The Global Leadership Academy Transforms Youth Ages 15-18 into Leaders in Beautiful British Columbia Canada!

We know that all youth are powerful but often lack skills such as confidence, leadership and global perspective necessary to be effective leaders of their own future success. The Global Leadership Academy is specifically designed for all youth ages 15-18 in order to develop their leadership abilities through an engaging 2 week long program packed with team challenges, fascinating field trips, breathtaking outdoor activities, inspirational guest speakers and new experiences all across beautiful Victoria Island in British Columbia Canada.  This program tuition includes all program materials, insurance, airport transportation as well as 6 months of post-program online coaching to ensure youth continue their personal development they committed to during the program.

Testimonials from our graduates


  • Hundreds of young leaders attend from over 20 different countries around the world every summer.
  • Designed for all English language levels with experienced-based education and ESL compatible instruction. 
  • Each participant completes 60+ hours of community service and service-learning hours.
  • All participants develop, research, plan, and present their own DREAM service project turning their passions into a purpose that leads positive change in their community.  Read More about DREAM Service Projects Now!

What will you be doing at the Global Leadership Academy?

faq_thumbnailAll participants are expected to arrive through-out this first day.  Local pick-up and transportation will be provided by Dwight School Canada from either Victoria International Airport (YYJ) or Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, so long as students share their travel itineraries at least 5 days in advance of their arrival date.  As students arrive on campus, they will be assigned a room, provided a brief orientation, food, and a chance to unpack and settle in.  Today is a chance to get some rest and relaxation in preparation for the adventure of a lifetime in these next 2 weeks.

The first official day of the Global Leadership Academy starts with lots exciting activities and the opportunity for participants to get to know each other, our staff and all the campus can provide.  From the waterfront, to the state of the art facilities to everything in between, participants will get know everything they need to know in order to have a comfortable, safe and exciting 2 weeks. Since jet-lag is common on this day, optional evening entertainment is usually a popular blockbuster film.

Learning how to become a better leader is a learning process a lot like swimming, you need to do it to get better at it.  Today’s activities and experiences are focused on figuring out all the different skills, ideas and elements that define “a leader.” Participants will discuss, dance, and work together in order to prepare for one of the most challenging aspects of the program…The Service Day Challenge

Confidence is something that every leader needs but can only grow by expanding your “comfort zone.”  Through-out today, participants will be asked to explore, challenge and overcome their physical and emotional fears which hold them back from future success.  Whether its conquering a 20 meter high ropes course, or speaking in public, most fears can be conquered with just one moment of courage.

One of the major benefits of leadership is providing meaningful service to others, so our morning begins with both learning about and volunteering at a local community organization helping those in need.  Participants will not only get to give back, but they will also gain a better perspective on the issues and challenges that leaders face in trying to change their community for the better.  The afternoon is a combination of fun outdoor activities and presentations on various new and exciting service initiatives they might want to get involved with.

“Beautiful British Colombia” is not only this region of Canada’s moto, it’s a fact.  Over the next several days participants will tour the elegance of downtown Victoria as well as the natural splendor of Qualicum Falls, Rathrevor Beach, and so much more! Participants will hike, swim, shop, eat and experience all that Victoria BC has to offer!

Taking the time to stop and reflect about what one has done and learned in the past week is one sign of a truly committed leader.  Today’s activities not only focus on fun, but about how to go about the process self-reflection and improvement.  Participants can do this many different ways and may choose to try art, music, dance, writing, discussion, or other means of reflection.

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a influential coalition of businesses, educators, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of education, communication and collaboration is among the top 3 skills youth need for future success.  Of course, better communication is often “easier said than done” which we think is the problem.  Through a variety of inspirational videos, outdoor team challenges and research insights, we attempt to get at what truly effective communication is all about…and why most people fail at it.

Passions are as powerful as they are unique among all of us.  Today is a chance for all participants to both explore as well as share their passions which make them so interesting.  Whether its photography, sports, art, music, nature, animals, travel, or anything else, aligning your passions along with your values helps young leaders develop a clearer vision of their future purpose.  Do you know what passions artists and doctors have in common?  Would you believe that most passions we have are strongly related to courses of study and careers you may not have considered before…

Today is a decathlon of uniquely designed team events that are as much fun as they are lessons on teamwork.  Today is all about knowing how to make your way through the team development process of forming, storming, norming and eventually, performing.  Each member of your team will need to work together physical and mental

Collaboration is delicate and difficult balancing act of combining your ideas with those of other people.  Today’s focus is about how to engage in the process of collaboration through a variety of engaging small group activities and challenges.  In the afternoon, participants according to their interested will be asked to create a large and inspiring work of art, music, dance, theater or film.  This piece will collaboratively convey the complex idea of what leadership truly means…no small task given only several hours to accomplish.

This final day of the academy is dedicated to each participant’s final presentations that they have been working on through-out the experience. Every young leader must give a short presentation about a fully designed passion project they wish to carry out in their community, as a means to further develop their dreams as a young leader.  The most well designed and passionate presentations will be selected among the entire academy and then presented before a panel guest leaders.  The evening then becomes a special graduation celebration, as elegant as it is heartfelt for all the work, time and laughter shared among lifelong friends with a special surprise later in the evening.

Participants leave the academy but take with them all that they have learned, experienced and felt along the way. Transportation to the airport, ferry or other means is provided by the program.

What you will gain from the Global Leadership Academy

  • Join a Global Community

    Meet other talented young leaders from over 18+ countries

  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 60 Service Hours • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project

  • Improve University Readiness

    Work Portfolio • Presentation Skills • Research and Planning

  • Discover and Learn New Passions

    Leadership Training Related to: Arts • Sports • Music • Theater • Dance • Film • Business • Service

  • Experience the Best of Canada!

    Hiking • Swimming • Kayaking/Canoeing • Climbing • Fishing • Paddle Boarding

NEW Summer 2018 Dates and Tuition