5-Point Safety System

At Global Leadership Adventures, safety is our first priority.

Safety & Risk Management

Safety is our first priority. While we believe in the transformative power of stepping outside comfort zones, we remain invested in managing the risks of doing so.

We’ve carefully crafted and continue to enforce our 5-Point Safety System, a set of rigorous standards that support the safety, health and well-being of students on every program.


1. GLA Home Base: Safe & Secure Lodging

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.


2. Caring Supervision & Expert Local Knowledge

GLA policy is for no student to ever be by themselves at any point in time outside the established Home Base. Students may be with staff members, in groups or assigned to a buddy.

Our student-to-staff ratio on our travel programs is a maximum 8:1. However, the ratio is usually lower on average.

Our local partners and on-site staff have intimate knowledge of the host community and region, are familiar with the area’s medical facilities and are uniquely equipped to handle itinerary adjustments and emergencies.


3. Safe Transportation

From the moment students arrive, they are greeted by GLA staff and transported to Home Base in approved transportation by experienced and licensed drivers. In the case of a flight delay, staff will wait for their arrival.

Transportation between Home Base(s) and activities is always in GLA-approved vehicles or via the mode of transport most appropriate for each specific location.

For example, in Europe or the United States, students may take public transport such as commuter buses or trains in small groups supervised by a staff member; in other countries and regions where public transport is not as reliable, we will use GLA-approved vehicles such as buses or vans. In some cases, a taxi or ride share may be used, but only with staff in accompaniment.


4. Healthy Meals & Pure Water

Meals are prepared fresh daily by Home Base staff or vetted restaurants, and include a healthy mix of grains, protein, fruit and vegetables. Students will enjoy local cuisine, but familiar staples such as rice are typically available.

We are happy to provide a list of select programs that can best accommodate a student with particular food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Students will always have access to unlimited safe drinking water and will be provided three meals per day, plus snacks.


5. 24/7 Support & Emergency Response

GLA provides 24/7 support and a hotline while programs are in session.

While incredibly rare in occurrence, GLA has a plan in place for all types of emergencies and situations that could arise through diligent risk management and identifying proper health and support facilities within the vicinity of our programs.

We provide secondary medical and evacuation insurance to all students traveling internationally outside the United States, and professional medical support is also available to our teams 24/7 should specialized guidance be needed.