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Sustainable Learning Inc. also operates semester abroad high school and ‘gap year’ programs. Our semester-length gap year programs are for students in between high school and college, and our semester abroad high school programs are for students taking their junior year “off” during high school. These programs are both named Sustainable Semester, with the fall semester reserved for gap-year students and the spring semester reserved for high school juniors. These programs are scheduled to launch during the 2016-2017 academic year. Enrollment is limited to 18 students. The program will be based out of Cumbaya, a vibrant community on the outskirts of Quito, and students will take a full course-load of interactive classes through the Ecoversidad (Eco-university) and the University de San Francisco. The curriculum is an interdisciplinary academic investigation of sustainability.

A sample of course segments includes:

  • Food & agricultural sustainability
  • Natural building and sustainable architecture
  • Water & natural resource management
  • Development economics & public policy
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Organizational theory
  • Principles of sustainable development
  • Urban sustainability
  • Globalization
  • Spanish language immersion
  • Leadership

Broadly speaking, students will be engaged in course work in Cumbaya (often field-based) Mondays through Thursday for three weeks of each month, with short trips to other destinations in Ecuador scheduled for most Fridays through Sundays. One 10-day period of each month is designated for a longer expedition into a different region of Ecuador, including the Galapagos, the Sierra, and the Coast. A significant expedition into one of the most remote areas of the Amazon is also planned.

The first gap-year program will run from the end of August to mid-December in fall 2016. A spring semester program for high school juniors is scheduled for the end of January to mid-May in spring 2017. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about our Sustainable Semester programs.