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2019 Journeys


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Ghana: Children of Africa™ Ghana: Building Healthy Villages™ South Africa: Social Change Project™ South Africa: Global Health Initiative™ South Africa: Safari Service Expedition™ Tanzania: Children’s Education Adventure

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A S I A & T H E PAC I FI C 34 36 38 40 42 44 46

Bali: Children’s Education in Action™ Bali: Global Health Initiative™ China: Mandarin Service Adventure Fiji: Children of the South Pacific™ Fiji: Marine Conservation Expedition™ India: The Initiative for Children™ Thailand: Elephants & Conservation Expedition™ 48 Thailand: In & Beyond the Classroom™ 50 Thailand: Elephant Sanctuary Project™

EURO P E 54 Spain: Spanish Service in Action™

SOU T H A M ER I C A 58 60 62 64 68 70 72

Brazil: Rio & Amazon Expedition™ Galapagos: Preserving Nature’s Wonders™ Peru: Children of the Andes™ Peru: Foundations of Global Health™ Peru: Service Through the Lens™ Peru: Spanish Service Adventure Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™

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Belize: The Initiative for Children™ Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project™ Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ Costa Rica: Protecting the Pacific™ Costa Rica: Soccer Beyond Borders™ Costa Rica: Surf & Sustainable Service™ Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Initiative™ Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™ Cuba: Land of Discovery™ Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ Dominican Republic: International Development Initiative™ Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™ Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure Dominican Republic: Sports Service Adventure Dominican Republic: Spring Break Service Adventure Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure Guatemala: Children of the Maya™ Haiti: Global Health Initiative™

P ro g r am s f o r M i d d l e Sch o o l St u d e n t s 118 Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure

How to Find the Right GLA Program for You Choose your own adventure – find your perfect program by location or theme throughout this catalog.

Explore by Destination

Search by Program Type

It always boils down to location, location, location!

Program Types highlight the key themes you will experience on your program. When you select a GLA program by type, you’ll dive into a global issue you care about – through community service, hands-on learning or adventure activities – with like-minded peers who share your passion for the subject.

Choosing a program by destination gives you the opportunity to see a country and be immersed in a local community you won’t find anywhere else in the world. If you’ve always wanted to see famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu or the Great Wall of China up close, you can select a program in the home country of those iconic sights (India, Peru or China, respectively). Or maybe you want to explore an incredibly different location that’s still only a short flight away, in which case Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Guatemala are all excellent options. Whichever destinations are on your bucket list, you’ll find the perfect GLA locale for your travels. Find Africa programs starting on page 18, Asia & the Pacific on page 32, Europe on page 52, South America on page 56 and Central America & the Caribbean on page 74.

Throughout this catalog, wherever you see a twopage spread for a program, you’ll see two labels in the top left-hand corner. The top label is the program name. Directly beneath the program name is the program type, which illustrates the theme of your program. If you’re interested in becoming a doctor, nurse or simply have a passion for healthcare, you may take a shine to our Medicine & Public Health programs. Animal lovers or future veterinarians might gravitate to our Animal & Wildlife Conservation programs, while teens who dream of someday becoming a teacher or working with kids may find their calling on a Children & Education or Children & Community Development program. Whatever your interest, you can find a program that speaks to you. On pages 4-5 of the catalog, discover each of our program types.

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Children & Community Development Take collective action with diverse communities that benefit local children and families.

Language Immersion

Learn the language of your host country through local immersion and mentored study.

Building From Start to Finish

Complete a meaningful building project from beginning to end, leaving behind your legacy for local families or the community to use.

Photography & Journalism

Responsibly document stories of diverse people and places, with expert-led workshops and a capstone project.

Sports Leadership Spring Break


Spend a week diving into a new culture and hands-on community service projects.

Connect with communities over your shared love of sports as you build your leadership skills off the field.

Social Entrepreneurship

Learn how social impact can be achieved through entrepreneurial thinking, and design solutions for the world’s greatest challenges.

Children & Education

Plant important seeds for children’s futures by taking a leadership role in the classroom.

Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Observe and protect animals in their natural habitats, national parks or on wildlife reserves.

Ocean & Environment Conservation

Do hands-on work to preserve the natural world and the communities who depend on its protection.

Medicine & Public Health

Explore the intersection of public health medicine and social systems while you shadow professionals in the field.

Our journey is rooted in extraordinary impact. Global Leadership Adventures started as an educational institute, so we continue to think and act like educators—not tour operators—as we deliver life-changing journeys. In 2003, GLA founder Fred Swaniker, a native of Ghana, TED Fellow and educational entrepreneur from Stanford University envisioned creating the African Leadership Academy, a school to develop future leaders of Africa regardless of their income or background. Fred joined forces with Peter Mombaur and Chris Bradford to bring his vision to life, establishing the revolutionary pan-African high school in Johannesburg and planting the seeds for GLA. African Leadership Academy’s success was immediate and profound.

When surrounded by a diverse group of peers and immersed in leadership development, students started to truly believe that they could create change. As a way to expand the reach of this successful curriculum, Fred, Chris and Peter created a summer program welcoming students from around the globe. Global Leadership Adventures grew into a global operation with the expertise of Andrew Motiwalla, who joined the team with Peace Corps experience and expertise operating international service-learning programs. Core values of the Peace Corps—immersive experiences, sustainability, working side-by-side with local communities—were infused into GLA’s program design early on and continue to be cornerstones of the nearly 50 programs GLA now operates, in over 20 countries around the world. Through these life-changing Service Learning Adventures, GLA strives to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it.

Our Mission

To inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it.

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Our leadership manifesto

GLA programs create ambitious, ethical leaders.

Planting seeds for the future Live your values

At GLA, we believe that leaders are made, not born, and that leadership is a critical life skill that can be developed. We encourage students to recognize that as humans, we all have the power to be incredible forces for good in the world if we would only realize it, learn how to wield this power intelligently and compassionately, and give ourselves permission to exercise our leadership potential. GLA intentionally weaves this leadership approach into the daily experience on our programs. Staff guide students to reflect on program events and encounters through the lens of leadership, and celebrate outstanding examples of leaders they meet in the local community. 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.

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.

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Service Learning Adventure

What makes the GLA experience unique for students and their families GLA offers programs that range in length from 8 to 21 days, focus on different issues unique to each country, and take place in communities that couldn’t be more different from each other. But what makes each journey a GLA experience always remains the same.

Service Learning Adventure™

Local Partners

Expert Staff

5-Point Safety System™

GLA crafts each service-learning program to be immersive and multidimensional by combining three key components: Community Service, Hands-on Learning and Adventure. Seeing a country through all three lenses invites students to get to know local residents, provides context for the experience and lends a strong sense of purpose to their travel.

Community Service When GLA students arrive to volunteer, our local teams and host communities welcome their energy and ability to provide 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, eating meals and taking breaks with their families and children, 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.

Hands-On Learning 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. Designed around a combination of cultural activities, small group discussion, leadership development, formal learning objectives and the spontaneity of travel, GLA programs cultivate more confident communicators and independent agents of change.

Adventure Full-Service Parent Support


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, exceptional opportunities for students to challenge themselves in memorable ways. Imagine camping among snow-capped peaks on a three-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, ziplining through the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, photographing lions and zebras on a safari in Tanzania, or simply enjoying a local dish surrounded by new friends a world away.


Local Partners 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.

“What we are doing is going to last approximately 40 years. That means two generations are going to use what we have built.” Orlando Arizandeita Local Partner, Guatemala Recently, GLA celebrated ten years of working in Guatemala, where our students have built classrooms, painted murals, taught English, read with children and played tag in school courtyards every summer for the past decade. Critical to our success in Guatemala is one compassionate and driven character: our local partner, Orlando Arizandeita. Orlando came to GLA already having led dozens of projects in his home country addressing poverty, green energy, education and the preservation of indigenous cultures. In his ten years working as GLA’s local partner in Guatemala, he has connected us with local schools in need of volunteer energy, patiently counseled our teams on travel logistics and the best sights to see in Guatemala, and helped awaken global awareness, creativity and joy in the 600 GLA students who have passed through our programs in this beautiful country. On the classrooms GLA’s 120 students helped build in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, this past summer, Orlando says, “There is a direct impact on 700 families who live in extreme poverty in this area. About 875 children will benefit from the work of GLA this year. And what we are doing is going to last approximately 40 years. That means two generations are going to use what we have built.”

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Expert Staff GLA’s international program staff are more than chaperones - they’re passionate country experts. Students are led by program Directors and Mentors who have in-depth professional experience working with youth, hold college or graduate degrees, and many have returned to work with GLA year after year. Some directors have even served overseas in the Peace Corps! “I really lucked out in that I picked GLA. At the end of each day, we talked about our experiences as a group and connected them to things back home, which made the experience especially meaningful. Not to mention we had the GREATEST group and mentors. Everybody is so unique and the mentors are more like responsible friends than disconnected chaperones.”

Michelle Tanzania: Children’s Education Adventure


Patrick McMurdo

Yensi Jacobo

Ricardo Anzar

International Director: Costa Rica

International Director: Ghana, Peru and Costa Rica


Seasons with GLA: 3

Seasons with GLA: 3

A graduate of the University of San Diego, Yensi’s international learning really took off during her study abroad experience with Semester at Sea, visiting 8 countries including South Africa and Ghana. In 2012, she became a Youth Development Volunteer with Peace Corps Costa Rica and extended her service for an additional two years as a Regional Leader, supporting volunteers and their communities. In the fall of 2017, she began her master’s program in Educational Leadership at Soka University of America.

Ricardo is a former collegiate Track & Field athlete with a passion for language learning. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Bilingual Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and has taught English abroad in Madrid, Spain for a year at a bilingual high school. Ricardo has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has worked three years with Global Leadership Adventures, leading programs in Costa Rica, Peru and Spain in years past.

Seasons with GLA: 2 A Pacific Northwest native, Patrick spent his senior year of high school living in Costa Rica, and then another academic year in Spain. An alumnus from the University of Oregon, Patrick played collegiate lacrosse and studied Spanish and Psychology. He also holds a master’s degree in International Education Management from The Middlebury Institute for International Studies. In 2010, he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Ukraine, where he learned Russian and taught high school English.

Safety & Risk Management 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 created and enforce our 5-Point Safety System™, a set of rigorous standards that ensures students are safe, healthy and well-cared for while on program.

GLA Home Base: Safe and secure lodging Each program is centered around a unique Home Base, which is lodging reserved for GLA students and staff only. It’s their home away from home, a place to relax, the gathering place for meals and a sanctuary for reflection after busy days. For descriptions of Home Base types, turn to page 13.

Caring supervision GLA policy is for no student to ever be by themselves at any point in time. Students should be with staff members, in groups, or assigned to a buddy. Our student-to-staff ratio is 6:1.

Healthy meals and pure water Meals are prepared fresh daily by Home Base staff, with a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and grains. Students are encouraged to sample local cuisine, but Western options are also usually available. A list of select programs recommended for accommodating students with food allergies and dietary restrictions can be provided upon request.

Expert local knowledge Our local partners and in-country staff have intimate knowledge of the host community. They are local leaders with established relationships in the areas where students travel, are familiar with the area’s medical professionals and are uniquely equipped to handle itinerary adjustments and emergencies.

Safe and comfortable transportation From the moment they arrive in the airport, students are greeted by GLA staff and transported to Home Base in approved vehicles by experienced, licensed drivers. If there is a flight delay, staff will monitor changes to the student’s itinerary and wait for their arrival. Transportation between Home Base and activities is always done in GLA-approved vehicles by vetted staff.

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:

the GLA difference

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 operate 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, 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 • 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


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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.” Elizabeth’s mother, Evanston, Illinois

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.” Nathan & Zachary’s mother, San Diego, California

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

Home Base

Home away from home While safety is our top priority, 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. I’ve always appreciated

Exclusive hotel block

Enclosed compound

While they may vaguely resemble Western hotels back home, with multiple stories and a reception desk at the entrance, the hotels GLA reserves are locally-owned, boutique properties where our group stays in an exclusive floor or wing.

An enclosed compound is a cluster of several buildings in a gated enclosure. Compounds often include detached guest quarters, a separate kitchen, dining area, a common area, multi-purpose facilities and host residences, all within an intimate space.

Rustic villas

Traditional bungalows

Rustic villas are detached, well-appointed structures that offer comfortable living with plenty of open space, amenities and lush landscaping. GLA reserves a group or cluster of villas, and has access to shared eating areas and common space.

Traditional bungalows are detached structures, often featuring some open-air construction and located in remote locations close to nature and the local culture, such as beach towns, jungles and mountains.

Cozy guesthouse Guesthouses are modest, unique properties where students have the opportunity to personally interact with their host, often eating together and sharing common areas.

Ecolodge Ecolodges tend to be remote, located in relatively pristine natural environments. Ecolodges emphasize 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 closeness to nature as well as the area’s indigenous culture.

the beauty of the world around me, but never before have I had an entire rainforest at my doorstep, literally. At Home Base, I lived with five amazing roommates and learned to share everything from my killer dance moves and my deepest emotions to our nightly PB&Js and chips and salsa.

Emily Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™

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The GLA experience, customized for groups Make the world you classroom! We can meet your servicelearning needs while creating and facilitating a transformative experience for your students to learn, grow and challenge themselves. Our custom group travel programs are ideal for: - High School or Middle School teachers - College educators - Girl or Boy Scout leaders - Community, youth or religious organizations GLA Custom Group Travel will work with you to design a program for your group of 12 or more, based on pre-designed or customized itineraries, suited to any schedule, budget interest and needed special accommodations.

“It really made a difference for the students. It lit a fire for them.� Susan Ambrose, Group Chaperone Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Ghent, NY For more information, contact our Group Travel team:

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21-Day Flagship Programs Throughout the catalog, you’ll notice certain programs are marked “Flagship.” Our Flagship Programs are our longest at 3 weeks, allowing students more time to adjust to life in a different country, and additional days dedicated to community service projects. Flagship programs also allow for more space in the itinerary to visit neighboring cities or go on overnight excursions. Although the same objectives can be achieved on shorter programs, students and parents have given GLA’s Flagship programs the highest ratings for good reason.

» Longer service projects allow for greater impact time with peers and locals creates deeper » More friendships time for excursions supports the » Additional most diverse experience “Since going on the Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ program with GLA, I have returned to the D.R. six additional times. My very first experience

How it works Choose a program Ask yourself a few questions to figure out what type of program would be best for you. Where do you want to travel? For how long? Do you want to work on a specific type of community service project? Are you passionate about a certain global issue? GLA programs come in a variety of lengths, themes and even lodging styles. No matter what you’re looking for, we have a program that’ll fit you just right.

Our programs connect! Combine two weeks of teaching at a rural primary school with two weeks doing environmental projects. Island-hop from Cuba to the Dominican Republic. Our programs link easily within countries and across regions.

Talk to us Our year-round Enrollment Specialists have visited, staffed and even sent their own teens on our service-learning programs. They are happy to share their insights and experiences to help you choose your program. For ways to get in touch and meet in person, flip to page 125.

Enroll online When you’re ready, visit our online application portal to begin the enrollment process. An overview of enrollment and instructions can be found on the last page of this catalog.

with GLA solidified my desire to work in the field of international development. The things I have seen and the people I have met cannot be forgotten, and there are still many more things to see and people to meet.”

Sarah Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ Read Sarah’s full story on page 116

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Arrive InCountry and Get Oriented

Flying to your host country can be one of the best parts of your entire experience. We know it can seem a little intimidating at first - especially if it’s your first time traveling solo - but GLA staff is available by phone 24/7 to help you along every step of your journey. Upon your arrival, GLA staff will greet you at the airport, and our group will drive together to our shared Home Base. No matter when you arrive, even if your flight’s delayed, GLA staff will be at the airport to meet you once you get through customs.

The Student Journey

At Home Base, you’ll get settled in, begin orientation and make friends with others on your program.


Contribute to Meaningful Community Service

For many GLA students, the community service project is the cornerstone of the experience: the main reason you chose your program, and your chance to make a difference while working alongside a community that can benefit from your hard work. Your program Director and Mentors will guide you as you build something the community has asked for, restore habitat to its natural state, tutor children in the classroom, or contribute in another meaningful way. Students may also have an opportunity to lead others as a Leader of the Day at the service site.

Learn through Immersive Experience

We can’t imagine a better way to learn than taking the leap to travel abroad and become immersed in a new culture. Alongside your service project, you’ll spend time meeting with local leaders, practicing a new language or even trying your hand at regional art or music. Sharing meals and conversations with your fellow students, and new friends, can also teach you a lot about what life is like growing up in a place very different than your own hometown. A student from San Francisco or New York may also find they share a lot in common with their new roommate from London or Beijing.

