GLA offers international volunteer programs for teens across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
Our mission is to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to change the world and their role in it. To accomplish this, we help students develop critical thinking skills, build connections between people and cultures, and articulate a vision for change. By planting the seeds for the future, we empower students to pursue new passions, to set higher academic and personal goals, and to begin affecting change within themselves, their community, and the world.
GLA crafts each program to be immersive and multidimensional by combining three key components: Community Service, Hands-On Learning, and Adventure. Experiencing a country through all three lenses invites students to have heightened opportunities for getting to know local residents and lends a strong sense of purpose to their travel.
At the heart of our programs is community service, and it’s our imperative to ensure that the projects are community-led initiatives. Global issues that were once remote become tangible in welcoming communities. Working alongside our partners, our students become engaged in understanding how the efforts they make accelerate steps toward sustainable change.
GLA celebrates learning through immersion and cross-cultural exchange. Our students participate in interactive experiences that expose them to diverse arts, cultures, and histories beyond what a 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 immersion activities, small group discussion, formal learning objectives and spontaneous opportunities for leadership and education, our programs cultivate more confident communicators and independent agents of change.
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, which are exceptional opportunities for students to challenge themselves in unexpected, memorable ways. Imagine camping along the Inca Trail on a trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, zip lining through the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, photographing lions on a safari in Tanzania, or trying a new cultural dish surrounded by friends a world away.