Since the start of our service work in the country in 2010, GLA has sent hundreds of student volunteers and tireless staff members to improve the lives of schoolchildren in Guatemalan communities, as well as their families and school staff. Our main project during this time has been adding to and revitalizing the Pacaja elementary school, from the restoration of 600 desks for young students to use, to the addition of new classrooms and play space.
International Volunteer Programs for Teens
Life-changing summer travel experiences for high school students in Africa, Asia, Europe & Latin America
The GLA Volunteer Abroad Experience
Your Adventure Starts Here
Global Leadership Adventures operates summer programs for high school students, exclusively 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.
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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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Sarah, like most high school students, didn’t start out with a master plan to become involved in public health initiatives. Instead, she started with something much more common: a Google search. She typed in ‘international volunteer trips for teens’ and came across the page for Global Leadership Adventures’ Building a Sustainable World program in the Dominican Republic. Find out why she "returned and will continue to return to the DR.”