Have a Oncein-a-Lifetime Adventure

Embrace Your Leadership Style

Adventure is in GLA’s name for a reason! Leaders can grow through thoughtful volunteering and hands-on learning, but there’s no substitute for taking a trek through the landscape and seeing a wonder of the world with your own eyes for the first time. Whether you’re walking the steps of the Great Wall of China, looking out across the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu or ziplining over the lush forest canopy in Costa Rica, your excursion will certainly be a highlight of your trip abroad. Even better, you’ll have stories - and photos - of a lifetime to share with friends and family back home.

GLA was founded on the belief that leaders are made, not born. Connect with your personal leadership style, with the help of GLA staff and local leaders on your program, as you discover what being a leader means specifically for you. An introverted student who is quiet might find their leaderly strength in an ability to push a service project to completion through sheer fortitude. An extroverted student might realize that practicing another language brings them clarity and focus, especially when helping others learn new phrases. Whatever your leadership style, there’s a place for you to grow as a leader on your program.

Extend Your Stay and Feel the Impact

If you’re wanting to make the most out of your time abroad, there are a few ways to really feel the impact. Our three-week flagship programs will provide additional weekend excursions, community service opportunities and cultural activities than are offered on our shorter programs. Homestay extensions are available to students on select Language Immersion programs, and give students hungry to take their language learning to the next level a chance to live with a host family for a week after their program ends. You may also link two programs together and create a unique experience abroad. Travel to different countries or different regions within the same one and become a truly experienced international traveler.

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ward solving its problems is like trying to move a mountain one pebble at a time. On this trip I realized that each ‘pebble’ moved may seem insignificant to you or I, but could look like a boulder to others.” Ross - Ghana: Children of AfricaTM

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Children of Africa™ Children & Education 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 visit historic sites


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


Step onto the flat, sandy land of Ghana, and you’ll immediately hear the laughter of children everywhere. This laughter will be the constant of your trip, and a steady source of energy while you volunteer among one of Africa’s most passionate and kind communities. Ghanaians are known for their smiles, vibrancy and welcoming nature—you’ll see bright colors everywhere: in the land, stitched into traditional clothing, and adorning the decor of your Home Base. Your arrival will bring excitement to classrooms as you work to inspire students toward success in school.

Community Service


Volunteer in primary schools, working with children of different ages to help improve their English skills and contribute to each school’s needs, including making improvements to the facilities. Split your time between teaching—potentially without electricity, or even under a tree—and campus refurbishment projects to serve every aspect of the school, and learn all about education in Ghana. On some days, you may be involved in teaching summer school or organizing games with children at the local park. Try to keep up with the children as they invite you to play soccer and schoolyard games after class!

Experience full immersion in Ghana’s rich cultural heritage as you are actively invited to participate in drumming and dancing, explore outdoor markets and take part in cooking lessons with staff at your Home Base, who will treat you like family. You’ll also experience the natural surroundings of Ghana with a beautiful waterfall hike. On our 21-Day Flagship Program, go on a two-night excursion where you’ll get to visit a monkey sanctuary.

Hands-On Learning Participate in workshops such as batik cloth dyeing, drumming, dancing and crash courses in the native language, Ewe or Krobo. You’ll be bestowed a Ghanaian name by the local chief of your village, and visit a seamstress to have custom clothing made out of colorful fabrics you purchase. To learn more about dynamic issues and challenges Ghana faces, hear from local experts about topics varying from traditional gender roles to modern-day children’s issues. On the 21-Day Flagship Program, you’ll hear about the nation’s history as a hub of the slave trade, and visit Fort Prinzenstein to truly understand the weight of this topic.

Lodging Enclosed compound | GLA operates two Home Bases for the 21-day program, and one Home Base for the 14-day program. All are located outside of the capital city of Accra in rural village settings. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe. Students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to shared bathrooms with cold-water showers.

Link it to » TANZANIA Children’s Education Adventure (pg. 30) GHANA Building Healthy Villages (pg. 22)


June 26 - July 16 July 9 - July 29 July 20 - August 9  Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 60

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PROGRAM June 11 - June 24 June 27 - July 10 July 13 - July 26 July 30 - August 12  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 40

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Building Healthy Villages™ Building From Start to Finish Live steps away from the beach in a Ghanaian eco-lodge Learn about public health and medical issues in developing countries Help construct a composting latrine and handwashing station from start to finish for families in need Shadow community nurses as they provide maternal health services to rural families Learn about WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and women’s health issues Be surrounded by Ghana’s high-energy drum and dance culture


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


From leading Africa’s fight against colonial rule to triumphing in international sporting events, Ghana is known to be Africa’s vibrant and modern democracy. However, in spite of rapid economic growth, poverty in rural Ghana remains critical, and issues like poor sanitation and chronic food insecurity continue to bar progress. Through your compost latrine and handwashing station building project, discussions with health-focused organizations, and shadowing nurses in the field, you’ll learn why healthcare’s role is critical in breaking persistent poverty cycles. Both physically challenging and an opportunity to dive into health issues, this unique program provides both a building experience as well as a glimpse into Ghana’s colorful and celebratory culture.

Community Service


Partner with and be trained by local masons to build a new composting latrine and handwashing station from start to finish for families in need. Before you wrinkle your nose, consider the critical importance of your work: This addition will help prevent the spread of disease and can even help local girls stay in school. This project, an eco-friendly and modern innovation, also produces highquality fertilizer that can increase crop yields and sustain nutritious diets. Spend time getting to know the families you’re building the latrine for and be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony with the families upon completion!

Live steps away from Ghana’s southern coast, where most mornings you’ll wake up to the sights and sounds of fishermen on the beach. Join them in pulling in the nets! Explore outdoor markets and discover fruits, vegetables, colorful fabrics and handmade crafts unique to this region of the world. No trip to Ghana is complete without a visit to a coastal slave fort, a poignant reminder of a page of history that defined our modern world. You’ll wrap your trip on an upbeat note, singing and drumming as you cruise down the Volta River to the sea, and celebrate finishing your service project with a bonfire on the beach.

Hands-On Learning


Accompany nurses to a nearby community, where they provide regular checkups for mothers and newborn babies. Observe as the babies are weighed inside a clinic. Compare traditional ways of life with a visit by the local chief and western practices with a head nurse. Consider how Western medicine coexists with rural Ghanaian health practices. Round out your experience with high-energy drumming workshops, a boat ride, a soccer tournament and Ewe (pronounced “eh-way”) language lessons.

Enclosed Compound | Home Base is a cluster of beachfront guest rooms in a well-appointed, enclosed lodge on the southern coast of Ghana. Students will stay with roommates in comfortable, gender-segregated rooms equipped with a fan. Bathrooms will be shared and have cold-water showers. Cool down after a hard day’s work in the beautiful lagoon right in front of Home Base!

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 22 - July 5 July 9 - July 22 July 26 - August 8

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 40

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Social Change Project™ Children & Community Development Live in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world Experience the complex and multicultural society of South Africa Volunteer on an education project with township youth Visit Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain and Robben Island Experience South Africa’s animal kingdom and the earliest known tribe, the “Khoi San” Explore South Africa’s world-famous Garden Route


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


The Rainbow Nation, as South Africa is nicknamed, exemplifies diversity with the tribal history of its people, the magnificent views as you conquer the peak of Table Mountain, and the contrast between the developed Cape Town and the developing rural Eastern Cape. You’ll have the chance to embrace and explore this colorful diversity in two of South Africa’s nine provinces, spending the majority of your time in immersive exploration of Cape Town, known as the Mother City. Learn from diverse speakers and witness up-close how movements for social change shaped South African society following decades of Apartheid, and be a part of the change happening to address current social issues.

Community Service Cape Town may have its modern identity as a top travel destination, but its heritage still shapes South Africa in a very physical way. Cape Town’s poorer areas are often tucked out of sight, in townships far from its gleaming coastal properties. Join a meaningful project in these township communities working with children in early childhood development centers. You’ll be assisting local teachers by working hands-on with students while also helping with ongoing physical projects at 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 you every day.

Hands-On Learning Learn about Apartheid - a period of time in the country defined by racial inequality - by walking in the footsteps of their most famous leader, Nelson Mandela. Visit Robben Island, where Mandela and hundreds of others of activists for equality were imprisoned 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 of your own for the change you hope to make in the world.

Adventure Bike around Cape Town’s peninsula, explore wildlife, and go on a challenging hike to the summit of majestic Table Mountain—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. Stand in two places at once as you visit the most southwestern tip of Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean on the Cape Point tour. Go an excursion along the Garden Route, where you will get to walk across a series of suspension bridges that lead to the world-famous Storms River, where you will be able to spend the afternoon kayaking!

Lodging Cozy guesthouse | Home Base is a cozy hostel situated in a quiet neighborhood with amazing scenic views of Table Mountain in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.

 21-DAY PROGRAM June 18 - July 8

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 35

Link it to » GHANA Children of Africa (pg. 20) SOUTH AFRICA Safari Service Expedition (pg. 28)

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Global Health Initiative™ Medicine & Public Health Experience true cultural immersion in a rural South African community Shadow community health workers in a mobile health clinic Learn about the challenges of providing healthcare in remote areas of the African continent Hike the Drakensberg mountains, famous for its many peaks and magnificent scenery Zipline amidst the stunning natural beauty of the mountains


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


Despite being known for medical breakthroughs (the first heart transplant was performed here!), small rural communities still lack basic health care needs. You’ll live in Geluksburg, which means “happy mountains” in rural Kwa-Zulu 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 home visits, meet with the local chief and eat a traditional Zulu meal. The rolling mist and tranquility of the surrounding Drakensberg mountain peaks will make for a one-of-a-kind experience on the southern tip of the African continent.

Community Service South Africa has had impressive development in recent decades, but many rural areas have been left behind and do not have access to the type of medical care considered a basic necessity. Help address these basic needs by working at a grassroots level to help facilitate health assessments for local homesteads and families in a remote community. Your survey results will assist in defining the ongoing health strategy for the town going forward. You’ll also teach basic health and safety measures in the homes, as well as provide families with first aid kits. Additionally, support the local mobile health clinics by learning how to record and track patient information.

Hands-On Learning Immerse yourself in a Zulu community with home visits, dancing and drumming lessons, and a visit to a traditional healer. Meet with the local Chief to learn about Zulu culture and history. Throughout your time here, you’ll see why healthcare in rural South Africa is so crucial – the access gap between urban and more remote parts of the country has a big effect on the public health system. Shadow health care workers and visit local clinics in Geluksburg, then compare and contrast the public and private health care systems. You’ll also hear from experts

about the obstacles people in rural South Africa face in receiving quality health care.

Adventure Your adventure starts on the journey to Home Base, a unique village town nestled high in the mountains. Later, hike part of the Drakensberg mountain range, known for its famous peaks and brimming with incredible waterfalls, streams, caves, crisp mountain air and spectacular views. This UNESCO World Heritage Site draws both locals and tourists from around the globe alike. You will also get the chance to go ziplining through the stunning forest canopy and enjoy a unique birds-eye view of landscapes unique to this region of South Africa.

Lodging Ecolodge | You’ll spend your first night in Johannesburg in a cozy guesthouse, and then depart as a group on day 2 to your Home Base, a converted farmhouse nestled in a remote community. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to en suite bathrooms with hot water showers. Wake up every day to the amazing scenic views of the Drakensberg mountain range. This Home Base is located in the heart of the community where you’ll work on your service project.

 14-DAY PROGRAM July 12 - July 25

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 40

Link it to » SOUTH AFRICA Safari Service Expedition (pg. 28)

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Safari Service Expedition™ Animal & Wildlife Conservation 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 the beaches on a multi-night excursion to Kosi Bay along the country’s northern coast Experience tribal culture and traditional storytelling


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


Experience life in the Pongola Game reserve and learn about conservation on the front lines. If you’re lucky, you might just spot Africa’s “Big Five” in the region — the African lion, African leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino. By night, you’ll live at a rustic Home Base on the reserve, hearing Zulu stories and learning about tribal culture. By day, shadow wildlife conservationists in the South African bush and go on game drives to observe animals.

Community Service Join professional conservationists in the field, assisting with habitat restoration efforts and wildlife monitoring. Help the conservation team eradicate an invasive plant species, learn about anti-poaching, undertake a snare patrol to identify leopards, and learn from passionate wildlife protectors about their personal experiences fighting poachers. Track the movements of elephants and other wildlife by satellite, and learn how rangers set camera traps—join them in combing through video footage to spot camouflaged leopards and other threatened species. Finally, uplifting the surrounding Zulu community is critical to conservation: promote successful and safe conservation programs for this region’s endangered wildlife.

During your community visit, enjoy tea with and hear stories from a Gogo (Grandmother in Zulu).

Adventure South Africa is a microcosm for the wonders of Africa— from its rich cultures and dramatic landscapes to its legendary wildlife. Experience it all on this program’s overnight excursions: Go on a true bush safari, and sleep under the stars on the reserve accompanied by professional field guides. On a multi-night excursion, paddle in two-person kayaks as you spot kingfisher and heron in Kosi Bay. At the program’s close, snorkel in the warm waters of Kosi Bay on the Indian Ocean, and learn about the region’s diverse coastal environments.

Hands-On Learning


You’ll hear from experts in the field about the challenges facing preservation of various species such as elephants and rhinos and what it means to manage wildlife. Learn to spot fresh prints, identify wildlife tracks, stay safe in the bush, discuss endangered species and more. Discover the biodiversity within the bush ecosystem and appreciate animals from the impressive Big Five to the miraculous dung beetle. Visit a local community to learn about Zulu culture and the role the community plays in conservation.

Traditional Bungalows | On this safari adventure, students will lodge in several locations. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, the group will stay in a guest lodge. For the remainder of the program, Home Base accommodations include wooden cabins, canvas cottages, and a safari camp, which is outside under the stars. Students will share accommodations with roommates and have access to bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 20 - July 3 July 8 - July 21 July 25 - August 7

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 32

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Children’s Education Adventure Children & Education 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 a day among the Maasai nomadic warrior tribe (21-Day Flagship Program only) Learn African dance, percussion and batik cloth dyeing


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


At dawn, the rising sun floods Tanzania’s cool grasslands with gold, school children walk along the roadsides and vendors set out their wares. Nature surrounds Tanzania, where the largest of animals mingle with the most minute, 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, you’ll constantly be greeted with the characteristic warmth and dignity of Tanzanians, and the raw beauty of East Africa.

Community Service


Widespread challenges continue to bar many Tanzanian children from receiving quality education and staying in school. No public funding past primary school, dilapidated physical infrastructure, social perceptions that demote education’s importance and teacher shortages are all critical issues. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to address these by refurbishing school facilities and teaching English in a classroom setting. Your impactful work will be rewarded by the bright, smiling faces of the local children who rush to say hello each day and are eager for your inspiration.

You’ll spend a day hiking at 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. A trip to Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without experiencing one of the world’s most spectacular safaris: Drive through Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, which naturalists the world over consistently call “the greatest wildlife show on Earth.” Look for zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, rhinos and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Hands-On Learning Hear from guest speakers about Tanzania’s history and recent progress, as well as heavy social issues that linger in spite of the country’s rapid growth. Communities continue to address challenges in the form of health issues, gender inequality, limited education opportunities and more. Still, the dignity and beauty of Tanzanian culture prevail, making the people resilient and focused on advancement. Participate in a batik dyeing workshop, market visits and traditional music and dance classes. If you’re joining us for our 21-Day Flagship Program, visit the homes of the Maasai tribes and experience their semi-nomadic lifestyle.

Lodging Enclosed compound | GLA operates two Home Bases in Tanzania, both of which are located an hour from the Kilimanjaro airport in small villages. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe. All students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to shared bathrooms with coldwater showers.

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June 17 - July 7 July 11 - July 31  Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 45

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PROGRAM June 15 - June 28 July 1 - July 14 July 17 - July 30 August 3 - August 16  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,899  Service Hours: 30

GHANA Children of Africa (pg. 20) SOUTH AFRICA: Safari Service Expedition (pg. 28)

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“The kind of experience GLA provides is like nothing else. Never in my life have I had experiences so outside of what I was used to, and I couldn’t be more grateful! I gained leadership skills, learned compassion, and most of all, was able to see through a unique lens into a part of the world most people my age would never get to.”

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Children’s Education in Action™ Children & Education Teach children at local Balinese schools Learn to scuba dive in Bali’s turquoise waters Explore the uplifting spiritual culture through temple visits Have dinner at the Royal Palace with the Prince of Ubud Surf with locals in Southern Bali, a worldclass surf destination


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


Journey to the island of Bali, where you’ll influence the youth of an indigenous culture and explore the many wonders of the “Island of the Gods.” Even more than its picturesque scenery, the Balinese people are what make this region truly beautiful. Charming and generous, local residents warmly welcome volunteers who can help fill educational gaps for their children. You’ll volunteer at a local school, teaching English and bonding with the community. In the afternoons 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.

