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Greetings from Greece!

The group has all arrived safely in Athens, and we could not be more excited. The city is alive with energy, and we have a beautiful view of the Acropolis from our hotel’s terrace. This is such an incredible start to the summer!

Photos from Global Leadership Adventures's post 06/11/2024

And we're off! Summer programs have officially begun here at GLA!


🌟 Last Call for GLA Fellowship Applications! 🌟⁠

Today is the final day to apply to become a GLA Honors Fellow or Arts & Letters Fellow. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to enhance your summer program experience!⁠

Fellowships are designed for academically and creatively gifted students like you, providing a platform to showcase and expand upon your achievements. With optional pre-program assignments and a required post-program final project, you'll delve deeper into your passions while making the most of your GLA adventure.⁠

Remember, applying for a GLA Fellowship is free! Secure your chance to become a Fellow today and unlock a world of academic and creative exploration. ⁠

Apply now! 🎓✨

Photos from Global Leadership Adventures's post 05/15/2024

Starting tomorrow, our application increases to $250 – that's $50 in savings when you secure your spot on your favorite GLA summer program today, Wednesday, May 15th!⁠

Hurry, because after this final fee increase, we'll enter our Late Rolling Admission period, with limited session availability. For example, all summer dates in Peru will only accept enrollments on a case-by-case basis due to advance booking requirements for our adventure excursions.⁠

Don't miss out! Browse our 2024 Program Guide on our website to discover available programs and internships for this summer. Enroll online in minutes or call us at 858-771-0645 to speak with an Admissions Coordinator.⁠

Why GLA? Here's what sets us apart:⁠

- Explore new places and connect with like-minded peers⁠

- Choose from diverse destinations worldwide⁠

- Engage in community service, leadership activities, and adventure excursions⁠

- Earn community service hours and enhance college applications⁠

- Flexible dates with sessions typically running 10-21 days⁠

- Make a meaningful impact with GLA's recognized service programs⁠

- Travel solo or with friends in small, intimate groups⁠

- Enjoy safe and secure lodging at our Home Base locations⁠

Secure your spot now for an unforgettable summer adventure! See you soon! 🌍✨ ⁠

Photos from Global Leadership Adventures's post 05/01/2024

🌟✈️ Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? We're thrilled to offer a FREE 10-day trip to the Dominican Republic: Island Service Adventure for one lucky winner! ⁠

🎉 Immerse yourself in the essence of the Caribbean while making a meaningful impact in a rural beach community.⁠

To Enter:⁠

1️⃣ Like this post⁠
2️⃣ Follow ⁠
3️⃣ Tag three friends in the comments⁠
4️⃣ Share this post on your Instagram story or Facebook account⁠

Deadline: Entry closes at 12pm on Wednesday, May 20th.⁠

Winner Announcement: The lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on May 31st!⁠

Terms and Conditions:⁠

🔹 One person will win a free trip to the Dominican Republic: Island Service Adventure 10-day program⁠
🔹 Free trip includes all accommodations, activities, transportation, and meals. (Excludes international airfare.)⁠
🔹 Trip must be redeemed in summer 2024⁠
🔹 Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts⁠
🔹 Parents can enter for eligible students (high school age 14-18 years old)⁠

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the beauty of the DR with GLA! ✨ ⁠

* Cannot be used toward tuition on any program you are already enrolled in.
*We will be choosing a winner from Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.

Photos from Global Leadership Adventures's post 03/08/2024

🌟 Discover the GLA Experience: Animal & Wildlife Conservation 🐾⁠

Join us for an exclusive online information session where we delve into the world of animal and wildlife conservation! ⁠

Embark on a transformative journey with Global Leadership Adventures, where teens passionate about protecting animals, their habitats, and the communities intertwined with them come together. Dive deep into the heart of wildlife conservation, collaborating with experts and gaining hands-on experience alongside real veterinarians. From elephants to sea turtles, explore diverse ecosystems and make a difference where it truly matters.⁠

Interested in joining us this year? Join us this Saturday and come with all your questions! ⁠

🕘 Time:⁠

March 9, 2024, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)⁠

Location: ⁠

Zoom - #/registration

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our Animal & Wildlife Conservation programs and how you can be a part of creating positive change! 🌍


There's an exciting surprise from GLA landing in your inbox today! 🎉✨ Just like a leap year, our offering is a rare gem that you won't want to miss out on!⁠

Curious to learn more and aren't subscribed to our emails? Give us a call at +1-858-771-0645. We're here to answer any questions and share all the details with you!

Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Initiative™ - GLA 02/06/2024


Experience the irresistible call of the wild this summer with GLA's Sea Turtle Initiative in Costa Rica!

