intersect. Meet with the local chief and eat a traditional meal. The rolling mist and tranquility of the surrounding Drakensberg

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mountain peaks will make for a one-of-a-kind experience on the southern tip of the African continent.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Public health is an ongoing issue in South Africa and

Immerse yourself in a Zulu community with a home vis-

Hike part of the Drakensberg mountain range, known

an access gap for health care facilities exists between

it, dancing and drumming lessons, and a visit to a tradi-

for its famous peaks and brimming with incredible

upper and lower socioeconomic households. Raise

tional healer. Meet with the local Chief and learn about

waterfalls, streams, caves, crisp mountain air and

awareness in the community of Geluksburg, a commu-

Zulu culture and history. You’ll see why healthcare in

spectacular views. This UNESCO World Heritage

nity where primary health care options are currently

rural South Africa is so crucial – the access gap between

Site draws both locals and tourists from around the

non-existent, through advocacy. Faciliate nourish-

urban and rural parts of the country has a big effect on

globe alike. You will also get the chance to go ziplin-

ment and healthy living workshops with local students

the public health system. Observe health care workers

ing through the stunning forest canopy and enjoy a

and their parents, providing them with basic wellness

and visit local clinics in Geluksburg, then compare and

unique birds-eye view of landscapes unique to this

kits and information on how to utilize them. Students

contrast the public and private health care systems.

region of South Africa.

will learn about the importance of a balanced diet and how to maintain a diet within a low budget.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Safari Service Expedition™

 14-DAY PROGRAM July 6 - July 19 July 22 - August 4  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 32


 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Stand on the front lines of animal conservation and learn how to track, monitor and protect South Africa’s most majestic wild animals.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Assist with ongoing rhino and African elephant conservation projects Track and monitor wildlife movement on a renowned reserve Spot Africa’s “Big Five” wild animals Enjoy a bonfire as you camp under the stars Visit beaches on a multi-night excursion to Kosi Bay along the country’s nothern coast Experience tribal culture and traditional storytelling


SOUTH AFRICA On this program you will... experience life in the Pongola Game Reserve and learn about conservation on the front lines. You might spot Africa’s “Big Five” in the region — lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo and rhino. By night, you’ll live at a rustic Home Base on the reserve, hearing Zulu stories and learning about tribal

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culture. By day, shadow wildlife conservationists in the South African bush, go on game drives to observe animals and learn about sustainably pre-

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serving the region’s endangered species.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Join conservationists in the field, assisting with

Hear from experts in the field about the challenges

Experience all the wonders of South Africa on this

habitat restoration and wildlife monitoring. Help

facing preservation of various species such as ele-

program’s overnight excursions: Go on a bush sa-

eradicate an invasive plant species, learn about an-

phants and rhinos. Learn to spot fresh prints, iden-

fari and sleep under the stars accompanied by pro-

ti-poaching, undertake a snare patrol to identify leop-

tify wildlife tracks, discuss endangered species and

fessional field guides. On a three-night camping ex-

ards and learn from wildlife protectors about their

more. Discover the biodiversity within the bush eco-

cursion, paddle in kayaks as you spot kingfisher and

experiences fighting poachers. Track the movements

system. Visit a local community to learn about Zulu

heron in Kosi Bay. At the program’s close, snorkel in

of elephants and other wildlife by satellite, and learn

culture and the role the community plays in conser-

the warm waters of Kosi Bay on the Indian Ocean,

how rangers set camera traps—join them in comb-

vation. Enjoy tea with and hear stories from a ugogo

and learn about the region’s diverse coastal environ-

ing through video footage. Finally, learn how the sur-

(Grandmother in Zulu).


rounding Zulu community is critical to conservation.

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TANZANIA: Children’s Education Adventure


June 18 - July 8 July 12 - August 1  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 45


 Children & Education

Explore the myth and magic of Tanzania, a country of abundant wildlife, diverse ethnic groups and peaceful history.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 5 July 8 - July 21 July 24 - August 6  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Teach English in local classrooms Volunteer on projects at a village primary school See zebras, lions, rhinos and more on an incredible African safari Hike to a waterfall near Mount Kilimanjaro Spend an afternoon with a Tanzanian host family, and on the 21-Day Flagship Program only, spend a day among the Maasai nomadic warrior tribe Learn African dance, percussion and batik cloth dyeing


TANZANIA On this program you will... constantly be greeted with the characteristic warmth of Tanzanians, and the raw beauty of East Africa. Animals abound, and landscapes are colorful and diverse. But more than anything else, it is the Tanzanian people who will make your visit memorable, whether you’re teaching a class full of laughing, energetic children, embarking on a wild safari guided by locals or chatting with community members. Learn about the efforts of local organizations who are passionate about gender equality and committed to making education accessible to girls in the community.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

While Tanzania has achieved nearly universal access

Hear from guest speakers about Tanzania’s history

to primary education, challenges continue to bar

and social issues. Communities continue to address

many Tanzanian children from receiving education.

challenges in the form of health issues, gender in-

No public funding past primary school, dilapidated

equality, limited education opportunities and more.

physical infrastructure, and social perceptions that

Still, the dignity and beauty of Tanzanian culture pre-

demote education’s importance are all critical issues.

vail, making the people resilient and focused on ad-

You’ll have the opportunity to address these by re-

vancement. Participate in a batik dyeing workshop,

furbishing school facilities and teaching English in a

market visits and traditional music and dance class-

classroom setting. The genuine connection and im-

es. On the 21-Day Flagship Program, visit a village of

pact made on these local students will last a lifetime.

the Maasai tribes and experience their semi-nomadic

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Adventure Hike the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and one of the world’s great mountaineering objectives. See the area where trekkers prepare to take on the peak, and embark on your own hike to two stunning waterfalls. Experience one of the world’s most spectacular safaris: Drive through Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, which naturalists call “the greatest wildlife show on Earth.” Look for zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and more in their natural habitat.


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Mandarin Service Adventure pg 42


Children of the South Pacific™ pg 44 Marine Conservation Expedition™ pg 46


Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™ pg 48


The Initiative for Children™ pg 50


Climate Action Island Adventure pg 52


Elephants & Conservation Expedition™ pg 54 Hospital & Health Initiative™ pg 56 In & Beyond the Classroom™ pg 58 Elephant Sanctuary Project™ pg 60

Embrace the world's most far-reaching continent, stretching from its European borders in the west to the islands and coastlines of the PaciďŹ c in the east. Ancient inuences, distinct cultures, unparalleled landscapes and breathtaking biodiversity await you at every turn.

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BALI: Island Education Initiative™

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - July 6 July 10 - July 30  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 36

 Children & Education

Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of the “Island of the Gods� and discover unexpected treasures while scuba diving in the Bali Sea.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Teach children at local Balinese schools Learn to scuba dive in turquoise waters Explore the island's spiritual culture through temple visits and activities Have dinner at the Royal Palace with the Prince of Ubud Surf with locals in Southern Bali, a world-class surf destination


BALI On this program you will... journey to the island of Bali, where you’ll positively influence local youth and explore the many wonders of the “Island of the Gods.” The Balinese people

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are what make this region truly beautiful. Charming and generous, local residents warmly welcome you to to their communities and invite you to learn

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about the unique culture of Indonesia's most diverse island. Volunteer at a local school, teaching English and bonding with the community. In the after-

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noons and evenings, you might hike to a waterfall, hop on a spider boat to catch the sunset or gather around a bonfire on the beach.

Immersive Learning


Speaking English unlocks advancement opportuni-

Surrounded by beautiful beaches, lush green ter-

You’ll quickly understand that all adventure here is

ties for Balinese youth. In this tourist hotspot, many

raced rice paddies and intricate temples, you’ll be

tied to living harmoniously with the natural world.

of the villages and impoverished communities are

interacting daily with a culture that celebrates sus-

Learn to scuba dive and explore the coral reef, white-

overlooked, and as a result, Bali’s education is one

tainable, communal living. You’ll learn about environ-

water raft through lush vegetation, explore temples

area that needs attention. Volunteer at an English

mental issues during your scuba excursion, discuss

and surf the Southern Bali coastline, one of the

camp and create unforgettable bonds with your stu-

problems facing modern-day rice farmers, and enjoy

world’s top surfing destinations. Spend one night at

dents as you design creative lesson plans and share

a traditional dinner and conversation with the Prince

an eco-camp on a cashew farm. It’s more than just

crucial language lessons. Through community ser-

of Ubud at the Royal Palace. Try your hand at the

a nut farm—this is a social enterprise that employs

vice, you’ll get to know the local people and get a rare

gamelan drum and legong dance and participate in

women of farming families and teaches the commu-

peek into the daily life of the Balinese.

ancient ceremonies to truly absorb the island's spir-

nity about sustainability.

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itual culture.

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BALI: Global Health Initiative™

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 27 - July 17 July 21 - August 10  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 36

 Public Health & Medicine

Explore the intersection of modern medicine and indigenous wisdom as you lend a hand to community health projects.


June 16 - June 29 July 2 - July 15 July 18 - July 31  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 24

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Shadow and assist medical students during pop-up clinics Observe how public health systems are implemented in developing communities Visit a natural birth clinic aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality Design and deliver health education workshops for local youth Surf with locals on world-renowned waves in Southern Bali Snorkel over coral reefs and a historic shipwreck


BALI On this program you will... study public health through two different perspectives: Western convention and the indigenous wisdom of the East. Deepen your understanding of the global health puzzle with a visit to a natural birth clinic, especially in the developing world where cultural competence is just as important for achieving wellness as medical resources and technology. During your time off service, enjoy Bali’s uplifting culture through live music and dance performances, memorable meals and high adventure on the coast.

Spend time assisting medical students, NGOs and community leaders at a primary care health clinic in a local village. Observe how care is delivered, and depending on the situation at hand, jump in to help respond to needs: Recording data, assisting with pulse checks, scribing information for doctors or restocking supplies. Take your experience full circle as you help design and deliver a health education workshop for local youth in the second half of the program.

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Immersive Learning

Community Service

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You’ll be immersed in diverse healthcare settings—

With its pounding surf, emerald rice terraces and ar-

Western pop-up clinics, a traditional jungle healer’s

tistic culture, Bali is adventure, culture and spirituali-

practice, and health workshops with children. To

ty all in one. Visit Amed, a sleepy fishing village off the

better understand the philosophy on holistic well-

beaten path. Go on a sunrise boat ride and snorkel

ness, you’ll also visit a natural birth clinic and explore

over coral reefs, marine wildlife, and even the rem-

where natural remedies are grown on an herbal

nants of a Japanese shipwreck from World War II. On

walk. There’s no better way to learn about tradition-

the 21-day program, you’ll learn to scuba dive in the

al Balinese culture than with full sensory immersion:

crystal clear Balinese waters. Surf among friendly lo-

temple visits, a rice paddy walk, live gamelan music,

cals on world-class waves and go whitewater rafting

legong dance performances and dinner at the Royal

down the river.


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CHINA: Mandarin Service Adventure


July 7 - July 27  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 30  Language Hours: 20

 Language Immersion

A full spectrum of Chinese immersion and adventure awaits, as complex as the country itself.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Live in a historic market town on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau Experience Mandarin immersion and language classes and practice language skills in and out of the classroom Observe traditional artists of the Shaxi Valley Help preserve cultural heritage sites Volunteer on family farms, harvesting crops and learning biodynamic practices Hike the Great Wall of China


CHINA On this program you will... explore China’s rich culture through language immersion. From the moment you step into the Home Base in Shaxi, you’ll be swept into the magic of living in a village seemingly from another time. Based in the Himalayan foothills that border Tibet, Shaxi offers the opportunity to interact with the

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indigenous community through language exchange, cultural workshops and impactful projects that will help the community to preserve their tradi-

& Health Initiative

tional way of life while creating sustainable changes.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

pg 56


Volunteer in the Bai ethnic community, where the

Learn Mandarin or improve your skills with language

Stand under giant Buddha sculptures at Baoxiang,

community is actively working to preserve their heri-

classes and meaningful immersion in the communi-

an incredible temple carved into the side of a cliff.

tage and protect the rural mountain ecosystem. Val-

ty. Practice speaking with your local staff members

Get to know the cobblestone streets, quaint cafes

ley residents are working to make their food systems

and at the valley’s famous farmers’ market. Mod-

and artists’ shops around Home Base and spend a

more sustainable and biodynamic. Volunteer on a

ernization has trickled in from China’s largest cities

day exploring a Bai village. Visit Naigu Stone Forest, a

family farm where you'll assist on a composting proj-

into its rural, minority communities. Learn how this

labyrinth of ancient natural limestone formations. Fi-

ect, as well as help with the harvest. You'll also help

affects daily life in the mountains and the practice of

nally, spend three days exploring the bustling city of

to restore a significant temple which was destroyed

4,000-year-old traditions. Take dance lessons, learn

Beijing. Check a few major items off your bucket list

along with thousands of other relics in the Chinese

natural dyeing techniques using indigo and visit Bud-

when you’re there: the Forbidden City, Tiananmen

Cultural Revolution.

dhist and Taoist temples.

Square and the Great Wall of China!

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FIJI: Children of the South Pacific™

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 18 - July 8 July 12 - August 1  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 45

 Children & Education

Powerful seeds of opportunity await your planting in this PaciďŹ c paradise full of warm and welcoming people.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Help lead a children’s summer camp Wake up every day on a remote island surrounded by coconut trees Get your mud on at a natural mud pool Hike to a mountaintop on the Yasawa Islands Experience Fiji’s crystal blue waters as you commute by boat Snorkel along coral reefs teeming with exotic ďŹ sh


FIJI On this program you will... live in the remote Yasawa Islands - you’ll have a hard time finding a more warm and welcoming people. Life revolves around the ocean and community. You’ll live and volunteer where there are no roads, cars, banks or shops. Immerse yourself in the simple village life and experience Fiji’s fascinating culture as you work on projects aimed at improving opportunities for children via one-on-one reading time and achieving sustainability for the remote

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community with projects like rainwater collection. Work to preserve a unique culture while experiencing it for yourself!

Community Service

Immersive Learning

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While the Yasawa Islands are beautiful, the commu-

Fiji’s extreme remoteness presents a way of life vastly

Life in Fiji is an aquatic adventure. Glide by boat over

nity here struggles with shortages of clean drinking

different from that of most parts of the world - ev-

the South Pacific and snorkel over coral reefs abun-

water, little to no health services or facilities, lack of

ery day is a chance to learn from its rustic, commu-

dant with colorful fish. If you're lucky, you might swim

educational support and no sustainable way forward

nity-based culture. You’ll have opportunities to watch

alongside squadrons of peaceful Manta rays which

that will accommodate growth. In Fiji, you’ll help with

and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold

migrate through the islands. Visit a natural hot mud

several high-impact projects that can improve op-

through traditional song and dance. Meet with village

pool and soak in its nourishing powers. Hike to an

portunities for the island’s youth long-term: Practice

leaders and community members to learn about crit-

outlook point in the island chain and see the beauti-

reading and spelling to inspire your students to value

ical issues that they are facing. Make jewelry using co-

ful islands below. Students should be comfortable in

their education at an early age in order to become

conuts, learn the steps of the traditional dance, Meke,

the water to get the most out of this program.

productive citizens.

and see first-hand the effects of invasive species and climate change on the South Pacific.

