Compare Sustainable Summer Programs
|Bridge to the Future||Costa Rica||6/30 – 7/20
|Seeds of Change||Ecuador||6/29 – 7/20
|Sustaining the Amazon||Ecuador||7/6 – 7/20
|Into Yasuni||Ecuador||7/21 – 8/5
|Galapagos Extension||The Galapagos||7/20 – 7/27
All programs include a broad introduction to sustainability as an interdisciplinary concept from a social sciences perspective. Some environmental science, as well as cultural and human dimensions of sustainability, is also part of the curriculum. As part of our efforts to match students with a program that aligns with their goals and challenge threshold, each program is rates on a scale of 1 to 5 for our three core sustainability components – agriculture, water, and energy – and for the degree of intellectual, emotional, and physical rigor. 1 star is low. 5 stars is high.
Each program is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 for three core sustainability components – agriculture, water, and energy. This reflects the extent, relative to other Sustainable Summer programs, that the curriculum and experience will focus on each of these components.
Agriculture: The amount of curricular emphasis on food and agriculture issues, including land use, agricultural pollution, food politics and policy, and food security.
Water: The amount of curricular emphasis on water issues, including drinking water, sanitation, pollution, and dams.
Energy: The amount of curricular emphasis on energy issues, including renewable/alternate energy, petroleum, and energy policy.
Each program is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 for intellectual, emotional, and physical rigor and intensity. Ratings are relative. In general, students should be emotionally and physically capable of traveling in a developing country for 2-4 weeks and possess a strong intellectual interest in environmental sustainability. See individual program pages for specific curricular and practical considerations.
Intellectual: Programs on the high end of the scale have more required readings, introduce more challenging academic concepts, and involve more lecture-based learning. Programs on the low end of the scale may be more ‘experiential’ with fewer readings and expert lectures.
Emotional: Programs on the high end of the scale will typically have more rustic accommodations, less flexibility with dietary preferences, and more exposure to bugs, local people, adventure activities, and other situations that can push participants outside their comfort zone.
Physical: Programs on the high end of the scale may, for instance, involve longer hikes and more physical activity as part of daily routines. Bus rides over 5 hours in length and other situations that may create physical discomfort can also tip the scale towards the higher end.