Community Service


Speaking English unlocks advancement opportunities for Balinese youth. In this tourist hotspot, many of the villages and impoverished communities are overlooked, and as a result, Bali’s education is one area that needs attention. Volunteer at an English camp and create unforgettable bonds with your students as you design creative lesson plans and share crucial language lessons. Through community service, you’ll get to know the local people and get a rare peek into the daily life of the Balinese.

Every day in Bali is filled with epic adventures that chart the island from corner to corner. You’ll quickly understand that all adventure here is tied to living harmoniously with the natural world. Learn to scuba dive and explore the coral reef, whitewater raft through lush vegetation, explore temples built to blend in with their exotic backdrops and surf the Southern Bali coastline, one of the world’s top surfing destinations. Spend one night at an eco-camp on a cashew farm. It’s more than just a nut farm—this is a social enterprise that employs women of farming families and teaches the community about sustainability.

Hands-On Learning Surrounded by beautiful beaches, lush green rice terraces and intricate temples, you’ll be interacting daily with a culture that celebrates sustainable, communal living. You’ll learn about environmental issues and coral restoration during your scuba excursion, discuss problems facing modern-day rice farmers, and enjoy traditional dinner and conversation with the Prince of Ubud at the Royal Palace. Try your hand at the Gamelan drum and Legong dance and participate in ancient ceremonies to truly absorb the spiritual culture of the Balinese.

Lodging Enclosed compound | Home Base in Bali will be in three locations as you travel around the island during the program: Ubud, Singaraja and Amed. These fascinating destinations have all the comforts of home, but also a distinct essence that draws people from all over the world. Students share comfortable, gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to bathrooms with toilets and cold-water showers.

 21-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - July 6 July 10 - July 30

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 36

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Global Health Initiative™ Medicine & Public Health Shadow and assist health professionals during pop-up clinics in the community 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 on a weekend excursion


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


East meets West in this unique program nominated by Go Abroad as a 2018 Finalist for most Innovative New Program. You’ll study public health through two different perspectives: Western convention and the indigenous wisdom of the East. You’ll significantly deepen your understanding of the many pieces that make up the global health puzzle, especially in the developing world, where cultural competence is just as important for achieving wellness as medical ability 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.

Community Service


Spend time assisting health professionals in the field during pop-up care visits for villagers that have limited access to healthcare. 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.

With its pounding surf, emerald rice terraces and artistic culture, Bali is adventure, culture and spirituality all in one. Take a weekend trip to Amed, a sleepy fishing village off the beaten path. You’ll go on a sunrise boat ride alongside local fishermen in their traditional spider boats and snorkel over coral reefs, marine wildlife, and even the remnants of a Japanese shipwreck from World War II. On the 21-day program, you’ll learn to scuba dive in the crystal clear Balinese waters. Near Home Base, adventure is also never far away—surf among friendly locals on world-class waves and go whitewater rafting.

Hands-On Learning Shadowing local leaders, you’ll be immersed in diverse healthcare settings—Western pop-up clinics, a traditional healer’s practice, health workshops with local youth. You’ll begin to grasp the complexity of building and sustaining a public healthcare system. To better understand local philosophy on holistic wellness, you’ll also visit a natural birth clinic and explore where natural remedies are grown on an herbal walk. Finally, there’s no better way to learn about traditional Bali than with full sensory immersion: temple visits, a rice paddy walk, live gamelan music, Legong dance performances, and dinner at the Royal Palace.

Lodging Enclosed compound | Home Base will be in Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub, which has all the comforts of home but bears the artful and serene essence that draws people from all over the world to the island. Your housing will be diverse, from an authentic family home to a beach bungalow. Students share comfortable, gendersegregated rooms with roommates, and have access to bathrooms with Western-style toilets and showers.

Link it to » THAILAND In and Beyond the Classroom (pg. 48)


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June 22 - July 12 July 16 - August 5

June 16 - June 29 July 2 - July 15 July 19 - August 1 August 4 - August 17

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 36

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 24

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Mandarin Service Adventure Language Immersion Live in a historic market town on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau Experience Mandarin immersion and language classes Observe traditional artists of Shaxi valley Volunteer on family farms, harvesting crops and learning biodynamic practices Hike the Great Wall of China


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


Welcome to China, one of the oldest, largest and most diverse nations on Earth. China’s rich culture is most authentically preserved in its beautiful countryside, and this is your ticket to the full experience. From the moment you step into the Home Base in Shaxi (pronounced “sha-shee”), you’ll be swept into the magic of living in a village back in time. Based in the Himalayan foothills that border Tibet, Shaxi offers the opportunity to live in a locally-owned guesthouse built of intricate woodwork, and interact with the indigenous community through language exchange, cultural workshops and impactful projects. Icons of ancient Chinese culture beckon your exploration: towering Buddha statues, colorful temples and the Great Wall. The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ combines language learning in the classroom with immersion through community service, excursions and cultural activities.

Community Service


You’ll volunteer in the Bai minority community, where residents are actively working to preserve their heritage and cultural traditions. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, thousands of important temples, buildings and cultural relics were destroyed or damaged, including many sites in the village where you’ll be living. Participate in a physical service project that restores these sites and helps the ancient town’s global image. You’ll also volunteer on family farms, helping with harvesting and learning how residents of Shaxi’s beautiful valley are working to make their food systems more sustainable and biodynamic.

In China, you’ll stand under giant Buddha sculptures at Baoxiang Temple, an incredible temple carved into the side of a cliff. Get to know the cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and artists’ shops around Home Base, and spend a day exploring a Bai village. Visit Naigu Stone Forest, an unbelievable labyrinth of natural limestone formations. Finally, spend three days exploring the bustling city of Beijing. Check a few major items off your bucket list when you’re there: the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China!

Hands-On Learning Modernization has trickled from China’s largest cities into its rural, minority communities. Learn how this affects daily life in the mountains and the practice of 4,000-yearold traditions. Gain a personal understanding of why ancient arts and ways of life deserve our protection. Take dance lessons, learn the art of natural dye using indigo and visit Buddhist and Taoist temples each more unique than the last. Learn or improve your Mandarin with language classes and immersion in the community. Practice speaking with your local staff members and at the valley’s famous farmers’ market.

Lodging Cozy guesthouse | Home Base in China is located in Shaxi, a historic market town in the rural Yunnan province. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe. Students will sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates. All rooms have attached bathrooms with toilets and hot-water showers. During our time in Beijing and Kunming, we will stay in local hotels as a group.

 21-DAY PROGRAM July 5 - July 25

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 30 Language Hours: 20

Tuition includes an internal flight that students will take as part of the program.

 Link it to » INDIA The Initiative for Children (pg. 44)

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Children of the South Pacific™ Children & Education Help teach 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 Snorkel along coral reefs teeming with exotic fish


Powerful seeds of opportunity await your planting in this Pacific paradise.


“Bula!” This is the enthusiastic greeting you’ll hear again and again from native Fijians. Even on the extremely remote Yasawa Islands, where many regions are impoverished, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more warm and welcoming people. Life revolves around the ocean and community—old and young live together, and large gatherings and ceremonies are a constant occurrence. 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 and achieving sustainability for the remote community.

Community Service


While the Yasawa Islands are beautiful, daily village life isn’t quite the paradise that first meets the eye. The community struggles day to day with shortages of clean drinking water, little to no health services or facilities, lack of educational support, and no sustainable way forward that will accommodate growth. In Fiji, you’ll help with several high-impact projects that can improve opportunities for the island’s youth long-term: Deliver a summer education curriculum, practice reading aloud one-on-one, and inspire your students to value their education at an early age in order to become successful learners and productive citizens.

Life in Fiji is a daily aquatic adventure. Glide by boat over crystal blue waters and swim alongside schools of colorful fish. Snorkel over coral reefs teeming with colorful fish as you explore the beauty of the coral’s shapes and colors. Visit a hot natural mud pool and soak in its nourishing powers. Hike to a high outlook point in the island chain and see the beautiful islands below. Experience the vastness of the universe as you gaze at more stars than you’ve ever seen at once. Students should be relatively comfortable in the water to get the most out of this program.

Hands-On Learning

Traditional bungalows | Home Base in Fiji is located on a private beach, steps away from the ocean. Students live with roommates in gender-segregated beachside lodging with cold-water showers. While living conditions are simple, you will quickly discover the easy pace and rhythm of daily Fiji island life.

Fiji’s extreme remoteness presents a way of life vastly different from any other part of the world—every day is a chance to learn from its rustic, community-based culture. You’ll have opportunities to watch and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold through traditional song and dance. Meet with village leaders and community members to discuss critical issues facing their families. Learn jewelry-making using coconuts, the steps of the traditional dance Meke, and the effects of invasive species and climate change on the South Pacific.


 21-DAY PROGRAM June 18 - July 8 July 12 - August 1

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 45

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Marine Conservation Expedition™ Ocean and Environment Conservation 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


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


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. Blanketed with rugged hills and soft peaks, the island’s interior is laced with welltrodden paths leading to villages and small coves, where you’ll 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 environment.

Community Service Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by external forces like climate change and overfishing. Learn about the negative effects these have on marine sustainability by working on a data collection project that contributes to a longterm study led by the University of the South Pacific. This ongoing research will help better local communities’ and your own understanding of areas that need protection. Plant mangroves to mitigate heavy coastal erosion in some areas, participate in coral restoration projects and promote sustainable use of sensitive ecological resources. Finally, spend time in the local villages presenting your findings to schoolchildren, elders and community leaders.

Hands-On Learning Fiji’s remoteness presents a way of life vastly different from many other parts of the world—every day is a chance to learn from its enchanting, community-based culture. You’ll have opportunities to watch and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold through song and dance. Visit the village markets and participate in a lovo, a traditional feast cooked in the earth. Make jewelry using coconuts, try the steps of the traditional meke dance, and pick up some conversational Fijian.


Based 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 below. During your downtime, launch kayaks into the private cove right by 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.

Lodging Traditional bungalows | Home Base in Fiji is a locally-owned lodge made up of renovated bungalows on the beach. Gather at an open-air common area for meals and evening sessions and enjoy living steps from the water. Students will share bungalows with three to four roommates and have access to ensuite bathrooms with Western style toilets and cold-water showers. Kayaks are also available at Home Base for students to use during downtime, under staff supervision.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 18 - July 1 July 5 - July 18 July 21 - August 3

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30

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The Initiative for Children™ Children & Community Development Live in the royal city of Jaipur, also known as the “Pink City” for its distinctive color Teach India’s children and support infrastructure projects at local schools Take part in Indian cooking and dress workshops, as well as yoga sessions Camp in the desert outskirts after experiencing a unique camel safari Travel to the Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous monument to undying love


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


Full of diverse people, dramatic landscapes and spiritual energy, the magical land of India awaits you. You’ll have the opportunity to teach India’s underserved children and 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 the desert, and visit incredible temples. Gain invaluable cultural knowledge and insight on this once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.

Community Service


Begin in Jaipur, where you’ll work with an orphanage that caters to children affected by many issues facing India, from widespread poverty to the HIV epidemic. Your service may range from building a new room to playing and interacting with the kids. In Pushkar, during your second week, volunteer at a school for underprivileged girls, where you will work on infrastructure projects and school beautification. For your final week, return to Jaipur and teach children in the local schools, where you will be part of the initiative to support children academically in a part of the world where the literacy rate is below 70%.

India is a country beckoning 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 in the desert outskirts overnight 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.

Hands-On Learning

Exclusive Hotel Block | In both Jaipur and Pushkar, Home Bases will be hotels with nice, clean and safe accommodations. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms. Meals will consist of mostly vegetarian dishes due to the local culture, but non-vegetarian dishes will also be provided.

Discover India’s diverse religious history as you visit a historic temple famous for being the only one erected for Brahma, and participate in yoga sessions guided by a Brahmin. Take a town tour in Pushkar and visit a colorful and vibrant local market where you can shop for items like embroidered clothes, jewelry and traditional goods. Between sightseeing and participating in various cultural activities, learn about and discuss the preeminent issues in the region, from access to health care to educational opportunities for youth.


 21-DAY PROGRAM July 1 - July 21 July 25 - August 14

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 45

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Elephants & Conservation Expedition™ Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Visit the bustling capital of Thailand where you’ll see incredible sights Float down a river into an elephant reserve Volunteer at a sanctuary for an endangered species of wild cattle, of which only 70 exist in the world Learn what it is like to live as a mahout at an elephant camp Take part in reforestation as you work at a tree nursery



In & Beyond the Classroom™ Children & Education

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



Elephant Sanctuary Project™ Animal & Wildlife Conservation

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 school classroom Hike to waterfalls and soak in natural hot springs Visit colorful night bazaars filled with local cuisine and handicrafts


Split your time between working with gentle Asian elephants and teaching English to children.


Travel to Chiang Rai, where you’ll lend your compassion to caring for elephants at a true elephant sanctuary. These animals are an important part of Thailand’s culture: traditional symbols of royal power, an essential feature of traditional art and regarded as spiritual mentors. Learn how their cultural significance, conservation and place in tourism are all deeply interwoven. Then, embrace your community as you volunteer as an English teacher in local schools and make a difference in the lives of local youth. Cap it all off as you explore waterfall trails, hot springs and national parks after service, which will inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature.

Community Service Spend one week volunteering at a sanctuary for elephants, and another teaching English to local children in government schools. The goal of the elephant sanctuary is to let the animals lead their lives as naturally and as stress-free as possible. Work with locals who have committed their lives to promoting healthy relationships between humans and elephants. You’ll help by harvesting organic elephant food, feeding the animals and helping with daily tasks of the sanctuary. In your other project, teach English to enthusiastic primary school students who have had limited exposure to foreigners. Play learning games and come up with ways to help them improve their language skills.

Hands-On Learning After decades of exploitation, there is much work to be done to restore independence, natural behaviors and dignity to Asian elephants. It depends on the awareness of travelers like you. Discuss complex cultural and ethical issues regarding captive elephant welfare, tourism and conservation. Listen to experts speak on these controversial topics, and determine your own first steps in encour-

aging a culture that promotes high standards of animal ethics around the world. Reflect on the similarities and differences in education systems and culture between East and West. Visit beautiful temples and experience the natural beauty of Northern Thailand.

Adventure There’s adventure to be had everywhere in Chiang Rai’s lush, rural environment! Hike a trail that leads to a breathtaking waterfall. Swim in its pools and visit a natural hot spring. You’ll also go on a full-day bicycle tour around Chiang Rai, spotting numerous temples, rice fields and orchards. At night, visit the street bazaars, shop for artisanal handicrafts and sample Thai cuisine.

Lodging Exclusive Hotel Block/Cozy Guesthouse | Students travel to two different Home Bases on this program. At the elephant sanctuary, the group stays on premises. Wake up to elephants meandering feet from your window! During the rest of the program, students stay at a boutique resort north of Chiang Rai. In both Home Bases, students live with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 17 - June 30 July 3 - July 16 July 19 - August 1 August 4 - August 17

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 30

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“My time with Global Leadership Adventures made me realize that I want to spend my life learning about other cultures and providing services to help those in need. I discovered my passion, and how fulfilling it can be to form connections with people who don’t even speak your same language.” Alexandra - SPAIN: Spanish Service ALUMNUS

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Spanish Service in Action™ Language Immersion Improve your Spanish through language immersion Walk the historic streets of Toledo, the “city of three cultures” Visit some of Madrid’s oldest restaurants on a tapas tour Zipline over the urban landscapes of Toledo Go white water rafting on the Alto Tajo River On the 21-day Flagship program, travel to Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region


For more than a language course, travel to Toledo—the perfect destination for a full Spanish experience.


The passions of Spain’s people are the fabric of daily life; this is a country with music in its soul, a love of fine food and wild landscapes, and a special talent for celebrating all things in life. Based in the city of Toledo, you’ll be surrounded by rich history and architecture, and get to visit medieval monuments and historic cathedrals. Sharpen your Spanish skills through a mix of language immersion and formal instruction, and practice with passionate native Spanish speakers as you volunteer alongside local youth. Experience two of Spain’s amazing cities—Toledo and Madrid (and visit Barcelona on the 21-day program) on this life-changing Spanish experience. The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ combines language learning in the classroom with immersion through community service, excursions and cultural activities.

Community Service


Spain’s youth has struggled for years with high unemployment rates. You’ll help Spanish children have better opportunities in the future by improving their English language skills. In Toledo, volunteer at a school running a summer English camp with children where you’ll help them to learn English and develop other skills that will prepare them for the future. Throughout the program, work on additional projects helping to address other local community needs.