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FIJI: Marine Conservation Expedition™


June 18 - July 1 July 5 - July 18 July 21 - August 3  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30

 Ocean & Climate Action

Voyage to beautiful Fiji, where you’ll learn to protect its abundant ocean life and discover an ancient island culture.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Live in bungalows on a remote South Pacific beach Learn to collect data on marine biodiversity Contribute to a critical coral restoration project Help with ongoing research that will be used to establish new marine protected areas Snorkel in a sacred hidden sea cave Hike to a panoramic viewpoint of Fiji’s beautiful island chain


FIJI On this program you will... dive into crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific! Assist with marine ecology research and restoration projects while based on Nacula, a hilly volcanic island of Fiji. You’ll have the opportunity to live and breathe traditional Fijian culture and participate in marine-based service projects. Work actively to support marine conservation while learning more about the effects of climate change on this unique and delicate

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Community Service

Immersive Learning

Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by external forces

Fiji’s remoteness presents a way of life vastly differ-

like climate change and overfishing. Learn about ma-

ent from many other parts of the world—every day

rine sustainability by working on an undersea data

is a chance to learn from its enchanting, communi-

collection project. Plant mangroves to mitigate heavy

ty-based culture. You’ll have opportunities to watch

coastal erosion, participate in coral restoration proj-

and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold

ects and promote sustainable use of sensitive ecolog-

through song and dance. Visit the village markets

ical resources. Finally, spend time in the local villages

and participate in a lovo, a traditional feast cooked in

presenting your findings to schoolchildren, elders and

the earth. Make jewelry using coconuts, try the steps

community leaders.

of the traditional meke dance, and pick up some conversational Fijian.

Adventure When you live on a remote island in the South Pacific, each day is a new adventure. Hike to Nacula’s highest point, where you‘ll take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of neighboring islands. During your downtime, launch kayaks off of the private beach at Home Base, and enjoy snorkeling nearly every day, including excursions to two world class locations: the famed Blue Lagoon, and the more hidden Sawa-i-Lau sea cave, a spot sacred to locals and regarded as the resting place of Ulutini, an ancient Fijian god.

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HAWAII: Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™


June 24 - July 5 July 9 - July 20  Tuition: $4,499  Service Hours: 30

 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Journey to tropical Hawaii, where you’ll learn to protect its abundant ocean life and discover that traditional Hawaiian culture is very much alive today.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Visit Haleakala National Park, home to the world's largest inactive volcano Snorkel in the clear waters of the Pacific Learn to hula dance and participate in a traditional luau Protect endangered sea turtles where they nest through participating in data collection, tracking methods and habitat restoration alongside biologists Journey along the iconic Road to Hana and take in the sights along the way



HAWAII On this program you will...

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explore a side of Hawaii that most will never see as you work to preserve some of the world's most threatened wildlife. The island of Maui is home to five of the world's seven species of sea turtle, most of which are classified as endangered. Poachers, habitat destruction and climate change have threatened the "honu" (the Hawaiian name for sea turtle) as well as other ocean creatures that rely on the delicate marine ecosystem for survival.

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Learn all about these creatures as you help to restore their home and pave the way for future generations.

Community Service


Immersive Learning

Marine life, and sea turtles in particular, are threat-

Break out the grass skirt and lei: it's hula time! Dive

Journey along the world-famous Road to Hana, a wild

ened as their habitat is depleted. Green and Hawks-

deep into Maui's rich Polynesian cultural heritage

and scenic route along the island's rugged east coast -

bill turtle populations are being impacted by events

through traditional dance and storytelling at a tra-

stop along the way to explore lush botanical gardens

such as the 2018 hurricane that washed out the most

ditional luau. Watch endangered turtles bask in the

and remote waterfalls. Take in Hawaii's natural beau-

important nesting beaches for these species in the

sun as you gain firsthand knowledge of their nesting

ty from above as you take a ride on a breathtaking

patterns. You'll hear straight from the experts about

zipline. With over 30 miles of beaches to choose from,

issues affecting local aquatic ecosystems such as cli-

the island is the perfect place to try your hand at surf-

mate change, plastics and poaching. Savor the tastes

ing or observe brightly-colored fish while snorkeling.

of Hawaii on a coconut tasting tour, and spend time

Get your adrenaline pumping on a 450 ft. aquaball

on an organic farm, where you could learn about

course, and cool off with a cup of shave-ice, a favorite

taro, pineapple or other Maui crops and how they fit

island treat.

entire archipelago. Participate in beach and marine debris cleanups, assist an underwater visual census, and employ more technologically advanced research methods alongside scientists and local advocates. Other projects that protect sea turtle habitat may include community education and coral restoration.

into the island's economy.

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INDIA: The Initiative for Children™

  21-DAY PROGRAM July 1 - July 21  Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 45

 Community Development & Children

Make a dierence in the lives of Indian youth as you discover authentic India, from the Taj Mahal to the royal city of Jaipur.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Live in the royal city of Jaipur, known as the “Pink City� for the distinctive color of its old city Teach India’s children and support infrastructure projects at local schools Take part in an Indian cooking lesson, dress workshops, and yoga sessions Camp in the desert outskirts of Pushkar after experiencing a unique camel safari Travel to the Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous monument to love


INDIA On this program you will... experience the magical land of India: diverse people, dramatic landscapes and spiritual energy. You’ll have the opportunity to help India’s underserved children in both a school and orphanage setting as well as volunteer on community development projects. Immerse yourself in cultural activities like Bollywood dance, traditional Indian cooking and yoga sessions. Discover this unique culture as you tour the royal city of Jaipur, go on a camel ride in

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the desert and visit incredible temples.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

Be part of the initiative to support children academ-

Discover India’s diverse religious history as you vis-

ically in a part of the world where the literacy rate is

it a historic temple famous for being the only one

below 70%. In Jaipur, you’ll work with an orphanage

erected for Brahma, and participate in yoga ses-

that serves children affected by India's HIV epidemic.

sions. Take a town tour in Pushkar and visit a color-

Your service may range from improving infrastruc-

ful and vibrant local market where you can shop for

ture to beautifying the facilities or even engaging

items like embroidered clothing, jewelry and tradi-

in structured play with the kids. In Pushkar, volun-

tional goods. Between sightseeing and participating

teer at a school for underprivileged children. Return

in various cultural activities, learn about and discuss

to Jaipur to teach children in a government school,

the preeminent issues in the region, from access to

where funding is almost non-existent and the need

health care to educational opportunities for youth.

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Adventure India is a place that beckons you to adventure at every corner. Take a cable car ride to a temple at the top of a mountain with stunning aerial views of the desert and town below. Visit sacred Lake Pushkar, a site of religious significance to those practicing Hinduism. You’ll also have the chance to camp overnight in the desert outskirts and ride a camel. And of course, no trip to India would be complete without the ultimate bucket list item: an excursion to the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.

is great.

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PHILIPPINES: Climate Action Island Adventure

  21-DAY PROGRAM July 11 - July 31  Tuition: $5,199  Service Hours: 45

 Ocean & Climate Action Be an eco warrior in the Philippines, where rich culture and a welcoming community meet pristine natural beauty.

Program Highlights • • • •

Navigate the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Work with local NGOs on a variety of environmentally-geared projects Enjoy the islands' natural beauty through an island-hopping snorkeling excursion Hike to Kuyawyaw Waterfall and explore an ancient cave


PHILIPPINES On this program you will... do your part to battle the effects of climate change while exploring Palawan, sometimes referred to as the “Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines.” The region is home to beautiful beaches, diverse sea life and breathtaking limestone formations; however, deforestation, rising water levels and the increasingly devastating effects of natural disasters have taken their toll on this island nation. Work with a variety of organizations dedicated to pro-

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moting environmental sustainability and empowering local indigenous communities.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Work to protect the natural wonders that comprise

Meet with key local organizations that work tireless-

With so much natural beauty just outside your

this beautiful island. From maintaining trails at Puer-

ly to support conservation and sustainability. Get

front door, it would be a shame not to explore it!

to Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Ol-

to know members of the Batak tribe, the region's

Snorkel, hike and boat your way from the famous

angoan Falls to planting the mangrove trees crucial

indigenous peoples, via cultural workshops and

pristine beaches of El Nido to the Subterranean River

to protecting vulnerable coastlines, you'll experience

seminars and dive deep into Puerto Princesa's long

of Puerto Princesa - we'll explore the island from

the incredible nature of the Philippines while making

and complex history through a guided city tour. No

tidepools to mounaintop. Swim in the blue waters

a difference. Help to restore the ancient Taraw Cave

trip to the Philippines is complete without sampling

beneath the hidden Kuyawyaw Waterfall. Take time

to its former state for future generations to enjoy:

the local cuisine! Treat your taste buds with Filipino

out from your rigorous schedule to enjoy some

the site is being developed as an eco-tourism site

favorites such as lumpia and adobo. Keep your eyes

firefly watching and stargazing at one of the island's

to support local communities with an alternative

peeled for geckos, exotic birds and other wildlife.

many ecoparks.

source of livelihood.

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THAILAND: Elephants & Conservation Expedition™

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 19 - July 9 July 13 - August 2  Tuition: $5,299  Service Hours: 42

 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Embrace Thai culture and support an organization working to provide wild elephants a safe corridor to fresh water.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Visit the bustling capital of Thailand, where you'll explore incredible temples and markets Float down a river into an elephant reserve Volunteer at a sanctuary for an endangered species of wild cattle, of which approximately only 120 exist in the world Learn what the life of a mahout is like at an elephant camp Take part in reforestation as you work at a tree nursery


THAILAND On this program you will... become an eco-warrior, taking your compassion for wildlife and the environment to the next level. Help an organization in protecting the endangered

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wild Thai elephant population by providing a safe corridor to water. Learn about the plight of both wild and domestic elephants. Discuss the com-

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plexities of elephant tourism. With a bit of good luck, observe the behaviour of these gentle giants in their natural habitat! Visit temples and discover

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Thailand’s fascinating culture.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Volunteer at a community tree nursery and help

Snakes alive! Participate in a snake education course

Every day is an adventure when you fall asleep to

with replanting and reforestation. Clean out old

and learn about species found in Thailand, as well

the sounds of wild animals nearby and awaken to

catchment dams and build new ones that will serve

as how to deliver basic first aid for a snake bite. Ex-

the sound of birds singing. Hike through the jungle

as wild elephant watering holes. When you visit the

perience Thai markets and food firsthand. Visit the

to beautiful waterfalls, where you'll have the chance

Banteng, a critically endangered species of wild cat-

Grand Palace and the Golden Wat temple to see the

to swim in the natural pools. Encounter wild ele-

tle, help build salt-licks and seed bombs. Assist an

Emerald Buddha. Top it all off as you travel to Kan-

phants safari-style at a national park. Explore a local

eco-village by building bricks out of mud to later be

chanaburi, where you’ll see the World War II “Death

river via raft and kayak and cycle through rugged

used to construct sustainable housing. Volunteer at

Railway” famous for its bridge on the River Kwai.

terrain nestled between mountains and hills. Spend

an elephant sanctuary, where you may get up close

Lastly, learn about the importance of protecting land

a day on the beach where you'll explore a unique

and personal with these majestic animals. Walk to

for the last remaining wild elephants in Thailand.

cave which houses a traditional Thai temple.

a river with the elephants where you will get the opportunity to help bathe them.

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THAILAND: Hospital & Health Initiative™  Public Health & Medicine

Experience Thailand's cultural and culinary wonders as you rotate through different hospital departments and explore turquoise beaches.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 23 - July 6 July 9 - July 22  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 22

Program Highlights • • • • •

Observe doctors and nurses as you rotate through departments at a local hospital Teach local children about the role that good hygiene plays in overall health Spend a day at an elephant sanctuary and learn about Thailand's gentle giants Take in the sights and sounds at a vibrant street market Enjoy a weekend excursion to Koh Samet island, part of Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park


THAILAND On this program you will... explore the convergence of eastern and western medicine in Thailand through observing a variety of healthcare facilities. Find out what healthcare looks like for Thai people through site visits to several dierent medical care settings. Give your taste buds a treat with a variety of delicious Thai dishes, some of which you'll learn to cook yourself! Immerse yourself in a bright and vibrant culture unlike any other on earth.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

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Good health starts with good hygiene! Help to

Observe doctors and nurses in both public and pri-

Get up close and personal with Asian elephants at

educate kindergarten children from underprivileged

vate healthcare facilities: you'll let them take the lead

an elephant sanctuary, where you'll have the oppor-

families on the basics: washing hands, brushing

and learn from the pros in dierent departments

tunity to feed and bathe the animals. Visit some of

teeth, and keeping communicable diseases like

throughout each type of medical facility. Explore the

the most beautiful and famous temples and cultural

colds from spreading. Volunteer in a children's hos-

ways in which modern healthcare and traditional

sites that Bangkok has to oer, including the Grand

pital ward bringing joy to the young patients' lives

Thai medicinal methods such as massage, acupunc-

Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Trav-

through games and fun activities. Spend a full day

ture, and herbal remedies coexist in Thailand today.

el to the island of Ko Samet for a weekend of beach

of service at a government run home for children

A trip to Thailand isn't complete without a crash

activities and relaxation on one of Thailand's most

with both physical and mental disabilities in order to

course in Thai, a hands-on cooking class, and visits to

picturesque beaches. Pick up local handicrafts and

have a holistic look at patient care.

some of the area's most well-known temples.

snacks in a vibrant Bangkok street market.

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THAILAND: In & Beyond the Classroomâ„¢

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 12

 Children & Education

In a colorful blur of saffron robes, green mountains and golden temples, make a difference in the lives of local youth and ethnic minorities.

July 16 - August 5

 Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 45  14-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - June 29 July 2 - July 15  Tuition: $3,599  Service Hours: 30

Program Highlights • • • • • • •

Teach English at a primary school and bond with local students Experience Thailand’s vibrant and colorful food, arts and music Zipline through lush, rural hillsides Experience authentic Thai massage Visit with Buddhist monks and learn about their lives Interact with and learn about elephants at a local sanctuary Whitewater raft through the beautiful mountains of Northern Thailand


THAILAND On this program you will... journey to enchanting Thailand, a kingdom rich in culture, arts and tradition. Make unforgettable connections with Thailand’s youth through community service at a rural primary school. Experience the nation’s culture of warmth and reverence through interaction with the hospitable local residents and visits to unique temples. Sample fabulous cuisine, shop at bustling markets, and pay a visit to an ethical elephant home in the lush, green mountains

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surrounding Chiang Mai.

Immersive Learning


Volunteer at a school providing English instruction for lo-

Experience the wide diversity of Thai culture: explore

Northern Thailand’s rugged geography is a play-

cal children through classroom time, tutoring, arts, crafts

elegant wats - Buddhist temples - and speak with

ground for outdoor pursuits - ziplining through the

and sports. Develop meaningful relationships with your

monks about their lifestyle and spiritual worldview.

warm, leafy treetops in the hillsides outside of Chiang

students - serve not only as their teacher, but also a role

Gather fresh ingredients at a market for a Thai cook-

Mai, and the opportunity to go on a waterfall hike.

model, mentor and friend. On the 21-Day Flagship Pro-

ing class, learn the traditional arts of dance and Muay

You’ll also visit an Elephant Jungle Sanctuary location,

gram, you’ll also volunteer on various physical projects

Thai boxing, get an authentic Thai massage and get

which is dedicated to the ethical treatment and pro-

that support Thailand’s ethnic minorities, the Northern

up close and personal with majestic elephants. You’ll

viding healthy environments for elephants. Visit the

hill tribes. Accelerate refurbishment efforts to shelters

spend an unforgettable day learning about the chal-

famous Chiang Mai night bazaar and go on a white-

and infrastructure for these displaced families who have

lenges these animals face and their significance in

water rafting adventure through the beautiful moun-

historically been marginalized.

