GLA Newsletter - April 2017
How to volunteer abroad while staying close to home. Two weeks in the Dominican Republic in 1 minute. Mother's Day gifts for the socially-minded shopper.
Global Leadership Adventures Newsletter - Experience GLA

Happy National Volunteer Month! Not only is volunteering a critical way to help impactful projects get accomplished around the world, it's actually good for the volunteers, too. Research shows that giving back establishes strong relationships, improves health and gives us a sense of purpose—three things we could also apply to our travel experiences. A record number of students are now choosing to travel for more than just their bucket lists—they're doing it to volunteer, to connect with new communities and to find their place in the world.

GLA alum Mary Ado poses with local kids at a service site in the DR.
Life's what you make it
We love this one-minute video from the Dominican Republic, shot and edited by GLA program alum Mary Ado. Ride with Mary along rural byways, cuddle island puppies and piggyback the local kids. The work here is meaningful, and the Caribbean water's warm. "Life's what you make it," the soundtrack says, and here, it's pretty sweet.
Watch the video →
Sign up for a travel photography workshop with Kit Oates
South Africa: Adventure 101
When we set out to create a program for teens passionate about exploring the world, we couldn’t think of a better place to offer it than South Africa. This program is chock full of adventure: Students live on a global campus with peers from around the world, go on an African safari, explore Cape Town and even go shark cage diving.
See South Africa program details →
Radiate Market co-founder models a necklace made in the Dominican Republic
Made with love (and fair pay)
This Mother's Day, get Mom a gift that's produced ethically and made to last. Radiate Market is an online retailer co-founded by Alyssa Rose, a GLA Dominican Republic alum. Radiate gives artists and co-ops in developing countries a platform to sell their goods, and aims to reimagine the way we shop.
Shop Radiate Market →
Read our interview with Alyssa →
GLA Question of the Month
Question of the Month
“I'd love to volunteer abroad, but I want to stay close to home. Is that possible?” Yes! We offer programs in destinations that can be reached in just a short flight, but feel a world away. Examples: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru. Flights to Central America are some of the most economical, and this region is gorgeous—so choosing a program here is both a rewarding and savvy option.
See programs close to home →
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Words of Wisdom
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank reminds us that we can plan and plan, and wait for just the right opportunity to come along... but starting right where we are is often less scary than we think! Take the first step to #bethechange today—whether that's a random act of kindness, or talking to somebody about volunteering abroad.
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Vanessa Allen, Senior Editor

P.S. Stoked to the moon about volunteering abroad? We were hoping you’d say that. Get rewards when you inspire a friend to enroll in one of our programs.
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