This year, GLA decided to embark on developing a new type of program, one where the core of the experience was centered around leaving a legacy behind for the student's host community.
On both of our Building From Start to Finish themed programs, students will complete construction of a service project, from Step 1 all the way to completion.
For example, on our Ghana: Building Healthy Villages™ program, our student volunteers will build an eco-compost latrine from start to finish, having a direct impact on the lives of the families who will use it by reducing rates of acute health problems. At the end of the program, the group will present the finished project to the families who will benefit from it for years to come.
On our Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ program, this three-week flagship experience includes two start-to-finish service projects students will work on. Teens on this program will construct a health-friendly stove and community garden from start-to-finish. Student volunteers may also contribute to nearby infrastructure projects that support nearby families.
Think of these programs as having similar objectives to Habitat for Humanity® and related organizations. You identify a need in a community, you pull on your work gloves and solve it with real action through a meaningful project you can actually finish in 2-3 weeks, and you leave behind a sustainable legacy that will contribute to the community's well-being for years.
When you enroll on one of these programs, you are literally being the change you wish to see in the world.
We hope to see you out in the field, making (and building!) a difference with us this summer.