Thai culture.

tains of northern Thailand.

Community Service

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THAILAND: Elephant Sanctuary Project™


June 17 - June 30 July 3 - July 16 July 19 - August 1 August 4 - August 17  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 30

 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Experience Thai culture as you split your time between working with gentle Asian elephants and teaching English to children.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Responsibly care for elephants living at a true sanctuary Learn about cultural, social and environmental issues related to elephant tourism Teach English in a primary classroom Hike to waterfalls and one of the most beautiful views in all of Thailand Visit colorful night markets filled with local cuisine and handicrafts


THAILAND On this program you will... travel to Chiang Rai and care for elephants at one of the few true elephant sanctuaries in Thailand. These animals are an important part of Thailand’s culture. Learn how their cultural significance, conservation and place in tourism are deeply interwoven. Then, embrace the local community as you volunteer as an English teacher in local schools and make a difference in the lives of local youth. Top it all off with waterfall trails, the most beautiful view in

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Thailand and bustling night markets after service to inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature and cultural diversity.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

Spend one week volunteering at a sanctuary for el-

After decades of exploitation, there is much work to

ephants, and another teaching English to local chil-

be done to restore independence and natural behav-

dren in schools. The goal of the elephant sanctuary

iors to Asian elephants. It depends on the awareness

is to teach these rescued animals to lead their lives

of travelers like you. Discuss complex cultural and

as naturally as possible. Work with experts who have

ethical issues regarding captive elephant welfare,

committed their lives to promoting healthy rela-

tourism and conservation. Listen to experts speak on

tionships between humans and elephants. Harvest

these controversial topics, and determine your own

organic elephant food, feed the elephants and help

first steps in encouraging high standards of animal

with daily tasks of the sanctuary. Teach English to

ethics around the world. Reflect on the similarities

enthusiastic primary school students who have had

and differences in education systems and culture be-

limited exposure to foreigners.

tween East and West.

Adventure Northern Thailand’s rugged geography is a playground for outdoor pursuits - ziplining through the cool, leafy tree tops in the hillsides outside of Chiang Mai, and the opportunity to go on a waterfall hike. You’ll also visit an Elephant Jungle Sanctuary location, which is dedicated to the ethical treatment and providing healthy environments for elephants. Visit the famous Chiang Mai night bazaar and go on a whitewater rafting adventure through the beautiful mountains of northern Thailand.

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BRAZIL Rio Service Adventure pg 64


Preserving Nature’s Wonders™ pg 66

PERU Children of the Andes™ pg 68 Foundations of Global Health™ pg 70 Llama & Animal Service Adventure pg 72 Service Through the Lens™ pg 74 Spanish Service Adventure pg 76 Service in the Sacred Valley™ pg 78

Epic landscapes and a rich cultural history await on a continent that boasts some of the most biodiversity in the world. Islands, mountains and jungles meet archaeological wonders, ancient cultures, and a unique cast of wildlife.

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BRAZIL: Rio Service Adventure

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 30 - July 20  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 60


 Community Development & Children

Experience one-of-a-kind Rio de Janeiro, aka Cidade Maravilhosa, or "the marvelous city." Unique culture, beautiful beaches and friendly people await.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Work on urban community development projects with youth Explore Rio through a guided city tour Learn to samba and explore the art of capoeira, a dance-based martial art native to the region Spend a weekend at a lodge in the mountains outside of the city Explore the gorgeous coastline and beaches


BRAZIL On this program you will...

experience spectacular Rio de Janeiro, from its favelas to its spectacular beachfront. Partner with a local organization to help improve conditions in the neighborhoods with the most need; from beautification projects to cleanup to improving athletic facilities and participating in sports workshops with local residents, you'll get to know the culture through its people as you work side by side.

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Community Service

Immersive Learning


Almost 25% of Rio's population lives in favelas, or mar-

Take a guided city tour to get to know the ins and

Rio is home to many iconic sites; the famed Christ

ginalized neighborhoods. Many favela communities do

outs of Cidade Maravilhosa, or "Marvelous City,"

the Redeemer statue that towers above the city,

not have running water or proper sanitation systems,

as Rio is known. With a crash course in Portuguese

Copacabana, Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Moun-

and residents often do not have access to healthcare.

taught by local staff under your belt, you'll soon be

tain are all in store! Take a break from the bustling

Work with a local NGO run by favela residents on

haggling in the marketplace like a pro! Music is an in-

city and head north to explore the serene northern

community development projects that benefit different

tegral part of Brazilian culture, and you'll learn some

mountainous region. Take an excursion to Ilha

neighborhoods throughout the city. Creating murals,

moves in an interactive samba dance class. Taste

Grande, a biologically diverse island just south of Rio

infrastructure and cleanup projects, tutoring, and urban

the culture with traditional Brazilian fare like South

lined with picturesque palms and home to land and

gardening are all possible areas of focus depending on

American-style barbecue or Pão de queijo.

marine life alike.

what is most needed upon our arrival.

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GALAPAGOS: Preserving Nature’s Wonders™


June 15 - June 28 July 1 - July 14 July 7 - July 20 July 17 - July 30 August 3 - August 16  Tuition: $4,699  Service Hours: 24


 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Encounter different species of exotic island and marine life, many of them found nowhere else on earth!

Program Highlights • • • • •

Restore the habitat of native Galapagos wildlife Snorkel with sea lions, turtles and blue-footed boobies nearby Straddle the Northern & Southern hemispheres at the Equator line Swim, kayak and hike as you explore majestic islands Wander the cobblestone streets of colonial Quito


ECUADOR On this program you will... experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world, where conservationists are working to protect this unique ecosystem. Volunteer alongside them to help preserve this UNESCO-designated heritage site. Besides volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to see lava fields, snorkel with

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sea lions and get up close and personal with Galapagos tortoises.

Adventure pg 104

Community Service

Immersive Learning


The native wildlife of the Galapagos faces danger to

The islands are a living classroom! Learn about the

Snorkel with sea lions and turtles and try your hand

its habitat from invasive species and litter. Prepare

challenges of sustainably balancing human needs

at sea kayaking. Observe the blue-footed boobies

to get your hands dirty! Work at a tortoise refuge

with biological protection and preservation. Issues

that perch on coastal rocks and spot silent marine

center, digging up invasive plants, helping with

such as development of the islands and tourism

iguanas. Walk through a naturally formed lava

groundwork and preparing habitat for the tortoises.

will be key discussion points during your time in

tunnel, and wade through mangroves as pelicans fly

You’ll plant trees to help protect endemic species

the Galapagos. Encounter firsthand the diversity of

overhead. You’ll even visit a tortoise breeding center

and restore the natural habitat of the local wildlife.

species that led Darwin to formulate his thinking

and see baby Galapagos tortoises. The islands and

Contribute to the success of young people who will

on natural selection and adaptation. Consider the

their rocky topography are incredibly unique - no

be future stewards of these islands on various com-

complicated relationship between humans and wild-

two islands are alike - so there’s plenty to see as you

munity projects.

life as you contrast the islands with your city tour of

island-hop by boat.


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PERU: Children of the Andesâ„¢

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 20 - July 10 July 14 - August 3  Tuition: $5,199  Service Hours: 50


 Children & Education

Transform children’s lives - teach, mentor, volunteer and learn in the rural Andean communities of Peru.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Gain hands-on experience teaching children in a rural classroom Help with construction projects for a new school Meet grassroots leaders in education and children’s issues Go on a rafting adventure and experience the colorful landscape of Rainbow Mountain Trek near Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks Admire the Sacred Valley’s famous ruins


PERU On this program you will...

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go beyond the tourist mindset and learn the nuances of life in this beautiful yet challenging area, all while providing critical service to children and

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schools in the rural community. Gain hands-on experience teaching in a classroom, and after service, take in the Sacred Valley’s magnificence: Andean peaks to orchid-rich cloud forests, wild rivers and a thriving mecca of colorful markets and ancient history.

Immersive Learning

Community Service

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Support children living in Andean communities

Learn firsthand about the challenges children face

Challenge yourself on an overnight trek to Machu Pic-

through working with organizations that provide care

attending school in the city of Cuzco. Most families

chu, camping along the way. You’ll hike through sev-

and educational support to local youth. Spend time in

residing here are low-income and there are heavy

eral microclimates and take in views that are nothing

school classrooms assisting in various ways, including

financial constraints to affording early childhood ed-

short of awe-inspiring. Raft through the river valley

teaching English, arts and sports; and lead after-school

ucation. Understand the web of social issues associ-

and visit archeological sites. Finally, any visit to the

activities that facilitate learning and fun. New schools

ated with access to education for youth, and consider

Sacred Valley will tumble you back into ancient An-

are being built in these areas to reach remote commu-

ways you can help make a difference. Participate in a

dean culture: Browse colorful, hand-woven textiles at

nities, so you might also participate in infrastructure

traditional Andean ceremony giving thanks to Moth-

the local market, take a walking tour through Cuzco

projects to aid with the construction and improvement

er Earth, or the Pachamama led by a local shaman.

and observe traditional ceremonies that date to the

of school grounds.

Learn about Peruvian ways of life, past and present,

Inca era.

through cultural immersion and interaction with locals.

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PERU: Foundations of Global Healthâ„¢

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 19 - July 9 July 12 - August 1  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 45


 Public Health & Medicine

Work on public health campaigns for the residents of Peru’s stunning, yet challenging, Sacred Valley.


June 25 - July 8 July 11 - July 24 July 27 - August 9  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Gain hands-on healthcare experience in rural clinics Help improve basic conditions for local communities through construction projects Spend a day on the river with a rafting adventure in the Sacred Valley Mark the iconic Machu Picchu off your bucket list Visit the picturesque rock formations at Rainbow Mountain (21-Day Flagship program only) Take a course on basic medical skills training (21-Day Flagship program only)


PERU On this program you will... lend a hand in an area in which poor infrastructure and a lack of education pertaining to good hygiene are major factors contributing to health issues in the rugged topography of the Andes. Learn from community health workers operating traveling clinics. This program is a real opportunity to learn about public health as a basic human need, while helping to carry out important health campaigns in one of the most exciting and culturally rich

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landscapes in the world.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Work to improve living conditions for rural families

You’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of health set-

Explore the city of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage

through home improvement or pro-sanitation con-

tings and topics that help facilitate an understanding

Site and home to bustling markets and quiet stone

struction projects. In addition, help a local organiza-

of how diversities and disparities in peoples and plac-

corridors. The surrounding region is home to amaz-

tion deliver campaigns on holistic health and medical

es impact human health. Shadow community health

ing landmarks like the Sacred Valley, with its moun-

awareness, and learn about their traveling clinics,

workers and learn diagnostic techniques. You’ll see

tain views, colorful Peruvian clothing and ancient

which strive to reach communities in the Andes and

how basic health monitoring works and pick up a few

sites. Visit the iconic Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca

provide free, quality care that they would otherwise

key medical terms in Spanish! In the evenings, dis-

ruins that have intrigued travelers for decades. Raft

have no access to.

cuss your observations, the cases you’ve witnessed

down the steep-walled and scenic river valley. On the

and the first steps you’ll take to increase global ac-

21-day program, embark upon an epic overnight trek

cess to healthcare.

through vibrant mountains and sleep under the constellations of the southern hemisphere.

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PERU: Llama & Animal Service Adventure


June 24 - July 14 July 18 - August 7  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 45


 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Explore the culturally-rich Peruvian highlands through llama-based projects and community initiatives.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Learn about camelids, including llamas and alpacas, from a local herding community Spend a day at the mystical Machu Picchu Explore the picturesque Rainbow Mountain Assist in mobile veterinary clinics in rural communities Explore dierent weaving techniques and types of natural ďŹ bers


PERU On this program you will... serve the animals that are an integral part of rural South American life. Peruvians have been relying on llamas as pack animals since they were domesticated centuries ago. Alpacas, guanacos and vicuĂąas each have a role to play in the culture, traditions and rural economies of Peruvian herders. Work alongside veterinarians in a pop-up clinic and help spread awareness about pet ownership as you explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Peru!

Community Service

Immersive Learning

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There are many opportunities in Peru to make a dif-

Find out all there is to know about llamas, alpacas

Embark upon an exciting rafting adventure down

ference in the lives of its four-legged residents. Lend

and other animals in the camelid family from local

the steep-walled and scenic river valley. Visit the

a hand on infrastructure improvements and get

herding communities that have depended on them

aptly-named and picturesque Rainbow Mountain,

some hands-on experience with animals in need at a

for generations. Peru is especially famous for its al-

famous for its varicolored slopes. Finally, behold the

local facility. Work directly with veterinarians to spay

paca textiles; learn about natural ďŹ bers and tradition-

majestic Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage

and neuter domestic animals both in shelters, and

al weaving techniques. You'll also have the opportu-

Site: It is also very popular with the llamas, and you'll

for low-income families through a mobile veterinary

nity to participate in an interactive art workshop, and

see them enjoying the ruins alongside you!


taste traditional Peru cuisine such as rocoto relleno, papas or ceviche, the national dish.

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PERU: Service Through the Lens™

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 23 - July 13 July 17 - August 6  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 40


 Photography & Journalism

Experience Machu Picchu and beyond as you reďŹ ne your photography skills and storytelling techniques while helping local communities.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 23 - July 6 July 17 - July 30  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30

Program Highlights • • • • •

Capture moments of daily life in Andean communities Participate in workshops with professional photographers Learn composition and storytelling on immersive ďŹ eld expeditions Visit the incredible salt pond terraces of Maras Snap photos of visually stunning Rainbow Mountain and go river rafting (21-Day Flagship Program only)


PERU On this program you will... take in astonishing beauty at Peru’s most iconic sites: The colonial gem of Cuzco, the incredible Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Tucked in between these wild landscapes is another world of photo opportunities: Colorful weaving villages, markets, the hardy mountain lifestyle of families living in the Andes. Take your camera off the tourist path to capture the rich and surprising stories of the community you’ll live in.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

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Use your interest in photography to serve a local in-

Take the time to refine your art, and shoot and edit

Those who are willing to break a sweat are rewarded

digenous weaving community through a class por-

with professional guidance. Shadow working photog-

handsomely in Peru, with a stunning combination of

trait project at a local elementary school. We'll also

raphers and participate in workshops on topics like

mountain vistas, cloud forests and jungles. Explore

help local families by taking part in community de-

building an online following or shooting traditional

the Moray ruins and the white salt ponds of Maras,

velopment projects that target infrastructure, edu-

film. You’ll have an ongoing assignment to consider

which cascade down a hillside valley in geometric ter-

cation or health-related concerns, This could mean

your lighting and composition, refine your unique

races and have been providing local Peruvians with

creating murals for domestic violence awareness,

vision, and better use your gear. At program’s end,

salt for generations. Spend the day traversing icon-

building a community garden, or helping to rebuild

participate in an expo where you’ll get to creatively

ic Machu Picchu. On the 21-day program, embark

classrooms...or anything in between!

display your best work.

upon a weekend excursion which includes rafting and a hike to the aptly-named Rainbow Mountain, so named for its colorful striations.