Experience the adrenaline rush of ziplining above the Tagus River and the historic architecture of Toledo’s city center. Go on a multi-day excursion to visit Madrid, where you’ll experience Spain’s culture with a tapas tour, followed by a white water rafting excursion on the Alto Tajo River. You’ll also get the chance to cool off from the summer heat in ancient underground baths which were built by the Moors–Spain’s medieval Arab immigrants. Our 21-day program includes a trip to Barcelona, known for its fabled architecture and Catalonian culture. See the famous Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, two iconic emblems of Spain.

Hands-On Learning Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Toledo’s extensive monumental and cultural heritage is a playground for learning. It is known as “the city of three cultures” as Judaism, Islam and Christianity are all rooted in this city. Follow in the footsteps of well-known literary legend Don Quixote de la Mancha, whose famous route ran through the city of Toledo. On our 21-day Flagship program, you’ll experience an authentic “Street Life Tour” in Barcelona while practicing your Spanish with friendly locals along the way.

Lodging Cozy guesthouse | Home Base is located in Toledo in a castle overlooking a historic section of the city, and is a 30 minute walk from the city center. El Albergue San Servando, a historical landmark, once served as a monastery and was occupied by monks and knights. Students will share rooms with roommates and have shared bathrooms. While in Madrid, and for the 21-day program while in Barcelona, students will stay in comfortable hostels.


July 16 - August 5  Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $6,299  Service Hours: 36 Language Hours: 28

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PROGRAM June 29 - July 12 July 16 - July 29  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $4,399  Service Hours: 24 Language Hours: 21

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“Ever since my Peru trip, I have realized that, introverted or not, I can be someone who motivates others to leave the world a little better than how they found it. The two weeks I spent in Peru affect me daily. They make me a more passionate, daring person, and I am forever grateful for that.” Ruthie - Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley TM

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Rio & Amazon Expedition™ Animal & Wildlife Conservation Shadow conservationists on an endangered jaguar conservation project Live in a jungle ecolodge overlooking the rainforest Spend a night in the rainforest, sleeping in a hammock Swim in a waterfall and climb Amazon trees Explore Rio de Janeiro, known as the “Marvelous City” Work on urban community development projects with youth


Discover two crown jewels of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon jungle.


Named after female warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazon is indeed a place of mythical status. What traveler hasn’t imagined a trip to admire this incredible rainforest, teeming with wildlife? Surprisingly, it’s actually the little things that make it special: Being surrounded by rainforest foliage, cooking food over a bonfire, waking to the sounds of howler monkeys. You’ll also experience spectacular Rio de Janeiro as well, exploring its world famous beachfront and seeing its landmark Christ the Redeemer statue up close.

Community Service


The jaguar once roamed millions of square kilometers from Argentina to Arizona. However, decades of deforestation and hunting have drastically shrunk its habitat and eliminated over half of the historic jaguar population. Today, the species is listed as “threatened to near extinction.” Learn why conservation is critical: Jaguars play an important role in keeping the food chain balanced, and the Amazon’s natural, wild environment in equilibrium. With naturalists and biologists, study jaguar behavior through modern tracking methods, and discuss the human-wildlife relationship. You’ll also have the chance to contribute to a service project in Rio’s favelas, working on community development that benefits local youth.

Living in the Amazon is a daily adventure, with Home Base perched in the rainforest and constant opportunity to see flora and fauna right outside your window. Go on a tropical tree climbing adventure that brings you to the Amazon’s highest branches! You’ll be assisted by an experienced guide who knows this canopy top to bottom. Spend a night in a hammock in the rainforest, go canoeing and take a cooking class. Cap off your experience by exploring Rio de Janeiro and its icons: the famed Christ the Redeemer statue, Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and bossa nova beats.

Hands-On Learning

Ecolodge | Home Base in the Amazon is an eco-lodge situated deep within a private conservation area. The lodge is owned and operated by a family for whom preserving wild places is a way of life! Home Base is constructed from traditional materials and inspired by traditional Amazon design. For the Rio de Janeiro portion of the program, the home base will be a hostel in Copacabana that is exclusively reserved for GLA students and staff. Accommodations are simple, but clean, safe and incredibly scenic. Students will live with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

On this program, you’ll spend time in the both the Amazon and in Rio. This split gives you a unique chance to compare and contrast life in the Brazilian rainforest and in the city. What two issues threaten both wild and human populations alike? Deforestation and over-development. In the Amazon, observe many examples, like the Balbina Dam on the Uatumã River. You’ll also learn how native jaguar populations have been threatened, and what locals are doing to protect them. In Rio, discover what it’s like to live in Brazil’s most famous city. Explore its world-class beaches, unique take on Brazilian culture and more.


 21-DAY PROGRAM June 23 - July 13 July 7 - July 27

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 60

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Preserving Nature’s Wonders™ Animal & Wildlife Conservation Restore the habitat of native Galápagos 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


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


The Galápagos Islands, located off the coast of Ecuador, are so unique that UNESCO has designated them a World Heritage Site. These nineteen islands have been called a “living museum” and “showcase of evolution.” While the archipelago has been the center of attention from conservationists around the world, it is under constant pressure from environmental threats. Experience one of the most pristine natural environments where conservationists are working to protect this unique ecosystem. Besides volunteering, you’ll also have the opportunity to see lava fields, snorkel with sea lions and witness Galápagos tortoises up close.

Community Service


The native wildlife of the Galápagos faces danger to its habitat from invasive species and litter. You will travel to different islands, each with its own unique needs. Prepare to get your hands dirty! Work at a tortoise refuge center, digging up invasive plants, helping with groundwork and preparing habitat for the tortoises. Elsewhere, dig up rocks and plant trees to help protect endemic species and restore the natural habitat of local wildlife. You may also work on a physical project in the community, so you can contribute to the success of young people who will be future stewards of these islands.

Darwin’s living laboratory is home to an abundance of wildlife, presenting countless opportunities to interact with animals that have no instinctive fear of humans. Go snorkeling with sea lions and turtles. Try your hand at sea kayaking and jump in for a swim. Observe blue-footed boobies perched on rocks and spot silent marine iguanas. Walk through a naturally formed lava tunnel, and wade through mangroves as pelicans fly overhead. You’ll even visit a tortoise breeding center and see baby Galapágos tortoises! The Galápagos Islands and their rocky topography are incredibly unique - no two islands are alike - so there’s plenty to see as you island-hop around by boat.

Hands-On Learning The islands are a living classroom! Learn about the challenges of sustainably balancing human needs with biological protection and preservation. Issues such as the pressure to develop the islands for residents and tourism will be key discussion points during your time in the Galápagos. Encounter firsthand the diversity of species that led Darwin to formulate his thinking on natural selection and adaptation. Explore ideas about the complicated relationship between humans and wildlife as you contrast your city tour of bustling Quito with the serenity of hikes throughout the Galápagos Islands.

Lodging Exclusive hotel block | Home Base will change throughout the program as we travel from island to island. On each of the islands, we stay in simple, wellmaintained accommodations. Each Home Base offers shared, gender-segregated rooms and common areas where meals will be served. In Quito, the gateway city to the Galápagos, our group will stay at a local hotel.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 12 - June 25 June 21 - July 4 June 30 - July 13 July 9 - July 22 July 18 - July 31 August 3 - August 16

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $4,699  Service Hours: 24 Tuition includes an internal flight that students will take as part of the program.

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Children of the Andes™ Children & Education 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 admire the Sacred Valley’s famous ruins Trek to Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks Experience the colorful landscape of Rainbow Mountain



Foundations of Global Health™ Medicine & Public Health Gain hands-on healthcare experience in rural clinics Take a course on basic medical skills training Assist with an ongoing public health research project with Andean communities Go on a rafting adventure in the Sacred Valley Trek to Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks See the incredible rock formations at Rainbow Mountain (21-day Flagship program only)


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


Limited physical access to primary health care is a major factor contributing to the poor health of populations in developing countries, particularly in mountain areas with rugged topography, harsh climates and extensive socioeconomic barriers. Assessing physical access to primary health care is an important exercise for healthcare planners and policy makers. Come to Peru and do handson work on campaigns that address this very need: Assess malnutrition in rural areas, work on an ongoing research project in the high Andes, and 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 carry out important health campaigns.

Community Service


Work on a public health research project with highaltitude Andean communities. Observe the natural barriers to access residents of rural mountain communities face. Through this project, understand why gathering data is critical for implementing sustainable change. In addition, help a local organization deliver campaigns on holistic health and medical awareness, and learn about their traveling clinics, which strive to reach communities in the Andes and provide free, quality care that they would otherwise have no access to.

Cuzco attracts people from around the world to view its astonishingly preserved archaeological sites and architecture. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding region is home to amazing landmarks like the Sacred Valley, which is filled with breathtaking mountain views, traditional Quechua communities, colorful Peruvian clothing, llama farms, salt flats, market towns and ancient ruins. Go on a trek to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruins that have mystified and intrigued travelers for decades. Go on an exciting rafting adventure down the steep-walled and scenic river valley.

Hands-On Learning On this foundational global health program, you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of health settings and topics that help facilitate an understanding of how diversities and disparities in peoples and places impact human health. Shadow community health workers and learn new medical skills and diagnostic techniques. You’ll see how basic health monitoring works, pick up medical terms in Spanish and listen to a moderated panel discussion of Peruvian health workers. In the evenings, discuss your observations, the cases you’ve witnessed and the first steps you’ll take to increase global access to healthcare.

Lodging Exclusive hotel block | Home Base will be at a community-built and operated hotel in the Sacred Valley. Students will share rooms with roommates, typically with ensuite bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe.

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June 21 - July 11 July 9 - July 29 July 15 - August 4

June 22 - July 5 August 2 - August 15

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,399  Service Hours: 45

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,899  Service Hours: 30

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Service Through the Lens™ Photography & Journalism Capture moments of daily life in Andean communities Participate in workshops with photojournalists Learn composition and storytelling on immersive field expeditions Spend a day hiking Visit the incredible salt pond terraces of Maras Snap photos of visually-stunning Rainbow Mountain (21-day Flagship program only)


Experience Machu Picchu and beyond as you refine your photography skills and storytelling techniques.


Peru deserves its reputation as a mystical travel destination. Astonishing beauty abounds in its most iconic sites: The colonial gem of Cuzco, the incredible Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. However, as a storyteller you might discover that tucked in between these wild landscapes is another world of photo opportunities: Colorful weaving villages, market days, the hardy mountain lifestyle of families living in the Andes. Truly, the people are Peru’s real treasure and most dynamic force: Warm in spirit, resourceful and resilient, Peruvians are generous about sharing their lives and their country with visitors. With your eyes and heart open, take your camera off the tourist path to capture their rich and surprising stories through direct exchanges.

Community Service Make your photography a service to the community. Collaborate on portraiture and post-production to come up with a memento that the students and their families can enjoy. Take part in community development projects that target infrastructure, education or health-related concerns, depending on the time of your arrival. Keep your camera handy: Through volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know families, shoot their portraits, conduct interviews and create human interest pieces for exchanging with our group and your subjects.

Hands-On Learning Intermixed with community service projects and cultural excursions is time to refine your art, and shoot and edit with professional guidance. Shadow working photojournalists, tour a photography studio in Cuzco, and take different workshops. You’ll have an ongoing assignment to consider your lighting and composition, refine your unique vision, and better use your gear. Peru offers opportunities to explore portraiture, street photography, as well as architectural, landscape and adventure photography. At program’s end, participate in an expo, where you’ll get to creatively display your best work. On

the 21-day Flagship program, you’ll get to spend more time with a professional photographer and complete a more extensive photo portfolio.

Adventure Those who are willing to break a sweat are rewarded handsomely in Peru, with a stunning combination of mountain vistas, cloud forests and jungles. Go on a hike from the Moray ruins to the white salt ponds of Maras, which cascade down a hillside valley in geometric terraces and have been providing local Peruvians with salt for generations. Live amongst a traditional Andean community and visit stunning Machu Picchu. Walking ancient pathways surrounded by an astonishing visual landscape. On the 21-day Flagship program, you’ll also experience the wonders of Rainbow Mountain up close!

Lodging Exclusive hotel block | Home Base will be at community-built and operated hotel in the Sacred Valley. Students will share rooms with roommates, typically with ensuite bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe.


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June 23 - July 13 July 16 - August 5

June 23 - July 6 July 16 - July 29

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 40

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30

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Spanish Service Adventure Language Immersion Improve your Spanish through language immersion Volunteer on various projects for the local community Hike to famous Machu Picchu 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)


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


Spanish class will never be the same! Discover Cuzco, the cultural heart of the Inca Empire, as you immerse yourself in its sights and sounds—ancient flutes, traditional clothes, cobblestone streets—and absorb the language. While you volunteer on various projects to improve the lives of indigenous residents in the regions surrounding Cuzco, practice your Spanish with patient and friendly native speakers. On the weekends, explore the Sacred Valley and hike through the Andes mountains to visit Machu Picchu. The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ combines language learning in the classroom with immersion through community service, excursions and cultural activities.

Community Service


Living and volunteering in the Sacred Valley provides an excellent opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in working situations. In spite of the city’s success in tourism, poverty and classism continue to thrive in Cuzco’s rural areas. Depending on community needs at the time of your arrival, your service may include various community development projects or making infrastructure improvements that ease the difficulty of daily life. Interact with families you’re serving, and experience locals’ generosity and charm as they help you improve your speaking skills.

Peru’s diverse natural landscape creates the perfect playground for outdoor adventures, like a thrilling whitewater rafting expedition. These rivers are the same transport routes that Andean people have been taking for thousands of years, so you’ll see ancient ruins and historic relics along the way. No trip to Cuzco is complete without visiting epic Machu Picchu—take a picturesque train ride to this world-famous site and explore this lost-in-time icon of South America.

Hands-On Learning Take advantage of a unique language immersion curriculum that combines classroom time with practicing speaking Spanish in everyday conversation with locals: during service, participating in cultural activities and even on excursions. All levels are welcome, and you’ll be placed with peers at a similar level of speaking and comprehension ability. Improving your Spanish communication skills will also deepen your cultural learning experiences - like participating in Andean music workshops, listening to talks about cosmology and meeting farming communities and local artisans.

Lodging Exclusive hotel block | Home Base is located in one of the picturesque villages of the Sacred Valley. You’ll live in a family atmosphere among high mountains, snowcapped peaks and fields of crops. Students stay in gendersegregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.


June 18 - July 8 July 12 - August 1  Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,299  Service Hours: 45 Language Hours: 35

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July 12 - July 25  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,999  Service Hours: 30 Language Hours: 25

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Service in the Sacred ValleyTM Children & Community Development 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 snow-capped peaks


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


Set in Peru’s Andean highlands, the Sacred Valley makes up a big portion of the heart of the Inca Empire. Go on an epic train ride to Machu Picchu and experience this iconic wonder of the world. Look around more, though, and you’ll learn Peru has areas of need—poverty and economic development issues 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 and lively culture of its people are what have truly endured the last several centuries.

Community Service About 8 million Peruvians remain poor, and poverty is deepest among people of indigenous origin living in remote, rural areas. You’ll focus on empowering Peruvian women who work in weaving co-ops creating Andean textiles and fabrics. Your volunteer projects will also include building new infrastructure to support community development and working on economic initiatives for women. Contribute to the wellbeing of rural communities as you see up-close how projects like these can deliver meaningful - and sustainable - change, as well as new opportunities to make a living.

Hands-On Learning Your community service projects will give you significant insight into life in a high-altitude, rural community and the issues they face, from how to alleviate poverty to providing economic opportunities for Peruvian women. Outside of service, learn firsthand about Peru’s rich culture that descends from the Incan empire, through Andean music and dance workshops, a visit to the local llama and alpaca farm, conversation with a traditional shaman and afternoons among local artisans at the

bustling market. Play soccer with local youth and engage in discussion with nonprofit organizations to deepen your understanding of Peru’s contemporary culture.

Adventure The Sacred Valley surrounding Cuzco is full of incredible topography and archaeological marvels. You’ll tour famous ruins, explore the city of Cuzco, and of course, hike to Machu Picchu. Your multi-day trek passes through awe-inspiring valleys, and you’ll wake up from camp to staggering snow-capped peaks at 10,000 feet of elevation. Participate in a traditional music workshop, browse the colorful craft markets, and go on a whitewater rafting adventure.

