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- 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.
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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 18, 2021
We are so excited to be the inaugural group for the Florida: Marine Wildlife Initiative this summer! We have begun bonding, laughing and getting excited to start service.
For some of us, it was a very long travel day. After some delicious spaghetti dinner we got oriented for what to expect, and we feel totally ready to take on this Florida heat as well as the many incredible adventures ahead!
We can’t wait to start service tomorrow and get some beach time soon!
*Not pictured – Charlotte who was still in route to Home Base. She will be featured in upcoming blog photos.
-Desiree, GLA Director
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 19, 2021
We started our day with a one complete student group, awake at 7:00am. We showered and then went downstairs for breakfast. We kicked off the day of new experiences with a drive to Mote Aquarium for our first day of learning and community service.
We split into two groups, where one would head to the aquarium first and the other to the Save our Sea Birds to start.
Our group first viewed all different types of exotic birds. Our guide told us why the birds were there and what they were doing to help release them back into the wild.
We then were showed the many ways in which we could help in a meaningful way. We started service by weeding and clearing out different bird preservations. We then grabbed some shovels and loaded the whitest sand I’ve ever seen into a cart, before applying new sand to the preservations and raking it out. We were getting the holding units ready for any birds that might arrive and will now have a safe space to recover and get well.
After lunch my group went to the aquarium, where we saw lots of cool animals and were able to pet the sharks and stingrays. We then drove back to Home Base to shower off. After showering we did a group project about a Florida Bill and what we would add and change based on the greater good of all people.
After, we had dinner and watched a presentation on the seven elements of human security. Once the presentation wrapped, we all went to bed because we had to be up at 5:00am the next morning to go learn about turtle watching and prepare for the new adventures ahead!
-Joel B and the GLA Team