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PERU: Spanish Service Adventure


June 13 - July 3 July 7 - July 27 July 30 - August 19  Tuition: $5,299  Service Hours: 45  Language Hours: 35


 Language Immersion

Your language skills will soar where ancient civilization and vibrant modern culture collide.


June 13 - June 26 July 7 - July 20 July 30 - August 12  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30  Language Hours: 25

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Improve your Spanish skills through language immersion Volunteer on various projects for the local community Hike to the mystical Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Shop at an indigenous craft market Go whitewater rafting through the Andes mountains Visit the colorful and unique Rainbow Mountain (21-Day Flagship Program only)


PERU On this program you will...

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discover Cuzco, the cultural heart of the Inca Empire, as you immerse yourself in its sights and sounds—ancient flutes, traditional clothing and snowcapped Andean peaks. Practice your Spanish with native speakers as you volunteer on a variety of projects that help to improve the lives of indigenous locals. On the weekends, explore the Sacred Valley and hike through the Andes mountains to visit Machu Picchu.

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Immersive Learning

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Despite the city’s success in tourism, poverty remains

Take advantage of a unique language immersion cur-

Explore the Sacred Valley, which is filled with breathtak-

prevalent in many of Cuzco’s rural areas. Depending

riculum that combines classroom time with practicing

ing mountain views, traditional Quechua communities,

on community needs at the time of your arrival, your

Spanish in everyday situations: during service, cultural

llama farms, salt flats, colorful Peruvian clothing and

project may include various community development

activities and even on excursions. All levels are welcome,

ancient sites. Hike the Pisac ruins and take a train to

initiatives or making infrastructure improvements that

and you’ll be placed with peers at a similar level of speak-

Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruins that have mysti-

ease the difficulty of daily life for local residents. Inter-

ing and comprehension ability. Improving your Spanish

fied and intrigued travelers for decades. Learn to cook

act with the families with whom you'll work and expe-

communication skills will deepen your cultural learning

traditional Peruvian cuisine and sample the region's

rience locals’ generosity and charm as they help you

experiences like participating in Andean music work-

world-class chocolate. The 21-Day Flagship Program

improve your speaking skills.

shops, listening to talks about cosmology and meeting

will take an exciting rafting adventure down the steep-

farming communities and artisans.

walled and scenic river valley and visit Rainbow Mountain, famous for its varicolored slopes.

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PERU: Service in the Sacred Valley™

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 13 - June 26 June 29 - July 12 July 15 - July 28 August 1 - August 14  Tuition: $3,699  Service Hours: 30


 Community Development & Children

The ancient Inca Empire is yours to discover while making a difference in the lives of rural youth.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Volunteer on community development projects in rural areas Visit key archaeological sites of the Inca Empire Go whitewater rafting down rivers winding through the Andes Experience Peru’s colorful artisanal markets Explore Machu Picchu and camp among snowcapped peaks


PERU On this program you will... experience Peru’s Andean highlands in the ancient Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire. Go on an epic train ride to Machu Picchu and experi-

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ence this iconic wonder of the world. Look around more, though, and you’ll learn Peru has areas of need—poverty and economic development issues

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are common in rural areas. As you work to combat these issues, you’ll see that Peru is more than its wild landscapes and ancient arts: The generosity

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and lively culture of its people are what have truly endured the last several centuries.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Poverty in Peru is deepest among people of indige-

Outside of service, learn firsthand about Peru’s rich

The Sacred Valley surrounding Cuzco is full of incred-

nous origin living in remote, rural areas. You’ll focus

culture which descends from the Incan empire. Visit a

ible topography and archaeological marvels. You’ll

on empowering Peruvian girls by improving access to

local traditional weaving community, where beautiful

tour famous ruins such as Machu Picchu, a UNESCO

education in rural communities. Assist with building

Andean textiles are produced. Learn to make choco-

World Heritage Site. The two-day trek passes through

new infrastructure for school dormatories to house

late the Peruvian way and hear Quechua legends from

awe-inspiring valleys, and you’ll wake up from camp

students from remote areas as they attend high

a local author. Meet with a shaman and spend the af-

to staggering snow-capped peaks at 10,000 feet of

school. Contribute to the wellbeing of rural commu-

ternoon among local artisans at the bustling market.

elevation. You'll wrap up your time in Peru with an

nities as you see up-close how projects like these can

Engage in discussion with nonprofit organizations to

epic whitewater rafting adventure through scenic ter-

deliver meaningful - and sustainable - change.

deepen your understanding of Peru’s contemporary



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GUADELOUPE French Caribbean Adventure pg 90

Surrounded by the shallow aquamarine waters of a vast tropical sea, spectacular islands and cultural treasures await. From expansive seagrass meadows to rainforest canopies, the tradewinds of the Caribbean invite you to stay awhile amongst the crown jewels of the Atlantic.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Building a Sustainable World™


 Building from Start to Finish

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - July 6 July 10 - July 30  Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 60

Volunteer on critical building projects from start to ďŹ nish that tackle global issues at the local level for Dominican families and their community.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Build latrines for a nearby community to promote health, sustainability and environmental security Tour the capital city of Santo Domingo Go on a whitewater rafting adventure Visit Dajabon Market on the border with Haiti Go for an ocean boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters Learn about the US Peace Corps in the Caribbean and visit a local Peace Corps site


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC On this program you will...

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see a side of the Dominican Republic that most will never experience. To many visitors, the DR is a travel destination famous for its resorts, idyllic beaches and warm Caribbean waters, but if you look more closely you may discover that much of the country is distinctly rural, and true beauty lies in everyday village scenes. Volunteer with families who have shown grace and resilience in the face of natural disasters and political unrest, and learn

Adventure pg 98

the challenges they still face in accessing basic human necessities.

Community Service

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Immersive Learning


Beyond its beach resorts lies a very different Do-

Through your service work and nightly seminars,

Unspoiled destinations await your exploration, in-

minican Republic—still beautiful, but full of need.

you’ll learn about how communities come together

cluding miles of coastline and lush jungles. You'll em-

Much of the DR isn’t developed sufficiently, reveal-

to take collective action against shared issues such

bark upon a challenging day hike of Mt. Brison, which

ing gaps where volunteers are needed to accelerate

as poverty and climate change. We'll discuss how

will reward you with beautiful views of the island. A

initiatives for bettering life in underserved neighbor-

health and community development are related,

whitewater rafting excursion and a relaxing beach af-

hoods. Construct latrines to promote sanitation and

and how to implement solutions for lasting success.

ternoon are also on the agenda. Spend a day at Dudu

improve conditions for those in the community. You

Visit a bustling market town on the border of Haiti,

Ecological Park, where you can swim in clear blue ce-

may also tackle other ongoing projects, such as en-

where you'll learn about lingering intercultural issues

notes. Explore the colonial architecture of Santo Do-

suring families have access to a clean water supply

as well as experience daily life on a border between

mingo with a city tour.

and safe cooking methods, or planting trees for re-

nations. Be a part of the vibrant Dominican culture


through traditional Afro-Caribbean music and dance and local dishes.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Global Health Initiative™


June 13 - June 26 June 29 - July 12 July 15 - July 28 August 1 - August 14  Tuition: $3,899  Service Hours: 40


 Public Health & Medicine Provide medical, educational and developmental support to rural Dominican communities - all crucial pieces of the public health puzzle.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Gain fieldwork experience that will introduce you to public health and medicine Talk with health and medical professionals about health access in rural communities Discuss the intersection of global health with political, economic and environmental systems Work on ongoing sanitation projects Go for a boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC On this program you will... challenge your preconceptions around the concept of health by learning about the differences between public health and medicine, and receive guidance from local medical professionals. Learn about the seven critical elements of human security and how healthcare fits into the picture; gain field

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experience by doing physical work that is public health-focused and aims to improve the lives of hundreds of Dominicans living in poverty.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

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Public health and poverty are strongly linked. Work

You’ll learn through experiences in the field as well

Hundreds of miles of coastline define the DR—some

on public health projects that prevent disease, and

as lectures and discussion at Home Base that health

of it white-sand beaches, other parts lined with dra-

see how initiatives such as providing water tanks and

doesn’t fall solely under the responsibility of doctors

matic cliffs. Ride a boat over clear, warm water and

bathrooms can contribute to locals’ long-term health.

and nurses. Gain deep insight on how political, eco-

learn about delicate marine ecosystems while snor-

Volunteer at health intervention programs, shadow-

nomic and environmental systems also intersect to

keling. You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park,

ing medical professionals as they provide pro-bono

create the vast global health spectrum. Shadow med-

Laguna Dudu, where you can explore mystical blue

consultations to patients in at-risk communities.

ical professionals and observe practices for providing

cenotes and swim in a natural cave. Spend a day at

Spend time ensuring that pop-up medical clinics op-

health services on the ground in developing commu-

a local hangout spot, enjoying the fertile valleys and

erate smoothly by working in various stations such as

nities. Learn how community engagement is crucial

rivers near Home Base.

evaluations or pharmacy.

to breaking the cycle of poverty.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Caribbean Service Adventure


June 18 - June 27 June 30 - July 9 July 12 - July 21 July 24 - August 2 August 6 - August 15  Tuition: $2,499  Service Hours: 20


 Community Development & Children Appreciate the beauty, history and people of the island as you support development efforts in rural communities.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Build safer homes and community centers for underserved families Hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain Snorkel in the Caribbean among multi-colored fish and diverse sea life Learn about the complex division of the DR and Haiti Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC On this program you will... take in the island’s lush interior and idyllic ocean vistas. The Dominican Republic is a travel destination famous for its resorts, but go beyond the tourist

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towns and you’ll discover that much of the country is distinctly rural, and true beauty lies in everyday village scenes where local hospitality can be appre-

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ciated. Volunteer with families who have shown grace and resilience in the face of natural disasters and political unrest, and learn the challenges they

Turtle Initiative pg 108

still face in accessing basic human necessities.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Beyond its beach resorts lies a very different Do-

Sustainable development is crucial for all civilizations

Hundreds of miles of coastline define this island na-

minican Republic—beautiful, but full of need. Much

in our changing world. Through your service work

tion - white-sand beaches, tropical trees and stun-

of the DR isn’t developed sufficiently, revealing gaps

and nightly seminars, you’ll learn in depth about how

ning cliffs. Take a boat ride over clear, warm water

where volunteers are needed to accelerate initiatives

communities come together to take collective action

and join a snorkeling expedition, where you’ll discov-

for bettering life in underserved neighborhoods.

against shared issues: poverty, climate change, lack

er marine ecosystems unique to the Caribbean. You’ll

Construct community buildings, homes and schools

of quality healthcare and education, discrimination

also visit Dudu Lagoon, an impressive ecological park

using sustainable building materials and methods.

and more. You’ll discuss what makes solutions sus-

where you can discover blue cenotes and take a

You might also tackle other ongoing projects, such as

tainable, and how to implement them for lasting suc-

swim in a natural cave. In the lush, rural interior, hike

ensuring families have access to a clean water sup-

cess in developing countries. Participate in vibrant

Mt. Brisón to a remote village and learn about daily

ply and safe cooking methods or planting trees for

Dominican culture through music, dance and every-

life on the mountain.


day community life.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Spring Break Global Health Initiative™


 Public Health & Medicine


March 8 - March 15 March 15 - March 22 March 22 - March 29 March 29 - April 5 April 5 - April 12 April 12 - April 19  Tuition: $2,099  Service Hours: 20

Meaningful service. Tropical countryside. This is Spring Break off the beaten path.

Program Highlights • • • •

Shadow local medical professionals and lend a hand on public health projects in the community Explore freshwater lagoons and underwater caverns Snorkel over coral reefs Learn to dance merengue and bachata


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC On this program you will... have the opportunity to see beyond the Dominican Republic's well-known tourist destinations and work directly with rural communities. Learn how sanitation is a crucial piece to the public health puzzle - many homes in the Dominican Republic are suceptible to disease and illness as a result of living on dirt floors and having limited access to proper toilets or running water. Through evening lectures, dive deep into the complexity of relations between the DR and neighboring Haiti, and how political issues play into the quality of life for many residents.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Visit a number of community projects that will ex-

The Dominican Republic has a rich culture that com-

Glide over crystal blue water via boat, dive into the

pose you to healthcare implementation in develop-

bines African, indigenous and European traditions.

sea, and snorkel amongst multicolored coral and fish.

ing countries. Gain field experience by helping set

Learn about the vibrant Dominican culture through

You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park, where you

up a rural pop-up clinic, where community members

interactions with its lively merengue and bachata

can explore mystical blue cenotes and swim in a nat-

can go to have various health checkups and assess-

music and various cultural workshops. In addition,

ural cave. Spend an afternoon on a secluded tropical

ments done. Learn how to take vital signs at a skills

through service and evening seminars, you'll gain a

beach, a prime location for enjoying the sand and

training session and work to construct latrines out of

deeper understanding of how health, environmental

sun; shop for souvenirs from local craftsmen.

recycled plastic bottles for families in a rural commu-

and community insecurities intersect.

nity to help improve sanitation and the health of its residents.

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GUADELOUPE: French Caribbean Adventure


 Language Immersion

Take your language skills to the next level on this French island, known as the “Pearl of the French Caribbean."


July 23 - August 12  Tuition: $5,799  Service Hours: 35  Language Hours: 35

 14-DAY PROGRAM July 6 - July 19 July 23 - August 5  Tuition: $4,499  Service Hours: 25  Language Hours: 25

Program Highlights • • • • •

Improve your French through language classes and local immersion Serve Guadeloupe’s local communities through community-run development projects Support a local summer camp and engage youth with English through games Snorkel in deep blue water o the island’s coast Explore the island's agro-tourism through a visit to a kassaverie and a banana plantation



On this program you will... explore this French overseas territory that sits pristinely in the Caribbean and is home to diverse communities of European, Asian, African and indig-

enous descent; explore Creole history and learn about the Caribbean's role in the slave trade. The atmosphere is heartfelt and colorful, with a French

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passion for cuisine and a Caribbean reverence for the surrounding natural environment. You’ll become a more confident French speaker - the official language here - through language courses and interaction with locals.

Community Service Lend a hand at a local camp for elementary-aged children as you put your French skills to the test. You'll also work in conjunction with community leaders to make city beautification projects a reality--painting projects, maintenance, and sprucing up are much-needed in the city's many outdoor spaces. Through this work you'll be sure to build cross-cultural relationships and get to know your new home.

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Immersive Learning


Improve your French skills through structured prac-

Guadeloupe is dotted with old plantations and colo-

tice and local immersion. Dynamic instructors will

nial homes, while local markets burst with color and

lead you in lessons designed to develop indepen-

activity. Hike to a breathtaking waterfall and you'll be

dence and confidence. You’ll also get to practice

rewarded for your hard work with an opportunity to

speaking and comprehension while interacting with

swim in the natural river pools near the falls. Snorkel

friendly locals. Experience a mix of French culture

in the crystal clear waters off the island’s coast for a

with a Creole twist and learn about Guadeloupe’s

front-row seat in the observation of fish and other

spin on culture and food. Participate in a tradition-

ocean life. On our 21-Day Flagship Program, take a

al music workshop, experiencing the Afro-Caribbean

day trip to one of Guadeloupe’s most secluded is-

beats that give Guadeloupe its special character.

lands to further your French immersion by living in a very small and close-knit community.

