Maine: New England Service Adventure
Explore picturesque Maine, where you’ll choose from two distinct service tracks designed to help you learn and engage with this unique and historic state..
- Learn about social justice, and serve and engage first hand with community members in this distinct international refugee state
- Work alongside refugee youth from Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa (Social Justice Track)
- Learn more about Maine’s efforts with the green revolution (Environmental Stewardship Track)
- Volunteer on local aid efforts and consider your role in future conversation
- Revel in Maine’s lush and wide open spaces, surrounded by nature and wildlife
On This Program you will...
Choose your own adventure and service projects: engage with the topic of social justice as you work with nearby refugee communities, or tackle the environmental challenges facing lakes and the woodlands of northern New England. Whether you’re out on a hike through Maine’s abundant forests, kayaking in one of the state’s many waterways, or discovering the quaint and traditional towns of this northernmost New England state, you’ll also find exploration and fun around every corner.
Social Justice OR Environmental Stewardship
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SOCIAL JUSTICE TRACK
Many towns in Maine have embraced resettled refugees, particularly youth from Syria, Iraq, and parts of Africa. Learn about the challenges they face, and help pivot to practical solutions. Service may include community advocacy or physical projects.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP TRACK
Maine’s wilderness is under threat from climate change and environmental pressures. Help by working on habitat preservation and restoration projects. This may include supporting the Lake Association or Forest Service.
Maine is uniquely a refugee state and an outdoor wonderland; learn how both its residents and its native wildlife populations coexist and the challenges each faces in an ever-changing global landscape. This program is ideal for teens seeking intensive leadership development. You will be tasked with learning not only about the difficulties facing long- time residents as well as recent refugees, but also how everything from a changing climate to urbanization is changing the once-pristine local environment. Meet with local leaders and learn firsthand from guest speakers along the way.
Popular with locals as well as tourists for its incredible state parks and wild treks, you will get to know the outdoors of the Maine wilderness well during your time here. Lace up your hiking boots and trek under the wooded canopies of some of the state’s many nature trails. Then, hop in a kayak and enjoy the beautiful freshwater lakes Maine is known for. You’ll also have a chance to visit a historic lighthouse as well as visit Acadia National Park.
Dates & Tuition
New England Service Adventure
21-Day Flagship Program
(Social Justice Track)
21-Day Flagship Program
(Social Justice Track)
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- All educational materials
- 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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