We run programs in some of Latin America’s most interesting regions. Use the charts below to help you determine which Sustainable Summer program is the best option for you.

Program Name Country Region(s) Start Date End Date Days Tuition Description Availability/App Deadline
Bridge to the Future Costa Rica Coast, Highlands & Rainforest 6/30 7/20 21 $3995 An investigation of Costa Rica’s biodiversity and sustainability initiatives Full/Closed
Seeds of Change Ecuador Coast & Highlands 6/29 7/20 22 $3495 From the coast to the highlands, an exploration of the global food system Full/Waitlist
Sustaining the Amazon Ecuador The Amazon 7/6 7/20 15 $2995 Epic waterfalls, endless jungle, and vibrant culture Full/Closed
Into Yasuni Ecuador The Amazon 7/21 8/5 16 $3495 An expedition to the most biodiverse place on the planet Full/Waitlist
The Galapagos Ecuador Galapagos 7/19 7/27 8 $1995 A 1-week program in Darwin’s enchanting islands Full/Waitlist

Program Key

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.

Program Name Food Water Energy Intellectual Emotional Physical
Bridge to the Future
Seeds of Change
Sustaining the Amazon
Into Yasuni
The Galapagos

Sustainability Themes:
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.

Intensity Rating:
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.