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What’s Your Sustainability Superpower?

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What’s your sustainability superpower? This is one of the questions we ask as part of our admissions process (along with what’s your kryptonite). It’s a fun question that helps us understand what motivates someone to “act sustainably,” which is a useful barometer to gauge a student’s interest in and readiness for our program. So, we… Read More

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Final Post for Costa Rica 2019

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The past few days of our trip have been amazing. Let me take you on a literary journey through all we have done at our newest location, Nosara Costa Rica. After arriving at the Playa Pelada Beach Camp Tuesday afternoon, we walked down to Playa Pelada to watch the sunset. I took this as an… Read More

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Final Updates for Costa Rica 2019

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We spent this past weekend at Rancho Mastatal exploring the area and learning about some of their practices in being more sustainable. After breakfast on Saturday we did a half hour hike to a river where we spent some time swimming and climbing rocks. We had lunch after our hike back when it started raining… Read More

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Update from Costa Rica 2019

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Here are two updates from our Costa Rica crew (no pics unfortunately due to very limited internet bandwidth): Family & Friends: Even with the vicious mosquitoes, random bouts of rain & soaked sneakers, Costa Rica has been magical! Yesterday, we started our morning with yoga. As we hoisted our partners into the air we caught… Read More

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Costa Rica Update: Daniel’s Farm

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Today is Sunday the 21st and we went to Don Daniel Vega’s organic farm! Breakfast was amazing, as usual, and at 8:30 am off we went to build a mandala garden. We made a sun-like shape, and it only took a couple hours! While we waited for the soil to settle we each took turns… Read More

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Greetings from EARTH University

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Welcome to Earth University! Today was our first official full day at Earth U. To start the morning, we went down to the cafeteria to have a heart and delicious breakfast. We then got into a van to visit the first farm of the day. At the farm, a student named Andrea talked and walked… Read More

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Rio Pacuare Rafting

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These past few days have been nothing short of phenomenal! The first morning of the program was spent traveling from San Jose to meet our guides for rafting throughout the Pacuare River. They were really welcoming and funny. After a couple hours of fun-filled, thrilling, and sometimes nerve-racking paddling we made it to our ecolodge…. Read More

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Welcome to Costa Rica 2019

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Are you getting excited for Costa Rica or what? 22 days of living and learning in some truly awesome places. In just a couple of weeks you’ll be standing on the banks of the Rio Pacuare, preparing to launch on a three-day trip through one of the Western Hemisphere’s most revered river canyons. The first… Read More

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Amaranthus 2018

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Here is the 2018 edition of Amaranthus: The Journal of Youth Environmental Leadership, which is a collection of articles and projects submitted by Sustainable Summer alums.

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Cuba In Summation

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Greetings America! ¡Dios Mío! The trip is over??? Somehow the last 14 days have felt like an entire year in Cuba yet simultaneously like the flash of a dream. Only in a country this profoundly fascinating, confusing, irresistible, and vibrant could time move so fast and still so slow. We left Havana for a couple… Read More

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