Our History

 

1

The Beginning of a Dream

In 2003, Fred Swaniker, a Stanford MBA who is originally from Ghana, began dreaming of a way to develop future leaders of Africa, regardless of income.

2

The Development

Fred began developing the African Leadership Academy, which would offer a world-class education and promote ethical and principled leadership among top high school students from all over the continent.

3

The Summer Academy

As a way to develop the curriculum and bring together students from Africa and around the world, Fred created the Summer Academy at Cape Town.

4

The Union

That’s when Fred joined forces with Andrew Motiwalla, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, to lead a new organization that provided summer leadership experiences to all interested teenagers.

5

The Birth

Building on the success of the Summer Academy at Cape Town, and believing in the potential of every young adult to be a global leader and make an impact, Global Leadership Adventures was born.

6

The Growth

GLA continues to grow! We now have summer volunteer programs for high school students in Africa, Asia, Europe & Latin America every summer.

7

YOU & NOW

When you join a GLA program this summer, you will leave your legacy in the hands of entire communities. Come make your mark on history with us.