Hawaii: Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™


Journey to tropical Hawaii, where you’ll learn to protect its abundant ocean life and discover that traditional Hawaiian culture is very much alive today.
  • Visit Haleakala National Park, home to the world’s largest dormant volcano
  • Snorkel and sail in the clear waters of the Pacific
  • Learn to hula dance and participate in a traditional luau
  • Protect endangered sea turtles where they nest through participating in data collection,
    tracking methods and habitat restoration alongside biologists
  • Journey along the iconic Road to Hana and take in the sights along the way

On This Program you will...

Explore a side of Hawaii that most will never see as you work to preserve some of the world’s most threatened wildlife. The island of Maui is home to five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle, most of which are classified as endangered. Poachers, habitat destruction, and climate change have threatened the “honu” (the Hawaiian name for sea turtle) as well as other ocean creatures that rely on the delicate marine ecosystem for survival. Learn all about these creatures as you help to restore their home and pave the way for future generations.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Marine life, and sea turtles in particular, are threat- ened as their habitat is depleted. Green and Hawks- bill turtle populations are being impacted by events such as the 2018 hurricane that washed out the most important nesting beaches for these species in the entire archipelago. Participate in beach and marine debris cleanups, assist an underwater visual census, and employ more technologically advanced research methods alongside scientists and local advocates. Other projects that protect sea turtle habitat may include community education and coral restoration.

Immersive Learning

Break out the grass skirt and lei: it’s hula time! Dive deep into Maui’s rich Polynesian cultural heritage through traditional dance and storytelling at a traditional luau. Watch endangered turtles bask in the sun as you gain firsthand knowledge of their nesting patterns. You’ll hear straight from the experts about issues affecting local aquatic ecosystems such as climate change, plastics and poaching. Visit the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and learn about the preservation and history of plant species important to Hawaii. You’ll also have a chance to see what is believed to be the largest man-made structure in Polynesia.


Journey along the world-famous Road to Hana, a wild and scenic route along the island’s rugged east coast — stop along the way to explore lush botanical gar- dens and remote waterfalls. With more than 30 miles of beaches to choose from, the island is the perfect place to try your hand at surfing or observe brightly-colored fish while snorkeling. Take in Hawaii’s breathtaking landscape and natural beauty from a new perspective: from the water, while you take a ride on a performance sailboat. Then cool off with a cup of shave-ice, a favorite island treat.


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Program Type

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of animals?
  • Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding animal & wildlife conservation
  • Work side-by-side with your teen animal volunteer team as preserve the environment for marine life
  • Contribute to sustainable habitat projects that will help these animals to flourish

Dates & Tuition


Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™

12-Day Program
2021 Dates
 June 24 – July 5, 2021
 July 8 – July 19, 2021
 July 24 – August 4, 2021
Duration: 12 days
Tuition: $5,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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 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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