At Global Leadership Adventures, we believe meaningful teen travel can be life-changing. Enroll in a GLA program and travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe. Summer and spring break sessions are open for enrollment. If you are a prospective student traveler between the ages of 13-18, you are invited to save your spot on a GLA program or request a free catalog.

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The GLA Experience

Life-changing international journeys for teens


Of GLA Alumni Agree:

“When I look back on my GLA experience, I consider it to have been life-changing.”

*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
  • Travel overseas and make friends with like-minded teens
  • Earn between 5-80 community service hours while on-program
  • Write about your GLA experience in college applications or essays
  • Choose spring or summer program dates; sessions run 8-21 days
  • Tuition is all-inclusive; scholarships and payment plans are available
  • Make a meaningful impact: GLA is a recognized leader in international volunteering and community service programs for teens
  • Choose from incredible destinations around the world: Africa, Asia & the Pacific, Central America, Europe, South America, The Caribbean
  • Find a program type that matches your interests: Public Health & Medicine, Animal & Wildlife Conservation, Children & Education, Language Immersion, Sports Leadership, Ocean & Climate Action, Photography & Journalism, Community Development & Children, Country Discovery, Special Themed Multi-Country, Building From Start to Finish

and so your journey begins…

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



Most teens on GLA programs are solo travelers who join the rest of the student group upon arrival in-country. We also welcome friends or siblings who wish to travel together.

Our Mission

To inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it.

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.

Global Leadership Adventures combines international travel with immersive learning and adventure to give high school students the chance to build real-world leadership skills and have an unforgettable, transformational experience

Choose between two models of GLA programs.

Global Service-Learning

Our classic Service-Learning Programs include community-led service projects and operate primarily in non-tourist communities in Africa, Asia & Latin America. The goal of these programs is to deliver lifelong impact, both for our student participants and our host communities.

Europe Discovery

Our new Europe Discovery Programs feature travel to multiple destinations throughout the length of a program, and are based exclusively in Europe. The objective of these programs is to develop global citizens, while exposing them to unique ideas, histories, experiences and cultures.

Looking to customize a program for your own group of travelers

Global Leadership Adventures

Have a Life-Changing Experience. Prepare yourself for the richest cross-cultural experience of your life on your upcoming overseas adventure. GLA crafts each program to be immersive and multidimensional. Our student travel programs abroad represent one way to begin a journey of personal and interpersonal transformation as you discover your own leadership style. These volunteer and travel experiences for teens start in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe, but as our alumni can attest, the journey doesn’t end when you get home.

Join the Movement. Meet fellow high school students hailing from the United States and around the world, and make a difference in a community abroad while experiencing the local culture.

Serve a Community. Global Leadership Adventures operates many summer volunteer programs for high school students in welcoming communities overseas. Through community service, teens will develop meaningful relationships with the local community and make a significant impact.

Learn to Lead. GLA believes leaders are made, not born. The GLA experience gives high school students the opportunity to step up in a global context and face real challenges in partnership with the communities they are serving.

Explore New Paths. No summer is complete without adventure. Each country or series of destinations you visit has its own treasures. Imagine exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, ziplining through pristine rainforest canopies in Costa Rica, or going on safari in Tanzania.

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Or call us now at 1-858-771-0645 (USA) or +1-888-358-4321 (outside USA).