GLA's mission is to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their unique role in it.
GLA incorporates community service, immersive learning and adventure into every program, lending a strong sense of purpose to student travel--and giving each student a stronger sense of their own leadership potential. In its nearly 20 years of operation, thousands of students have returned from their experience changed for the better: more motivated, better informed, inspired to make change, more well-rounded citizens of the world.
Learn about culture, language or a special area of focus through different program themes. For example, study marine conservation while working with sea turtles in Costa Rica or explore concepts of medicine and public health in rural Peruvian communities.
Serve the community through meaningful volunteer efforts developed in conjunction with GLA's local partners. Our initiatives are geared toward teen volunteers and designed to help the community where it is needed most while fostering connection. Programs offer between 15 and 60 certified community service hours.
Explore sites of significance and let loose with adventure excursions: get to know a community or country through its unique natural and cultural offerings. Zipline through the rainforest, whitewater raft through towering canyons or snorkel in vibrant coral reefs; explore hidden waterfalls, go on safari or gaze at the iconic Machu Picchu.