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Experience 16 New GLA Programs in 2018

Sixteen new service-learning programs are now enrolling in destinations around the world!

Look out for 16 brand new service-learning programs in GLA's program lineup this year, exploring themes from protecting endangered wildlife in Brazil and South Africa to uplifting Costa Rican youth through sports volunteering. Some of our most action-packed programs now run up to 24 days in length, exploring a wide variety of critical issues and offering an all-encompassing view of communities across the country.

GLA's newest programs, listed below, are now enrolling students for Summer 2018!


Brazil: Preserving the Amazon (14 and 21 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: ANIMAL & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Live in an ecolodge right on the banks of the Amazon River system! Learn from biologists, ecologists and naturalists about the global issues that impact the Amazon's communities and wildlife. Surprisingly, on a waterway whose size is legendary, it’s actually the little things that make it special: You'll canoe through the flooded forest, cook food over a bonfire, wake to the sounds of howler monkeys and squawking parrots. (On our 21-day Flagship Program, travel to Rio de Janeiro as well!)

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Costa Rica: Soccer Beyond Borders (14 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: SPORTS LEADERSHIP

From the scrappy matches that take over the village pitch to breathless exclamations of “Gooooal!” erupting on game days, no Costa Rican sporting venture can compare with fútbol. Be immersed in the raw energy of Latin American soccer, and learn how you can adopt the local style and refine your own technique while also building a more inclusive community: As an athlete, you know better than anyone that sports can be an effective vehicle for positive change, youth leadership development and connecting cultures.

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Cuba: Cultural Odyssey (12 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: COUNTRY DISCOVERY

Cuba offers a glimpse into another era, as if everything here was put on pause several decades ago. Sixty years of isolation has resulted in a preserved culture where the streets feel like they’ve just begun to come alive again—with music, art, delicious food, and an aging yet still vibrant colonial cityscape. In true “odyssey” style, encounter diverse communities as you traverse modern-day Cuba, volunteering in Havana and experiencing rural Viñales to idyllic Playa Larga.

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Cuba: Culture in Focus (10 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: PHOTOGRAPHY & JOURNALISM

Capture and tell the stories of this small but resilient island in the Caribbean Sea. Venture off the tourist path on “photo safaris” to explore the little-known and less-traveled backstreets of Havana and its fascinating neighborhoods. Specially selected locations—dance studios, private homes, bustling Havana neighborhoods—provide wonderful photographic backdrops and opportunities to meet Cubans from all walks of life.

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Dominican Republic: International Development Initiative (21 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Designed for students who have an interest in global development and human rights, this program gives a behind-the-scenes look at organizations working to solve the world’s most complex issues. Examine the systems in place, and ask yourself: Whom do they actually serve? In the Dominican Republic, students will go beyond typical community service activities and support NGOs with both volunteering and fieldwork.

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Fiji: Marine Conservation Expedition (14 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY ACTION

Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by external forces like climate change and overfishing. Learn about the negative effects these have on marine sustainability by working with conservationists and researchers, and contributing to a coral restoration project. As a reward for your hard work, dive into the crystal blue water and see the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific with your own eyes! Snorkel in sea caves and experience authentic Pacific Islander culture.

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Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure (15 and 22 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: LANGUAGE IMMERSION

Part of the charm of Guadeloupe is that it's such a well-kept secret. Without a large international tourist presence, this French overseas territory sits pristinely in the Caribbean as home to diverse communities of European, Asian, African and indigenous descent. Guadeloupe is the perfect setting to jumpstart or enhance your French language ability. Improve your speaking and comprehension skills on this French-speaking island through classroom time and local immersion.

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Haiti: Global Health Initiative (10 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: MEDICINE & PUBLIC HEALTH

A primer for studying public health or medicine, this university-level program is designed to give a progressive experience: You’ll challenge your preconceptions of how public health is implemented, work to help improve access to clean water in schools, assist local doctors and health professionals in the field, and think critically about how to solve crises of health insecurity in both rural and urban communities. Enjoy the old soul of this beautiful island nation as you play an active role in improving Haitian lives.

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Peru: Foundations of Global Health (14 and 21 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: MEDICINE & PUBLIC HEALTH

Limited physical access to primary health care is a major factor contributing to the poor health of populations in developing countries, particularly in mountain areas with rugged topography, harsh climates and extensive socioeconomic barriers. Work on public health campaigns for the residents of Peru’s stunning, yet challenging Sacred Valley. After service, go on a 3-day trek to Machu Picchu and experience Quechua communities, llama farms, salt flats, colorful markets and ancient ruins.

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Peru: Children of the Andes (21 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: CHILDREN & EDUCATION

The mission of this program is to support children living in rural Andean communities, through working with organizations that provide care, attention and educational support to local youth. Spend time in school classrooms assisting in various ways, including teaching English, the arts, and sports. Away from service, go on a 3-day trek to Machu Picchu, whitewater-raft through the river valley and experience ancient Andean culture of the Sacred Valley.

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Peru: Service Through the Lens (14 and 21 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: PHOTOGRAPHY & JOURNALISM

Experience Machu Picchu and beyond as you refine your photography skills and storytelling techniques. Capture moments of daily life in Andean communities, participate in workshops with award-winning photojournalists and explore the incredible Sacred Valley. Truly, the people are Peru’s real treasure: Warm in spirit, resourceful and resilient, Peruvians are generous about sharing their lives and their country with visitors. With your eyes and heart open, take your camera off the tourist path to capture their rich and surprising stories through direct exchanges.

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Philippines: The Initiative for Children (14 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: CHILDREN & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Made of 7,000 islands featuring tropical beaches to sprawling cities to rice terraced mountains, the Philippines is a melting pot of Spanish influences, modern Western lifestyles and its own indigenous ways. As you peel back layers of this unique culture, volunteer with local organizations to create a better life for children in the country’s struggling populations. You'll split your time between Quezon City and the smaller town of San Pablo, getting to know the incredibly warm and creative Filipino community.

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South Africa: Safari Service Expedition (14 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: ANIMAL & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Be on the front lines of black rhino conservation, and learn how to track, monitor and protect South Africa’s most majestic wild animals—Africa’s “Big Five”. By night, live at a rustic Home Base on the reserve’s perimeter, hearing Zulu stories and learning about tribal culture; by day, shadow wildlife conservationists in the South African bush, going on game drives to observe animals and learning modern methods of sustainably preserving the region’s endangered species.

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South Africa: Social Change Project (14 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

One of the great meeting points of the African continent and of the world, South Africa is alive with energy, ideas and action for social change.

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Spain: Cultural Odyssey (21 days)

PROGRAM TYPE: COUNTRY DISCOVERY

On this Cultural Odyssey, see every highlight of Spain you could possibly fit into three weeks! Travel to five different cities in Spain and experience the unique character of each: Exuberant Barcelona, cosmopolitan Madrid, peaceful Toledo, mystical Segovia and Arab-influenced Granada. Students will visit countless museums, architectural icons and historic districts in every city, with dynamic guides and locals-only access. Visit an Impact Hub and volunteer at a community garden, two examples of how ideas for social innovation are implemented in Spain through creative community action.

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Inside GLA's newest catalog, you can compare all 2018 programs, learn about our history in global education and read about our safety approach.