The Student Takeover of the GLA Instagram is powered by the incredible photos and videos our students around the world are taking and sharing this summer. Whether it's a shot of our Thailand group giving an elephant a mud bath, or the sight of a finished project in Ghana, you're helping us spread the word about all we're doing to 'be the change.' Follow us at @GLAteens and be a part of the bigger picture.
International Volunteer Programs for Teens
Life-changing summer travel experiences for high school students in Asia, Africa, & Latin America
The GLA Volunteer Abroad Experience
Your Adventure Starts Here
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.
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.
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 Tanzania.
Communities Around the World
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Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
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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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.