Global Citizens Association Overview

Founded in 1994 to serve international students, the Global Citizens Association (GCA) has grown to encompass world travelers and expatriates in all corners of the globe. A not-for-profit membership organization chartered under the laws of the District of Columbia, the GCA is proud to support our members’ efforts to enhance their global awareness and promote increased cross-cultural understanding.

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GCA Members Never Travel Alone

GCA provides information and services designed to enhance members’ global experiences through safe and healthy world travel. With access to the GCA’s deep and broad resources such as the Health Atlas database and Healthy Travel blog, members are prepared to pursue extended episodes of healthy and productive international living. The GCA also provides members with access to essential medical services and health insurance coverage to support their international lifestyles. Memberships are available for individual as well as groups and organizations engaged in global education, service and commerce.

As part of a community of travel enthusiasts looking to explore and enjoy the world, members have access to useful international health and safety information.

Health Atlas provides ratings on these attributes for global destinations:

  • Medical care available
  • Emergency service responsiveness
  • Pharmacy reliability
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Infectious disease

… and additional destination specific advice on these topics:

  • Vaccines
  • News and safety alerts
  • Security conditions

Created by the GCA, the award-winning Healthy Travel Blog, available at, provides:

  • Individual members with an outlet to share content with those who share their passion
  • Group members with a captive audience to whom to market your program and access to custom articles, campaigns and/or content marketing resources

Blog recognition includes:

  • eCollege Finder’s Top 75 Study Abroad Ambassadors Award (2011)
  • Top 30 Public Health Blogs by Master’s in Public Health Degrees (2012)
  • Must Read Blog by Health Express (2013)
  • Trip180 Travelers Award (2014)

In partnership with GeoBlue and 4 Ever Life International, GCA members also have access to international health insurance coverage and services including:

  • Group coverage for study abroad programs
  • Group coverage for international education programs