The new GLA Belize program is perfect for a teen still looking to find their passion in the summer before college begins.
Before beginning another four or more of school, more teens take a break and travel. While common in countries like Australia, this gap experience is a new endeavor to many in the US. These kinds of trips can not only lead to a new passion, but it can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. GLA’s Belize program is a great way to see the world and make a difference in a new community without delaying the start of college (something your parents will thank you for!).
When in Belize, there is the chance to see both its rainforest and Caribbean coast. Either can inspire an interest in environmental preservation and conservation. There are also many hikes to take and the chance to learn more about Belize’s Maya heritage, in case you were considering exploring a career in cultural anthropology. And who doesn’t want to visit the world-famous the Belize Zoo? You can even see a Kinkajou! Yes, that is animal; one that it is small and usually in the tropical forests found so plentifully in places like Belize.
Belize also gives the chance to make life-long friendships and connections with like-minded individuals – those who will have the greatest impact on your future major or career plans. Volunteer hours may also seem trivial to those who are focused on the future, but many budding careers began with a volunteer experience that was memorable and insightful in a way a classroom setting always isn’t.
So there’s no reason to not sign up. Living conditions are the perfect prep for college with dorm-style buildings. The memories made on the trip will last forever and be perfect to share with new college roommates. And just think of all the incredible pictures that will be taken! It’s the chance in a lifetime to travel abroad and make a positive impact in this world.
Contributed by Samantha Watkins