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COSTA RICA Animal Rescue Project™ pg 96 Spanish Service Adventure pg 98 The Initiative for Children™ pg 100 Soccer Beyond Borders™ pg 102 Surf & Ocean Stewardship Adventure pg 104 Beachside Service Adventure pg 106 The Sea Turtle Initiative™ pg 108 Spring Break Beachside Service Adventure pg 110 Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™ pg 112 Middle School Service Adventure pg 114

GUATEMALA Children of the Maya™ pg 116

From volcanic mountaintops to lush cloud forests and bountiful coastlines, Central America is so much more than a land bridge connecting North and South America. Be greeted by a treasure trove of the world's wildlife in the heart of the Americas, and discover the abundant cultural heritage in this rich landscape the welcoming locals call home.

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COSTA RICA: Animal Rescue Projectâ„¢

  21-DAY PROGRAM June 17 - July 7 July 11 - July 31  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 45


 Animal & Wildlife Conservation Rescue and rehabilitate animals in Costa Rica, a natural haven for both domestic and wild creatures.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 15 - June 28 July 1 - July 14 July 17 - July 30 August 2 - August 15  Tuition: $3,899  Service Hours: 35

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Do hands-on volunteer work alongside veterinarians Help care for dogs at a family-run rescue center Experience home visits and rural pop-up clinics Learn about Costa Rica’s animal rescue and wildlife conservation efforts Zipline and horseback ride through lush valleys Careen down the river on a whitewater rafting adventure and log some extra hours in the veterinary clinics (21-Day Flagship Program only)


COSTA RICA On this program you will... promote animal rights and spread awareness about the issue in local communities. You'll gain pre-veterinary experience working alongside certified veterinarians and animal rescue experts. Not only will you do compassionate, hands-on work with lovable, furry friends at a dog rescue center, you’ll

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also learn about exotic wildlife species in a country known for its dedication to conservation. In your time off service, experience all the outdoor

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adventure and natural beauty Costa Rica has to offer.

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Immersive Learning

This is a service-intensive program shadowing local

In developing countries, pets are often at higher risk

veterinarians and animal experts. Rotate through

of abandonment or disease, simply due to a lack of

different positions at a traveling clinic providing ac-

resources and limited access to veterinary care. Like-

cess to veterinary services. Some of the cases you

wise, exotic animals unfortunately face exploitation

might see include spay and neuter, deworming,

or the loss of their natural habitats. Learn from guest

and care for skin conditions and wounds. Observe

speakers about Costa Rica’s rescue and conservation

intake, surgery and postoperative procedures, and

efforts. In addition, gain exposure to the processes

help repair critical infrastructure. You may also vol-

and procedures of veterinary care.

Adventure With its rainforests, volcanoes, hills and valleys lined with rows upon rows of coffee plants, the inland region of Costa Rica offers some of the richest scenery to be found in Costa Rica. See the views on horseback, go ziplining, and relax after a long day in natural hot springs. On the 21-Day Flagship Program, you’ll also experience whitewater rafting and surfing or stand-up paddleboarding on a beach excursion.

unteer your time walking dogs, working on projects requiring physical labor, making toys, and refurbishing the rescue center.

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COSTA RICA: Spanish Service Adventure CENTRAL AMERICA

 Language Immersion

Costa Rica is your classroom where Spanish immersion, volunteering and adventure create a limitless learning environment.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Take your Spanish to the next level through a structured immersion program Practice with native speakers in an encouraging community Volunteer on projects focusing on infrastructure or the environment See wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park Go ziplining through the lush forest canopy Whitewater raft the world-class Pacuare River (21-Day Flagship Program only)


June 19 - July 9 July 6 - July 26  Tuition: $5,199  Service Hours: 48  Language Hours 35


June 20 - July 3 July 13 - July 26 July 29 - August 11  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 28  Language Hours 25

 ECOLODGE  7-DAY HOMESTAY (add-on) For dates and tuition info see website

 Language Hours: 25

COSTA RICA On this program you will...

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take learning Spanish out of the classroom - you’ll live in the breathtaking cloud forest and learn to speak the language from locals. In the face of increased tourism and development, Costa Ricans continue to work toward high sustainability goals to protect their biodiverse home. Alongside passionate conservationists, you’ll volunteer on projects in eco-friendly building and agriculture, and interview community members - in Spanish! These

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experiences enhance your language immersion, making sure you get plenty of practice and return home a more confident Spanish speaker.

Community Service

Immersive Learning

Focus on sustainable development in a rural moun-

Enhance your language learning through immersive

tain community. Partner with small, local coffee

exchanges with the community: Every hour spent at

farms that are committed to transitioning from con-

a service site or on an adventure will push you to use

ventional to organic coffee production. This practice

your Spanish skills, creating a fun and intensive learn-

leads to mitigation of local health issues, environ-

ing environment. Take advantage of home visits with

mental protection, and long-term economic benefits

local families, dance classes and cooking lessons con-

for small growers and their communities. You’ll also

ducted in Spanish. Learn the importance of sustainable

contribute to green building initiatives that reduce

development and discuss social and environmental

plastic waste and improve road conditions, ultimate-

issues that reach far beyond Costa Rica’s borders.

ly improving children’s access to schools.

Adventure In Costa Rica, all trails lead to waterfalls, tropical forests or unspoiled beaches—there’s no shortage of opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping! Zipline through the tall canopy trees of the cloud forest, go rafting down Pacuare River’s world-class rapids (21-Day Flagship Program only) and learn to surf with the locals. Experience wildlife up close, in daily life and on an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park. For a taste of city life, spend a night in San Jose, complete with a tour of Costa Rica’s national monuments.

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COSTA RICA: The Initiative for Children™


June 15 - July 5 July 9 - July 29  Tuition: $5,099  Service Hours: 60


 Community Development & Children

Embrace Costa Rica’s children and make an impact on the next generation.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 17 - June 30 July 3 - July 16 July 19 - August 1 August 4 - August 17  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 36

Program Highlights • • • • •

Volunteer on beautiďŹ cation and infrastructure projects at rural schools Discuss critical community issues in the region Bond with local youth and families through your volunteer work Experience Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy on a zipline Go on two overnight excursions, one of which includes a whitewater rafting excursion (21-Day Flagship Program only)



On this program you will... learn how development issues in rural Costa Rica - from education access to sustainable land use - are all directly related to the wellness and futures of youth. You’ll be based in small towns far from the developed tourism hotspots. Bond with the children and families of your neighborhood as you volunteer in their schools, help lead environmental education projects and spend time working with local grassroots organizations that are passionate about

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engaging the community in more sustainable practices. After service, experience Costa Rica’s lush landscapes and outdoor adventure activities.

On the 14-day program, empower local children through your volunteer work in schools or summer camps. Help refurbish classrooms and participate in cross-cultural exchange. On the 21-day program, focus on providing environmental education to youth. Work directly with students on reforestation and ecological preservation projects, encouraging them to become engaged in real-world issues that transcend classroom walls. For students who enroll in the first week of July session, you will have the opportunity to engage with local children at a summer camp instead of in a school setting, as the kids are off on holiday.


Immersive Learning

Community Service

As a country that is wellknown for its environmental

On the 14-day program, go kayaking, see the Arenal

efforts, you’ll see first-hand the development issues

Volcano on horseback and take a dip in a natural

that affect the daily lives of Costa Rica’s youth.

hot spring. On the 21-day program, get to know the

On the 21-day program, dive into environmental

waters of Costa Rica with whitewater rafting on the

sustainability: Learn about Costa Rica’s “Bandera

Tenorio River and a standup paddleboard excursion

Azul” program, a certification program that ensures

through the mangrove forest. Spy crocodiles, mon-

schools are meeting environmental education stan-

keys and birds on a riverboat tour, hike through a

dards. Observe alternative ways to grow, harvest

nature reserve, enjoy a Catamaran cruise and snor-

and process coffee and other high-demand foods

keling and visit a beachside wildlife refuge where

that are more sustainable. Chat with locals in their

turtles have been known to nest. Both programs will

homes over cafecito - the Tico equivalent of tea

reach new heights on an exhilarating zipline adven-



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COSTA RICA: Soccer Beyond Borders™


June 24 - July 7 July 10 - July 23  Tuition: $3,899  Service Hours: 20


 Sports Leadership

Dive into Costa Rican culture through the common language of fútbol, the national pastime.

Program Highlights • • • • • • •

Organize soccer camps for local youth Play scrimmages and a co-ed futsal (indoor soccer) tournament with local teams Train with FIFA-certified coaches Visit a FIFA-sponsored training center of Costa Rica's national team Go ziplining, visit a natural hot spring, and partake in surf lessons Float down the river on a whitewater rafting excursion Tour Estadio Nacional (Costa Rica's national stadium)


COSTA RICA On this program you will... experience Costa Rican fútbol at its finest. Every town has a soccer field where local aficionados play in heated matches. Here, soccer has a history, not just as an organized sport, but as the neighborhood game—you don’t need a field, official balls, or cleats to participate. In a town with few paved streets, the rules are stripped away. All that remains is pure passion, and all the time in the world to practice ball control, technique, tactics and movement. Be

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immersed in the raw energy of Latin America's most popular sport while building a more inclusive world through sports.

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Immersive Learning

Soccer can be an effective vehicle for positive

Learn about yourself as a player and how the sport

Explore Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and pristine

change and connecting cultures. Work on improving

fits into Costa Rica's culture and identity. Practice

beaches. Go on a weekend excursion to the Arenal

sports facilities and running youth soccer camps in

drill technique and strategy for your specific position

Volcano, where you’ll zipline and rest tired muscles

small, rural beach towns, where public schools of-

with FIFA-certified coaches, build strength and speed

in a natural hot spring. Enjoy a rush of adrenaline as

ten have overcrowded classrooms and lack resourc-

in athletic clinics, scrimmage against local teams

you float down a river on a whitewater rafting excur-

es. Collaborate with a local organization that strives

and play in the stadium where some of Costa Rica’s

sion. Visit Costa Rica's golden sand beaches, where

to increase sports participation for girls: As popular

modern soccer legends made their debuts. Expand

seashells cover the shore as far as the eye can see.

as soccer is in Costa Rica, female participation rates

your knowledge of the game on an international

Take a cooking class and learn how to make local cui-

are still significantly lower than male. You'll par-

level and learn the signature Latin American style of


ticipate in a variety of projects to benefit the local

play. Learn about the challenges the local communi-

community, such as beach cleanup.

ty faces through guest speakers and nightly group activities.

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COSTA RICA: Surf & Ocean Stewardship Adventure


June 16 - June 29 July 2 - July 15 July 18 - July 31 August 3 - August 16  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30


 Sports Leadership Awaken your inner self as you ride Costa Rica’s waves and connect with the local community through your environmental efforts.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Learn to ride the waves from skilled surfing veterans Organize a community service event for children and locals Become a steward of marine conservation, community action and sustainability Go on a whitewater rafting adventure Explore the waterfalls and lush jungle of Corcovado National Park


COSTA RICA On this program you will... learn how to paddle out, pop up and trim across Costa Rica’s pristine waves from seasoned members of the local surf community. Connect deeply with community leaders of Bahia Ballena, your beachside home, and organize a community service event for local children and citizens. Consider the role that sustainable development plays in Tico society, and spend your days surfing and engaging in high-energy volunteering and outdoor adven-

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Community Service

Immersive Learning


Work with community leaders and organizations

Living and volunteering in Bahia Ballena will intro-

Costa Rica is known for being an outdoor adventur-

taking action on meaningful initiatives. Service will

duce you to the major role the ocean plays in daily

er’s playground and Bahia Ballena is no exception. In

be a mixture of projects, including hands-on infra-

life—not only in Costa Rica, but around the world.

addition to endless opportunities for surfing, you’ll

structure building and community refurbishment,

You’ll learn about surfing origins, observe a sustain-

also go on a whitewater rafting expedition that will

and your hosts will weave in project design and man-

ability-driven lifestyle, and visit a board shaping bay.

allow you to fully appreciate this region’s rugged,

agement skills throughout. Additionally, learn to or-

Engage in discussions on ocean conservation and

untouched landscape. Hop aboard a chartered boat

ganize and execute a service project with childrens

the climate. Witness ongoing programs driven by

and adventure for a day in Corcovado National Park,

and locals, as well as educate visitors and residents

local organizations providing solutions to some of

where you'll visit a breathtaking waterfall, learn

on acute environmental issues.

the community’s challenges, and learn methods and

about the incredibly diverse flora and fauna and

philosophies that you can apply to your own projects.

maybe even see monkeys perched in the treetops!

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COSTA RICA: Beachside Service Adventure

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 13 - June 22 June 25 - July 4 July 7 - July 16 July 20 - July 29 August 1 - August 10 August 13 - August 22  Tuition: $2,499  Service Hours: 20


 Community Development & Children Experience the pure life - or Pura Vida - while giving back to a rural beach community.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Live in a coastal village near a beautiful beach Volunteer on educational or environmental development projects Go tubing down the Rio Negro Engage with locals and practice your Spanish around town Zipline through the forest Enjoy the ocean via catamaran and snorkel among marine life



On this program you will... escape to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where you’ll volunteer on the project that is most needed at the time of your arrival - this could be beach cleanup, beautification projects or other initiatives that improve the community. While it has many achievements to boast of, such as universal health care, many Costa Rican communities - individuals, families and children alike - still need your support. Volunteer efforts can be a big help to its most vulnerable citizens. Relax after a hard day’s work at our beautiful Home Base. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy water sports, fun in the sun and other

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activities with your new friends from all over the world.

Community Service

pg 116


Immersive Learning

You’ll live and work in a small beachside community

Living in an authentic community is a great way to

Costa Rica is an adventurer's dream! Cruise along

where the ocean plays a huge role in daily life. There

learn about Costa Rican culture. Connect with the

Potrero Bay on a catamaran, go ziplining over tree

are many opportunities to serve the community

local people, learn to dance salsa and cumbia, taste

canopies and whitewater tube down a roaring river.

here, and you’ll be working on a meaningful project

delicious fruits and try your hand at cooking local

Your location near the stunning Pacific coast allows

based on what is most needed. For example, you

cuisine. Discuss current social issues in Costa Rica,

for a variety of water sports and beach time, as well

may assist in environmental projects such as beach

including growing environmental concerns and the

as the opportunity for impromptu soccer and field

cleanup, planting native tree saplings or creating

importance of ecotourism. You’ll also have opportu-

games. Take in breathtaking sunsets off the coast of

signs to promote environmental awareness and sus-

nities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words

pristine beaches.

tainability. You could work on initiatives within local

with locals in the region.

schools, such as improving classroom infrastructure, or starting a school or community garden.