Lodging Exclusive hotel block | Home Base is a locally-owned property in the Sacred Valley. Students stay in gendersegregated rooms and have access to shared bathrooms. During weekend hiking excursions, students camp in tents provided by GLA.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 12 - June 25 June 28 - July 11 July 14 - July 27 July 31 - August 13

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,699  Service Hours: 30

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“I had an experience that was unforgettable! I was able to immerse myself into the culture, make an impact, and create twenty-one closeknit friendships with people I have never met before. I was surprised by how quickly my peers and I bonded, the freedom that the GLA staff provided, and my recognition to call Costa Rica my second home. This program has provided me with a new perspective, life-long friends, and the continuous desire to make a difference.” Denise - Costa Rica: The Initiative for ChildrenTM


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COSTA RICA p.78 Animal Rescue Project™ p.80 Spanish Service Adventure p.82 The Initiative for Children™ p.84 Protecting the Pacific™ p.86 Soccer Beyond Borders™ p.88 Surf & Sustainable Service ™ p.90 Beachside Service Adventure p.92 The Sea Turtle Initiative™ p.94 Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™

CUBA p.96 Land of Discovery™

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC p.98 Building a Sustainable World™ p.100 International Development Initiative™ p.102 Global Health Initiative™ p.104 Caribbean Service Adventure p.106 Sports Service Adventure p.108 Spring Break Service Adventure

GUADELOUPE p.110 French Caribbean Adventure

GUATEMALA p.112 Children of the Maya™

HAITI p.114 Global Health Initiative™

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The Initiative for Children™ Children & Community Development Lead an educational English camp for Belizean youth Use experiential learning tools to improve children’s literacy Live on a tropical savanna surrounded by biodiversity Experience everything from lush rainforests to the Caribbean coast Enjoy world-class snorkeling over the world’s second-largest barrier reef Learn about animal conservation at the Belize Zoo



Animal Rescue ProjectTM Animal & Wildlife Conservation Do hands-on volunteer work alongside veterinarians and animal experts 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 Go on a whitewater rafting adventure and assist in extra veterinary clinics (21Day Flagship Program only)


Rescue and rehabilitate animals in Costa Rica, a natural haven for both domestic and wild critters.


Animal lovers looking to make a difference are needed around the world to care for creatures in wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, promote animal rights and help educate communities. On this program, 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 also get to study exotic wildlife species in a country known for its wildlife preservation. In your time off service, experience all the outdoor adventure and natural beauty Costa Rica has to offer.

Community Service This is a service-intensive program, and you’ll be expected to fully participate as a hands-on volunteer, shadowing local veterinarians and animal experts. Apply your compassion for animals as you rotate through different positions at a traveling clinic providing communities the access they need to veterinary services. Some of the cases you might see include spay and neuter, de-worming, and care for skin conditions and wounds. Observe the intake, surgery and postoperative procedures, and help repair critical infrastructure and provide positive social interaction with the animals that bring comfort to their lives. You’ll also volunteer your time walking dogs, working on projects requiring physical labor, making toys, and refurbishing the rescue center.

Hands-On Learning Understand why animals around the world—both domestic and wild—face issues with care. In developing countries, pets are often at higher risk of abandonment or disease, simply due to a lack of resources and limited access to veterinary care. Likewise, exotic animals unfortunately face exploitation or losing their natural habitats as a compromise to meet human desires. Learn from

guest speakers about Costa Rica’s rescue and conservation efforts, and what you can do to create a kinder world for animals. In addition, gain exposure to the processes and procedures of veterinary care. Get a basic understanding of skills, techniques, approaches and areas of specialization when it comes to nurturing different animals.

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.

Lodging Exclusive hotel block | The main Home Base is a locally-owned boutique hotel in inland Costa Rica, surrounded by hills and lush vegetation. While traveling through the country to implement veterinary clinics in local communities, students will stay in exclusive hotel blocks. In all accommodations, students live in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.


June 17 - July 7 July 11 - July 31  Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,499  Service Hours: 45

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June 18 - July 1 July 5 - July 18 July 21 - August 3 August 6 - August 19  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,899  Service Hours: 35

COSTA RICA The Initiative for Children (pg. 82) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Caribbean Service Adventure (pg. 104)

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Spanish Service Adventure Language Immersion 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 lush forest canopy Whitewater raft the world-class Pacuare River (21-Day Flagship Program only)

Homestay Experience 8 days

Extend your stay and dedicate another week to language learning.

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Become part of a local family who welcomes you into their home.

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Polish your Spanish skills through true immersion in the community. Embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle as you experience Costa Rican hospitality up close.


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


Forget learning Spanish in a classroom—on this program 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, or Ticos as they prefer to call themselves, continue to work toward high sustainability goals and protect their biodiverse home. Alongside passionate conservationists, you’ll volunteer on projects in eco-friendly building and agriculture, and interview community members—in their native language, of course! These experiences enhance your language immersion, making sure you get plenty of practice and return home a more confident Spanish speaker. The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ combines language learning in the classroom with immersion through community service, excursions and cultural activities.

Community Service


Focus on sustainable development in a rural mountain community. Partner with small, local coffee farms that are committed to transitioning from conventional to organic coffee production. This practice leads to mitigation of local health issues, environmental protection, and long-term economic benefits for small growers and their communities. You’ll also contribute to green building initiatives that reduce plastic waste and improve road conditions, ultimately improving children’s access to schools.

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 of Dominical. You’ll have the opportunity to 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.

Hands-On Learning Enhance your language learning through immersive exchanges with the community: Every hour spent at a service site or on an adventure will push you to use your Spanish skills, creating a fun and intensive learning environment. Take advantage of home visits with local families, dance classes and cooking lessons conducted in Spanish. Learn the importance of sustainable development and discuss social and environmental issues that reach far beyond Costa Rica’s borders.

Lodging ECOLODGE | GLA operates two Home Bases for this program—both of which are nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounded by cloud forests. Both locations have spectacular views, beautiful hiking trails and are exclusively used by our students and staff.


June 16 - July 6 July 22 - August 11

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,199  Service Hours: 48 Language Hours: 35

 14-DAY

PROGRAM June 18 - July 1 July 5 - July 18 July 9 - July 22 July 26 - August 8  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 28 Language Hours: 25

 Link it to » COSTA RICA Beachside Service Adventure (pg. 90) COSTA RICA The Initiative for Children™ (pg. 82)

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


Development issues in rural Costa Rica—from education access to sustainable land use—are all directly related to the wellness and futures of youth. On this program, you’ll be based in small towns far from the developed tourism hotspots of Costa Rica. 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 passionate about engaging the community in more sustainable practices. After service, experience Costa Rica’s lush landscapes and its natural playground of outdoor adventure.

Community Service Volunteer efforts that help speed up skills development for children and bolster education are crucial. On the 14-day program, empower local children through your volunteer work in schools. Help refurbish classrooms and participate in cross-cultural exchange with students from the nearby farms. On the 21-day program, focus on providing integrated environmental education to youth of all ages. Work directly with students on reforestation and ecological preservation projects, encouraging them to become engaged in real-world issues that transcend classroom walls. For those students who enroll on the July 2 - July 15 session, you will have an incredible and unique opportunity to engage with local children at a summer camp instead of in a school setting, as the kids are off on holiday.

Hands-On Learning A country that is well-known for its environmental efforts, you’ll see first-hand the development issues that affect the daily lives of Costa Rica’s youth. On the 21-day program, dive into environmental sustainability: Learn about Costa Rica’s “Bandera Azul” program, a certification program that ensures schools are meeting environmental

education standards. Observe alternative ways to grow, harvest and process coffee and other high-demand foods that are more sustainable. Chat with locals in their homes over cafecito—the Tico equivalent of tea time.

Adventure On the 14-day program, go kayaking, see the Arenal Volcano on horseback and experience a natural hot spring. On the 21-day program, go whitewater rafting on the Tenorio River, standup paddleboard through a mangrove forest, see crocodiles, monkeys, and birds on a riverboat tour, hike through Monte Alto Nature Reserve, enjoy a Catamaran cruise with time for snorkeling and visit a beachside wildlife refuge where turtles have been known to nest. On both programs, see Costa Rica’s natural beauty from an exhilarating zipline!

Lodging RUSTIC VILLAS | The 14-day program’s Home Base is an all-wooden lodge surrounded by rural pineapple and sugarcane farms. There are three lakes near the property where students can swim, kayak or fish. The 21-day program’s comfortable and safe Home Base is located a short distance from the beach, with a pool. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates.


June 17 - July 7 July 11 - July 31  Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,099  Service Hours: 60

 14-DAY

PROGRAM June 16 - June 29 July 2 - July 15 July 18 - July 31 August 3 - August 16  Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,799  Service Hours: 36

 Link it to » PERU: Service in the Sacred Valley (pg. 72) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Caribbean Service Adventure (pg. 104)

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Protecting the Pacific™ Ocean & Environment Conservation Volunteer alongside passionate ocean conservationists Help eliminate ocean contamination Learn to surf on a beautiful beach Spot dolphins, whales, turtles and marine birds Hike through Corcovado National Park



Soccer Beyond BordersTM Sports Leadership Organize soccer camps for local youth Play in scrimmages and a co-ed beach soccer tournament with local teams Train with FIFAcertified coaches Play an organized game at Edgardo Baltodano Stadium Go ziplining, visit a natural hot spring and partake in surf lessons Float down the river on a white water rafting excursion


There’s no better way to become immersed in the local culture of Costa Rica than through the common language of fútbol.


From the scrappy matches that take over the village pitch to breathless exclamations of “Gooooal!” erupting on game days, no Costa Rican sporting venture can compare with fútbol. 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—and you don’t need a field, official balls, cleats or shin guards to participate. In a town with few paved streets and cars, 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 immersed in the raw energy of Latin American fútbol, and learn how you can adopt the local style and signature technique while building a more inclusive world through this sport.

Community Service Soccer can be an effective vehicle for positive change. Work directly with local youth in in small rural beach towns by providing youth soccer camps! Public schools in these areas face challenges of overcrowded classrooms and lack of resources. These soccer camps and afterschool programs provide fun, safe and structured activities for local youth outside of school. You will collaborate with public schools and local non-profit organizations to organize these camps with the goal of increasing youth sport participation, encouraging healthy lifestyles and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Hands-On Learning Focus on your own player development: Drill technique and strategy for your specific position from FIFAcertified coaches, build strength and speed in athletic clinics, scrimmage against local teams and play in the stadium where some of Costa Rica’s modern soccer legends made their debuts. These experiences will help expand your knowledge of the game on an international level, improve your skills and introduce you to the signature Latin American style of play—free-flowing, improvi-

sational and technical. Participate in nightly discussions about various topics related to soccer and social issues in Costa Rica.

Adventure Take advantage of your breaks from soccer to explore Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Go on a weekend excursion to the Arenal Volcano, where you’ll zipline and rest tired muscles in a natural hot spring. Enjoy a rush of adrenaline as you float down a river on a white water rafting excursion. Visit Playa Conchal beach, where seashells cover the shore as far as the eye can see. Take a cooking class and learn how to make local cuisine. Sport isn’t the world’s only universal language—a shared homemade meal post-game speaks volumes as well.

Lodging Enclosed compound | Home Base will be on a campus situated five minutes from a small beach town in the Guanacaste region. The campus includes a full weight room, basketball court, common areas, cafeteria and dorms. Students will share dormitories with roommates, and have access to shared bathrooms.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 23 - July 6 July 9 - July 22

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,699  Service Hours: 20

 Link it to » COSTA RICA: Spanish Service Adventure (pg. 80) COSTA RICA: Beachside Service Adventure (pg. 90)

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Surf & Sustainable ServiceTM Sports Leadership Learn to surf from seasoned veterans Adopt the local surf culture and the mindful lifestyle of yoga practitioners Organize a community service event for children and locals Become a steward of marine conservation, community action and sustainability Go whitewater rafting and hiking in the lush rainforest Learn about project design and management from a local team


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


Imagine waking up at dawn to natural light filtering through your bungalow, and a warm sea breeze—it’s time to surf. You’ll learn from seasoned veterans of the local surf community how to paddle out, pop up and trim across Costa Rica’s pristine waves. In the evening, you’ll engage with the mindfulness of yoga. 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 leading an active mindful lifestyle through surfing and yoga, high-energy volunteering and outdoor adventure.

Community Service Sustainable development and community action are important tools to achieve a better quality of life. Learn from community leaders and organizations taking action on meaningful initiatives. Service will be a mixture of projects, including hands-on infrastructure building and community refurbishment, and your hosts will weave in project design and management skills throughout. Additionally, learn to organize and execute a service project with childrens and locals, as well as educate visitors and residents on acute environmental issues.

Hands-On Learning Living and volunteering in Bahia Ballena will introduce you to the major role the ocean plays in daily life—not only in Costa Rica, but around the world. Your surf and yoga instructors will teach more than the basics of these soul sports. You’ll learn about surfing origins, observe a sustainability-driven lifestyle, and visit a board shaping bay. Engage in discussions on ocean conservation and the climate, and see how yoga can contribute to mindfulness in the world. Cap it all off as you witness ongoing pro-

grams driven by local organizations providing solutions to some of the community’s challenges.

Adventure Costa Rica is known for being an outdoor adventurer’s playground, and Bahia Ballena is no exception. In addition to endless opportunities for surfing, you’ll also go on a whitewater rafting expedition that will allow you to fully appreciate this region’s rugged, untouched landscape. Practice yoga in an open-air studio, hike through the rainforest, and explore Marino Ballena National Park established to conserve the rich marine ecosystems that are found inside the park boundaries.

Lodging Traditional bungalows | The Home Base is a small lodge in Bahia Ballena, surrounded by lush gardens. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with fans and bathrooms with cold water showers. Meals will be hearty and healthy, consisting mostly of Costa Rican staples: rice and beans, meat, vegetables and lots of tropical fruit.

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - June 25 June 28 - July 7 July 10 - July 19 July 24 - August 2 August 6 - August 15

 Duration: 10 days  Tuition: $2,699  Service hours: 20

 Link it to » DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Caribbean Service Adventure (pg. 104) COSTA RICA Protecting the Pacific™ (pg. 84)

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Beachside Service Adventure Children & Community Development Live in a coastal village near a beautiful beach Volunteer on educational or environmental development projects Float on innertubes down the Rio Negro Practice your Spanish as you explore a local market Zipline through the forest Go on a catamaran ride and snorkel among marine life


Experience the pure life—or Pura Vida—while giving back to a rural beach community.


Escape to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where you’ll volunteer in a beachside community on one of several projects available. While it has many achievements to boast of, 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. Clean up beaches, play sports with local children, help improve the schools and 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 activities with your new friends from all over the world.

Community Service


You’ll live and work in a small beachside community where the ocean plays a large role in daily life. There are many community service opportunities here, and you’ll be working on a meaningful project based on the needs of the community. You may assist in environmental projects such as beach cleanup, or volunteer on projects to improve a school’s infrastructure: Build a playground or an outdoor basketball court, play after-school sports and games with the children, or work on projects that support turtle ecosystems.

Costa Rica offers many exciting excursions in a natural setting. Visit an adventure park and go ziplining and whitewater tubing down a roaring river. Your location near the stunning Pacific coast allows for impromptu soccer and volleyball games, as well as a variety of water sports. Dance the night away with locals and your fellow students, and take in breathtaking sunsets off the coast of majestic Costa Rican beaches.

Hands-On Learning

Ecolodge | Home Base is located in a region known for its beautiful beaches and ecological protected areas. You’ll have access to pools, gardens and a stretch of private beach half a mile away. Students stay in gendersegregated rooms with roommates, and have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Living in an authentic community is a great way to learn about Costa Rican culture. Connect with the local people, learn to dance salsa and cumbia, taste delicious fruits, and try your hand at cooking local cuisine and jewelry making. Discuss current social issues in Costa Rica, including growing environmental concerns and the importance of ecotourism. You’ll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words with locals in the region.


 10-DAY PROGRAM June 15 - June 24 June 27 - July 6 July 9 - July 18 July 22 - July 31 August 3 - August 12 August 15 - August 24

 Duration: 10 days  Tuition: $2,499  Service Hours: 20

Link it to » COSTA RICA The Initiative for Children (pg. 82) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Sports Service Adventure (pg. 106)

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


The population of Costa Rican sea turtles has declined by 90% since 1980. Sea turtles face a myriad of threats, including boat traffic, climate change, accidental catch by industrial fisheries and pollution in their ocean and beach habitats. As a volunteer, you’ll live and work on the coast of Costa Rica, 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 rewarded with the sight of turtles hatching.

Community Service Each year, leatherback and green turtles come to Costa Rica’s beaches to lay their eggs. Poachers steal the turtles and their eggs to sell on the black market for profit. Although this practice is illegal in Costa Rica—as it contributes to the depletion of the endangered sea turtle populations—it is hard to enforce without the help of the local community’s participation. You’ll be assisting on night patrols with a local nonprofit and anti-poaching organization started by a Peace Corps volunteer, to protect nesting animals and safeguard their eggs. During the day, you’ll participate in beach cleanups, survey nesting sites and raise community awareness of environmental challenges. Your projects will improve living conditions for turtle species hovering on the brink of extinction.

