Florida: Marine Wildlife Initiative™


Marine wildlife faces threats to their habitat, including whales, sharks, seals, turtles, manatees and sea lions. It is up to us to protect them.
  • Be immersed in Florida’s many unique ecosystems
  • Contribute to service projects supporting coastal areas and abundant wildlife
  • Get up-close with manatees on a snorkeling adventure
  • Learn about sea turtle conservation and research
  • Enjoy a camping excursion to the island of Cayo Costa

On This Program you will...

Work on projects on and near the Florida coast with organizations and individuals that have been in the region for decades. Expected to face some of the most severe impacts of sea level rise in the coming decades, wildlife and habitats here need your help! Central Florida provides unique opportunities for students to study the effects of climate change on the oceans, as well as the how challenges such as invasive species, agricultural pollution, overfishing and water quality lead to threatened species. And don’t forget to have some fun too while you’re in the Sunshine State. Beautiful beaches and palm-tree lined streets await you at every turn.

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Community Service

Travel to one of nearly three dozen sea turtle conservation and research sites and participate in project focused on tracking, detection and protection. Your time supporting sea turtle stewardship will focus on the impacts of sea level rise, water quality, sustainability, urbanization and development. Then, contribute to a seagrass restoration project, and see how seagrass health affects everything from coral reef management to the longtime outlook on marine life. Habitat restoration can be the key to ensuring the long-term survival of many marine and coastal species.

Immersive Learning

Learn about the delicate marine ecosystem, as well as the role of sea animals and habitat in contributing to a healthy and functioning environment. Discover field sampling techniques and the importance of estuaries. Explore the impacts of humans and Florida’s tourism economy, particularly in marine and coastal areas that aren’t found anywhere else on Earth. Discuss with your peers and hear from local speakers how everything from sea level rise, urban development and climate change are affecting these ecosystems, and what we can do about it. You will visit Mote Marine Aquarium, and meet with leaders working hard on these critical issues.


Snorkel up-close with manatees, the gentle giants of coastal Florida, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you’ll talk about for ages. Take a weekend camping excursion to Cayo Costa and explore the island, including identifying native wildlife and collecting unique shells. Soak up the sunshine as you enjoy the natural wonders of Crystal River Springs Resort, and cap off your program with a visit to Venice Beach to enjoy the sand and a much-deserved swim in the ocean.

Dates & Tuition


Marine Wildlife Initiative™

10-Day Program
2021 Dates
June 18 – June 27, 2021
June 30 – July 9, 2021
July 12 – July 21, 2021
July 24 – August 2, 2021
August 5 – August 14, 2021
Duration: 10 Days
Tuition: $4,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
Ages: 14-19
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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 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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