About 43% of U.S. public high schools start before 8 a.m. - significantly earlier than at most workplaces. We’re all for learning self-discipline and making the most out of your time in high school, but is waking up at the crack of dawn really what is best for growing teens? Many people- including the superintendents of school districts in 41 states- say no. The issue of waking hours for high school students is not a new one.
Journeys of Transformation and Discovery
A life-changing experience for teens helps you change the world and connect with other cultures
The GLA Volunteer Abroad Experience
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Become a Passionate Leader
GLA believes leaders are made, not born. Leadership activities are woven through service, workshops and excursions. GLA works only with high school students and curriculum is tailored to teen development.
Connect to the World
It wouldn't be an adventure without exciting destinations. We have some great places for teen community service trips, but it's up to you to choose which one is best for you.
Live Life in Another Culture
GLA operates only in developing countries in cultures significantly different from the West in authentic, non-tourist communities.
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Why Choose GLA?
What Makes GLA Different
Life Changing Experience
GLA believes leaders are made, not born
Service Learning Adventure
Every GLA Service Learning Adventure is uniquely crafted
5-Point Safety System
The 5-Point Safety System is what truly sets us apart
Our Expert Staff
GLA staff are fun-loving, motivated, and seasoned leaders
Full-Service Parent Support
We're with you every step of the way
Home Base Lodging
Home base is a dedicated space for GLA students and staff
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Chances are, there are others on your flight with long layovers as well. Don’t be shy! You can make great friends at airports who will help you kill the time. On my way back from Tanzania this summer, my friend and I met a super interesting guy who worked for Doctors Without Borders at the Nairobi airport during an 8-hour layover. We ended up playing UNO and Yahtzee together and chatting the whole time - the layover flew by!