International Volunteer Programs for Teens

International Volunteer Programs for Teens Learn More About This Program

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

The GLA Volunteer Abroad Experience

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Global Leadership Adventures operates summer volunteer programs for high school students, exclusively in authentic, non-tourist communities. Through community service, teens will develop meaningful relationships with local people and make a significant impact.

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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 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 trip 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

Our Service Partners

Partnerships pave the path to sustainable development

Volunteer abroad on our spring break & summer service trips for high school students

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Read our GLA Guatemala Community Impact Report

GLA's global mission is to inspire teens to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. Our high school student travel programs in Guatemala represent one way to begin this journey of transformation. Since the start of our service trips in the country, and with the guidance of our staff, GLA has sent hundreds of student ambassadors and volunteers to improve the lives of schoolchildren in Guatemalan communities, as well as their families and school staff.

“One of the best things you can do when you are young is to leave your comfort zone”

Jan Marc first went to the Dominican Republic with GLA in 2010. Since that time, his life has been shaped by the experiences he's had abroad, and his desire to give back to the world. "I have always had the wish to do something useful and help other people." Find out more about Jan Marc and how GLA's pre college programs allow high school students to study abroad and volunteer - a stepping stone to success in university and beyond.