Summer adventures in sustainability for students age 15 to 18
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You'll find answers here to general questions about Sustainable Summer. If you don't see your question to the left, please check individual program pages for specific information about a destination or just give us a call!
If you have already applied or enrolled in a Sustainable Summer program and are looking for answers to FAQs, please check our Participant Resources section.
We are able to accept students from any location worldwide, although if you are applying from outside the United States there may be special visa and insurance requirements as part of your participation. Please email email@example.com prior to submitting your application.
Application Process and Fee: There is a $35 non-refundable application fee for applications received prior to April 1st. After April 1st, the application fee increases to $70. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis, and students and parents will be notified via email of the acceptance decision. We base our acceptance decisions on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate interest in sustainability issues and to contribute positively to our community of students. As part of the application process, we conduct a short telephone “interview” with each student. Please see our application policies for more information.
Enrollment Process and Deposit: Enrollment information will be provided with the acceptance decision. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure enrollment in the program and is applied against the cost of tuition. Enrollment deposits can be made online by credit card, Paypal, e-check or bank transfer. Please see our application policies for more information.
Tuition Payment: An invoice for the balance of tuition will be sent to the billing email address provided upon enrollment. The balance of tuition is due by April 1st if enrolling before March 15 and within 2 weeks of enrollment if applying after March 15. Payment plans are available on request. The tuition balance is payable online by check or e-check drawn on a US bank account. Credit card payments for the tuition balance will be assessed a 3.0% processing fee (NOTE: there is no fee for credit card payments on the application fee and initial $500 enrollment deposit). International students must pay by wire transfer. Please see our application policies for more information.
Refund Policy: All tuition payments less the $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit are fully refundable up to April 1st. Tuition payments less the $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit and a $500 cancellation fee are refundable up to May 1st. There are no refunds after May 1st. Please see our application policies for more information.
All participants are required to be enrolled in a comprehensive medical and travel insurance as part of their program tuition. (You will be given the option of having Sustainable Summer purchase a plan from our preferred provider on your behalf when you enroll in the program.) We use private transportation when traveling between locations. We work exclusively with experienced local operators who have been vetted by our team. We conduct training with all trip leaders and establish clear protocols to mitigate risk and effectively mobilize resources in the event of an emergency. Please see our Safety page for a more comprehensive overview of our approach to student health and well-being. If you have specific questions about your situation, please contact us to discuss. Answers to some common questions about health and safety are below:
Tuition includes all accommodations, meals, group activities, entrance fees, curriculum and instruction, ground transportation, domestic airfare in host country (where applicable), chaperone for suggested group flight, and contributions to service projects. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Tuition does not include international airfare, travel insurance, and personal expenses such as laundry, snacks, souvenirs, and internet or international phone calls.