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Summer Gap Program for Incoming College Freshmen

  • Get a gap year experience without taking a year off from school
  • Build real relationships with other students from around the world
  • Travel and make a difference while saving money (compared to a full gap year)
  • Trek Peru’s legendary Inca Trail and experience the amazing Machu Picchu
  • Journey to an Elephant Village in Thailand and volunteer with endangered elephants
  • Make a difference in the lives of children in India
  • Design a project that helps local families in the Dominican Republic
  • Work to protect Fiji’s wildlife and learn about critical marine conservation efforts


Gap Year Alternative

Global Leadership Adventures programs are a great alternative to taking a gap year between high school and college. For high school graduates who want to see the world, make a difference and gain some real world experience before entering college, a GLA program can be the perfect fit. The best part? With programs ranging from 1-6 weeks, it's a fraction of the cost of a full gap year program. Plus, with sessions from early June to late August, you'll be back in time to start college on-time in the fall!

Where Does GLA Send Volunteers?

Africa • Ghana • South Africa • Tanzania • Asia & The Pacific • Bali • China • Fiji • India • Thailand • Central America & The Caribbean • Costa Rica • Belize • Cuba • Dominican Republic • Guatemala • Guadeloupe • Haiti • Europe • Spain • South America • Brazil • Galapagos • Peru


Program Themes

Children & Education • Language Immersion • Ocean & Environment Conservation • Animal & Wildlife Conservation • Sports Leadership • Medicine & Public Health • Social Entrepreneurship • Photography & Journalism • Children & Community Development • Building from Start to Finish • Middle School



$2,099 to $6,299 for 1 to 3 weeks, spring & summer*

*Tuition includes all in-country expenses including educational materials, lodging, 3 meals per day, all in-country transportation, airport pick-up, professional full-time staff and experts from the US/Europe, travel medical insurance, cultural activities, lectures, weekend excursions, and pre-departure materials and support.

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Ross Testimonial

Colton B.

"Before I started college, I really wanted to travel. Unfortunately, I am the type of person who didn't want to take a full year off to do it. With goals of going to med school after college, I know it's going to be a long time until I reach my goals and I didn't want to postpone it another year. With GLA, I got the experience of a gap year in only a few weeks! I traveled to Ghana and made a difference while also refreshing my perspective on the world before starting college at Columbia."

Age 18
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
GLA Ghana Alum


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