Service Scholars: Past, Present, Future




Service Scholars are a highlight of trip season.

March through June (trip season) is when most groups travel every year. Behind the scenes, there is a lot of time and energy put into every single one of our student group trips by the Global Travel Alliance’s staff. We pride ourselves on providing personalized, one-of-a-kind service, allowing people of all ages to experience their trip-of-a-lifetime. The apple of our eye though is the Service Scholar program, and the life changing stories we get to hear and experience from every trip we coordinate. Our Service Scholars trips, designed for high school students, are a definite highlight of every trip season. They take world travel one more step by giving back to and serving that destination’s local community.

Most recently, we had Service Scholars travel from Colorado, Utah and Montana to meet up in Costa Rica. Four students from the innovative Leaf Cutter Project also joined them. The group partnered with Global Doing Good to build a new house for a family in need. This family of three (pictures below), previously called a 60 square foot crudely built shack, with a dirt floor full of ants and termites, home. Their front door was “locked” at night using a well-worn scrap of rope.

Thanks to this awesome group of service-minded high school students, this young family can now live and sleep in the safety of their new home; concrete floors, sturdy walls, windows, door handle and key included!


The fact that every time we build a house for one family and we left knowing we are providing better quality of life for them doesn’t really have a price. It’s one of the most amazing feelings that we can have. Seeing the students from the group involved in this is amazing.

Daniel Granados, Costa Rica Program Director


Gap Year service trips

Service Trips Costa Rica


Don’t miss your chance to experience this life-changing opportunity! NOW is the time to sign up and begin preparing for the 2018 Service Scholars programs. Call or email us to start the process today!

And stay tuned for future posts about this years trips, and the lives changed in the process! We will also be providing more detailed info about what’s happening, and where, in 2018. Amazing trip opportunities for high school students are in the works!

Get involved now! Change your life, and the life of a family in need, by joining a currently open Service Scholars opportunity. Here’s what we have to offer for the 2018 season:


  • Williston Homebuilding:
    Dates: March 10 – 17, 2018
    Destination: Costa Rica
    Registration Deadline: October 2, 2017
    Final Payment: January 10, 2018
  • Hardin Homebuilding:
    Dates: June 3 – 10, 2018
    Destination: Costa Rica
    Registration Deadline: October 2, 2017
    Final Payment: April 1, 2018
  • Bozeman Homebuilding:
    Dates: June 10 – 17, 2018
    Destination: Costa Rica
    Registration Deadline: November 15, 2017
    Final Payment: April 1, 2018
  • Denver Homebuilding:
    Dates: June 18 – 25, 2018
    Destination: Costa Rica
    Registration Deadline:November 15, 2017
    Final Payment: April 1, 2018
  • Hardin Mozambique:
    Dates: June 9 – 22, 2018
    Destination: Mozambique
    Registration Deadline: October 2, 2017
    Final Payment: April 1, 2018


Next Steps

Send an email to or call 406-252-2577 to enroll in one of the programs offered above, or if you have any questions. Do you have a group of 12 to 25+ high school students interested in a service-based travel opportunity, but not able to make the dates listed above? Call or email us and we would be happy to discuss other options available! Have you traveled with us before, possibly on an 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C.? Let us know that too! We hope to travel with you again on another all-inclusive, custom, and safe group trip.


High school service project