Enrollment Advisors Tell All

Tips of the Trade from GLA Vets

Over at in GLA Headquarters in Costa Rica, Enrollment Advisors are a wealth of knowledge about all things GLA! In fact a number of our Enrollment Advisors have gained some of their knowledge from first hand experience as GLA students themselves. Gaining insight from alumni is always a great way to prepare for your upcoming departure out of your comfort zone!

My colleagues and I were able to come up with some sound pieces of advice for this years incoming cohort of GLA students by answering a few questions I had for them, let’s have a look at our words of wisdom.

1. What is one thing you wish you knew before you went on your GLA program?
2. What is the one thing your glad you packed with you?
3. What do you wish you left at home?
4. When on your program, what did you miss most from home?
5. If and when you got homesick, what did you do?
6. How did your GLA experience help develop the adult you are today?
7. How did you become an Enrollment Advisor for GLA; what made you want to work for this organization after your experience with them.
8. What we want to do after your time with GLA?

  1. I wish I knew I needed to bring more bug spray.

  2. I’m glad I packed my flashlight!

  3. There’s nothing in particular I wish I’d left at home, but I wish I’d packed lighter.

  4. On the program I missed my privacy, you’re always with someone and always being supervised.

  5. When I was homesick I tried to talk with groupmates, mentors and tried not to think about it. If I had a chance I would eat some good food, something about eating reminds me of home.

  6. My GLA experience made me more open to meeting people from very different backgrounds and gave me exposure to a hands on work experience in a rural community. It’s been very useful for being more grateful for the things I have.

  7. I heard about this position through an email I received  about the program. I thought it sounded like a good way to travel and get some work experience at the same time. I had a good impression of GLA, and I thought since I had a good time as a student that I’d have a good time as an employee as well.  

  8. I honestly have no clue what I want to do after this year. I’d like to find another way to continue travelling while working or I may be open to going home to LA to see my family.

  1. I wish I knew it could get a lil chilly in both Tanzania and Guatemala.

  2. I'm glad I packed a jar of peanut butter!

  3. I wish I left behind:
    cute clothes for Tanzania & for Guatemala, no ragrets!

  4. I really missed my dog.

  5. When I got homesick I would write in my journal, or I would talk to my friends and mentors.

  6. My GLA experience made me more confident and made me want to learn more about cultures. My experience helped me branch out of my comfort zone to meet new people.

  7. I decided to apply to be an Enrollment Adviser at GLA because of the amazing experiences I had on my GLA programs in high school. The service work we did was so rewarding and I made so many amazing lifelong friendships. I wanted to work for a company that values leadership, service, and inspiring youth. I love having the opportunity to be able to help students go on a life-changing journey like I did.

  8. After my time with GLA, I hope to continue living abroad and go back to school to expand my knowledge on environmental sustainability. I hope to continue to travel, learn more languages, and inspire young people to go out and see the world!

  1. There is nothing I wish I knew really, I felt pretty prepared to be honest.

  2. I’m so glad I packed bug spray.

  3. I wish I had left some of the nice clothes that I brought at home.

  4. I missed my dog the most!

  5. I don’t think I was ever homesick on my programs.

  6. My GLA experience helped create my passion for travel!

  7. I received an email from Jessica Miller and it seemed like a great opportunity for me to continue travelling post grad. I thought it would be a great experience for me to give back to an organization that gave me so much as a high school student!

  8. I hope to continue travelling through South America!

  1. I wish I knew more about the history of the Guatemalan people and the region  was travelling to.

  2. I’m glad I packed my camera! I took so many pictures.

  3. I wish I had left my rolling suitcase and packed in a backpacking backpack instead.

  4. What I missed most was just spending time with my family and in Boston.

  5. Although I missed my family, I didn’t really get homesick because our days were always so filled.

  6. My GLA experience helped me gain so much confidence and who I am and in the passions and desires I have for my life. GLA gave me the tools I needed to blossom into the adventure and travel addict I’ve become today!

  7. I heard about this GLA’s Enrollment Advisor positions from emails I was getting as an alum of the program, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduating, but I knew I would love living in a new place and gaining some quality skills, so I applied and here I am.

  8. I would like to continue discovering myself, travelling and working to make a difference in the world!

  1. Time flew by very fast. I wish I had chosen a longer program or multi program option.

  2. I’m glad I packed sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle and day pack. These were essential every day!

  3. I brought more nice clothes than I needed, I wish I had left those.

  4. I mostly missed my own bed.

  5. When I got homesick I focused on the amazing experience I was having, and talked to my roommates about it.

  6. Working with students at a very impoverished school opened my eyes to how much some people do value education. It was my GLA program that helped me realize that I want to make a career working in education and working to improve students experiences in their schools.

  7. When I did my program in Costa Rica I was amazed at truly life changing the experience was! This led me to study education in college and I spent a lot of time looking at out of the box ways of teaching and teaching to different learning styles. The more I learned, the more I saw how GLA uses similar tactics and I wanted to have a part in working for a company that offers truly beneficial experiences to it's students. My GLA program also started my love for travel, and it made perfect sense for me to take a position with a company that started my love for travel and education in the country where it all began!

  8. Immediately after my time with GLA I plan to move to another new country and get back into a direct teaching role. Long term I hope to further my own education and continue to study the benefits of education.

Hopefully some of what we’ve learned from our experiences can aid with making the most of yours. GLA programs may have changed throughout the years, but it’s clear to see that GLA has been impacting young lives for some time now and aims to continue and have an even more positive impact.