Hands-On Learning You’ll be fully immersed in topics centered around the animal world. Learn how critical each species is to the health of all life in the ecosystem. Hear local speakers’ and community members’ perspectives on sustainable conservation efforts, and begin to understand how competing interests of the civilized and natural worlds can intersect. Visit an organic farm and learn about grow-

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

Adventure In Costa Rica you’ll be constantly surrounded by incredible natural wonders. Fly through the treetops of the nation’s lush inland as you go on a thrilling zipline adventure. On the coast, ride a boat through a local mangrove, where you can spot sloths, monkeys and exotic birds. You’ll also connect with the strong cultural roots of Costa Rica’s coast by visiting a local artisans market and taking workshops on traditional dance and cooking. Finally, learn Costa Rica’s soul sport—surfing—with a lesson on a calm beach.

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 17 - June 26 June 29 - July 8 July 12 - July 21 July 24 - August 2

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge nestled in the jungle, and is just a short walk to the Caribbean Sea. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, enjoy delicious, home-cooked Costa Rican meals and have bathrooms with cold-water showers. If you look closely, you might even spot local wildlife in the trees surrounding the Home Base!

 Duration: 10 days  Tuition: $2,699  Service Hours: 20

Link it to » COSTA RICA Animal Rescue Project (pg. 78) GUATEMALA Children of the Maya (pg. 112)

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Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™ SPRING BREAK 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


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


For more than 100 million years, sea turtles have thrived in the Earth’s oceans. In Costa Rica, that once incredible population has declined by 90% in the last 35 years alone, meaning there are more threats than ever facing these majestic creatures. Fortunately, you can make a difference in their survival. On this program, you’ll 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 the new friends you make in your group and in the community, and work together with conservationists who are striving to protect sea turtles for the next generation. Spring break will never be the same!

Community Service Every day, you’ll have a chance to make a difference in the lives of sea turtles and their future population. Take to local beaches and participate in clean-up efforts, removing debris that can ensnare young hatchlings making their way to the sea. You’ll help local partners as they survey nesting sites and make sure they’re primed for mother sea turtles when they’re ready to nest! A big part of your service is participating in night patrols, where you’ll walk along the beach and be on the lookout for poachers. Make signs that notify community members of protected nesting areas, and help educate local children on the importance of keeping the coast clean in order to preserve the native habitat.

Hands-On Learning This Spring Break, discover how events as global as climate change and as local as trash buildup and boating collisions affect the habitat of native wildlife, particularly for sea turtles. Listen as local speakers and conservationists describe their strategies for protecting the turtles and their hatchlings. Take some time to relax and celebrate the traditional Costa Rican Caribbean way—this is Spring Break, after all! From Latin dance class to enjoying

Afro-caribbean influenced dishes, you’ll have experiences that make you feel like a local.

Adventure Cruise through the mangroves and spot sloths, monkeys and exotic birds in stunning nature. Living by the beach, you’ll also have time to explore the coast and observe the animals you share your coastal home with. And no Costa Rican spring break adventure would be complete without ziplining—soar through the jungle canopy and experience the rainforest on an adventure you’ll never forget. Cap your best week off with a farewell dinner of delicious food, music and dance!

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge nestled in the jungle, and is just a short walk to the Caribbean Sea. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, enjoy delicious, home-cooked Costa Rican meals and have bathrooms with cold-water showers. If you look closely, you might even spot local wildlife in the trees surrounding the Home Base!

 8-DAY PROGRAM March 9 - March 16 March 16 - March 23 March 23 - March 30 March 30 - April 6 April 6 - April 13 April 13 - April 20

 Duration: 8 days  Tuition: $2,099  Service Hours: 20

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Land of DiscoveryTM Children & Community Development Gain insight into Cuba’s complex history and culture Experience live music and learn latin dance moves from a seasoned local Relax on one of Cuba’s pristine white sand beaches Learn the deep and diverse history of Havana on a conservation tour Volunteer and support art projects that benefit urban families


Discover authentic Cuba as you learn about and participate in community-led initiatives.


Cuba offers a glimpse into another era, as if everything here was put on pause several decades ago. Sixty years of isolation has resulted in a preserved culture where the streets on the island feel like they’ve just begun to come alive again, even as you glimpse iconic antique cars driving past you. In Havana, volunteer on infrastructure projects with a community of artists and learn about the country’s complex history. Tour this urban center of Cuba while encountering diverse locals and youth along the way. Then, experience a taste of Caribbean life outside the city, where the colors of Cuban life make for an unforgettable program.

Community Service You can make a difference in the lives of the Cuban people. Enduring economic hardship and a general lack of resources, the people of Havana’s barrios began to suffer when urban decay took hold in the ‘Special Period,” a euphemism for the extended period of economic crisis in the 1990s. In the midst of the community’s struggles, a public art center called Muraleando was formed. Today, Muraleando is a hub for creativity as well as a gathering center that provides resources for local adults and children. You’ll be volunteering on these community-led initiatives by helping with a diverse array of projects. One day you could be participating in infrastructure projects benefiting the community, while on another day you might be supporting local art projects.

Hands-On Learning Your journey will peel back layers of Cuba’s culture and history to reveal a diverse heritage, evolving international relations, ongoing social projects, efforts to enhance sustainability and a modern healthcare system. Go on a “conservation tour” of Havana, where you’ll visit sites that seek to preserve culturally significant architecture while sponsoring social art projects for Cuban citizens. You’ll get context on what you observe by hearing from local

experts about Cuba’s history and unique social development structure. Cuba’s long isolation means your cultural experience here will be unique among all the Caribbean islands.

Adventure In addition to discovering the history and modern rhythms of life in Havana, visit Cuba’s breathtaking beaches and forest-covered mountains. Go on an excursion to Cuba’s countryside, where you’ll get to experience different rural and urban environments as Cubans greet you throughout your journey across the island. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a combination of outdoor activities that highlight Cuba’s natural beauty, including its magical coastline and pristine beaches.

Lodging Cozy Guesthouse | You’ll experience the authentic Cuban culture in a real family home. Students will stay in “Casas Particulares”, or rented homes. They will share rooms with roommates, and have bathrooms with hotwater showers.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - June 29 July 3 - July 16

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $4,899  Service Hours: 20

 Link it to » COSTA RICA: The Sea Turtle Initiative (pg. 92)

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Building a Sustainable World™ Building From Start to Finish Build a health-friendly stove and community garden from start-to-finish Work on innovative building projects using recycled materials Explore topics of environmental conservation and natural resource management Tour the city of Santo Domingo Go on a white water rafting trip in Jarabacoa Go for a boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters


Volunteer on critical building projects, including two from start-to-finish, that tackle global issues at the local level for Dominican families and their community.


Pull on your work gloves—this program will immerse you in hands-on, humanitarian projects for underserved communities. Beyond its resorts, endless beaches and reputation as a Caribbean vacation island, the Dominican Republic is truly complex. Living on the country’s northern coast, a pristine and untouched region far off the tourist track, you’ll be participate in sustainable solutions to combat social and environmental issues.

Community Service


Slow development and vulnerability to extreme weather means volunteers are needed on all fronts. You will work on multiple projects in the DR, including two that you will build from start-to-finish: a stove designed to improve health outcomes for local Dominicans, as well as a community garden. You may also contribute to infrastructure projects, learning to construct “bottle buildings,” which are part of an innovative, ongoing project that helps nearby families. Bottle building construction turns used plastic bottles into a highly insulating, robust, affordable building material, which simultaneously tackles issues of unemployment, waste and lack of housing. Your extensive service will make a true difference to the community and bring global issues into your worldview.

Unspoiled destinations await your exploration, including miles of coastline and lush jungles where you’ll hike and go white water rafting. Explore the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo, and visit a town on the border of Haiti, where a bustling market is both an opportunity to shop for crafts and to learn about lingering social issues between the two cultures. Join the Dominicans for a memorable, locals-only meal, with an outing to the restaurant La Boca, a rustic, hidden gem located where the river meets the sea. Accessible by jungle cruise only, this outing will provide adventure and a memorable meal of freshly caught seafood.

Hands-On Learning Explore various topics in sustainable development: Through service work and nightly seminars, learn how crucial environmental conservation and resource management are to the survival of humanity. Witness firsthand how goals to eradicate poverty and discrimination can either come to fruition or be challenged by social systems. Discuss your experiences in depth, and compare what you see to preconceptions you might have had about the developing world. You’ll also explore vibrant Dominican culture through music, dance and food.

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is just a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have bathrooms with coldwater showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.

 21-DAY PROGRAM June 14 - July 4 July 8 - July 28

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $4,999  Service Hours: 60

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International Development InitiativeTM Social Entrepreneurship Through fieldwork and discussions, examine global challenges and innovative ways of solving them Shadow leaders of international development organizations Assist a local NGO with running community surveys Learn to evaluate NGOs based on their ethics, effectiveness and sustainability Gain exposure to career paths in global development and human rights Live in a rustic ecolodge, steps from a Caribbean beach


Go behind the scenes of international development and learn from passionate leaders about how to tackle global issues.


Designed for students who have an interest in global development and human rights, this program gives a behind-the-scenes look at organizations working to solve the world’s most complex issues. Examine the systems in place, and ask yourself: Whom do they actually serve? Through shadowing local NGOs, you’ll gain a toolkit for addressing these social issues while developing lifelong skills for leadership and community development. Meet inspiring leaders and peers, and challenge yourself to convert your passion into sustainable action.

Community Service In the Dominican Republic, you’ll go beyond typical community service activities and support NGOs with both volunteering and fieldwork. Support ongoing development initiatives led by organizations currently working to innovate clean water access, food security, public health, environmental protection, education, small business support, women’s empowerment or microfinance. You’ll be expected to interact with Dominican communities and conduct several community diagnostics—an important step in identifying and planning for needs before taking action. Follow models developed by the Peace Corps, United Nations, 7Elements and more.

Hands-On Learning A combination of community-led fieldwork and nightly discussions will give you a foundation for understanding how NGOs and international development organizations work. Responsible management, ethical leadership and transparency are highly important in global development—learn to evaluate groups based on their ethics, effectiveness, sustainability and intervention approach. You’ll become familiar with the Human Security Diagnostic model, which surveys groups and individuals to determine the best plan of action going forward. Develop reporting procedures and your own community

engagement plan to tackle challenges of injustice or resource insecurity.

Adventure Understand your local community by playing where they play—in the natural reserves and national parks of this beautiful island nation. Visit the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, where you can take a thrilling plunge into the pools below. Explore a complex of caves, blue lagoons and lush tropical vegetation in Los Tres Ojos National Park. You’ll also explore the “Colonial Zone,” Santo Domingo’s historic central neighborhood, and participate in a chocolatemaking workshop. No matter how you experience it, the Dominican Republic is a stunning home that deserves your protection.

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is just a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have bathrooms with coldwater showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.

 21-DAY PROGRAM July 9 - July 29

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,199  Service Hours: 45

 Link it to » DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Global Health Initiative (pg. 102)

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Global Health Initiative™ Medicine & Public Health Gain fieldwork experience that will introduce you to public health and medicine Work with public health professionals on addressing health access issues 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



Caribbean Service Adventure Children & Community Development 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 Hike through the island’s lush interior Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon


Appreciate the beauty of the island and its people, and be a part of the solution to end its poverty.


Riding along rural byways past coconut sellers and corner stores blasting merengue, you’ll take in the island’s lush interior and idyllic ocean vistas. To most visitors, the Dominican Republic is a travel destination famous for its resorts, but go beyond the capital 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 appreciated. Volunteer with families who have shown grace and resilience in the face of natural disasters and political unrest, and learn the challenges they still face in accessing basic human necessities. You’ll find that the allure of the island becomes almost secondary to the warm spirit and strength of the Dominican people.

Community Service


Beyond its beach resorts lies a very different Dominican Republic—still beautiful, but full of need. Much of the DR isn’t developed sufficiently, revealing gaps where volunteers are needed to accelerate initiatives for bettering life in underserved neighborhoods. Projects focus on constructing community buildings, safer homes and schools using sustainable building materials and methods. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might also tackle other ongoing projects, such as ensuring families have access to a clean water supply and safe cooking methods, and planting trees for reforestation.

Hundreds of miles of coastline define the DR—Whitesand beaches, tropical trees and stunning cliffs highlight hundreds of miles of Dominican coastline. Take a boat ride over clear, warm water and join our snorkeling expedition, where you’ll marine ecosystems unique to the Caribbean. You’ll also visit Dudu Lagoon, an impressive ecological park where you can discover blue cenotes and take a swim in a natural cave. In the lush, rural interior of the DR, hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain.

Hands-On Learning Sustainable development is crucial for all civilizations in our changing world. Through your service work and nightly seminars, you’ll learn in depth about how communities come together to take collective action against shared issues: poverty, climate change, lack of quality healthcare and education, discrimination and more. You’ll discuss what makes solutions sustainable, and how to implement them for lasting success in developing countries. Participate in vibrant Dominican culture—a mix of indigenous, African and European—through music, dance and everyday community life.

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is just a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have bathrooms with cold-water showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 13 - June 22 June 25 - July 4 July 7 - July 16 July 19 - July 28 July 31 - August 9

 Duration: 10 days  Tuition: $2,499  Service Hours: 20

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Sports Service Adventure Sports Leadership Try your hand at surfing in Cabarete Refurbish community sports facilities in underserved neighborhoods Learn about the intersection of sports like baseball with health in developing countries Explore cenotes and swim in a natural cave Hike, slide, swim and jump your way down the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua


Plunge into a mecca of sports, from waterfall hikes and surfing to impromptu baseball games with locals.


Get ready to work and play your heart out as you explore the Dominican Republic in two ways: through sports and service. Sports are a central part of Dominican culture, whether in the form of baseball, the most popular sport in the country today, or an action sport centered around the endless supply of palm-fringed beaches and warm, mild surf. Between volunteering with energetic local children and trying your hand at playing ball with locals and surfing, staying active this summer will be easy—and unforgettable.

Community Service Whether you’re a star athlete or simply passionate about a sport, a sports lover like you knows that the true power of the game lies in uniting communities, developing resilience, building confidence and inspiring healthy lifestyles. This is your mission: transform your love of sports into action—a way to help people and bring communities together. In the Dominican Republic, you’ll work on physical projects to improve sports facilities for youth in at-risk communities—refurbish a local ballpark or basketball court, or help construct the new hangout for neighborhood youth. No matter your project, you’ll be building infrastructure that supports residents’ health and joy beyond their home and school lives. Take breaks during service to scrimmage and play pickup games with the local children. Try to keep up with their energy and passion!

Hands-On Learning How do sports, social conventions and community infrastructure all intersect to promote overall health in developing countries? Participate in workshops and discussions that answer this question and demonstrate how creating programs and structure for youth sports can truly strengthen communities everywhere. Take a day to hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village, and learn about the daily

lives of families and children who reside on the mountain. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying communities, health and social issues through the lens of sports in the Dominican Republic.

Adventure For adrenaline junkies and outdoor adventurers, the north coast of the Dominican Republic is an endless playground. Swim in the blue cenotes of Dudu Lagoon and explore the 27 Waterfalls, taking a thrilling plunge into their crystal pools. And of course, visit Cabarete, known internationally as the Caribbean’s adventure-sports capital. Learn to paddle out on your surfboard, pop up and trim across gentle waves. You’ll also have the opportunity to play baseball with different members of the community.

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Rooms accommodate up to six students, and have bathrooms and cold-water showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 16 - June 29 July 2 - July 15 July 18 - July 31 August 3 - August 16

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,699  Service Hours: 30

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Spring Break Service Adventure spring break Choose to focus on one of two tracks: Global Health or Community Impact Implement sustainable development projects Explore freshwater lagoons and underwater caverns Snorkel over coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea Learn to dance merengue and bachata from Dominican locals


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


The Dominican Republic is home to the world’s most enchanting beaches and a dynamic local population. On this Spring Break program, you’ll have the opportunity to see beyond its well-known tourist destinations and work directly with rural communities. Learn the challenges Dominicans face to access daily necessities through a range of community service projects that promote healthier living and sustainable development. Participate in high-impact service while enjoying lively Caribbean culture and stunning natural surroundings, from coral reefs to palm-fringed beaches. When enrolling for this program, choose to focus on one of two tracks: Global Health, or Community Impact. The track you choose will determine the focus of your experience and your community service projects.

