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.
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 Africa.
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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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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!