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

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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.

Communities Around the World

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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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Should High School Start Earlier?

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.

What to Do When You’re Stuck at the Airport

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!