- Discover business leaders and speakers at the forefront of social change
- Work daily with expert leadership facilitators to develop your potential
- The guests are drawn from the wide and established professional network of Future Foundations, Wellington College and the Wellington Leadership Institute
- Every person on the GSL World Summit programme is passionate and committed to becoming an amazing leader and creating social projects in their community
GSL isn’t an ordinary program. It doesn’t talk about problems. It talks about solutions. I makes us realise about the comfort zone that we usually dwell in but also provides practical solutions to overcome it. Because that’s where the real work is done. That is where change occurs. That is where leaders lead. GSL teaches you not only how to lead, but also how NOT to lead. It dispels the myth that leaders and dominators. It shows us that leaders are the most compassionate humans of all. GSL teaches you, at the end of it all, how to live a life that can make a difference.
You should join GSL as it is a great opportunity to meet new people from across the world. It helps you work on your leadership skills and teaches you new skills everyday. It is an opportunity to make life long friends and to help you decide what you want to do in the future. GSL can help you work on things like public speaking and its fun as well!
A new opportunity to learn. A new domain to master. A new field to dive into. As I take the next step towards self-advancement, I remember these words from Michelangelo,
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”.
The Global Social Leaders Programme has been a testimony to the the fact that nothing is impossible. Change only requires a spark and it is GSL that helps light that spark in individuals. This programme will not only make you realise what you are really capable of but also re-instill in you the values and principles which will make you change this world. Therefore, I believe being a part of this extra-ordinary programme, you can move a step forward towards making this world a better place.
You should join GSL because it is more than just community service. GSL is creating and forming connections and uniting youth of today. It is easy to isolate ourselves into our own world, but what I learned through meeting kids from all over the world is that although we do have differences, our struggles and our dreams are the same.
GSL gave me the opportunity to see the world through different eyes through the stories that my friends told and the experiences that they went through.
From the team bonding that you do to the discussions that you have, you learn what it really means to be a leader, but also how to be a follower, a partner and most importantly, a friend.
Why should you join GSL? As a former student of this two week long GSL World summit programme, I have to say that even though It was the very first time for being in the UK, and most importantly, the first time I was away on a trip away from anyone I knew.
From the time I walked into the gates of the Wellington College as an individual student, not once did i feel alone or awkward. The warmth every member from the team of GSL exuded was just extremely welcoming.
Now as a student, and also considering that we all love food, and if you are a Harry Porter fanatic, then this is the place for you. The reason why I say these things is simply because food is the one thing on the list of other amazing things which is mouth watering. And the part where I begin to mention being a Harry Porter fan, is because the main food hall on the Wellington grounds was simply magical. Right from the wide variety of food and the freedom you get to take in as many hot chocolates as you like was simply amazing. The decor of the entire space you would eat your three meals will make you feel as though you were seated in palace hall. While on campus, you will get a chance to talk with 100s’ of other students from your similar age group, outside the GSL summit, who would be on the college grounds to pursue other courses of their interest. This will give you an open window to make new friends in other parts of the world too.
As a student, if you have always wanted to experience the”dorm life” but never actually got to do it, then this is the chance. You will learn to borrow and share and be there for each other while you stay with other girls.
Now lets come to the most important part of why you really should. Okay, so firstly, it will change the way you perceive social issues and their possible solutions. You will be more open to a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically. Let me say why. You see, physically healthy because they would encourage you to wake up at 6 am to either do some yoga; play some football; or simply just go for a run. This will give you the kick from within to live a better life. Mentally healthier because, activities like talking about each other, in terms of how you feel about others in your group and giving them positivity as well as constructive feedback on how your team member could improve; would benefit you in two ways.
First, it would make a way more sensitive person than you already are, and secondly, you will begin to notice meaningful changes in your personality. Secondly, by the end of the youth summit, you will have tears in your eyes because I did when it was time for me to leave, and so did everybody else, but those tears washed away all the haziness I had about myself as a leader.
You think its too much of philosophy?
So let me come to the fun parts. Your free time which will be plenty, you will be hanging out in the cute coffee shop, on the sofas of which you can find yourself lounging day and night with your favorite drink in hand, staring into the open sky through the see through roof. Other times you can chill in the sprawling green lawns where you can stargaze, listen to music, read a book, or play game of your choice; its up to you. Experiencing the tough rains in the all the muck and sweat, you will end up making a water raft with your team inmates, and this will make you feel the joy of victory.
The course will also offer you a chance to go visit London as well as the Oxford University, which is a great opportunity.
So you will experience friends, victory, teamwork, the joy of living, Doing something, bringing change, and most of all, exploring a different side of you. Basically, this course is a game changer that will play a huge role in transforming you.
GSL is an amazing program to join, as they enforce all the principals to become a great leader on participants. To begin with they encourage you to become risk takers through the team challenges, talent shows and speech opportunities.
GSL buiilds curiosity, empathy and open-minded principals by the different inspiring speeches given by guests, the chance to meet new people from all over the world who have different opinions and perspectives.
Thirdly, a mindful, smart and innovative characters a built through the team challenges and working on the social projects, by seeing what would work and what would not. They also teach you how to make something positive out of mistakes or previous attempts.
Moreover, GSL builds a strong network of people you can meet and reach out to when you need help throughout your leadership courses and your journey overall.
I joined the program 2 years ago, not only was it a lot of fun, I built amazing friendships with other alumni and staff to whom I can reach out to for anything or help support. GSL is not only a summer program, it is an experience and a family that will last for much more than just the 2 weeks in the summer. Grab the opportunity and join now!
I learned a lot from the ‘Teacher Leadership Training’ as a young professional. The session on values searching and coaching stood out the most. I really enjoyed the introspective work and observing the student programme as it pushes students to take leaps. They grow so much and I’ve seen so many acts of courage.