Home Base FAQ

What is a Home Base?

Home Base is the onsite lodging for students and staff on a Global Leadership Adventures program.

Utmost care is taken to provide safe and secure lodging. Accommodations vary based on location, but all include exclusive spaces reserved for GLA students and staff.

Home Base is our home away from home, a place to relax, the gathering place for meals and sanctuary for reflection, team building and leadership after active days.

You can learn more about how lodging fits into our 5-Point Safety System™ here.

What might my Home Base look like?

On your GLA adventure, you might stay in a zen-like ecolodge tucked away in the lush Caribbean jungle, a traditional Lapa, or dorm-style rooms in a classic campus setting.

On this website, each program page will indicate a general idea of the type of lodging you can expect to experience.

Is there only one Home Base per program?

Not always. Many programs include an overnight stay away from the main Home Base or split time between two or more Home Base locations.

Do you offer homestays?

No, we do not offer homestays as the core lodging on any GLA program.

However, most years of operation we do offer homestay extensions on select programs, where students can stay after the end-date of the program and live with a local family for a week.

To learn more about our homestay extensions, click here.

Where can I learn more about what your campus experience is like?

We have an entire Frequently Asked Questions section on what life is like on campus during the program.

Click here to read our Life on Campus FAQ.

Are there different types of Home Base offerings?

Yes. Each GLA travel program has its own Home Base(s). See below for details on our Home Base types.

How It Works

Depending on which Global Leadership Adventures travel program you choose, your lodging may vary. However, rest assured that wherever you stay, your lodging will reflect the rigorous standards of our Home Base Model and 5-Point Safety System.

Read below for descriptions on each Home Base type.



These may resemble Western hotels back home, with multiple stories and a reception desk at the entrance, or smaller, locally-owned properties where we stay in an exclusive floor or wing.



Detached, well-appointed structures that offer comfortable living with plenty of open space, amenities and landscaping. The group has access to shared eating areas and common space.



Modest, unique properties in a cozy setting where students may interact with their host, eat together and share common areas.



Several buildings in a gated enclosure, often including detached guest quarters, a separate kitchen, dining area, multi-purpose facilities and host residences in an intimate space.



Detached structures, often featuring open-air construction and in remote locations close to nature and the local culture.



Remote residences located in natural environments, with hosts who place an emphasis on environmental responsibility and harmony with local flora and fauna



Quaint, off-the-beaten-path cabins designed to endure the natural elements and provide a cozy setting for shared activities, meals and sleep. Built close to nature, often in wooded areas.



Classic university-style dorm rooms on a college-like campus, with variations depending on the location. May feature bunk beds, common spaces and shared amenities.



Home-like, quaint accommodations with a cozy atmosphere, with comfy beds and inviting common spaces.



Sleep overnight in tents, possibly changing locations depending on your itinerary. Expect sleeping bags, campfires, simple campsite amenities and ample time outdoors.

What do I do if I’d like to learn more?

If you’d like more information, you can speak to one of our expert Enrollment Specialists by calling us at 1-858-771-0645 , who will be happy to walk you through the details of your stay, and answer any questions you may have.