South Dakota: The Land of Infinite Variety™
Known as the “Land of Infinite Variety,” you’ll experience everything from the cultural impact of Native Americans to the natural beauty of the Badlands.
- Explore the sprawling prairies and rich farmland that define South Dakota’s landscapes
- Support trail maintenance or reforestation efforts in a national forest
- Learn about the South Dakota Native American population, their cultural significance and the
issues facing them today
- Spend an afternoon in the Badlands, hiking and hunting for fossils and rocks
- Combine history and sightseeing while you visit some of western South Dakota’s most famous national parks, landmarks and monuments
On This Program you will...
Discover how Native American populations – past and present – have influenced every aspect of life here in South Dakota. From the sacred Black Hills to the wonders of the Badlands, Native Americans have spent generations living in harmony with the land here. Your objective on this program will be learning about Native American culture, and how to be a good environmental steward so we can care for these lands for many generations to come in collaboration with those whose ancestors once lived here. Explore the intersection of history, culture and the environment in a variety of ways as you learn more about your personal leadership style.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Tackle many of the environmental challenges facing natural habitats in South Dakota, as well as the people who depend on them. Contribute to trail maintenance and make sure that wild areas are accessible to all travelers and protected for all local wildlife. You will also help with reforestation efforts, focusing on restoring native tree species in the region. Then, help with sustainable infrastructure development on Pine Ridge Reservation. Support the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the 8th largest reservation in the U.S. through various projects as you learn about Native American history and culture.
You will have two major focus areas for immersive learning during your time in South Dakota. On one side, dive into Native American culture, history and current events. Hear from guest speakers and local tribal leaders, and confront America’s past and present treatment of recognized tribes in the United States. On another side, develop an eye for the environmental issues facing the state and its many varied ecosystems. Then, see how the convergence of human and wild issues creates unique challenges – and opportunities – for those who live here.
Experience the Badlands, famous for their sloped rock formations, sparse vegetation and clay soils, as well as their unique historical and modern-day importance to tribes the region. You’ll have a chance to wander through part of the Badlands on a daytime hike. Then, take your adventure to the next level by tackling a ropes course, going kayaking or canoeing, and biking through the sprawling prairie land of South Dakota. Cap off your experience with a zipline adventure, and a unique opportunity to go fossil hunting.
Dates & Tuition
The Land of Infinite Variety™
|June 24 – July 03, 2021|
|July 06 – July 16, 2021|
|July 19 – July 28, 2021|
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Ground transportation
- 3 meals per day
- Professional full-time staff and experts
- 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
- Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support
- Educational materials
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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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