GLA alum and ambassador Beate Kaz presented the following questions to her father about her GLA experience.
Here are his answers:
Q: Were you nervous about her flying alone? How did this experience turn out?
A: When my daughter was 14, we were reluctant to send her on flights so far away without her being with us, but we were excited about her seeing Guatemala and having a learning experience. GLA was helpful throughout this process because they gave us the contact information for other students on her trip who lived near us so that we could email and have our children fly together. Once at the airport we immediately saw the blue Gla shirts and met up both knowing our children would have easy flights.
Q: What concerns did you have about sending her on a GLA program? What happened with those concerns?
A: My daughter knew she wanted to travel abroad and we wanted her to have that experience, but of course we had concerns. We wanted to make sure GLA was a safe and organized program, and through their website we were able to get in contact with staff member who helped talk with us about GlA, easing our concerns.
Q: What were you hoping she would gain from this experience? Were your expectations met, and if so, how?
A: My daughter picked a trip that had Spanish classes in hopes to expand her language skills, and it really did make a difference. Not only did her skills improve, she was know more interested in becoming fluent than before!
Q: Did you notice any differences in Beate immediately after she returned home from her program? Two months after her program?
A: Immediately after her trip my daughter was happy all the time and talked about Guatemala non-stop! In the long run, she was more involved with global affairs and had a new perspective on what was happening around her.
Q: Do you feel like this experience changed your daughter’s college choice or career path? How?
A: My daughter has always been intrigued by the Peace Corp, and after her first GLA program she came home knowing that was something she wanted to do in the future. One of her counselors had done the Peace Corp in Peru and gave her group a slide show on his trip and answered any questions they had about his experience. My daughter was immediately hooked.