Washington, DC: Diplomacy & International Development™

Located on the campus of American University


Delve into global challenges, priorities and solutions through this survey experience in the capital city of the United States.
  • Spend a week living on the campus of American University
  • Meet leaders of globally recognized organizations and NGOs
  • Deliberate and discuss major global issues of the day with your peers
  • Visit the Smithsonian, the National Mall and other iconic DC landmarks
  • Go kayaking on the Potomac and cool off from the summer heat

On This Program you will...

Be an ambassador for a week in one of the world’s most important centers of global diplomacy and international relief efforts. You will represent your home community as well as convey your own ideas for meaningful change alongside your peers, while learning from mentors, guest speakers and leaders from major organizations. Surrounded by
the historic landmarks of the city, you’ll connect the dots between major American events, dynamic global relationships, and how leaders of every shape, size and background can make a difference when we come together.

Program Type:

Global Seminar

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

While the primary focus of this program is learning and immersion, community service and learning service is key to every GLA program. While you’re in the Washington, D.C. area you will support projects that serve the local community. Plan to be nimble and jump on the fly to whatever service project needs your support while you’re in town. You might work at a soup kitchen for local residents hit by hard times, support a nearby pantry, help with park clean-ups or local environmental initiatives, or even support children or animals in some way.

Immersive Learning

In the nation’s capital, diplomacy is the name of the game. You will be representing GLA as one of our student ambassadors, meeting with local leaders and global organizations to learn, share and collaborate. Organizations you may hear from or interact with include the Peace Corps, the American Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, the World Bank and Doctors Beyond Borders, among others. During your time in D.C. you will meet with experts and guest speakers, and learn how leaders from various organizations and nonprofits navigate unexpected obstacles to meet their long-term objectives.


Visit the United Nations building in downtown DC and meet with UN representatives. Explore all that Washington has to offer, from a visit to the Smithsonian and a trip to the National Mall to see all the big landmarks. You’ll get a chance to pass by the Washington Monument, the White House and the Capitol Building on a city tour, and even get to walk up the steps to the Lincoln Memorial to witness first- hand the monument to the nation’s 16th President. And we’ll throw in some high adventure too as you kayak down the world-famous Potomac on a river excursion!

Dates & Tuition

Washington, DC

Diplomacy & International Development™

7-Day Program
2021 Dates
June 27 – July 3, 2021
July 11 – July 17, 2021
Duration: 7 Days
Tuition: $2,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 10
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 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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