Thanks for the checking out the blog for this Global Leadership Adventures program!
Please Note: This blog is for the Bali split session starting June 25, 2022, which includes both the 14-day and the 21-day student group.
Here are a few things you can expect:
- We typically receive 2-3 blog posts per week here at GLA Headquarters from our program staff and students, so please don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a blog post daily – that’s totally normal.
- Blog updates sent on weekends may not be posted until Monday.
- Due to many factors, including but not limited to internet accessibility, photos may not always be available to post onto the blog. Sometimes onsite program staff are only able to send text back to Headquarters, where our team updates the blog.
Cell Phone Policy: The GLA cell phone policy is currently in place this summer to help foster meaningful connections between students. This means your student’s phone will be collected every day and returned to them throughout the program during designated spaces of time we call ‘tech time’. Actual tech times and regularity will vary greatly by program location. During designated ‘tech time’, your student may use their phones as they wish. Please note that your student may not always choose to use this time to get a hold of their parents. If you are not hearing directly from your student each day, you can assume that no news is good news! We strongly recommend you follow the blog to follow your students’ experience without talking to them every day. If you are a parent and would like to get in touch with your student directly, you can call us at +1-619-758-3031 and we can set up a formal time for you to connect with your student.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you enjoy following along on these unforgettable adventures.
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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 24
Hello families and students in transit!!
Late last night on a rainy day here at home base staff were so excited to welcome 5 late night arrivals! Lara, Elise, Rio, Lex and Raygen have already made it and were welcomed by some warm local fried rice, some heavy rain, and with cozy beds! Staff cannot wait to welcome the rest of the students today, to get everyone settled at home base, and to get the program started with orientation day tomorrow!
More updates with pictures coming soon!!
-Lauren (GLA Program Staff)
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 25
Hi families! We’re so glad that we now have all students with us here at homebase!! Everyone has arrived safely and is already tucked into bed working on fixing that jetlag. While today was a busy arrival day from the airport we are excited to rise and shine for an orientation tomorrow getting to know the homebase, the local area, and each other!
Here are some pictures of our day–some late arrival students are not featured but look out for Carrie and Rainy in photos tomorrow!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 26
Written by Maria L.
Hi families! Our second day in Bali, but first real introduction to Balinese culture can be described in one: word-immersive. Through the love of our host parents and the entire Ubud community we were able to ground ourselves in the beautiful and pure environment that we will call home for the next couple of weeks. The day started off with a delicious breakfast (delectable omelets, native fruits, bread with chocolate spread and jam) and orientation where we learned cultural norms and program protocols. After our next insanely favorable meal where everyone was grabbing seconds we split into our mentor groups and started our first language lesson of the trip. We are now able to count to five and talk like a kindergartener! (barely)
By the afternoon we were finally let loose in Ubud for the Amazing Race (a timed cultural scavenger hunt to interact with the community to test our “Suksma” (thank you) pronunciation and courage to ask strangers to climb a tree to get us a coconut to drink from or teach us a dance! After coming back to home base after our adventurous afternoon we were “suggested” to take showers before the Sisya Upanayana ceremony in the family temple. Wearing our sarongs (wraps worn in temples which we learned to tie early in the day) we took part in the soul baring ritual which involved incense, holy water, and lots of ommmsssss. The entire temple was filled with reflection and provided a space for introspection in what our goals were for the rest of the trip. As our feet fell asleep while we were criss-cross-applesauce on the ground our minds also relaxed into our natural surroundings. Another yummy dinner and mentor group reflection to end off the night.
Shout out to the winners of Amazing Race (who shall not be named yet). But stay tuned for more information.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27
Hello families! This is Amelia! This morning we woke up early. 5:50 is too early for me. We had an amazing breakfast from our host family, and then got ready to head out. We went on a beautiful walk in a garden as well as waking through rice paddies. We got to try an amazing Balinese breakfast. We kept walking and got to see a map of the entire field of rice paddies which I loved. We then walked to buses which took us to the temple. This temple was stunning and honestly a work of art. We got to go inside and look around at what people do. I loved getting to explore different religions. When leaving in the rain, we followed Beni through a maze back to the buses and took off too lunch. Where we ate lunch was the most insane place I have ever seen! It was a cliff that overlooks a Volcano. (Beni made us take pictures). I loved the food and drinks we got to eat. After we drove home and stopped to exchange money and get snacks which was much needed. We got home and had ten minutes to get ready for the royal palace. BTW did I mention I got engaged. I’m kidding… I took pictures with the prince and had a ring on as a joke.
We had dinner with the prince which was so much fun to get to know him. The thing he said to take back home was the relationships that we get to make on this trip. I have thought about this a lot. Yesterday I asked a local at a market while on a scavenger hunt with our staff and peers to teach me their local dances. She immediately taught me dance. This is something that I am trying to do on this trip because I love to dance. I love how amazing and welcoming the people in Bali are and no one is going to judge me. Everyone I get to stay with is so amazing and funny and the instructors are so sweet and a blast to hang out with. I love the relationships I have built especially in two days. We came back home after the palace and played Mafia as well as a murder game I play with my family when we go on vacations. I love it here in Bali and am so happy I get to be on this trip. Wishing all of you safe health. Take Care!