GLA Essential Eligibility Criteria

Am I eligible to participate in a GLA program?

To Applicants & Prospective Program Participants:

At Global Leadership Adventures, we welcome age-eligible teens who are excited about the opportunity to travel to apply for our programs. The following eligibility criteria are not intended to be exclusionary, but to identify the fundamental elements of participation with the goal of a safe and meaningful experience for everyone in the group. GLA programs are not therapeutic programs and are not able to support struggling teens seeking behavior or mental health outcomes.


Essential Eligibility Criteria:

In addition to abiding by the Code of Conduct, GLA Students are expected to meet the following Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Applications are carefully considered and screened to align with this criteria. It is not uncommon for GLA to require supporting documentation or information in the application screening process to confirm eligibility or suitability for program participation. Failure to disclose may also result in the application not being accepted or removal from the program. Please discuss with our team for any further clarification or concerns.

  • Ability to independently manage daily personal care, including self-administering & self-managing personal medications or treatments including mental health and self-care while away from support systems or regularly scheduled professional treatment plans.
  • Students experiencing or with a history of chronic illnesses, acute psychiatric conditions, behavioral issues or some kinds of disability may require additional screening to determine suitability. For example, it may be required that additional details are disclosed, medical specialists sign off or that stability is demonstrated for 6-12 months.
  • Physician support is required for all participants and parent/guardian support is required for those under 18 years of age. Changes in medical history must be disclosed in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate willingness to try new things and remain open, inclusive, alert, engaged, respectful, tolerant and communicative in a new environment while tolerating significant levels of ambivalence and ambiguity.
  • Commit to proactively communicating with GLA staff directly if help is needed.
  • Ability to self-regulate various environmental challenges and stressors (high heat and humidity, cold, altitude, insects, change in diet, change in time zones, sharing spaces, roommates, etc.).
  • Ability to walk unassisted distances over 1 mile, lift items weighing 40 pounds, and follow detailed instructions in English to avoid hazards. Participants may opt out of certain activities on most programs if needed, in consultation with program staff and parents.
  • Maintain a reasonable level of situational awareness appropriate to circumstances and exercise sound judgment regardless of direct supervision.
  • Must be willing to independently travel between home and the destination airport. (flights, arrival, etc. – unaccompanied minor services may be available with the airline)
  • Agree to and follow the GLA code of conduct, abide by local laws and comply with recommended preventive measures presented by GLA staff recognizing risks and hazards.