Bali: Global Health Initiative™


Explore the intersection of modern medicine and indigenous wisdom as you lend a hand with community health projects.
  • Shadow and assist medical students during pop-up clinics
  • Observe how public health systems are implemented in developing communities
  • Visit a natural birth clinic aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality
  • Design and deliver health education workshops for local youth
  • Surf with locals on world-renowned waves in Southern Bali
  • Snorkel over coral reefs and a historic shipwreck

On This Program you will...

East meets West in this unique program nominated by Go Abroad as a 2018 Finalist for most Innovative New Program. You’ll study public health through two different perspectives: Western convention and the indigenous wisdom of the East. You’ll significantly deepen your understanding of the many pieces that make up the global health puzzle, especially in the developing world, where cultural competence is just as important for achieving wellness as medical ability and technology. During your time off service, enjoy Bali’s uplifting culture through live music and dance performances, memorable meals and high adventure on the coast.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Spend time assisting medical students, NGOs and community leaders at a primary care health clinic in a local village. Observe how care is delivered, and depending on the situation at hand, jump in to help respond to needs: Recording data, assisting with pulse checks, scribing information for doctors or restocking supplies. Take your experience full circle as you help design and deliver a health education workshop for local youth in the second half of the program.

Immersive Learning

You’ll be immersed in diverse healthcare settings—Western pop-up clinics, a traditional jungle healer’s practice, and health workshops with children. To better understand the philosophy on holistic wellness, you’ll also visit a natural birth clinic and explore where natural remedies are grown on an herbal walk. There’s no better way to learn about traditional Balinese culture than with full sensory immersion: temple visits, a rice paddy walk, live gamelan music, legong dance performances and dinner at the Royal Palace.


With its pounding surf, emerald rice terraces and artistic culture, Bali is adventure, culture and spirituality all in one. Take a weekend trip to Amed, a sleepy fishing village off the beaten path. You’ll go on a sunrise boat ride with local fishermen in traditional spider boats and snorkel over coral reefs, marine wildlife, and even the remnants of a Japanese shipwreck from World War II. On the 21-day program, you’ll learn to scuba dive in the crystal clear Balinese waters. Near Home Base, adventure is also never far away—surf among friendly locals on world-class waves and go whitewater rafting down the river.


Home Base will be in Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub, which has all the comforts of home but bears the artful and serene essence that draws people from all over the world to the island. Your housing will be diverse, from an authentic family home to a beach bungalow. Students share comfortable, gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to bathrooms with Western-style toilets and showers.

Program Type

Are you passionate about making a difference in the health of families living in remote areas of the world?
  • Discover the unique challenges of providing adequate medical care in rural communities while contributing to this cause
  • Build facilities that directly improve the health of the community
  • Learn what it’s like to be a doctor, nurse or global health worker in a developing country
  • Go beyond typical public health mission trips for teens, and compare the healthcare practices of the western world with traditional medicine from the region

Dates & Tuition


Global Health Initiative™

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 June 27 – July 17, 2020
 July 21 – August 10, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 36
Language Hours: N/A
14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 June 16 – June 29, 2020
 July 2 – July 15, 2020
 July 18 – July 31, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 24
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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