Days filled with thrilling rainforest ziplining and Pacuare River whitewater rafting give way to moonlit beach patrols, safeguarding the future of leatherback and green turtles. Immerse yourself in the Pura Vida lifestyle of a Costa Rican beach town, engaging in beach clean-ups, surveying sea turtle nesting sites, and connecting with the community through impactful outreach programs that spread conservation awareness.

Ready to make waves and turn the tide for sea turtles?

Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Initiative™ - GLA Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ is one of GLA's environmental summer programs for high school students. You can make a difference!


Join us TOMORROW, Feb 3, 2024, at 10 AM PST for a crucial webinar! ⁠

🌐 GLA takes pride in our unmatched risk management and safety record. Discover firsthand how we prioritize safety above all else from our Director of Risk Management and Executive Director.⁠

As parents ourselves, we understand the immense trust placed in an organization when sending a child abroad. This webinar is a must-attend for parents, bring your questions and concerns - we're here to address them all!⁠

RSVP now. Your child's safety is our top priority! 🛡️✈️ ⁠ #/registration


🌟 Join Us for an Unforgettable Experience! 🌍✨

Embark on a journey with Global Leadership Adventures at our Alumni-Hosted Open Houses—IN PERSON! 🏡🌏

RSVP NOW to secure your spot and get ready for an exclusive opportunity! 📆👇

🤩 Why attend?
Our incredible GLA alumni students and their families are excited to welcome you into their homes for an immersive session. Hear firsthand stories about their life-changing GLA programs, from the excitement of organizing flights to essential packing tips and the unique experiences at a GLA Home Base. 🎉🧳

👂 Listen to their valuable insights and advice, ensuring you're well-prepared for your own adventure with GLA!

💌 What to expect?
Once you RSVP, we'll send you a confirmation email with all the details and the address of the open house. Get ready to connect with our passionate alumni and gain insider knowledge about the incredible GLA experience!

February 2024

Harris Family Home: Seattle, WA » February 03, 2024 @ 3pm

Eller Family Home: Sammamish, WA » February 04, 2024 @ 3pm

Butler-Steyer Family Home: San Francisco, CA » February 08, 2024 @ 7pm

Keller Williams Realty-Hosted Open House: Long Beach, CA » February 24, 2024 @ 3pm

Glover Family Home: Costa Mesa, CA » February 25, 2024 @ 3pm


Wishing you a season brimming with holiday joy and love, and may 2024 be filled with incredible adventures and unforgettable moments!

The GLA Team ✨️


Unlock the GLA Difference! 🌍

Join us for a captivating webinar on Leadership & Academic Themes this SATURDAY, DEC 9 at 10:00AM PT (1:00PM ET) via Zoom.

Discover what makes GLA stand out among summer program providers! From our thoughtfully curated leadership curriculum to a diverse array of academic themes, each GLA program is a unique blend of adventure and hands-on learning.

Hosted by Yente Oosthuysen, our Regional Director of International Programs, and facilitated by Hannah Shepherd, our Online Events Coordinator, this online session is a must-attend for curious students and parents exploring Global Leadership Adventures for Spring Break or Summer 2024.

Save your spot and dive deep into the GLA experience!

RSVP : #/registration


We won't be able to extend our Early Admission deadline again, so please be sure to secure your space on your favorite GLA program before midnight tonight.

You can view our tuition savings chart here to see how much you'll save on your 1st choice program, or browse our 2024 Program Guide to find a program by destination, theme, duration and more.

Our office hours today are 8:00am - 5:00pm Pacific Time (11:00am - 8:00pm Eastern Time), so give us a call or shoot us a text at 858-771-0645 if you have any questions or need help enrolling over the phone.

We hope you'll join us on-program in 2024!

Tuition Savings Chart:


Not to be missed...

Join us today at 4pm PST you can join our 3x alum Anna Southall live! ⁠

We will be discussing all things GLA from a students perspective! If you're thinking about doing a program in 2024 this is the information session to join, Anna will be discussing her experiences and also answering your questions! ⁠

Parents, join with your students!

We can't wait to see you there! ⁠

RSVP HERE: #/registration

A Life Changing Experience in West Africa for a New Orleans Teen | Learning AFAR 11/28/2023

In celebration of GivingTuesday, we're thrilled to share a powerful video: "A Life Changing Experience in West Africa for a New Orleans Teen," produced in collaboration with our partner, Learning Afar. This captivating visual chronicle follows the journey of Malik Jackson, a New Orleans teen, as he explores Africa through the Global Leadership Adventures International Foundation.

Malik's narrative is a poignant testament to the profound impact of these journeys, beautifully captured on film. It serves as a powerful reminder of the 'why' behind our mission. We're grateful for the opportunity to engage in work that makes such transformative experiences possible.