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COSTA RICA: Sea Turtle Initiative™

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - June 25 June 28 - July 7 July 11 - July 20 July 23 - August 1  Tuition: $2,699  Service Hours: 20


 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Become a conservationist for Costa Rica’s sea turtles as you explore the unspoiled coast.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Protect an endangered sea turtle nesting beach Assist with night patrols and visit a turtle nursery Soar through the rainforest canopy on a zipline adventure Learn to surf the warm, mild waves of Costa Rica Explore a small beach town and the local artisans market



On this program you will... learn about the threats sea turtles face - boat traffic, climate change, accidental catch by industrial fisheries and pollution in their habitats. The turtle population has declined by 90% since 1980. You’ll live and work on the rural Caribbean coast, assisting a turtle conservation organization with critical efforts to preserve the natural areas where this endangered species lives. Ensuring that the turtle population will thrive for generations depends largely on our ability to educate the local community and protect the places where turtles nest. With the right timing and luck, you might be reward-

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ed with the sight of turtles hatching.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Each year, leatherback and green turtles come to Costa

You’ll be fully immersed in topics centered around

In Costa Rica you’ll be constantly surrounded by in-

Rica’s beaches to lay their eggs. Poachers steal the tur-

the animal world. Learn how critical each species is

credible natural wonders. Fly through the treetops of

tles and their eggs to sell on the black market for profit.

to the health of all life in the ecosystem, including

the nation’s lush inland as you go on a thrilling zipline

Although this practice is illegal in Costa Rica, it is hard to

ours. Hear local speakers’ and community members’

adventure. On the coast, ride a boat through a lo-

enforce without the help of the local community’s par-

perspectives on sustainable conservation efforts, and

cal mangrove where you may spot sloths, monkeys

ticipation. You’ll be assisting on night patrols with a local

begin to understand how competing interests of the

and exotic birds. You’ll also connect with the strong

nonprofit and anti-poaching organization started by a

civilized and natural worlds can intersect. Visit an or-

cultural roots of Costa Rica’s coast by visiting a local

Peace Corps volunteer. Prepare yourself for long walks

ganic farm and learn about growing and maintaining

artisan market and taking workshops on traditional

on the beach guided by the moonlight searching for tur-

local fruit trees such as the cacao, vanilla and banana.

dance and cooking. Finally, learn Costa Rica’s soul

tle tracks and nesting turtles. You’ll also participate in

sport - surfing - with a lesson on a calm beach.

beach cleanups, survey nesting sites and raise community awareness.

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COSTA RICA: Spring Break Beachside Service Adventure


March 8 - March 15 March 15 - March 22 March 22 - March 29 March 29 - April 5 April 5 - April 12 April 12- April 19  Tuition: $2,099  Service Hours: 20


 Community Development & Children

Make the most of your spring break by assisting a rural beach community and living that "pura vida" life!

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Live in a coastal village near a beautiful beach Volunteer on educational or environmental development projects Go tubing down the Rio Negro Engage with locals and practice your Spanish around town Zipline through the forest Enjoy the ocean via catamaran and snorkel among marine life


COSTA RICA On this program you will... experience Spring Break in a whole new way! Lend a hand on projects such as beach cleanup, community beautification, or other initiatives that improve the lives of local residents. Costa Rica is a breathtaking, culturally-rich country; however, some communities still need extra support, and your efforts can be a big help to its most vulnerable citizens. It's not Spring Break without a bit of adventure, and Costa Rica can supply this in droves! You’ll have the chance to enjoy water sports, have fun in the sun, and participate in other activities with your new friends from all over the world.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


You’ll live and work in a small beachside town, where

Living in an authentic community is a great way to

You can't visit Costa Rica without getting a little taste

the local community leaders determine what project

learn about Costa Rican culture. Learn to dance salsa

of adventure! Our location on the Pacific coast is ide-

is most needed at the time of your arrival. There are

and cumbia, two traditional dances of the region. In

al for all things ocean: Cruise along Potrero Bay on a

many opportunities to serve the community here. For

Costa Rica, food is a huge part of their cultural identity

catamaran and play in the waves. You'll have plenty

example, you may assist in environmental projects

- sample fresh fruits fresh from the tree, and try lo-

of time for fun in the sun and relaxing in the sand.

such as beach cleanup, planting native tree saplings,

cal dishes like gallo pinto or a casado. Discuss current

Take a dip in a beautiful natural hot spring. Go ziplin-

or creating signs to promote environmental aware-

social issues in Costa Rica, including growing environ-

ing over green tree canopies and whitewater tube

ness and sustainability. You could work on initiatives

mental concerns and the importance of ecotourism.

down a wild and picturesque river.

within local schools, such as improving classroom in-

You’ll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish

frastructure or starting a school or community garden.

or pick up new words with locals in the region.

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COSTA RICA: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™


March 8 - March 15 March 15 - March 22 March 22 - March 29 March 29 - April 5 April 5 - April 12 April 12 - April 19  Tuition: $2,099  Service Hours: 20


 Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Turn your passion for wildlife conservation into a spring break adventure you’ll never forget.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Protect an endangered sea turtle nesting beach Assist with night patrols where you’ll walk and look out for poachers Spot exotic wildlife as you cruise on a boat through the mangroves Fly through the rainforest canopy on a zipline adventure Explore a small beach town and local artisan market


COSTA RICA On this program you will... dive head first into Costa Rica’s animal kingdom and its protected coastal habitats, and learn the ins and outs of the local ecosystem. Share your passion for wildlife conservation with new friends and in the community, and work together with conservationists who are striving to protect sea turtles for the next generation. Learn about why the Costa Rican sea turtle population has declined by 90% in the last 35 years alone - there are more threats than ever facing these majestic creatures. Fortunately, you can make a difference in their survival. Spring break will never be the same!

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Take to local beaches and participate in cleanup ef-

This Spring Break, discover how events as global as

Cruise through the mangroves and if you're lucky, you

forts, removing debris that can ensnare young hatch-

climate change and as local as trash buildup and boat-

might spot sloths, monkeys and exotic birds in the

lings making their way to the sea. You’ll help local part-

ing collisions can affect the habitat of native wildlife,

stunning nature that surrounds the rivers and coast-

ners as they survey nesting sites and make sure they’re

particularly for sea turtles. Listen as local speakers and

lines. Visit a butterfly garden that is home to many

primed for the nesting mothers. You’ll be assisting on

conservationists describe their strategies for protect-

species, and take an aerial tram ride. No Costa Rican

night patrols with a local nonprofit and anti-poaching

ing the turtles and their hatchlings. Take some time to

spring break adventure would be complete without

organization started by a Peace Corps volunteer. Make

relax and celebrate the traditional Costa Rican Carib-

ziplining—soar through the jungle canopy and expe-

signs that notify community members of protected

bean way—this is Spring Break, after all! From getting

rience the rainforest from above the treetops on an

nesting areas, and help educate local children on the

down at a Latin dance class to enjoying Afro-Caribbean

adventure you’ll never forget.

importance of keeping the coast clean in order to pre-

influenced dishes, you’ll have experiences that make

serve native habitat.

you feel like a local.

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COSTA RICA: Middle School Service Adventure


June 13 - June 22 June 26 - July 5  Tuition: $3,599  Service Hours: 20

 Community Development & Children OR Animal & Wildlife Conservation


(ages 13-14)

Choose your own adventure - work with Costa Rican children in local schools or help to protect the country’s incredible wildlife.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Zipline through the beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica Spot birds, reptiles, and other animals in the country’s Central Valley Take a traditional Costa Rican cooking class Go on a chocolate tour guided by local experts Enjoy a day at one of the country's picturesque beaches



On this program you will... choose between inspiring local children through volunteer work in schools, or rehabilitating and ensuring the wellness of Costa Rica’s wildlife. Both tracks will participate in exciting activities like ziplining, hiking and a day at the beach. When enrolling for this program, choose to focus on one of two tracks: CommunityDevelopment & Children, or Animal & Wildlife Conservation. The track you choose will determine the focus of your experience and your community service projects.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Community Development & Children Track

Experience true Costa Rican culture while living and

In Costa Rica, all trails lead to waterfalls, tropical for-

Make a difference in the lives of Costa Rican youth.

learning in your new community. Connect with the

ests or scenic beaches—there’s no shortage of adven-

Empower local children through your volunteer work

local people, taste delicious fruits and try your hand

ture! Zipline through tall canopy trees, go hiking in the

in schools. Help refurbish classrooms and participate

at cooking local cuisine. Dive into topics related to

rainforest, and explore one of the country’s pristine

in cross-cultural exchange with students from the

animal welfare and children’s access to education

beaches. Discover the Cacao tree and feast on its fruit

nearby towns.

depending on which track you choose. You’ll also

during an exciting chocolate tour. You’ll also have the

have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick

opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife

Animal & Wildlife Conservation Track

up new words with locals in the region.

up close during your program. You never know where

Learn about Costa Rican wildlife, and sustainable ani-

you might spot a sloth or monkey!

mal care. Service includes feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, creating toys and stimulating exercises, and general tidying of the grounds.

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GUATEMALA: Children of the Maya™

 14-DAY PROGRAM July 5 - July 18 July 21 - August 3  Tuition: $3,499  Service Hours: 30


 Children & Education

With its stunning landscape and ancient Maya culture, Guatemala promises adventure and the opportunity to make a mark.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Teach English at a Maya school Journey across the expansive and sacred Lake Atitlán Attend a ceremony with a Maya shaman Explore ancient archaeological ruins Shop at the largest indigenous craft market in the hemisphere Zipline through the mountains of Guatemala


GUATEMALA On this program you will... immerse yourself in indigenous culture, colorful Maya heritage and mountainous landscapes. You’ll find warm local residents who are proud to share their ancient traditions. This program is based in Xela (pronounced “shay-lah”)—a local nickname for the vibrant town of Quetzaltenango—which is a hub for volunteer opportunities in education and children’s issues. With very little English spoken throughout the city, residents of Xela welcome volun-

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teers to assist in their classrooms with teaching and school facility beautification.

Community Service

Immersive Learning


Spend your days in Xela becoming fully plugged in to

Learn about key issues unique to Guatemala, such as

You’ll explore the famous archaeological ruins at Ixim-

the local primary school and surrounding community,

access to quality education and the challenge of pre-

che, hike to Laguna Chicabal at the base of a volcano,

volunteering as an English teacher or helping refurbish

serving indigenous culture in the modern world. You’ll

and zipline against the backdrop of the region’s lush,

the library, classrooms or other school facilities. You’ll

hear from a guerilla fighter and an army officer who

mountainous landscape. To get a taste of city life, you’ll

have the opportunity to creatively develop and deliver

fought in the Civil War, who will give you different per-

venture to Antigua, a colonial masterpiece that boasts

lesson plans, play games with the children during re-

spectives of Guatemala’s rich history. To truly immerse

gorgeous architecture, pastel alleys and cobblestone

cess and work with organizations committed to impro-

yourself in the culture here, meet a local shaman who

streets. For a weekend excursion you’ll spend a night

ving school grounds. As you spend time volunteering,

will teach you about cosmology. Learn from master ar-

at sacred Lake Atitlán and visit the bustling Chichicas-

you’ll also learn about social issues that affect Maya

tisans about traditional arts such as weaving, and visit

tenango market, the largest Maya craft market in the

youth today.

a chocolate museum and organic coffee plantation—


complete with samples!

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Understanding the EU™ pg 134*

Royalty, Revolution & the French Way of Life™ pg 120

Understanding the EU™ pg 134*

Understanding the EU™ pg 134*

Cities that Shaped Europe™ pg 132* The STEM Experience™ pg 136* Understanding the EU™ pg 134*


Understanding the EU™ pg 134*


Mythology, Philosophy & Modern Democracy™ pg 124


Rome, Renaissance & the Modern State™ pg 126


Cultural Crossroads Past & Present™ pg 128 Spanish in the Land of Don Quixote™ pg 130


The STEM Experience™ pg 136*


Myths, Legends & the Modern Day™ pg 122 Cities that Shaped Europe™ pg 132*

Cities that Shaped Europe™ pg 132* Understanding the EU™ pg 134*

*country visit is part of A multi-country program

From the history of western civilization to contemporary politics and social issues, the European continent provides endless opportunities to discover the world outside the classroom. GLA’s Europe Discovery Programs offer unique exploratory tours of Europe’s most significant and iconic sites. Students delve into a treasure trove of art, history, politics and culture from ancient times to the modern era as they develop leadership skills and explore what it means to be a global citizen. We invite you to connect your Discovery experiences together for the ultimate European survey. See page 16 for information on connecting two Europe Discovery programs, by way of a supervised Amsterdam stopover!

Brussels, Berlin & Beyond pg 134

London, Paris & Geneva pg 136

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FRANCE: Royalty, Revolution & the French Way of Life™


 Country Discovery Joie de Vivre means Joy of Life, a way of being. Experience it firsthand as you explore France’s history and cultural gems from the city to the countryside. Program Highlights • • • • • • •

Take in spectacular views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, on a Seine cruise, and from Sacre-Coeur Basilica See Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre Visit Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles and the royal châteaus of the Loire Valley Demonstrate your olfactory prowess at one of France's well-known perfumeries Visit the Cote d'Azur in Nice and Monaco and the resting place of Princess Grace Kelly Create a sweet treat at a bona fide French patisserie Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 12-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 3 July 6 - July 17  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 5


FRANCE On this program you will travel to... a selection of the most spectacular regions in France: from Paris to Versailles to the Loire Valley, the Provence and the French Riviera! Get a taste of joie de vivre, or enjoyment of life, from the bustling streets of Paris to the languid pace in the south. With site visits, group discussions and spending time with locals, explore the country's fascinating history and cultural achievements, and debate contemporary issues that face modern France. Discover your own leadership potential through guided workshops with the GLA Leadership Curriculum.

Exploratory Travel

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Immersive Learning & Adventure

Your journey starts in Paris, the capital city

Learn about France's past and present when you explore iconic sites such as Notre

Spend a day in Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its

Dame, Palace of the Popes, and the Palace of Versailles. Art buffs will enjoy immersing

lush green fields and stately castles such as Château Royal d'Amboise •

Head west to Versailles to explore its famous palace

Travel via high-speed train to Avignon, France's newest addition and home to one of the largest medieval Gothic buildings in Europe

Head to Provence in the south of France and stop in Aix-En-Provence

Experience the French Riviera with Grasse, known as the world's perfume

themselves in the works of da Vinci, Cézanne and Chagall, as well as participate in a workshop with a Parisian artist. Adventure is easy to come by when you're always on the move! Get acquainted with the Louvre through a scavenger hunt. Create (and taste!) your own macarons in a pastry-making workshop. Challenge your friends to a game of pétanque, a uniquely French pastime, before taking in the slow pace of life on the French Riviera.

capital, and coastal Nice •

Say your goodbyes in Monaco, the sovereign city-state that is the world's second-smallest country

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UNITED KINGDOM: Myths, Legends & the Modern Day™  Country Discovery


Explore the history, both fact and fiction, of the UK through its lore & legends from the medieval to the modern.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Get the inside scoop on British politics from a former Member of Parliament See the inspiration for many of the locations from the Harry Potter films, including Hogwarts and Diagon Alley Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon Explore the mystical and mysterious Stonehenge Spend time at several famous castles, including Alnwick, Warwick and Windsor Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 12-DAY PROGRAM June 22- July 3 July 6 - July 17  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 5


UNITED KINGDOM On this program you will travel to... London, England and Scotland's Loch Lomond as you survey the United Kingdom from south to north. Explore the cultural impact that folklore and legends have on this diverse nation through key sites from medieval stories to modern day films. We'll also dive deep into economic, political, and global issues that the UK currently faces, hearing firsthand the varying perspectives of locals on Brexit and what that means for the future of the United Kingdom.

