Service Work in the Valley

The Andean Highlands

Posted in Ecuador by Sustainable Summer |

Hola padres! Woke up early this morning and after a wonderful vegetarian breakfast, we left to tour a cheese factory. After some sampling, we drove to the beginning of the trail and hiked through the clouds and mountains for two hours before stopping for a bagged lunch. We sat, relaxed, and ate our sandwiches while […]


Welcome to Chilamate

Posted in Costa Rica by Sustainable Summer |

Welcome to Chilamate! The Bridge to the Future crew has been thoroughly enjoying their time at the Chilamate Rainforest Ecological Retreat. Each experience-rich day begins as we wake to the cries of the nearby howler monkeys. Every day brings new adventures for all of the students, and our time together is filled with learning as […]


Quito and Cumbaya

Posted in Ecuador by Jeff Sharpe |

The first few days of our adventure are underway! After arriving and a short night’s sleep on Sunday night, we got started with our first activities. We spent a lot of the first day in our beautiful guesthouse in the valley outside of Quito surrounded by avocado, citrus, and banana trees. After some morning games […]


Gran Canyon and Rafting

Posted in Amazon by Sustainable Summer |

The last two days have been physical and fun. Yesterday we hiked to a waterfall and swimming hole in the Gran Canyon of the Rio Mondayacu. The rainforest really came alive when it started raining during the hike out. During the day we continued learning about Amazon ecology from our guide Miguel, and in the […]

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Rancho Margot

Posted in Costa Rica by Sustainable Summer |

The Costa Rica crew spent the day at Rancho Margot! Some of the crew started the day off with some rainforest yoga. After a pinto de gallo breakfast we kayaked in the Lago Arenal. Later in the day we returned to the ranch and milked the cows. The crew then took a tour of the […]

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Andes to Amazon

Posted in Amazon by Sustainable Summer |

Greetings from Jordan, Lucy, and Hannah of Cabin 5! What a crazy 48 hours this has been! Thanks to torrential downpours in the Andes our original three hour route was blocked, so we experienced a crazy diversion that led us on a six hour bus ride to Baños, the city known for its taffy, thermal […]

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Welcome Sustaining the Amazon Session I

Posted in Amazon by Sustainable Summer |

Dear Participants, Our program is coming up and we’re so excited to spend 9 days with you in Ecuador! We are with the entire Sustainable Summer team at a staff training in Miami, and we’ve spent the week making sure everything is ready for you. Remy will meet you at the Miami Airport and fly […]

kristi and maclaine

Welcome Sustaining the Amazon Session II

Posted in Amazon by Sustainable Summer |

Howdy Folks! We hope y’all are as excited as we are to head on in to la selva (= jungle) Kristi will be meeting you at the airport in a short while to bring you to Ecuador where we’ll meet up with Maclaine and head on out to the jungle. Esperamos que ustedes estan tan […]

Costa Rica Welcome

Welcome Costa Rica Session II

Posted in Costa Rica by Sustainable Summer |

Hey Bridge to the Future 9-dayers! Kiska and Remy here at staff training in Miami! We’re having a great time getting ready for our awesome adventure in Costa Rica! We’re especially excited to swap these ice cream bars for frozen chocolate covered bananas (available in tiendas across the country). Remy will meet you at the […]

CR Welcome

Welcome Costa Rica Bridge to the Future 2015

Posted in Costa Rica by Sustainable Summer |

Hola Aventurer@s! Kiska and Robbie here at staff training in Miami! We’re super psyched to see you on Sunday at the start of our epic adventure! We’re especially excited about spending time at Rancho Mastatal after talking about it at training today. Be sure to check out the Rancho Margot video from CNN’s Next List […]