International Volunteer Programs for Teens

International Volunteer Programs for Teens Learn More

Life-changing summer travel experiences for high school students in Asia, Africa, & Latin America Learn More

The GLA Volunteer Abroad Experience

Your Adventure Starts Here

Servea Community

GLA operates 1 to 6 week volunteer programs, exclusively in developing countries in authentic, non-tourist communities. Through service work, you'll develop meaningful relationships with local people and make a significant impact.

Learnto Lead

GLA believes leaders are made, not born. The GLA experience gives high school students the opportunity to step up in a global context and face real challenges in partnership with the communities they are serving.

ExploreNew Paths

No summer is complete without adventure. Each country has its own treasures. Imagine exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, zip lining through the pristine rainforests of Costa Rica, or taking a safari in Africa.


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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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Jump Out of Your Comfort Zone with The Young Leader

The Young Leader inspires teens to jump out of their comfort zone by taking risks and forging their own path. At TYL, we believe high school students like you shouldn’t be confined to the classroom day-in and day-out when you’ve already got a good head on your shoulders. Exposure to the wider world is how you learn to overcome challenges and break out beyond your hometown bubble. We’ll be here as you take those first giant leaps into the world.

It's Not Too Late to Change Lives This Summer

There is still space on our programs! While they are filling quickly, many session dates are still available. Our application process is simple - it can be completed in only a few minutes. Our expert enrollment advisors can help you fit a program into even the busiest summer schedule. There are only a few summers teens have the opportunity to participate in a program like ours. High school flies by, but the experiences you'll have on a GLA program will last a lifetime.