California: San Diego Service Adventure


Choose between two distinct program tracks in America’s Finest City – enjoy panoramic views and Southern California’s surf culture while learning about public health or the environment.
  • Lend a hand on healthcare initiatives near the California/Mexico border (Public Health & Medicine Track)
  • Support marine conservation efforts along the coastline (Environmental Stewardship Track)
  • Observe dozens of species of marine animals
  • Take to the water for a kayaking excursion
  • Visit 5 different habitats: sandy beach, rocky reefs, sea cliffs, kelp forest and deep water canyons

On This Program you will...

Discover Southern California, known for its rugged coastline and spectacular beaches. Draped alongside the Pacific Ocean just north of the U.S. border with Mexico, and a known hotspot for biomedical advances, San Diego provides a unique chance for visitors to explore both opportunities and challenges related to the environment and global health. This is why you’re invited to select a program track that best suits your interests: learn about the conservation efforts at-hand for both land and marine protected areas in the Environmental Stewardship track, or contribute to public health and community care projects alongside the border with Mexico on the Public Health & Medicine track.

Program Type:

Environmental Stewardship or Public Health & Medicine

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service


Help tackle service projects focused on San Diego beaches as well as clean waterway initiatives. You may work on projects such as plastic-free campaigns, beach clean-ups, supporting local water- sheds, erosion control and/or sustainable fishing.


Contribute to health workshops, and participate in a community health and advocacy program near the border. Learn how essential preventative care and community advocacy can be, such as cost of treatment or pending legal status.

Immersive Learning

From the remnants of Old Town San Diego to the bustling metropolis of Downtown, “America’s Finest City” is a treasure trove for those interested in history, healthcare, border issues, the environment and beyond. Alongside an immersive university campus experience in one of the collegiate capitals of the world, you will explore everything from San Diego’s marine-protected areas, and its history as the first settled location in California at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, to the modern opportunities and challenges facing this biomedical research hotspot. Learn from local leaders and guest speakers and spend plenty of time outdoors as you learn.


Kayak in La Jolla Cove, known as “California’s Jewel” for its incredible marine wildlife. The knowledgeable guides will teach you plenty about this marine-protected area and its role as both a popular tourist spot and an ocean wildlife hub. Look up and you’ll see nesting peregrine falcons and cormorants on the cliffs, alongside sea lions sunbathing on stunning rock formations. With a little luck you might spot sea turtles, dolphins and even leopard sharks! Then, tour the city and see what the oldest settled region of California has to offer.

Dates & Tuition


San Diego Service Adventure

10-Day Program
2021 Dates
July 5 – July 14, 2021
July 17 – July 26, 2021
Duration: 10 Days
Tuition: $5,299
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any middle 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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