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Exploratory Travel

Immersive Learning & Adventure

Begin your journey in London, the capital city

Spend an afternoon at the mystical Stonehenge, the world's most architecturally

Next, stop in Windsor, home of Queen Elizabeth and the birthplace of the

sophisticated prehistoric stone circle. Hear from a former British MP (Member of Parli-

Magna Carta

ment) and get the inside scoop on England's political history and current relations with

Marvel at the mysterious and ancient Stonehenge and feel the magic of Oxford, where Tolkien penned his most famous works

Onward to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's old stomping grounds

Walk the medieval cobblestone streets of northern towns York and Nottingham

Cross into Scotland and explore Edinburgh and St. Andrews through local pastimes and ancient castles

Wrap up your program in Loch Lomond, home of the famous battle depicted in the film Braveheart, before saying your goodbyes

the EU. Meet with a Scottish highlander and learn about the history of clans and rivalry and the Scottish view of Brexit. Take in London views on a cruise up the River Thames with stops at Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. Harry Potter fans will take special delight in a visit to Warner Brothers Studio for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film series. Test your archery skills a la Robin Hood. In St. Andrews, enjoy a day on the links with tips from a professional in the region where golf originated 600 years ago.

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GREECE: Mythology, Philosophy & Modern Democracy™  Country Discovery


Explore Greece, from the ancient wonders of the world's most influential civilization, to the complexities of modern life.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Check out the ancient Acropolis of Athens citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike Sail along the caldera in a traditional wooden boat, just like a true Argonaut Climb atop Nea Kameni, a famous volcano Dive deep into Greek mythology through site visits, guest speakers, and local lore Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 12-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 3 July 6 - July 17  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 5


GREECE On this program you will travel to... some of Greece's most influential and picturesque cities. From Socrates and Aristotle who formed the basis for modern philosophy and the sciences to creating the first democratic society, Greece has been and continues to be a major influencer of Europe and the world. Explore ancient ruins and modern issues, including immigration and the country's recent financial challenges. Develop your leadership skills and connect with locals as you

has been incredibly memorialized in the form of ruins, museums and iconic

the community and have continued to advocate for education and personal freedoms

Ferry to Crete, Greece's largest island and, according to Greek mythology, Stay and explore Heraklion and Rethymno, as well as several other colorful villages on the island. See what everyday life looks like for a small-town Cretan.

Immersive Learning & Adventure Pay a visit to the Byzantine Monastery of Preveli, where the monks are notably active in

the birthplace of Zeus himself. •

dam, see pg 16

Your adventure begins in Athens, a treasure trove of ancient civilization that spaces that are still in use.

rope Discovery program and stop over in Amster-

discover all Greece has to offer!

Exploratory Travel

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for centuries. Visit a Crete resident and learn about the island's history, culture and foods - you may even get to taste a home-baked treat! Kayak on the cerulean waters of Heraion Lagoon and enjoy water games and lunch on the beach. See Athens by bike, stopping to explore the city's historic center including the Panathenaic Stadium. Take a dip in Santorini's volcanic hot springs.

Sail through the Aegean Sea to the dreamy island of Santorini, known for its whitewashed cube dwellings.

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ITALY: Rome, Renaissance & the Modern State™  Country Discovery


From Roman ruins to some of the most famous works of art in history, Italy welcomes you to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes that have developed over the centuries and shaped the world.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's artistic masterpiece resides in the Vatican Meet with local NGOs and collectives to gain a deeper understanding of politics and society in Italy today Learn to make your own pizza and sample traditional Italian cuisine Experience Venice through a gondola ride in one of its famous canals Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 12-DAY PROGRAM June 22- July 3 July 6 - July 17  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 5


ITALY On this program you will travel to... Italy's most magnificent and historically significant cities, where you'll explore the vibrant culture but also the consequences of poor state management, the current migrant crisis and the rise of populist parties. Follow a path through the history of Rome and the Roman Empire, the Renaissance in Florence, and the rise and fall of the Republic of Venice. Gain a holistic understanding of Italy’s political, social and economic situation, with focus on the economic divide, the fragmentation and immobility of the Italian political system and the role of Italy in Europe today.

Exploratory Travel • •

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Immersive Learning & Adventure

Arrive in Rome, Italy's capital city and home of the Sistine Chapel and

Meet with a local group that is active in environmental protection as well as an orga-


nization that assists with migrant integration. Debate about problems facing Italian

Journey northward to Siena and Florence, key cities in the Renaissance famous for their picturesque narrow streets and historic brick buildings

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Enjoy activities in historic Bologna, legendary for its quintissential Italian

society today and hear about innovative methods for civil society participation. Learn about the world-renowned Carnival of Venice from the costume designers and others who are involved in its production.


Take a walking tour of Florence, complete with a stop at a gelateria to sample ice

Wrap up the experience in the northern city of Venice, the "Floating City"

cream's milkier, denser Italian cousin. No trip to Italy is complete without tasting pizza

known for its romantic waterways and ornamental bridges

where it originated - take a cooking class and create your own pie. Attend an interactive gladiator workshop in the very city that the ancient warriors trained in during centuries past.

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SPAIN: Cultural Crossroads Past & Present™


 Country Discovery

Uncover the history of Spain as a cultural melting pot, from the colorful Moorish architectural influence to modern issues such as immigration.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Explore five Spanish cities, each with a distinct cultural identity Visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's architectural masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site Sample paella, one of the region's signature dishes Enjoy the sandy beaches in La Barceloneta Learn about Spain's current political situation and the bid for Catalonian independence Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 12-DAY PROGRAM June 22- July 3 July 6 - July 17  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 5


SPAIN On this program you will travel to...

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five Spanish cities, each with its own unique history, culture and challenges in today's world. Explore central, southern, and northeastern Spain, finding the common threads and exploring key differences across this historically significant region as you go. Spain's proximity to northern Africa and its access to

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both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean has contributed to an integrated, multifaceted culture. Mark some of Spain's most famous cathedrals off

rope Discovery program

your list, but also visit cities with strong Jewish and Islamic influences. Explore Spain's role in the European Union and the world, throughout history and

and stop over in Amster-

present day.

dam, see pg 16

Exploratory Travel •

Start your adventure in the Spanish capital of Madrid and nearby Segovia in a region of Spain with deep Roman influence

Travel south to the Andalusian cities of Cordoba and Granada, two cities with strong Jewish and Islamic influences in an otherwise predominantly Catholic country and home to Granada Alhambra fort and the nearby Mosque-Cathedral

Fly northeast to wrap up in coastal Barcelona for a taste of Catalonia with its beautiful beaches, unique dialect, and strong cultural identity

Immersive Learning & Adventure Explore a side of Barcelona that most will never see via a tour led by a member of the city's homeless population to get a feel for the day-to-day life of a displaced person. Learn about Catalonia's long and complex history from locals with varying perspectives. Visit Córdoba's Mosque-Cathedral, a holy site that has been contested between Catholics and Muslims for hundreds of years. Expand your culinary skills and knowledge with a lesson in Spanish cooking and a tapas tour. Dance the Flamenco in Andalusia, where the art form originated. Do as the locals do and treat yourself to a traditional hammam, or steam bath, a practice brought to Spain by the Moors centuries ago. Marvel at the intricate tilework and breathtaking architecture of Basilica Sagrada Familia, one of the world's most-visited sites. It's not a trip to Barcelona without a relaxing afternoon at one of the city's beautiful beaches.

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SPAIN: Spanish in the Land of Don Quixote™  Language Immersion


For more than a language course, travel to Toledo, Madrid & Salamanca—the perfect setting for a full Spanish experience in Castilla-La Mancha.  14-DAY PROGRAM

Program Highlights

July 3 - July 16

• • • • • •

 Tuition: $4,399

Improve your Spanish through language immersion Walk the historic streets of Toledo, known as "the city of three cultures" Visit some of Madrid's oldest restaurants on a tapas tours Go kayaking on the Alto Tajo River Spend a half day helping out the local community with a service project Stay an extra week and live with a Spanish family to perfect your Spanish (Homestay add-on only)

July 19 - August 17  Service Hours: 8  Language Hours: 36

 EXCLUSIVE HOTEL BLOCK  7-DAY HOMESTAY (add-on) For dates and tuition info see website  Service Hours: 8  Language Hours: 24

SPAIN On this program you will travel to... three cities in the heart of Spain, all with rich histories that bring a unique taste of the country with each stop. Explore the Spanish language through the lens of one of Spain's most famous literary figures as you walk the steps of Cervantes in this land of Don Quixote. For those wanting to go the extra mile, the one-week optional Homestay Extension comes with the added bonus of living with a Spanish family in Toledo, the perfect location to become fully immersed in the language and culture.

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Exploratory Travel

Immersive Learning & Adventure

Start your journey in Madrid, the Spanish capital

Take your Spanish language learning to the next level with engaging classes taught by

Travel to Toldeo where your Spanish immersion will truly begin

local teachers and myriad opportunities for rich cultural exchange. Learn about Spain's

Next, journey west to Salamanca, where you'll find the third oldest

literary history - including a visit to the windmills made famous in Cervantes' master-

European university and Cervantes' alma mater •

Optional Home Stay Extension: Participants will live in Toledo with a local family and explore Almagro, home to one of the oldest open air theatres in the world

piece work. Learn from local artisans in skilled trades such as sword making and the art of flamenco dance; then, try your hand at creating traditional Spanish cuisine in a cooking class. See Spain by land, air and water! In Madrid, go kayaking and visit the Prado Museum. Enjoy an afternoon by the Alto Tajo river. Explore Toledo via scavenger hunt and take in the cityscape from above on an urban zipline. Do as the locals do and treat yourself to a traditional hammam, or steam bath, a practice brought to Spain by the Moors centuries ago.

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CITIES THAT SHAPED EUROPE: Rome, Paris & London™  Special Themed Multi-Country


Explore some of the most significant cities in Europe, learn their history and understand their artistic and intellectual contributions to modern society.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Discover incredible Renaissance-era art, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican Get a behind-the-scenes look at a Milanese fashion house and take part in a hands-on fashion workshop Take in a West End musical, London's Broadway theater equivalent Explore the ancient sites of the Roman Colosseum and Forum Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 12-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 3 July 6 - July 17  Tuition: $4,499  Service Hours: 5


MULTI-COUNTRY On this program you will travel to... some of Europe's most influential cities, spanning Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Explore the ways in which each city along our route has contributed to Europe's cultural identity throughout history and influenced the course of the world. Touch on themes and events such as WWII, the Renaissance and colonialism and integrate these topics into each site, activity, and cultural exchange. Forge relationships with locals through a community-service project and throughout your travels as you explore not only European icons but also your own leadership style and objectives.

Exploratory Travel •

Start your adventure by exploring Rome, one of Europe's ancient cities and home to some of the most famous ancient sites in the world, such as the Colosseum

Explore Vatican City, a small sovereign state within Rome and home to the Sistine Chapel and the Pope

Head to Milan, Europe's fashion capital and home of the Milan Cathedral, which took almost 600 years to complete

Journey via night train to Paris, which played a leading role during the Age of Enlightenment and continues be a major influencer on the continent today

Wrap up your time in London, one of Europe's most populous cities and one of the world's most important financial districts

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Immersive Learning & Adventure Discover London's Greenwich Observatory, the first state-funded scientific institution of its day. Meet with a local student and debate the shifting role of “Great Nations’” in the 21st century. Explore the Imperial War Museum to learn about the influence of war on the world; create your own documentary at this digitally–led experience. Take a leisurely cruise on the river Seine - this is also a great way to see all of the iconic Parisian sights such as the Eiffel Tower. Learn to make your own Italian pasta in a workshop where the dish originated. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a famous fashion house in Milan.

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UNDERSTANDING THE EU: Brussels, Berlin & Beyond™  Special Themed Multi-Country


Explore the culture, history, and politics of four major cities that helped to shape the European Union as we know it today.

Program Highlights • • • • • •

Enter into the political center of the European Union and visit the EU Parliament Mark the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and other iconic Parisian monuments off your bucket list Learn about Berlin through its famous street art and an interactive art workshop Tour the Netherlands the Dutch way via bicycle Meet with local politicians, EU representatives, and local leaders to discuss key issues and policies Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 5 July 6 - July 19  Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 5


MULTI-COUNTRY On this program you will travel to...

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the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany, exploring the core countries that founded and shaped the European Union as we know it

program to another Eu-

today. Meet locals along the way and get the inside scoop on the culture and unique flavors of each country you visit. Explore a wide variety of current topics; from sustainability and climate change initiatives in the Netherlands to human rights issues in Brussels, learn from knowledgeable experts as you soak in the culture, history and current climate of key players in the European Union.

Exploratory Travel •

Arrive in Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands and one of the world's leaders in environmental conservation

Spend a day in Volendam for the true "Holland" experience

Onward to Belgium, with stops in Brussels and Bruges, once one of the world's chief commercial cities famous for its picturesque canals

Enjoy bustling Paris, home of the Eiffel Tower and one of Europe's main players

Small yet influential Luxembourg is up next to really understand the EU

Explore Germany starting with ancient Cologne

Dive into the history of Berlin in World War II and its current challenges

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Immersive Learning & Adventure Meet an official from Luxembourg and discuss this small but influential country's role in shaping the development of the EU. Discuss the importance of social welfare in European lawmaking with a delegate from an EU organization. Meet a local farmer for a cheese and clog farm visit and participate in a debate about EU agricultural policies. Visit Paris' Immigration Museum and dive deep into one of the biggest challenges facing the Europe, and the world, today. Discover Amsterdam’s picturesque city center via a cruise on its famous canals. Create your own Belgian chocolate in a confectionary workshop. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the views from what was at one time the tallest building in the world.

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The STEM Experience: London, Paris & Geneva  Special Themed Multi-Country


Science and travel collide as you explore some of the epicenters of STEM learning and research.

Program Highlights • • • • •

Be a scientist for a day at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris Cruise down the Thames & visit the Tower of London Investigate the hands-on experiments and exhibits at Palais de La Decouverte Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 5 July 6 - July 19  Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 5


MULTI-COUNTRY On this program you will travel to... five cities that are making their mark in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). From cutting-edge research at two of Europe's most prestigious universities to museums to functional labs, participate in a variety of hands-on workshops and demonstrations with concentrations spanning from forensics to astrophysics to public transportation systems. Compare and explore the ways in which modern disciplines and ancient fundamentals converge with the modern age of scientific discovery in one of the most scientifically exciting regions of the world.

Exploratory Travel

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Immersive Learning & Adventure

The adventure begins in London, Great Britain's metropolitan hub

Collect DNA from a fictional crime scene and use molecular techniques to identify the

Venture north to Oxford and Cambridge, the world's second and fourth

culprit. Visit Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Europe's largest science museum, as

oldest universities •

Hop the English Channel and spend three days in Paris, France where you'll explore the "City of Light" so named for its role during the Age of Enlightenment

Journey south via high-speed train to Geneva, home of the United Nations and a longtime European hub for scientific research

well as Cambridge's Polar Institute, where you'll learn about the unique processes affecting Earth’s polar regions. Explore the mysteries of the universe and the equipment used by physicists at CERN, including particle accelerators. Experience the glamour of London's famous West End theater, the UK's equivalent of Broadway. Learn the thrills of punting (boating) on the Cambridge River, a tradition that dates back to 1903. Take in Parisian views from atop the Eiffel Tower before exploring the Louvre through a scavenger hunt. Stroll around Geneva's Old Town and enjoy a special fondue dinner made from cheeses locally produced in Switzerland.

