International Volunteer Programs for Teens

International Volunteer Programs for Teens Learn More

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

The GLA Volunteer Abroad Experience

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Servea Community

GLA operates 1 to 6 week volunteer programs, exclusively in authentic, non-tourist communities. Through service work, you'll develop meaningful relationships with local people and make a significant impact.

Learnto Lead

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 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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2015 GLA Photo Contest Winners Announced

Every year, GLA is lucky to have some budding photographers join us on our programs, and share their unique views of the communities they become immersed in while on our programs. Whether it's a shot of a soccer game at sunset in Costa Rica, or a photo of a family of elephants passing by our safari vehicle in Tanzania, you can see all our students are doing to 'be the change.' Check out some of our winners and their incredible submissions.

“My GLA trip completely changed the course of my life”

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.”