Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) goal is to offer life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness that will ultimately inspire them to become great leaders and global thinkers and seek positive change in their own communities.
Global Leadership Adventures Programs
Programs offered in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Programs focus on volunteering and learning about grassroots social movements. Program themes include working with children, protecting wildlife and the environment, international relations, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and political-economic issues. Participating students engage in exciting excursions to places of historical significance, to expand their understanding of their host country.
These prestigious programs attract students and are a leader in experiential travel for teenagers interested in volunteering.
The long-term partnerships GLA global staff have developed with local people, community leadership and action-oriented organizations around the world continue to be the backbone of its programs. Helping deliver sustainable impact while transforming the way people look at the world and themselves is what gets the team fired up every day at GLA.
Fred Swaniker founded Global Leadership Adventures as a precursor to the African Leadership Academy, based in Johannesburg, South Africa but became a separate entity in 2004. The organization is now based in San Diego, United States. GLA is a certified benefit corporation (B-Corp).
In 2005 and again in 2008, GLA hosted Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak about the legacy of Apartheid. In 2007, GLA students met with Costa Rica president to discuss the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
A wide number of publications, including the New York Times and The Huffington Post have featured GLA. GLA has a growing alumni base, with student alumni hailing from over 50 different countries.