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The GLA experience, customized for student groups! Make the world your classroom! Our experienced team will collaborate with you to design customized itineraries based on your program goals, budget, and student needs.

GLA Custom Group Travel programs are ideal for: • • • •

Middle and High Schools Colleges and Universities Youth Organizations Scouts...and More!

“I feel like this trip couldn't have been morseamless and perfect for our students. As a teacher, I grade students. You guys earned an A+.” Amy Elliot Wolcott School Chicago, IL

For more information, contact our Custom Group Travel team:


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100,000 service hours were completed in 2019!

66,974 people benefited from projects in 94 communities across the globe! Partnerships pave the path to sustainable development. Our role as volunteers is to support the community's vision, not to impose our own. When we partner with local leadership on our programs, we are learning how to create scalable, sustainable solutions to address problems in a way that makes the most sense for community residents. As local leaders who live and work in the community, our partners are able to conduct community assessments, prioritize needs and execute projects on the ground with the public's involvement and support. GLA believes working with local partners is a fundamental part of sustainable development, effective service and responsible travel, while at the same time allowing us to bring our wealth of experience to the table.

Global Leadership Adventures created the GLA International Foundation to be a year-round channel for direct action to support the community-led initiatives our students become passionately involved in each year. Because GLA covers all overhead costs, 100% of every donation to our Foundation goes directly to important development work happening around the world. GLAIF, a non profit 501c3 organization, is a platform which allows these young leaders the opportunity to stay actively involved in the causes they became passionate about during their GLA experience. You can make a difference. Fund work that is action-oriented, community-led and focuses on root causes by donating at GLAIF.org

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OUR LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY Leading the GLA Way A principal focus at GLA is personal growth and leadership - it's in our name, after all! We believe that leaders are made and not born. Leadership is embedded in all of our programs across all spectrums to inspire students to continue to “be the change." The GLA Leadership Curriculum™ is designed to engage students on all levels and is tailored to each unique group. The curriculum utilizes critically reflective journaling and intentional Mentor-facilitated discussion to digest and process daily experiences through the lens of leadership. We celebrate examples of outstanding leaders we encounter in the community; guest speakers bring concepts to life and demonstrate the full spectrum of leadership styles and approaches.

Five Branches of Leadership The GLA Leadership Curriculum™ consists of the following five branches that are brought to life on every program through engaging discussions, roleplays and interactive activities tailored to each program.

Live your values Leadership is rooted in intention: desiring to contribute, bit by bit, to making this world a better place. Leaders recognize that in the tree of life, the strength of their roots—their values—determines the strength of the trunk, branches, leaves and fruit from year to year.

Be courageous Leaders dare to go where others have fallen short. Armed with the humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be, leaders stand, planted firmly, against the winds and weathering of doubt.

Uncover solutions Leadership thrives on long-term vision, imagination and active problem-solving. Leaders recognize potential where others see despair, creatively extending limbs and leaves toward light, in symmetry and balance.

Take action Leadership is incomplete without action. Putting intention into practice, leaders push for their ideas to flower and bear fruit: results that defeat complacency, break through bureaucracy and challenge corruption.

Connect & influence Leaders know that complex problems are best solved collaboratively. They nurture lasting relationships and weave connections of meaning that others understand. Leaders do well by doing right by others, creating shade and refuge for all those who cross their paths.

OUR ROOTS Our journey is rooted in extraordinary impact... Our story begins in 2003, in the African country of Ghana. Founder Fred Swaniker had a dream. Fred, a Ghana native, TED fellow and entrepreneur from Stanford University, envisioned a high school designed to develop Africa's future leaders regardless of the student's income or background. Fred believed that the key to success was not leading young people along a set path, but allowing them to define their own path. He belived that leaders are made and not born. After joining forces with Chris Bradford and Peter Mombaur, Fred's former classmate and mentor, Fred's vision was brought to life with the establishment of the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a revolutionary pan-African, non-profit high school in Johannesburg. ALA's success was immediate and profound. When surrounded by a diverse group of peers and immersed in leadership development, students began to truly believe they held the power to change the world around them. As a way to expand the reach of ALA's successful curriculum, Fred, Chris and Peter created a summer program, this time welcoming students from around the world and planting the seeds for GLA. Global Leadership Adventures grew into a global team in 2006 with the expertise of Andrew Motiwalla, who joined the team with Peace Corps experience and a background in operating international service learning projects and developing experiential education. Core Peace Corps values - immersive experience, sustainability and working side by side with local communities - were infused into GLA's program design early on and continue to be cornerstones of the 50+ programs GLA now operates in over 25 countries around the world. Fred continues to be a leader in his field: he was recently honored as a pioneer in Time 100 Most Influential People of 2019 for his continued work with ALA and through the foundation of the African Leadership University and the African Leadership Network.

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Fred Swaniker

Time 100 Most Influential People of 2019 Founder of: Global Leadership Adventures African Leadership Academy African Leadership University African Leadership Network

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Meet with a GLA representative in your area. Meeting GLA staff and alumni in person and chatting face to face is one of the best ways to learn more about our programs. This winter and spring, we’ll be attending and hosting events all across the country.

Come meet us in: Andover, MA Atlanta, GA Austin, TX Boston, MA Chicago, IL Cleveland, OH Dallas, TX Denver, CO Greenwich, CT Los Angeles, CA Minneapolis, MN

New Orleans, LA New York, NY Orange County, CA Philadelphia, PA Portland, OR San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA Scarsdale, NY Seattle, WA Washington, DC ...and more!

Visit www.experienceGLA.com/events for the most complete and up-to-date list. We’re constantly adding events, Open Houses and webinar dates to our lineup!

Don’t see your location, or can’t make it to an event? Visit www.experienceGLA.com/webinars to register for an interactive webinar or call +1 858-771-0645 to arrange a virtual meeting with a GLA staffer.




This spring, we will be hosting our first ever Global

Can’t make it to the Global Day of Service Event in San

Day of Service in GLA’s hometown of San Diego,

Diego? You can still join us in an act of solidarity by

California. You are invited to join us in person for the

contributing community service hours from anywhere

big event!

in the world.

The day kicks off with our Capstone Community

You can pledge to complete a community service proj-

Service Project. GLA is adopting a local beach for

ect as your way of participating. Submit your pledge be-

a whole year as part of our commitment to keep-

tween November 1 and March 1 using our online form.

ing our coasts pristine. At 5:00pm, attendees are

Any service project counts toward your pledged hours.

encouraged to join us for an incredible Capstone

You’re encouraged to invite your friends and family to


participate, too!

This two-hour event will feature keynote speaker

At the Closing Ceremony on April 4th, we’ll tally all of

and GLA Founder Fred Swaniker, recently named to

the community service hours completed and honor

the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People of

all participants, near and far, for their commitment to


giving back.

Other highlights of the night include a beehive build-

Our Gamechanger of the Year will also be honored at

ing activity to provide an environmentally beneficial

the event, flown out to San Diego at no expense and

source of income to families across the US/Mexico

awarded a monetary scholarship. Anyone who pledges

border, amazing guest speakers and a chance to

community service hours during the eligibility window

mingle with the GLA team, alumni and other change-

will be nominated for this honor and potential ly be


chosen as the recipient.

To RSVP for the Global Day of Service event in San Diego, or to pledge community service hours toward our goal, head to www.experienceGLA.com/GDOS

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GLA is truly a global community... While our main headquarters are in San Diego, California and San Jose, Costa Rica, many of our dedicated staff work from all over the world. Our HQ staff wear many hats and work behind the scenes to make sure that our programs are safely run and intentionally designed; our experienced and travel savvy Admissions team helps families select the program that best fits their interests and guides them through the pre-departure process. Our team members have extensive experience in the field both independently and through GLA programs, either as alumni themselves or on programs as Mentors or other supporting roles. While we all come from different educational backgrounds, a prerequisite to work with GLA is to be mission driven, passionate and knowledgeable. We rely on our values to be our guiding light and ask our students to do the same. Our teams work year round at our headquarters offices and a huge team of staff from around the world come together each summer to train extensively and deliver safe, life-changing international journeys to teens across the globe.

For complete bios on our headquarters staff, check out our website: experiencegla.com/about/staff


Our values are what make GLA different. THIS ISN’T JUST ANOTHER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM — IT’S A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE. Our values set the standard for GLA policies, priorities, and company culture as we work toward our mission. These ideals guide our interactions with our employees, our local partners, our students and the world around us.


“When I look back on my GLA experience, I consider it to have been life-changing.” -Based on a survey of alumni 3 years post program


Personal Growth

Our Integrity is unspoken. It is the unfailing framework from which we build every program, human relationship and bridge into a community.

We are invested in the Personal Growth and development of all our students and staff. We foster an environment for students to safely explore, experience and self-discover.

Respect Respect is inherent in all of our interactions among students, staff, and all of the members whose communities we serve. Respect means accepting and celebrating differences. Respect means considering all points of view, always.

Cooperation Cooperation is key to our accomplishments. We are a traveling community, helping to serve other communities. We work together, learn from one another and build valuable friendships in the process.

Optimism Optimism is at our core. We believe that anything is possible and that every person is capable of driving and adopting positive change in the world.

Innovation Innovation is what makes us stand out in international education. Open to new ideas and always striving to work better and smarter to serve our communities, students and parents.

Compassion Compassion is what drives our service, and that compassion extends to students, parents, and host communities. Our care for people extends to everything we do.

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Our Expectations BE PRESENT

Our mission at GLA is “to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it.” To that end, we expect GLA students to maintain high standards of personal behavior and to be open-minded. The culture will be different, sometimes shockingly so. GLA will challenge students as they are expected to work hard and be present physically and mentally for all activities. We also ask students to take a step back from regular use of technology - particularly their smartphones - so as to maximize their engagement with the program and their fellow participants. Students may get hot, dirty and bug-bitten along the way, but their contribution will transform the community. The goal is for each student to return home with a life-changing experience.


GLA has a no-tolerance policy towards drugs, alcohol, tobacco and disruptive behavior. Those who violate or are suspected of violating this policy will be immediately dismissed from the program at the sole discretion of GLA staff.


Expect the Unexpected “Boarding the plane, I had no idea what to expect. I never knew that the three weeks I would spend on my GLA program would be the most rewarding, memorable and happy days of my life. I created lifelong friendships and was able to utilize the time I had to challenge myself to grow in every sense. The trip completely inspired me in the best way possible, and I took everything I gained from it back home with me.” -CLARA | GLA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC STUDENT The best way to approach a GLA program, and any trip you may take abroad, is to expect the unexpected. Unlike a day at a theme park or on a cruise ship, your GLA experience may not match a lovingly crafted itinerary or hour-by-hour schedule. Activities change. Weather surprises. New community needs and availability arise and projects are adapted to reflect them. Don’t let that make you anxious! In fact, at GLA we believe an unexpected change in plans makes our programs abroad among the most rewarding travel experiences you’ll ever have.

GLA makes every effort to offer well-thought-out programs crafted for teens. Detailed planning and exhaustive communications with partners are indispensable parts of our program development process. Occasionally, however, service and activities are adjusted from session to session, due to weather, changing needs of our local community partners and various cultural celebrations and customs. We expect participants to be open-minded and flexible, willing to embrace the experience when plans change. GLA makes every effort to communicate adjustments to students and families with advance notice. We expect you to be open-minded and flexible.

Why? Because no two sessions of your chosen program, even in the same sum-


headquarters working hard year-round to make sure any change in plans is

GLA is not a therapy program. Our staff are highly skilled, professional, caring and fun, but they are not licensed therapists. GLA programs can be physically and emotionally demanding - applicants should be in good physical and mental health, as well as meet our Essential Eligibility Criteria, or EEC.

mer, are exactly alike. One student group might get lucky and spot sharks while snorkeling in the Galapagos or meet an influential local leader. Another group of students may discover they’re in-country during a major holiday or festival and decide to trade in a planned activity for the unique opportunity to witness the local celebration up close. Sometimes, a flight is delayed or a thunderstorm moves in and an activity is cancelled. While we do our best to reschedule missed plans, in some cases we are not able to do so. Not to worry! GLA’s model means we have experts on the ground and at transformed from a missed activity into a wonderful opportunity to experience something new, different or eye-opening for all of our students.

Need more information to enroll?

How to Apply

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Here are several ways for you to learn more about our programs.

Visit our online application portal.

experienceGLA.com/apply Hold your space in the program of your choice. Make your program selection and complete the Contact Information section. Submitting the deposit and application fee using our secure online system (Visa or MasterCard) holds your spot on the program as you complete the remaining steps of the application. You may also mail a check to Global Leadership Adventures or call +1 858-771-0645 during oďŹƒce hours to pay by phone.

Complete the online application. Part of the application process is for you to reect on yourself as an applicant. Complete a brief series of short answer essay questions and a self-evaluation, which help us get to know your motivation for going on a GLA program. This also ensures that your interests are aligned with what the program oers. Finally, complete a medical questionnaire, which helps us prepare to accommodate for pre-existing conditions, food allergies and other safety- and health-related considerations.

Refund Policy

A completed application includes: - APPLICATION FEE - DEPOSIT - SHORT ANSWER ESSAY QUESTIONS - SELF-ASSESSMENT - SIGNED AGREEMENT FORMS - MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE We review completed applications in three to ďŹ ve business days, and notify students of ďŹ nal decisions by email. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact us for an application to be mailed or faxed to you.

Refunds* may be given when written cancellation notices are received: -By December 15th, 100% of tuition paid is refundable -From December 16 to April 15th, 50% of tuition paid is refundable -After April 15th, tuition is non-refundable ALL REFUNDS EXCLUDE THE APPLICATION FEE. Until April 15th, students can change to available sessions (dates, program, countries) at no additional fee. As of April 16th, there is a $50 fee to change to an available session (date, program, countries).

CALL OR TEXT +1 858-771-0645

Our year-round oďŹƒce sta and Enrollment Specialists have been on our programs, and are always available to answer your questions and help ďŹ nd the perfect program.


At any event, open house, summer opportunity fair or webinar, you can talk directly with GLA sta or alumni who will share their experiences and answer questions. www.experienceGLA.com/ meetup


Live Chat is available day and night. Visit our homepage on a laptop or desktop computer to chat. www.experienceGLA.com


Join our country-specific Facebook Groups to connect with former and future GLA students. View photos and videos, and seek peer advice on your program of interest. Or follow along on Instagram: @glateens

REQUEST AN ITINERARY Call us or email info@ experienceGLA.com to request a day-by-day sample itinerary and have speciďŹ c questions answered.

Call us or email info@ experienceGLA.com to request a contact list of parents and families who have sent their teens abroad with GLA.


*Applies to summer programs only. See our website for our Spring Break refund policy.

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CATALOG DESIGN AND GRAPHICS: Sarah Davidson, Carol de la Croce

10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A San Diego, CA 92108 USA

CATALOG PRODUCTION TEAM: Brett Scuiletti, Ashley Welter, Jenica Pistone-Donahue, Matt Miller, Vinny Zanrosso, Jessica Miller CATALOG PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo Credits at experienceGLA.com/credits


GLA Global Day of Service April 4th, 2020 See pg 143 for more info

Apply Online www.experienceGLA.com/apply

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2020 Global Leadership Adventures Catalog  

Life-changing international journeys for teens in Africa, Asia, Latin America & Europe.

2020 Global Leadership Adventures Catalog  

Life-changing international journeys for teens in Africa, Asia, Latin America & Europe.