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Children & Community Development

Children & Community Development

Take advantage of incredible opportunities that contribute to children in-need, and get a sense of how you can use your talents to help.

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Broaden Your Horizons

Are you passionate about improving the communities children depend on?

  • Make a difference as a teen volunteer in the lives of children in-need through meaningful service
  • Connect with a new culture and make friends with like-minded interests
  • Go on excursions and explore everything that makes the destination you choose special
  • Leave a lasting impact that will have a positive effect on the community for years to come
Tackle community service projects that don’t require any prior experience – all that’s required is a desire to help!

Tackle community service projects that don’t require any prior experience – all that’s required is a desire to help!

Learn all the ins and outs of the local community, and discover the many challenges faced by those who live there.

Learn all the ins and outs of the local community, and discover the many challenges faced by those who live there.

Join in and participate in the local customs as members of the community share with you their unique ways of life.

Join in and participate in the local customs as members of the community share with you their unique ways of life.

GLA Children & Community Development Programs

Belize: The Initiative for Children™

Belize: The Initiative for Children™

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If you want to interact with children, work on community building projects, and experience the amazing culture and community of Belize, look no further! On this program you'll have the chance to see Belize in an authentic and meaningful way. From visiting the world-renowned Belize Zoo to swimming in crystal-clear rainforest waterfalls, you'll build leadership skills and make life-long friends as you go.

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™

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Costa Rica is famous for its education system, including its impressive 98% literacy rate, and on this program you'll have a front row seat to the progress being made. You'll work on projects at local schools that directly benefit the children attending them. All the while, you'll form relationships with kids in the community as you share your cultures and interests.

India: The Initiative for Children™

India: The Initiative for Children™

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On this program, students will have the opportunity to work with India's underserved children and volunteer on community projects that will improve the lives of the local children in two different regions. Service projects may include activities like refurbishing a classroom, tutoring children, assisting with homework, helping children practice English, and more!

South Africa: Social Change Project™

South Africa: Social Change Project™

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On this program, you'll explore two of South Africa's nine provinces, spending the majority of your time in immersive exploration of Cape Town, known as the Mother City. You'll learn from diverse speakers and witness up-close how movements for social change shaped South African society following decades of Apartheid, and be a part of the change happening to address current social issues. Spend time volunteering at an early child development center, where you'll assist local teachers, work hands-on with students, and help with ongoing physical projects at the school to help make it a more useful environment.

Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Costa Rica is an ideal place for teens to discover what they can offer the world. Students on this program will tackle a number of different educational and environmental service projects within the local community, all while exploring the beautiful coastline, making new friends, and developing important leadership skills.

Cuba: Land of Discovery™

Cuba: Land of Discovery™

Please note: GLA's Cuba program has been cancelled for summer 2019.

Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure

Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure

See the long-term impact of past service projects firsthand on this program, as students in the DR dig in with their own community service initiatives. Along the way you’ll hit the beach, play sports and games with local kids, and go boating.

Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™

Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™

Students on this program really get a taste of all that Peru has to offer. You’ll focus on empowering Peruvian women who work in weaving co-ops creating Andean textiles and fabrics. Other volunteer projects will also include building new infrastructure to support community development. Away from service, visit a traditional shaman and Machu Picchu!

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