Community Service Global Health Track Visit a number of community projects that will expose you to healthcare implementation in developing countries. Gain field experience by helping set up a rural pop-up clinic, where community members can go to have various health checkups and assessments done. Shadow members of a medical brigade at a skills training session, and work on a water filter or sanitation project, which target some of the leading causes of poor health. Community Impact Track Work on constructing “bottle buildings,” part of an innovative, ongoing project that provides safer housing options for rural Dominican families. Bottle building construction turns used plastic bottles into a highly insulating, robust, affordable building material, which simultaneously tackles issues of unemployment, waste and lack of housing. You might work on building a family home, school, clinic or other community building.

Hands-On Learning The Dominican Republic has a rich culture that combines African, indigenous and European traditions. Learn about the vibrant Dominican culture through

interactions with its lively merengue and bachata music, and conversation with locals living in the mountain villages and coastal communities. In addition, through service and evening seminars, you’ll gain a deep understanding of sustainability and how development can happen in harmony with the environment.

Adventure This program takes you away from the typical tourist resorts of the Dominican Republic and exposes you to regular life in a rural part of the country. Glide over the Caribbean on a boat ride and dive into the sea for snorkeling over multicolored coral and fish. You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park, where you can explore mystical blue cenotes and swim in a natural cave.

Lodging Ecolodge | Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is just a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have bathrooms with coldwater showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.

 8-DAY PROGRAM March 9 - March 16 March 16 - March 23 March 23 - March 30 March 30 - April 6 April 6 - April 13 April 13 - April 20

 Duration: 8 days  Tuition: $2,099  Service Hours: 20

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French Caribbean Adventure Language Immersion Improve your French through language classes and local immersion Practice communicating in French daily with native speakers Support Guadeloupe’s local communities and precious ecosystem with environmental and educational service projects Teach English to children through a language exchange program Snorkel off the island’s coast Shop for handicrafts at the local night market

Homestay Experience  Duration: 8 days  Tuition:


Extend your stay and dedicate another week to strengthening your French. Become part of a local family who welcomes you into their home and experience their day-to-day life. Further improve your French skills through immersion in the local community. Experience true Caribbean life as a local and embrace the Guadeloupean lifestyle.


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

Guadeloupe language PROGRAM

Part of the charm of Guadeloupe is that hardly anybody knows about it. Without a large international tourist presence, this French overseas territory sits pristinely in the Caribbean as home to diverse communities of European, Asian, African and indigenous descent. The atmosphere is heartfelt and colorful, with a French 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. Be prepared to dance to drum beats and enjoy Creole cooking, yet visit many a local pâtisserie. You are in France, after all!

Community Service


With 77% of its territories classified as natural reserves, Guadeloupe is a prime destination for working on initiatives related to environmental sustainability. Work on ecological-related service projects that play an important role in preserving the area’s natural heritage. Consider how global changes are affecting local communities, and how best to communicate and inform people about them, even when there’s a language barrier. Finally, you’ll get the opportunity to teach English to Guadeloupean children.

Guadeloupe is dotted with old forts and colonial homes, while local markets burst with color and activity. Enjoy these cultural sites, and then explore the lush tropical forest: Hike to a waterfall and snorkel off the island’s coast. Participate in a traditional music workshop, experiencing the Afro-Caribbean beats that give Guadeloupe its special character. On our 21-day Flagship Program, spend more time exploring Guadeloupe’s dramatic landscapes and rich culture, and take a trip out to one of Guadeloupe’s most secluded islands to further your French immersion.

Hands-On Learning Studying French in Guadeloupe is the perfect way to jumpstart your language ability. Improve your French skills through classroom time and local immersion: In the classroom, dynamic instructors will lead you in a language course designed to develop independence and confidence while communicating in French. You’ll also get to practice speaking and comprehension while interacting with friendly locals during community service. While you’re here, experience a mix of French culture with a Creole twist, and learn about Guadeloupe’s own unique respect for its flora and fauna.

Lodging Exclusive Hotel Block | Home Base is located on the island of Basse Terre at a cozy hotel. Students will share rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms. Meals will be served in a common area and typically consist of meats, rice, vegetables and fruit prepared Creole style.


 14-DAY


June 15 - July 5 July 8 - July 28

June 15 - June 28 July 8 - July 21

 Duration: 21 days  Tuition: $5,799  Service Hours: 45 Language Hours: 35

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $4,499  Service Hours: 25 Language Hours: 25

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Children of the MayaTM Children & Education Teach English at a Maya school Journey across sacred Lake Atitlรกn 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


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


Known for its diverse indigenous culture, colorful Maya heritage and mountainous landscape, Guatemala promises adventure for any traveler. You’ll find warm local residents who are open to tourism yet 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 volunteers to take leadership roles in their classrooms, both through teaching and school facility beautification. You’ll become close with the Xelaju people as you plant important seeds for the community’s future in education.

Community Service Spend your days in Xela becoming fully plugged into the local primary school and surrounding community, volunteering as an English teacher to the Maya children or helping refurbish a library, classrooms and other school facilities. You’ll have the opportunity to creatively develop and deliver lesson plans, play games with the children during recess, and work with organizations committed to improving school grounds and beautifying community facilities. As you spend time volunteering, you’ll also learn about social issues that affect Maya youth today.

Hands-On Learning Living and volunteering daily in rural Guatemala will begin to shed light on key issues unique to this country, such as access to quality education and the challenge of preserving indigenous culture in the modern world. You’ll hear from a guerilla fighter and an army officer who fought in the Civil War, who will give you different perspectives of Guatemala’s rich history. To truly immerse yourself in the culture here, meet a local shaman who will teach you about cosmology. Learn from master artisans about traditional arts such as weaving, and visit

a chocolate museum and organic coffee plantation— complete with samples!

Adventure Xela is located near many of Guatemala’s cultural and natural treasures. You’ll explore the famous archaeological ruins at Iximche, hike to Laguna Chicabal at the base of a volcano, and also zipline against the region’s lush, mountainous landscape. To get a taste of city life, you’ll venture to Antigua, a colonial masterpiece that boasts gorgeous architecture, pastel alleys and cobblestone streets. For a weekend excursion, you’ll spend a night at the sacred Lake Atitlán and visit the bustling Chichicastenango market, the largest Maya craft market in the world.

Lodging Enclosed compound | The GLA Home Base is a lodge in the heart of Xela offering students a peaceful escape. Students live in gender-segregated rooms with 2-4 bunk beds per room, depending on the size of the rooms. Bathrooms are shared and showers have hot water. The Home Base is quaint and provides groups with a strong sense of community.

 14-DAY PROGRAM June 19 - July 2 July 5 - July 18 July 21 - August 3

 Duration: 14 days  Tuition: $3,499  Service Hours: 30

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Global Health Initiative™ Medicine & Public Health Assist local health and medical professionals Help with construction projects that benefit community wellness Meet NGO leaders working to address malnutrition Visit Citadelle Laferrière, an iconic fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site Decompress with an ocean swim at one of Haiti’s beautiful Caribbean beaches


See the full spectrum of healthcare in the developing world, from addressing social challenges to shadowing medical practitioners.


A primer for studying public health or medicine, this university-level program is designed to give a progressive experience: You’ll challenge your preconceptions of how public health is implemented. Work on projects that address the root concerns of public health, assist local doctors and health professionals in the field, and think critically about how to solve crises of health insecurity in both rural and urban communities. Enjoy Haiti’s old soul, its vibrant art, music and culture, plus a stunning landscape of beaches and mountains easily rivaling the natural beauty found anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Community Service Haiti’s public health challenges stem largely from infrastructural weaknesses and other social issues. Therefore, we’ll spend some time assisting medical practitioners, but also work to address society’s larger, health-related concerns: unsafe housing, lack of educational infrastructure, food shortages, proliferation of waterborne diseases and more. You’ll contribute to a construction project in the community using innovative bottle-building techniques, and you will have the special opportunity to shadow local doctors providing pro bono consultations to at-risk communities. Your efforts will help to increase the overall efficiency of the medical brigades and help provide healthcare services that otherwise might not be accessible.

Hands-On Learning When you’re not doing community service in the field, you’ll get to meet with local medical and health organizations, visit historic sites and learn about Haitian culture. Take a walking tour of a major NGO facility in Haiti, where teams are working to treat acute malnutrition. Learn about Haiti as a lens for global health concerns during lecture, and companies that have also come on board to

help solve the issue through sustainable food production and business practices. We’ll also visit a local clinic or hospital, and even meet with a Voodoo spiritual leader to experience Haiti’s culture and community rituals.

Adventure The world’s only successful slave rebellion happened right here in Haiti, and the music, art and culture that came with it make daily life entirely unique. The mountaintop Citadelle Laferrière is a key landmark remaining from the rebellion, a symbolic fortress that commands the jungle and farmland below. Hike through villages and the Sans-Souci Palace ruins to arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage site and marvel at the view around you. On our program’s last day, we’ll visit one of Haiti’s many beautiful beaches for a day of sunshine and relaxation.

Lodging Enclosed compound | Home Base is located on the north side of the island, at a gated, cozy home tucked away in a Haitian town. Students will sleep in bunks, share rooms with six to eight roommates and have access to shared bathrooms with toilets and cold-water showers. Meals will be served in a common area and consist of meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fruit.

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 12 - June 21 June 24 - July 3 July 7 - July 16 July 20 - July 29 August 1 - August 10

 Duration: 10 days  Tuition: $ 3,199  Service Hours: 30

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Sarah Stubbs Hometown: Decatur, GA Education: University of Georgia, Class of ‘18 Traveled with GLA to: Dominican Republic Interests and Passions: Majoring in Public Health, with a concentration in Global Health Making an Impact: Founded Filters for Families


Sarah, like most high school students, didn’t start out with a master plan for her future. Instead, she started with something much more common: a Google search. She came across the page for Global Leadership Adventures and she was hooked. “I saw pictures of adorable Haitian children holding hands with American teens, and all of a sudden I wanted to be that teen. I wanted to help that Haitian child.” There was nothing that could stop her. She had that image of being the high school student saving the world in her head, and felt compelled to go. Then she actually went, and everything about her perspective changed. “Those kids and families ended up having a far greater impact on my life than I could have on theirs. The experience not only opened my eyes to the severity of issues around the world, but it also made me believe that I could make a difference.” The issue that stood out to her most? Access to clean drinking water, especially in refugee settlements. Sarah couldn’t even believe the true number of Haitian families who lacked clean water. While walking around Caraballo (a large Haitian refugee community within the DR) with Dr. Dave Addison, the country director for GLA’s programs there, Sarah and Dave ended up chatting with the mother of a family whose fifty-dollar water filter had “completely turned their health

and lives around.” When Sarah asked Dave how many people in the community had a water filter, his answer stunned her. “One.” Over a thousand people, and only one family owned a filter. Once she returned home, Sarah couldn’t get that out of her head. She had to do something. “These are human beings we’re talking about – human beings, just like me, who don’t have access to clean drinking water,” she said. “That is why I returned, and will continue to return, to the DR.” Sarah has now visited the Dominican Republic four times, including a six month period where she worked with Dr. Addison on a water filtration project, and has distributed 524 filters since beginning her initiative. She is also designing a study with the organization Filters for Families that will compare drinking water samples to the health status of community members. The data she collects on the impact of clean water can help to improve access to clean drinking water around the world. “My GLA trip completely changed the course of my life. I have not only found a major and career path thanks to my experiences in the DR, but I have found a passion.”

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Kenneth Wah Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA Education: Diamond Bar High School Traveled with GLA to: Ghana Interests and Passions: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and building robots! MAKING AN IMPACT: Founded Robo Ghana

During the school year, Kenneth Wah is part of Walnut Valley Robotics, a competitive robotics team, which keeps him busy. As the end of his freshman year approached, he worried about having no summer plans. So, on a whim, he filled out an application for GLA’s Ghana: Children of Africa™ program. As Kenneth likes to tell it, “Even though I’ve been to many other countries, in 2014 I fell in love with Ghana.” When he returned, Kenneth had an idea: “What if I combined the two things I love—robotics and Ghana?” Kenneth returned to the country with GLA in 2015 to test out his idea, and then returned a second time in 2016 to dedicate his time to delivering a robotics education program in a local Ghanaian school. Using LEGO parts to design and construct robots, Kenneth designed his program to not just to teach how to build, but also to inspire creative thinking and complex problem-solv-

ing. “In Ghana, learning is centered around the textbook, and kids lack the hands-on.” Kenneth raised money to produce kits for the course, and focused on delivering hands-on education beyond the textbook. He saw instantly that the approach inspired curiosity and real learning. “The aha moment for the students was when they built [the robot] themselves, and programmed it on their own. My aha moment was when they got it, too… my real impact is to actually change lives, so generations after me can create.” Kenneth is now collaborating with school administrators who adopted his robotics curriculum, ensuring they carry the program onward even while he’s away. He says, “I would say traveling has totally altered my educational experience, as I had the ability to compare myself to those in Ghana, and think about what I could do to make a difference. The kids in the community changed my life.”

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


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


Our new Costa Rica Middle School program is designed for 13-14 year olds. 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: Children & Community Development, or Wildlife Conservation. The track you choose will determine the focus of your experience and your community service projects.

Community Service Children & Community Development Track Middle school students who choose the Children and Community Development track will make a difference in the lives of Costa Rican youth. Empower local children through your volunteer work in schools. Help refurbish classrooms and participate in cross-cultural exchange with students from the nearby towns. Wildlife Conservation Track Middle school students who select the Wildlife Conservation track will have lots of exposure to native Costa Rican wildlife, and will learn about sustainable animal care. Service includes feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, creating toys and stimulating exercises, and general tidying of the grounds. Due to school breaks, all students enrolling in the July 2-11 session will be in the Wildlife Conservation track.

Hands-On Learning Experience true Costa Rican culture while living and learning in your new community. Connect with the local people, taste delicious fruits, and try your hand at cooking local cuisine. Dive into topics about animal

welfare and children’s access to education depending on which track you choose. You’ll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words with locals in the region.

Adventure In Costa Rica, all trails lead to waterfalls, tropical forests or scenic beaches—there’s no shortage of adventure! Zipline through tall canopy trees, go hiking in the rainforest, and explore one of the country’s pristine beaches. Discover the Cacao tree and feast on its fruit during an exciting chocolate tour. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife up close during your program. You never know where you might spot a sloth or monkey!

Lodging Exclusive Hotel Block | Home Base will be a familyowned lodge in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, which includes a large indoor common area and a pool. Wake up to the surrounding views of lush landscapes and the chirping of native birds. Students will share gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to en-suite bathrooms.

 10-DAY PROGRAM June 20 - June 29 July 2 - July 11 July 15 - July 24 July 27 - August 5

 Duration: 10 days  Tuition: $3,599  Service Hours: 20

GLA will be arranging chaperoned group flights for students arriving to and departing from Costa Rica on this program. Group flights are not included in program tuition.

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Our Global Team

Jessica Rose Miller

Judy Calkins

Heidi Bohn

Executive Director Jessica has always had passion for leadership development and is proud to be a first generation college graduate. Jessica is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she studied history, anthropology and Spanish. She loves to spend time with her sons and take them on adventures around the world.

Financial Controller Judy is the Financial Controller, earning her degree from California State Polytechnic University. She has held several finance, leadership, and IT positions. Judy has traveled to Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Peru. She has also volunteered in Peru, with Big Sisters and in youth sports.

Director, GLA Custom Group Travel A 7th generation New Englander, Heidi majored in Sociology and Spanish in college, studying abroad in Ecuador. Fueled by a passion for languages, understanding cultures, traveling, and experiential learning she earned her MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.

Korissa Zanrosso

Bridget McTaggart

Mary Beattie

Director of Systems & Admissions A Green Bay, WI native, Korissa discovered her love for global education while studying in Mexico and Spain. This led her to work in travel & tourism in the U.S. and in Ecuador. Korissa enjoys leading a team of Enrollment Advisors who inspire teens around the world.

Admissions Manager Bridget loves helping students find international experiences that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. During the past 5 years with GLA, Bridget has worked on programs in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ghana, Thailand and Tanzania.

Group Travel Assistant

Carly Sullivan

Hannah Shepherd

Jackie Eash

Director of Program Operations Carly believes the world is our classroom and the most effective type of education is through experience. Carly started working for GLA in 2010 and has directed GLA programs around the world.

Admissions Manager A native Brit now living in San Diego, Hannah’s curiosity for exploring new cultures started at a young age. Having personally seen the passion GLA programs ignites in its students, she is inspired to help the next generation grow into compassionate, educated and innovative global citizens.

Admissions Officer Jackie’s passion for travel began when she studied abroad in Madrid. A graduate from San Diego State University, Jackie has since explored new countries, lived abroad in Costa Rica, and helped students plan trips around the world. She’s excited to share her experience with others!

