2018 Service Grants

Programs that need you!

Looking for the right GLA program this summer? These are impactful, adventurous and looking for more volunteers!

Jump to the Service Grant list!

A question we're asked frequently: "Which program is your most popular?" We'll be honest: Every year we see different programs trending, based on what destination or theme is hot at the moment, or most-photographed on Instagram. But how silly is it to pick your own life-changing experience based on the thoughts of the masses? The truth is, every GLA program is thoughtfully designed, vetted and slowly pieced together by a small and committed team of travel nerds who have a passion for social change and seeing local destinations off the beaten path. When one session you've been eyeing sells out, there are literally dozens of other amazing ones to choose from.

Which brings us to our next point: Some of our lower-enrolled programs need a boost this time of year, as we consider canceling sessions that may not meet our required minimums. Why the low enrollment numbers? Simply because a sleepy surfing village in Costa Rica might not currently be as #trending as big-ticket Fiji, or because teaching children in a classroom might seem more fun than building a toilet for a family in Ghana (Hey! Ghana: Foundations of Global Health™ is actually one of our office favorites, and toilets are a top health need).

In truth, these hidden-gem destinations may be even more beautiful and untouched than their popular counterparts, and all service projects are guaranteed learning experiences that are worthy of our time and service.

We don't want to cancel these incredible programs, and we know you want to serve where the need is highest! So we're offering Service Grants this month toward tuition for some of our best hidden gems:

Costa Rica

Latin America



*Terms and Conditions: Service Grants will be awarded only to new applicants who enter the proper code upon enrollment for an eligible Summer 2018 program. Enrollment capacity is limited for each program and Service Grants are available until February 28th only. Grants may not be combined with other offers, and cannot be exchanged for cash.