Are you a sports enthusiast with a passion for adventure and community building?
Remember the first time you were introduced to your favorite sport? For many of us, we got inspired after playing with our friends or family. Sports connected us to our communities and gave us something to look forward to every week. Sometimes competing was stressful, but we always had our team to lean on and cheer us up. Now that we’re older, we realize that winning isn’t everything—bonding with others is. And although you may not consider yourself an expert, you know your sport well enough. Most importantly, we know how to make it fun.
That’s all you need 🙂
You may not realize this now, but your sport will allow you to connect you with incredible people from all over the world. Sports transcend language barriers. If you’ve ever visited the beach when traveling, you may have seen this. With only a soccer ball or frisbee, you can start playing with almost anyone. You might not even speak the same language! But you’ll be smiling and laughing all day because fun is universal.
Perhaps you’ve considered teaching your sport? Maybe you’ve also wanted to travel and experience a new culture?
As a teen, you have plenty of good options to explore. Even if you’re one of those hardcore athletes, you’ll benefit from going outside your comfort zone in this way. Teaching your sport and training in a new environment is a fantastic time. You naturally strengthen your foundation by discovering what’s most important.
But it’s hard to do this alone. We all need a team that’s experienced, supportive, and been there before.
If exploring a new culture and connecting through sports interests you, then definitely check out GLA’s new Ghana Sports Program! The two week program is run by amazing staff that love traveling, learning from other cultures, and contributing in a meaningful way. Your team includes like-minded teens that also want to create an active, unforgettable adventure in Ghana. When traveling, it’s actually quite difficult to genuinely experience and contribute to another culture. You often have to wait until you’re an adult in the US (most of us wait longer), and even then it takes time to really get to know people. Which is why it’s so helpful to get started by doing the right program whose values and culture suit you.
Consider this one of your few chances to dive into the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
What’s your favorite sport and why? Feel free to share in the comments below!
Contributed by Nick Fochtman