Brett Scuiletti

Sophie Rouhandeh

Ros Galati

Director of Marketing Brett describes his job as connecting people from digital spaces to real-life places. He graduated as a Journalism & Communications Fellow from Elon University and has been very fortunate to travel to five continents so far - Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas - on his journey to visit them all.

ADMISSIONS MANAGER Sophie joined GLA after working with schools as an educator and nonprofit professional. She is a strong believer in opportunities for learning outside the classroom. A graduate of Carleton College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sophie has traveled in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Admissions Officer Formerly a domestic construction contractor, Ros fell into the travel industry after volunteering in Costa Rica for 3 months. What was meant to be a brief hiatus proved to be a calling. Originally from Australia, she now calls San Diego home.

Mary is a coffee-loving Chicago native with passion for adventure, service, and travel. She is excited to be working in Costa Rica and helping students have life-changing experiences like she did as a student on GLA’s Guatemala and Tanzania programs.

Brittany Raab

Karen Drazba

Joseph Jezak

TRAVEL COORDINATOR Brittany has a degree in Managerial & Organizational Communication from PLNU, and has traveled to 30 countries. With 10 years experience mentoring teens, she’s staffed GLA programs in Belize, Costa Rica and the DR. She’s eager to support GLA families as they prepare for their upcoming adventure!

Enrollment Specialist & Events Strategist Karen has been jetsetting across the blue pebble, sharing her passion for volunteering and adventure travel with students for years. Sharing the mindset of traveling with a purpose is a genuine passion of hers. Born in Chicago, Karen graduated with a BS in Marketing in sunny California.

Enrollment SPECIALIST Joseph has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, and he fell in love with travel while studying abroad in Thailand. This is Joseph’s second season with GLA, and he is excited to see how our students continue to grow to become the next generation of leaders.

Heather Hargas

Sydney Miller

Vinny Zanrosso

TRAVEL COORDINATOR Heather is devoted to leadership development through meaningful travel. She earned a Master’s in TEFL Education at Alliant International University, and has taught English to students in California, Costa Rica, and Germany. She is a marine life advocate dedicated to protecting our world’s oceans.

Enrollment SPECIALIST Sydney believes that the future depends upon people being thoughtful, dedicated global citizens, and that traveling abroad is one of the best ways to achieve this. She earned her BA from Oregon State University and has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America, and Tanzania.

Lauren Jaffe-O’Malley

Tim Easley

Aaron Nichols

Travel Coordinator Lauren attended UC Santa Cruz, where she studied linguistics and Spanish, and studied abroad in Spain. She believes in the transformative power of international travel and doesn’t know who she would be today without her own experiences.

Enrollment Specialist Tim’s passionate about life! He’s lead trips for The Mountain Alliance, SAGE Program, YMCA of the Rockies, Corolla Outback Adventures and in five countries for GLA. In his free time, Tim skis, paddleboards, climbs mountains, and is Vice President of the Board for the Alpine Achievers Initiative.


Rachel Bistodeau

Jenny Hamilton

Chenoa King

Travel Coordinator Rachel’s love for exploring the world has brought her to exploring 32 countries. She has been living abroad for 5 years, which includes Summer Camp Coordinating in Canada, teaching English in South Korea and Spain and recently earning her Masters of International Education in Madrid.


Enrollment SPECIALIST Chenoa began traveling when she was 5, which fed into her desire to see & learn more about the world we live in. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Dance. She is passionate about our mission & has staffed our programs in Tanzania and Thailand.

Jenny grew up in Michigan where she graduated from GVSU with a B.A. in Spanish Literature. She has spent time living and traveling in Latin America and is excited to spend another year in Costa Rica as a Travel Coordinator. Her favorite food is Açaí!

Enrollment SPECIALIST Vinny firmy believes that international experiences have the power to transform lives. His passion for travel has led him on journeys in 17 countries. He is enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation to be the change and grow into caring global citizens.

Aaron studied Kinesiology at UW-Madison. After countless hours in hospitals, labs and clinics, he switched his career path, and began to lean closer to education. He then moved to Granada to live and work. His love for travel and experiential learning brought him to Costa Rica were he now resides.

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Mary Gannon

Lindsay Carboy

Nina English

EDUTERRA GLOBAL INTERNSHIP SUPERVISOR & ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST Mary is going on her 3rd year living abroad in Costa Rica where she is an active advocate for experiential education. In university, she studied to teach high school mathematics and still enjoys solving puzzles in her free time! Mary would love to have you visit her in the land of Pura Vida!

Enrollment Advisor Lindsay is a Long Island native with a degree from the University of Delaware in International Business Studies. Her curiosity and her need to explore have led Lindsay to study, work and travel in various environments. She is passionate about facilitating growth through international experiences!

Enrollment Advisor Growing up in various countries of Africa sparked a keen interest for Nina in development and a passion for theatre as an educational tool. Having worked as a theatre practitioner in UK, India and Uganda, Nina is excited to inspire youth to take advantage of the incredible opportunities offered.

Jose Hernandez-Ugalde

Erika Parke

Lyndsey Cross

EDUTERRA GLOBAL INTERNSHIP SUPERVISOR & TRAVEL COORDINATOR Jose graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin with a degree in English Literature. He studied International Relations and Diplomacy and has worked in different organizations in international cooperation. He likes traveling, history and learning about cultures.

Enrollment Advisor With an appetite for adventure and a BA in Development Studies from UC Berkeley, Erika has learned to be a critical traveler in a globalized world. A GLA alum herself, she’s thrilled to help the next generation discover their capacity to impact our world.

Enrollment Advisor Lyndsey is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston. She loves working with kids and has grown up traveling with her family. Her travel passion grew stronger when she visited Thailand last year. Thailand sparked a new side for Lyndsey because now she yearns for adventure and new cultures.

Jessica LeBlanc

Julianne Roller

Ashley Flemings

Enrollment Advisor Jess is a Canadian with the travel bug! She’s done a home-stay in the Dominican Republic, volunteered in Malawi, and studied abroad in Slovenia. She believes that travel fosters the kind of global consciousness that can inspire people to create positive social change.

Enrollment Advisor Julianne graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Peace Studies. She participated in a GLA program to Tanzania, which inspired her to explore the world and learn about different cultures. Julianne is excited to help students discover their own passions through GLA.

Enrollment Advisor Ashley graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She went to a program with GLA in high school, and fell in love with the experience of community service and travel. She is excited to continue her journey with GLA as an enrollment advisor.

Abigail Paige

Robyn Burnside

Bianca Billings

Enrollment Advisor Abigail is a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University. In her free time, Abi enjoys cooking, photography and blogging. She has traveled to 11 countries and can’t wait to add Costa Rica to the list.

Enrollment Advisor Robyn has a passion for travel that stems from growing up on an island in Alaska. She graduated from Willamette University with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. She is excited to apply her experiences to help inspire young people to travel and develop their leadership abilities.

Enrollment Advisor Bianca, from Richmond, VA and graduate of Radford University received a BS in Tourism & Special Events. Driven by passions for travel, culture, and service, Bianca found GLA in which she’s eager to live the Pura Vida lifestyle and help others succeed.

Ariel Moritz

Madison Moore

Jose Pablo Ávila Arias

Regional Director of International Programs, Africa and Europe Ariel Moritz oversees the student experience and manages multinational staff in the Africa region and Europe. Originally from Philadelphia, Ariel earned her B.A. in sociology and politics from NYU. Her work has taken her to Turkey, India, Mexico, Ecuador, and Argentina.

PROGRAMS HIRING MANAGER & COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, DR A South Carolina native, Madison developed a passion for international education in high school, which inspired her subsequent world travels. She’s lived and worked in Australia, Asia, South and Central America, as well as served as a GLA Mentor in the Dominican Republic.

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, COSTA RICA Jose Pablo has mentored GLA students in Costa Rica and Argentina and now oversees operations for programs in Costa Rica, as well as new program development. He believes traveling with GLA is a unique opportunity for students to build their personal journeys.

Rudy Becker

Yente Oosthuysen

Daniel Herrera

Regional Director of International Programs, SOUTH AMERICA A proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He has visited 37 countries, and worked in fields of experiential program design, social justice/diversity and leadership development. He has a BA from University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Education from George Washington University.

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, AFRICA Growing up on the east coast of South Africa, Yente developed a passion for changing the world through community development and adventure from a young age. She’s worked in the field throughout Africa with NGOs and most recently, UNICEF, over the last 7 years and also holds a masters degree.

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, COSTA RICA Daniel grew up in San Carlos, Costa Rica. He studied Business and English in college, which led him to working with GLA as Field Manager for Costa Rica. He looks forward to meeting all the students who arrive for a life-changing experience each summer.

John Strand

Juan Carlos Soriano

Megan McKinley

Regional Director of International Programs, Asia With a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in International Relations, and a TESOL Certificate, John’s passion for education is evident from his own academic background. In addition, John has over 15 years’ experience living and working abroad, the last 14 of these in Thailand.

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, SOUTH AMERICA Juan is a strong advocate for youth empowerment through experiential education. Born and raised in Peru, he attended the United World College in Canada and the College of the Atlantic. After living on four continents, he is back in Peru where he is happiest.

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, COSTA RICA Megan is originally from Ohio and was fortunate enough to say, “the world is my classroom” with LIU Global during college. As a product of cross-cultural education herself, Megan is passionate about the transformative power of educational travel.

Lisa Brancheau

Shawna Sanders

Gustav Bernhardt

Regional Director of International Programs, CENTRAL AMERICA Lisa is passionate about the transformative power of international service learning to foster crosscultural understanding. Lisa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and has been designing and implementing programs around the world for over a decade.

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, PERU Shawna grew up in Canada but after studying abroad in Mexico while attending Whitman College she fell for Latin America. Since graduation, she has been working and traveling in Peru with volunteer and tourism organizations, spending her free time exploring local markets and cooking Peruvian food!

COUNTRY FIELD MANAGER, ASIA Gustav left the corporate world to pursue his passion for traveling in the East and teaching in Thailand. He loves spending time getting to know the inhabitants of every country he visits and has run various youth groups, including Scout groups, for 20 years.

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Ashley Welter

Matt Miller

Marketing Project Specialist

Photographer & Videographer Matt is a photographer from Tennessee who spent a year living in Costa Rica during his first year of high school. From whitewater rafting to hiking the AT, he is always looking for the next adventure and wants to help GLA students find theirs.

Ashley holds a BA in Communication & Behavioral Psychology from UCSD. She discovered her love for travel during high school, and has wanted to explore the world ever since. She is excited for her 2nd year with GLA and looks forward to marketing GLA’s diverse programs and service-driven mission.


Jenica Pistone-Donahue

Carol della Croce

Marketing Project Specialist Jenica discovered her own passion for travel while studying abroad in Mexico. Upon graduating from the University of Oregon, she was determined to enable other young people in their own lifechanging experiences abroad. Jenica has filled many roles with GLA and cannot wait for another season!

GRAPHIC DESIGNER A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, living in Berlin. Carol holds a degree in social communications and graphic design from Buenos Aires University. Having staffed programs in the Dominican Rep, Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, she aspires to help students develop a broader perspective of the world.

Sarah Davidson

Anna Graham

Marketing Project Specialist Sarah earned a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, with experience in cultural heritage studies and fine art. She has worked as a Travel Specialist for GLA and is excited to now be on the Marketing Team. Sarah has staffed GLA programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Galapagos, India, and Bali.

Staff Accountant

Amanda Figeuroa

Maria Skinner

Marketing Operations Specialist A Southern California native, Amanda joined GLA after she was drawn to its mission-driven purpose. She had the opportunity to explore two countries shortly after coming onboard, and looks forward to bringing the same life-changing opportunities to students through her savvy marketing skills.

Administrative Assistant

Anna grew up in San Diego and obtained her Bachelors in Accounting at Lynchburg College in Virginia. She enjoys working for Terra Education because it aligns her love of numbers with her passions for travel and learning. Antarctica is at the top of her travel wish list.

Maria is a San Diego native, and has an Associate’s Degree in IT Management from SD City College. She has a passion for political science and social responsibility, and she’s glad to work for a company that’s committed to inspiring positive social change through educating and empowering youth.

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

Minneapolis, MN

Atlanta, GA

New Orleans, LA

Austin, TX

New York, NY

Bethesda, MD

Orange County, CA

Boston, MA

Philadelphia, PA

Chicago, IL

Portland, OR

Cleveland, OH

San Diego, CA

Dallas, TX

San Francisco, CA

Denver, CO

Scarsdale, NY

Greenwich, CT

Seattle, WA

Los Angeles, CA

Washington, DC

Visit 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 to register for an interactive webinar or call +1 858-771-0645 to arrange a virtual meeting with a GLA staffer.

Global Scholars Program By African Leadership Academy

What is African Leadership Academy?

Global Leadership Adventures was founded by the same entrepreneurial minds who built African Leadership Academy, a pan-African high school dedicated to developing the next generation of African leaders. African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over young leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory. ALA combs the African continent for youth who show the spark of initiative; who see what can be and strive to make it so. At ALA, young leaders complete an intensive program of intellectual growth and hands-on leadership development. These teen leaders are guided by powerful network along their path to transformative impact in Africa.

What is the Global Scholars Program?

The Global Scholars Program was created by ALA, and provides a challenging and stimulating environment for emerging leaders to collaborate with a diverse group of their peers from around the world to share ideas and identify opportunities for global change. Teens who participate can choose to be part of either the Explore Africa or Engage Africa camp sessions. At GSP, students learn by doing. Experiential education is active learning - action followed by reflection. This method generates new ideas that result in creating change in real communities. Participants on the Global Scholars Program will take a series of excursions and adventures to encounter Africa’s wildlife and experience South Africa’s rich history and culture. Students will also learn how to lead with purpose by realizing their potential, building awareness and engaging with others to collaborate and transform.

How can I learn more?

You can speak to a GLA Enrollment Specialist by calling 1-858771-0645 and they can share information with you about African Leadership Academy or the Global Scholars Program.

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Our values are what make GLA different. This isn’t just another leadership program — it’s a life-changing experience.

97% of GLA alumni agree:

“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.

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.



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.

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 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.



Global Leadership Adventures International Foundation Global Leadership Adventures created the GLA International Foundation to be a year-round channel for direct action to support the communityled initiatives our students become passionately involved in each spring break and summer. 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 so passionate about during their GLA experience. You can make a difference. Fund work that is action-oriented, communityled and focuses on root causes by donating at

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From the people who brought you Global Leadership Adventures

Immersive and sustainable travel experiences for families and adults



Academic Summer Programs for College-Bound

Teens Explore academic and personal passions

on the campuses of leading colleges and universities: UC Berkeley, Yale, Duke, & Georgetown.


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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 will 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.

Zero tolerance

GLA has a zero-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.

Community-led experiences

GLA makes every effort to offer well-thought-out programs crafted for high school students. 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


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, and applicants should be in good physical and mental health.


Expect the Unexpected “Boarding the plane, I had no idea what to expect. I never knew that the 3 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 arise and projects are adapted to reflect them. Don’t let that make you anxious though! 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. Why? Because no two sessions of your chosen program, even in the same summer, are exactly alike. One student group might get lucky and spot sharks while snorkeling in the Galapagos. 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 can’t. But don’t you worry! GLA’s international-local partner staffing model means we have experts on the ground and at headquarters working hard to make sure any change in plans is 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


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

Visit our online application portal.



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 office hours to pay by phone.

Complete the online application. Part of the application process is for you to reflect 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 service-learning program abroad. This also ensures that your interests are aligned with what the program offers. 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-evaluation

- Signed agreement forms

- Medical Questionnaire

We review completed applications in two business days, and notify students of final 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, 1 ​ 00% 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 $95 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 office staff and Enrollment Specialists have been on all our programs, and are always available to answer your questions and help find the perfect program.

CHAT WITH US Live Chat is available outside normal office hours. Visit our homepage on a laptop or desktop computer to chat.

Attend an EVENT or Webinar At any event, open house, summer opportunity fair or webinar, you can talk directly with GLA staff or alumni who will share their experiences and answer questions.

CONNECT WITH GLA‘S SOCIAL COMMUNITY 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: facebook

REQUEST AN ITINERARY Call us or email info@ to request a day-by-day itinerary and have specific questions answered.

Speak with references Call us or email to request a contact list of parents and families who have sent their teens abroad with GLA.

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2019 Global Leadership Adventures Catalog  

Explore GLA spring break and summer 2019 travel and volunteer abroad programs for teens in our catalog, or request a copy by mail at experie...

2019 Global Leadership Adventures Catalog  

Explore GLA spring break and summer 2019 travel and volunteer abroad programs for teens in our catalog, or request a copy by mail at experie...