A Beautiful Morning in Tumbaco

The Amazon program has officially begun. This morning, after breakfast and a medical and health orientation, we spent some time getting to know each other and forming a group contract that will guide the interactions and experience of all Sustainable Summer participants for the next 2 weeks. Here’s a pic of the group engaged in […]

Laguna Quilatoa

The Black Sheep Inn and Permaculture

Howdy from Tumbaco. We’re on lunch break from our session on permaculture design with sustainable agriculture expert Javier Carrera of the Seed Guardian Network. This morning we learned about design principles such as mapping land features and energy sources, and integrating elements, such as animals, gardens, and structures into the an efficient and sustainable design. […]

Service Project at La Escuela, Horsebackriding, and Isla Plata

It’s been an action packed couple of days here in Ecuador. We wrapped up our time at Rio Muchacho with a service project at the local school, class sessions on permaculture and traditional agriculture practices, shrimping in the river, crafts, and horseback riding to the monkey forest. The latter included the traditional food tonga, which […]

Ecuador Sustainable Summer Photos!

Here are some photos from our first 2 weeks on the coast of Ecuador. I’m not one to shy away from the written word, but the combination of limited Internet access, lost luggage, and the prospect of typing out a few hundred words on a mobile device have conspired towards brevity. Fortunately, my camera was […]

High school summer abroad in Ecuador image

Surf’s Up in Canoa

Greetings from Canoa, one of Ecuador’s most likeable beach towns. We’re spending the day relaxing after a busy week studying sustainable agriculture at Rio Muchacho. This morning, everyone took a surfing lesson to great success. Most people were able to standup on the boards and catch some waves. Now the group is either hanging on the […]

Sustainable Summer Staff Training

The Sustainable Summer field team just wrapped up a fun-filled staff training day. Activities included a bike-supported sustainability-themed scavenger hunt throughout Brooklyn, practicing emergency medical scenarios in the “wilderness” of Prospect Park, and dinner at one of NYC’s Ecuadorian restaurants, El Tesoro Ecuatoriano, the Ecuadorian Treasure, in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. The sopa de marisco […]

2013 Ecuador Summer Programs Map

Ready to Launch Ecuador Summer Programs

Sustainable Summer’s 2013 Ecuador summer programs are ready to launch! In just over two weeks our first group of high school students will travel to Ecuador for three weeks to study environmental sustainability, experience life in a developing country, and work together to acquire enhanced understanding of sustainability issues, global perspective, and critical thinking and […]