GLA

GLA ❤️ Animals

Learn all about how Global Leadership Adventures supports the health, wellbeing and care of animals encountered on our programs.

Did you know that Global Leadership Adventures has an Animal & Wildlife Welfare Policy?

Global Leadership Adventures has adopted an Animal & Wildlife Welfare Policy to ensure that our program activities, specifically those that include participant engagement with animals (both wild and domesticated), are consistent with the welfare of any wildlife involved, in addition to the wellbeing of our students and staff.

Our animal welfare philosophy is grounded in the belief that the welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental wellbeing. The GLA Animal & Wildlife Welfare Policy, therefore, acknowledges the important role wildlife plays in a holistic cross-cultural travel experience, while also ensuring that all program activities are vetted to account for the wellbeing of any animals involved.

READ GLA'S ANIMAL & WILDLIFE WELFARE POLICY →


Did you know that Global Leadership Adventures doesn't allow riding of elephants?

Global Leadership Adventures programs do not include elephant riding of any kind.

“Are you serious?!” you might ask. “But I couldn’t wait to get my photo riding an elephant in Thailand!” In our imaginations, riding these gentle giants is the ultimate bucket-list item on a trip to Southeast Asia. What could be better than lumbering your way through deep rivers and pristine jungle on the back of an elephant?

Unfortunately, this idyllic image, built up with Instagram posts and Hollywood clips over the years, is a far cry from the reality of elephant tourism as provided by many operators.

READ MORE ABOUT GLA'S STANCE ON NO ELEPHANT RIDING →


Did you know that Global Leadership Adventures has Animal & Wildlife Conservation programs?

Global Leadership Adventures Animal & Wildlife Conservation programs allow teens the opportunity to:

  • Care for animals that have been injured and abandoned, or threatened by loss of their natural habitat.
  • Discover the role that sustainability plays in the long-term protection of these unique animals.
  • Form relationships while working alongside NGOs and community groups who are making a critical impact on conservation in the region.

CHECK OUT ALL GLA ANIMAL & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS →