Overseas Travel & Volunteer Programs. Exclusively for Teens.

GLA Summer 2020

Global Impact Virtual Internship

In partnership with active non-profit organizations in South Africa, GLA is offering a 6-week Virtual Internship program this summer where students will develop essential skills while working on initiatives centered around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development worldwide.

With five focus areas available, each experiential career development internship will dive into a specific theme, where students can gain experience working remotely with a host organization from the non-profit sector in South Africa.

GLA Summer 2020

Online Leadership Academy

At Global Leadership Adventures, we believe leaders are made, not born, and that leadership is a critical life skill that can be developed.

Join us for a week-long, interactive online course this summer focused on leadership development, designed for high school students, with special guest speakers and guided mentor groups.

This 5-day course is a best of GLA offering, featuring international partners and alumni, to showcase some of GLA’s most popular curricular themes daily.


Community Service
Exploratory Travel
Immersive Learning
One-of-a-Kind Adventure

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We’ll send you a free, full-color GLA program catalog with dates and details for all of our programs.

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Why Choose GLA

The GLA Difference

Leadership & Intentional Program Design

We believe that leaders are made and not born, and that leadership is as critical life skill that can be developed. Everyone can be leader who rallies others around a vision or a goal.

5-Point Safety System

Safety is our first priority. Our 5-Point Safety System is a set of rigorous standards that support the safety, health and well-being of students on every program.

Home Base

Home Base is your home away from home. We aim to provide lodging that’s out of the ordinary. On GLA programs, our student groups stay in well-vetted locations with staff on-site.

Full-Service Parent Support

We provide superior service to every family before, during and after the program. This includes our 24-hour helpline providing staff support throughout the program.

Expert Staff

GLA’s international staff are more than chaperones. Students are led by program Directors and Mentors who have in-depth professional experince working with youth.

Local Partners

As local leaders who live and work in the community, our partners are able to conduct community assessments, prioritize needs, and execute projects on the ground.


Fellowships invite students to step up and learn to be leaders in their field of interest. Students are invited to apply to be a GLA Arts & Letters Fellow or Honors Fellow.


Life-changing international journeys for high school students & beyond




*Based on a survey of alumni 3 years post-program

  • Participate in a range of experiences: From community service and immersive learning, to exploratory travel and adventure
  • Discover new places and meet new people: Travel overseas and make friends with like-minded teens
  • Earn community service hours: You will earn between 5-80 community service hours while on-program
  • Boost your college admissions: Write about your GLA experience in college applications or essays
  • Choose your ideal dates: Spring break and summer program dates are available; sessions run 8-21 days
  • Make a meaningful impact: GLA is a recognized leader in international volunteering and community service programs for high school students
  • Travel solo or with a friend: Most teens on GLA programs are solo travelers who join the rest of the student group upon arrival; we also welcome friends or siblings who wish to travel together
  • Enjoy small group sizes: Most of our program sessions enroll between 10-30 students, and participants are woven into even more intimate teams for service and mentor groups
  • Tuition is all-inclusive: Scholarships and payment plans are available

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