If Malik's transformative journey in the video has ignited a spark within you to contribute and fund more life-changing experiences for students, we invite you to take action, you can do so via our GLA International Foundation page:

Join us in sharing the power of these journeys, and let's make a difference together on Giving Tuesday! 🌍💙

Watch Malik's video here:

A Life Changing Experience in West Africa for a New Orleans Teen | Learning AFAR See the incredible story of Malik Jackson and his experience in Ghana last year. In partnership with Learning Afar, Son of a Saint and the Global Leadership ...


As Thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to you and your families. Wishing you a weekend filled with relaxation and joy, surrounded by your loved ones.⁠

Your impact across the world through your participation in GLA programs has been nothing short of extraordinary. The cultural exchange and positive change you've initiated are integral to shaping the global community we cherish. We sincerely thank you for being the driving force behind our shared mission.⁠

At this time of giving thanks and reflection, we recognize that GLA wouldn't be what it is today without the passion, dedication, and experiences you've brought to our programs. Your contributions have created lasting connections, fostering understanding and change across borders.⁠

As we gather around tables and give thanks for the abundance in our lives, we want you to know that your journey with GLA continues to inspire and resonate. You are an essential part of our community, and we extend our deepest gratitude for the positive impact you've made on the world.⁠

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with warmth, appreciation, and the company of those you hold dear.⁠

With gratitude,⁠

The Global Leadership Adventures Team


At GLA, we understand that as parents, you're always seeking the best for your children—especially as they approach the exciting transition to college and beyond.⁠

You might be familiar with the sentiment, "we only have 18 summers with our kids." It's a poignant reminder that our time together is fleeting. Yet, within this limited timeframe, we have the incredible opportunity to gift our children with experiences that shape their perspectives and values for a lifetime.⁠

Consider giving the transformative gift of a GLA program this holiday season. ⁠

Beyond the immediate adventure, each GLA experience becomes a lasting investment in your child's personal and intellectual growth. By providing them with the chance to explore the world, contribute to global communities, and develop leadership skills, you're laying the foundation for a future marked by resilience, empathy, and a broader worldview.⁠

While it may mean spending some time apart during their precious summers, the long-term benefits of such experiences are immeasurable. You're not just giving them an adventure; you're providing an education that extends beyond the classroom, fostering independence, cultural understanding, and a sense of purpose.⁠

Make this holiday season truly special by giving your child the gift of a GLA program—a present that keeps on giving for a lifetime.

Simply enroll in the 2024 Program Place Holder under under Special Offers using our online application form, and then the recipient can pick their favorite program after receiving their gift. -application


After hearing from many families that you need a little more time to decide on a program and enroll, especially during this busy holiday season, we have some great news! ⁠

We've extended our Early Admission deadline to November 30th, giving you two more weeks to secure your spot on your preferred GLA program before tuition increases on December 1st.⁠

Take a quick 5-10 minutes to review our Early Enrollment Savings chart (linked below), sign up before the new deadline, and save on program tuition. ⁠

Remember, you only need to pay the app fee and deposit to reserve your spot. Act now to lock in your Early Admission rate before time runs out! ⁠

Questions? Call or text us at 858-771-0645 to speak with our wonderful Admissions Team.

Happy Holidays from GLA 11/16/2023

Consider giving the gift of GLA this holiday season!

Happy Holidays from GLA Give your teen the gift of an unforgettable experience with a GLA program!


Don't miss out on exclusive savings!

Secure your spot on the 2024 GLA teen travel programs at current tuition rates before the midnight deadline tonight.

Enroll in a Global Leadership Adventures program in just a few minutes and save an average of $300. Choose your dream destination—whether it's the enchanting landscapes of Bali, the vibrant cultures of Spain, or the pristine beauty of the Galapagos Islands. Simply submit your application fee and deposit, and return later to complete the rest of your application.

Explore the possibilities and potential savings for your favorite program by visiting our website. Check out our comprehensive program guide, where you can effortlessly browse options by location, program theme, duration, and more. Your summer travel possibilities are limitless, but time is of the essence. Act now to lock in these once-a-year savings!


📢 Exciting Announcement! We are hiring...⁠

Join us at Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) for an incredible opportunity to work with youth in captivating destinations worldwide this spring or summer! As a well-established organization dedicated to transformative journeys for high school and middle school students, GLA operates global travel service-learning programs and internships across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.⁠

We are actively hiring for field positions, including International Directors and Mentors, both internationally and now in the U.S. For over a decade, GLA has cultivated a diverse and passionate team, bringing together well-qualified, well-traveled educators for fulfilling summer experiences abroad. We are excited to expand our team and welcome those interested in leading meaningful programs domestically.⁠

At GLA, we embrace diversity and are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment. We encourage individuals from equity-seeking groups to apply, recognizing the value of diverse perspectives in our leadership team.⁠

Collaborating with local counterparts, our teams work on the ground or remotely to deliver exceptional experiences. Explore more about our exciting opportunities and apply on our program staff seasonal jobs page here:


Whether you're a young adventurer with dreams of exploring the world or a parent supporting this exciting journey, rest assured, you're not alone in navigating the enrollment process.

