Interestingly, while many of our students are excited about the idea of spending their summer vacation doing community service, many of their parents seemed perplexed by this concept. It seems that among some adults there just isn’t the understanding that volunteering abroad is a great way to connect directly with the local people in a country. However, this seems to be changing as adult “volunteer vacations” seem to be gaining in popularity. Here’s an article from the CBS Early Show about Volun-Tourism.
We were excited to see that Global Leadership Adventures was mentioned in this New York Times article.
As the article mentioned, many students are fundraising to pay the tuition or working extra jobs. We have seen an increase in the number of students who have been able to do fundraising to pay their entire program fee. In addition, we have increased the amount of financial aid that we award. We have given out a record amount of financial aid this year!
We hope that this economic recession will herald in a new era of students working to raise money for their tuition and an increase in the number of organizations who follow our lead in expanding scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
Although the economy may be tanking, there’s never been a more crucial time in history to be a global citizen.
I really liked this video that captures the spirit of entrepreneurship. In fact, this captures the very reason I believe in Global Leadership Adventures — the message of entrepreneurship empowers young people to know they can change the world. Whether its in business, or more related to the mission of GLA, as social entrepreneurs creating innovative solutions to global issues – never forget that your vision is acheivable.
In fact, on all of our programs we try to expose students to cutting edge social entrepreneurs. Whether its an organization in Brazil that teaches street kids hip hop dance or a rural women’s microfinance group in India – our students see first hand grassroots leaders innovating to address social issues.
Watch this great video for a dose of inspiration:
I always love it when GLA alumni go on to do things that keep them involved in the issues they’re most passionate about. So, this is a shout out to Julie Z for her new site The F Bomb.
According to the “About” page:
The FBomb.org is a blog/community created for teenage girls who care about their rights as women and want to be heard. Young feminists who are just a little bit pissed off and very outspoken are more than welcome here.
I was in India with Julie last summer and it was a great to get to know her. She is an extraordinary person and this blog is really well done and engaging. She continues to impress me by snagging an exclusive interview with the one and only Gloria Steinam!
Great job, Julie!
I loved the article in the New York Times about Costa Rica – it was about how Costa Rica appeals to different types of travelers, for different reasons. As someone who has been to Costa Rica over 10 times, the article really resonated with me.
The begining of the article talked about its appeal to eco-tourists who want to learn more about biodiversity and ecology. It even says that Monteverde is the holy grail for people interested in ecology. This is the exact location where we based the GLA program “Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology and Service“. Nice to have your program location validated by the NY Times!
However, the article omitted one group that Costa Rica attracts – those interested in volunteering and learning about the local culture. Often, people in the USA think of Costa Rica as a perfect tropical paradise (this myth is also perpetuated by the Costa Rica Ministry of Tourism). However, like all countries, Costa Rica has its share of social issues – increase in drug use, domestic violence, homelessness, and sexual exploitation of minors.
Because Costa Rica is such a safe country (low levels of violent crime), it is often the first choice for high school students who want to travel somewhere and volunteer. Our program “Costa Rica: Spanish and Service Adventure” is focused on community service and learning about the rich local culture. It also includes a Spanish language training component.
As more and more travelers discover Costa Rica, more will begin to go deeper into the country, away from the resorts, and discover the warm and vibrant culture of Costa Rica. Global Leadership Adventures will be there to offer safe, meaningful experiences for those intrepid travelers.