2018 Service Grants

Empower the World's Children

Flash Grants! Select Children-themed programs are eligible for Grants worth up to $500 until February 1.

Until February 1, select Children-themed programs are eligible for Flash Grants toward tuition worth up to $500.

For teens who are passionate about working with children, GLA offers summer service-learning programs focused on children's education, refurbishing schools and classrooms, helping with environmental education efforts and other development projects. This summer, teach—and learn—as you embark on a life-changing experience focused on children's issues.

Programs Eligible / Grant Amounts

To Redeem:

Head to the Enrollment Portal and apply for the program of your choice from the list above. Enter the corresponding scholarship code on your application. The Service Grant will be applied to the tuition balance. Flash Grant expires on February 1.

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ (21-Day Flagship Program)

Embrace Costa Rica’s children and make an impact on the next generation.

While it has many progressive policies, Costa Rica’s rural populations can be overlooked, so volunteer efforts that help speed up skills development for children and bolster education are crucial. On the 21-Day Flagship program, volunteer with a grassroots nonprofit organization, and help provide integrated environmental education to youth of all ages. Work directly with students on reforestation and ecological preservation projects, encouraging them to become engaged in real-world issues that transcend classroom walls.

  • Volunteer at rural schools and an environmental education project
  • Discuss critical community issues in the region
  • Bond with local youth and families through your volunteer work
  • Experience Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy on zipline and horseback
  • Raft down the Tenorio River (21-Day Flagship Program Only)

See Program Dates & Itinerary | Enroll with code EMPOWER500 by February 1 to receive a $500 Flash Grant.

Belize: The Initiative for Children™ (21-Day Flagship Program)

Improve children's literacy in exotic Belize, surrounded by dense wildlife and adventure from ridge to reef.

Improve access to education in Belize by staffing a summer camp focused on youth literacy and empowerment through education. You’ll lead the children in experiential learning activities and take part in outdoor activities that tie into their language lessons. These are just a few of the creative methods you’ll adopt to make learning more engaging. In a country where one-third of the population is under 15 years old, this is impactful work, and the close bonds you’ll form with your enthusiastic students will reflect the difference a quality education can make.

  • Lead an educational English camp for Belizean youth
  • Use experiential learning tools to improve children’s literacy
  • Live on a tropical savannah surrounded by biodiversity
  • Experience everything from lush rainforests to the Caribbean coast
  • Enjoy world-class snorkeling over the world’s second-largest barrier reef
  • Learn about animal conservation at the Belize Zoo

See Program Dates & Itinerary | Enroll with code EMPOWER500 by February 1 to receive a $500 Flash Grant.

Philippines: The Initiative for Children™ (14-Day Program)

Care for the youth of this modern island nation, from the urban dreamers to the indigenous children of the highlands.

Based on Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and northernmost island, you’ll volunteer on urban projects, aiding and interacting with children of Manila in a variety of ways. Prepare and distribute school lunches at a nutritious feeding program. Work with the Philippine Toy Library on their mission to convert idle spaces in barangays—inner city barrios—into fun and educational spaces that keep kids off the streets. Support children’s healthy development by reading with them and tutoring English at a public school. On the second leg of the trip, volunteer with organizations dedicated to helping preserve the unique culture of indigenous peoples.

  • Live on Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and northernmost island
  • Participate in a healthy nutrition program for schoolchildren
  • Take action toward sustainable poverty alleviation
  • Build a bamboo raft and test it on a crater lake
  • Hike a volcano to one of the island’s iconic vistas
  • Visit the Spanish city of Intramuros

See Program Dates & Itinerary | Enroll with code EMPOWER300 to receive a $300 Flash Grant

Guatemala: Children of the Maya™ (14-Day Program)

With its volcano-studded landscape and ancient Maya culture, Guatemala promises adventure and the opportunity to make a mark on education.

Spend your days in Xela becoming fully plugged into the local primary school and surrounding community, volunteering as an English teacher to the Maya children or helping construct a library, classrooms and other school facilities. You’ll have the opportunity to creatively develop and deliver lesson plans, play games with the children during recess, and work with organizations committed to improving school grounds and beautifying community facilities. As you spend time volunteering, you'll also learn about social issues that affect Maya youth today.

  • Teach English at rural Guatemalan school
  • Journey across sacred Lake Atitlán
  • Attend a ceremony with a Maya shaman
  • Explore ancient archaeological ruins
  • Shop at the largest indigenous craft market in the hemisphere
  • Zipline through the mountains of Guatemala

See Program Dates & Itinerary | Enroll with code EMPOWER300 to receive a $300 Flash Grant

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Flash Grant cannot be combined with any other special offers, Service Grants or Alumni Scholarships, with the exception of need-based scholarships.
  2. The Flash Grant is only available on enrollments submitted between January 24 and February 1, 2018, in the programs listed on this webpage.
  3. The Flash Grant must be redeemed by following the instructions outlined above, using the scholarship code EMPOWER500 / EMPOWER300. You may also call +1 858-771-0645 for assistance with enrolling in either program and redeeming the Service Grant.
  4. In the event that a student chooses to switch his or her program of choice to a session not included in this Flash Grant, the $500 or $300 Flash Grant will not transfer over to the new balance.
  5. The Flash Grants for Costa Rica and Belize are only eligible for redemption on the 21-day flagship sessions of those programs.