We invite you to connect with our Admissions Team, where you can have a one-on-one conversation with an experienced Admissions Coordinator at a time that suits you best.

If you're seeking assistance in choosing the perfect program or require guidance to complete your application, we're here to assist you over the phone.

Feel free to reach out to us by calling or texting during our office hours at 858-771-0645, Monday through Friday.

Insider Tip...

Act quickly! Enrolling in a GLA summer travel program this month comes with significant savings:

- We'll automatically waive your $100 application fee when you enroll by 11/1.

- You'll benefit from our early tuition rates before tuition increases come into effect for GLA programs after 11/15.

We can't wait to welcome you to our programs in 2024!

Photos from Global Leadership Adventures's post 09/19/2023

Our Fiji: Ridge to Reef Service Adventure cohort worked hard to create lasting change for the local community this summer!

On a GLA Community Development program, make a difference in your host community and nearby areas through infrastructure improvements, environmental conservation, or whatever is most needed by the community at the time of your arrival.


With 2024 session dates ready to go we will soon be opening registration for live GLA webinars!

This is your chance to hear directly from our incredible staff and students, discuss our program themes and come with your questions.

Keep following as we will be releasing our registration dates soon!

If you have thoughts on areas you want us to cover in our webinars, leave your valued comments below :)


You may have heard of the seven seas, but there's just one interconnected global ocean.

If you hold a passion for the preservation of our oceans, we invite you to explore our incredible programs listed below, with 2024 dates lined up and ready to go:

- Costa Rica: Marine Conservation & Sea Turtle Expedition:

- Costa Rica: Surf, Sports and Sustainability:

- Dominican Republic: Caribbean Sea Conservation Project


As many of you already know, the recent destructive wildfires that have devastated the Hawaiian island of Maui have caused incredible hardship for those who call the island home.

Global Leadership Adventures has for years now been partnering with local leaders and organizations in Maui, including running our Hawaii: Maui Sea Turtle Marine Conservation program there. So many of our partners and those in the community we visited have lost so much, so we're hoping to give back in whatever way we can during this time of hardship and uncertainty.

We invite you to donate to our Emergency Relief Fund to help GLA partners and the communities of LaHaina recover from this tragedy.

To make a contribution through the Global Leadership Adventures International Foundation, please head to our community partner donation page here: and select the option Hawaii: Emergency Relief Fund for Maui (the top menu selection in the dropdown).

You can also click here to learn more about our efforts on behalf of the Emergency Relief Fund.

Thank you so much for helping us make a difference for our partners and this community in their greatest time of need.

-The Global Leadership Adventures International Foundation team


Our Costa Rica, Surf, Sports and Sustainability students catching waves with Avellanas Surf School


Teamwork makes the dream work in the DR :)


Today marks the final day of GLA's rolling admissions period!

After tomorrow 5/16, we'll be accepting enrollments on a case-by-case basis only, as well as increasing the application fee to $250.

Additionally, many program sessions will be closed to new enrollments, so our available program options will be much more limited.

Get in touch TODAY to grab your spot this summer!


Are you curious about the masterminds behind our incredible programs?

Look no further!

At GLA, we are thrilled to showcase our brilliant and innovative program directors in the upcoming weeks!

First up, let us introduce you to Yente from Durban, South Africa!

As the Regional Director for GLA's International Programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the South Pacific, Yente is a powerhouse who is passionate about inspiring students to unleash their full leadership potential and create lifelong connections in some of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet!

When Yente is not out in the field, setting up programs or training staff, you can find her indulging in the South African tradition of braai's (BBQ) with her loved ones, strolling on the sandy beaches, or nurturing her ever-expanding collection of house plants.

So if you're headed to Africa, Asia, Europe or the South Pacific this summer, Yente has helped create your unforgettable adventure! :)

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Our Story

Global Leadership Adventures was founded in 2003 by Fred Swaniker, a native of Ghana, TED Fellow and educational entrepreneur whose work has been praised by President Barack Obama. Born as a global extension of the revolutionary African Leadership Academy, Global Leadership Adventures now operates 48 programs for high school students centered around leadership and sustainable community service projects, in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Through life-changing service-learning experiences, we strive to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it.

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