Testimonials

Here are a few testimonials from past participants and their parents. Accepted students may contact us to speak to a reference.

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The impact on my son was huge. The facts, information and overall knowledge of the environment and sustainability was exciting as parents. This style of learning was perfect for my son and he is already talking about changes we can make at home and at his school. He said the trip changed his life and […]       Lori,  parent from Rio Rancho, NM

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NM

It was absolutely, UNDOUBTEDLY the most amazing experience in my life. I was recently at a different camp and all i could do was talk about Ecuador and what I learned and saw there. I cannot thank you guys enough for creating a program that really focuses on growing and education as opposed to just […]       Murray,  student from New York, NY

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NY

From pre-planning to the end of the trip, I was confident that Sara would be safe and would have a meaningful and fun experience. There are a lot of organizations that run trips, but I felt that Sustainable Summer’s focus and expertise made the choice easy. I liked that the organization was not a huge […]       Erica,  parent from Westfield, NJ

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NJ

My time in Ecuador was more eye-opening than I expected and I had more fun than I could have asked for. I was deeply inspired by my trip leaders, and the work that they do. I learned so much in such a short time span not only about the environment but also about people, power, […]       Stella,  student from Lakeville, CT

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CT

I grew so close to so many people and I know our friendships will last a very long time. Not only were the other students amazing people but so were the leaders. I had so much fun with them and will never forget my Sustainable Summer experience. Sustainable Summer has impacted my whole life. I […]       Erin,  student from Elmhurst, IL

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IL

Sustainable Summer was a very significant event in my son’s life. He was particularly moved by the bond that developed between the participants. He is even more passionate about sustainability and driven to make a difference. It was certainly memorable. Overall, I think it was an exceptional experience for my son and I am very […]       Kathy,  parent from Pleasanton, CA

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CA

Josh and I just came back from Asia, where Josh continually would tell me some interesting science facts. I would say “how do you know that” and he would say, “I learned it last summer in Costa Rica!” What’s more, his friend Amber is sitting in my living room sharing her FABULOUS trip experience with […]       Debbie,  parent from New York, NY

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NY

My husband and I both feel strongly that the staff on his trip were truly exceptional. Max felt he could talk to them and clearly was not afraid to show emotion in front of them. My guess is that once Max has processed it all the impact will be overwhelmingly positive – he mentioned that […]       Elizabeth,  parent from Iowa City, IA

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IA

Andrea had an incredible experience with SS this summer… Life changing from what I can tell and all for the good! She continues to be in touch with others from the group and I hope she will maintain those ties! There is special “chemistry” that happens when people travel and experience something like SS together. […]       Connie,  parent from Ipswich, MA

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MA

My daughter definitely had a memorable summer experience. The program seems to have affirmed her decision to engage with sustainability in the future as a career and life-long passion. She was so sad to have to say good bye to Ecuador and the team. You did a great job in terms of planning the program […]       Daisy,  parent from White Plains, NY

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NY

Although I learned quite a lot about sustainability, focusing on the environment with a lens on energy, water, and agriculture, the main impact Sustainable Summer left was in mindset. It’s very difficult to put into words and explain without you, the reader, having experienced it with me. I feel inspired. I have never been so […]       Jillian,  student from Watchung Hills, NJ

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Sustainable Summer was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. The leaders were helpful, the accommodations were amazing, and the lessons were both educational and intriguing. This trip was a life-changing opportunity and I am so grateful to have experienced this. Sustainable Summer has definitely whet my interest in raising environmental awareness and […]       Anneliese,  student from Robbinsville, NJ

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I had so much fun and can not stop thinking about how beautiful the country and my experience was! Thank you so much Sustainale Summer! The fact that we had so many unique opportunities and places to go meant there were no boring days!! I loved every minute and learned a lot about the country, […]       Lilian,  student from Chandler, AZ

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AZ

I had an amazing experience and loved the group that I was traveling with. Sustainable summer has changed my views on the environment and sustainability as a whole.       Michael,  student from New York, NY

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NY

We are delighted that Stella enjoyed the experience and that she met some amazing friends with whom she continues to liaise. From the moment we first spoke, I sensed in Jeff the passion that he brings to the program and that then infuses those young individuals fortunate enough to partake in the adventure. Travel is […]       Teresa,  parent from Lakeville, CT

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CT

My daughter had a wonderful time and stated that the program exceeded her expectations. She also was very pleased with the quality of the other participants, as well as the instructors. I think that she has a new found appreciation of things here, but most importantly, she clearly benefitted from the international experience and challenge […]       Andy,  parent from Robbinsville, NJ

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NJ

Sustainable Summer was a hugely positive experience for my daughter. It gave her a great feeling of independence, confidence that she travelled alone and had to be responsible for herself. Also, a great international travel experience, seeing things that she could never see here in Elmhurst, IL. It opened her eyes to a new part […]       Dawn,  parent from Elmhurst, NJ

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NJ

Sustainable Summer was definitely a confidence builder for my son. It was beneficial for him to get out of his usual comfort zone by traveling to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people, which turned out to be a great experience for him. He returned very enthusiastic and thankful for this opportunity, and said it was […]       Karen,  parent from Phoenix, AZ

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AZ

I think this trip changed the way my son sees the world that we live in. He was very excited when he met us at the airport. He said that he needed to have a conversation with us about reducing our carbon foot print. He said that we can make better use of our reusable […]       Lourdes,  parent from New York, NY

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NY

We are spellbound by the stories we are hearing! Connor gained clear insight into the fact that environmental, social, economic and political issues are complicated and that there is a need to become educated on these topics. This was a terrific pre-college program as it has sparked his curiosity into becoming better informed and educated. […]       Karen,  parent from Madison, NJ

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NJ

I did not expect much when signing up for this program, I assumed it would be pretty standard. I was so wrong. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for these past four weeks. I am so thrilled that I ended up coming and it was 100% worth it. I would do it […]       Sarah,  student from Santa Barbara, CA

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CA

Sustainable Summer has COMPLETELY changed my life. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways, and because of the amazing things I have experienced and learned, I feel like a more confident, knowledgeable, and worldly person. Our group was extremely intellectual and forward-thinking, and I learned SO much about the world and sustainability from our […]       Kate,  student from Santa Ana, CA

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CA

Sustainable Summer has made me realize that I really want to pursue a career involving sustainability. There was so much that I learned from Jeff that continued to intrigue me. It has also helped me figure out what I want to do with my Senior Project for my school. It was honestly a life changing […]       Isabel,  student from Sonoma, CA

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CA

This was my first time doing a teen program and one of my big concerns was the other kids I’d be spending my summer with. It was so awesomely surprising to come in and meet all these like-minded young people with whom I’d get to share these incredible experiences. I made some lifelong friends (not […]       Alex,  student from White Plains, NY

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NY

I returned home feeling inspired to make more environmentally friendly changes in my daily life because I had just experienced first-hand a part of the world that is greatly impacted by the changes we make here at home. I also fell in love with Ecuador and plan to spend the next few years of my […]       Connor,  student from Madison, NJ

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My trip truly opened my eyes to just how much humans impact the land that they live on. I always knew that our pollution and and land use had a big effect on the natural world, but this program showed that even the littlest things, like bringing over a plant from another place, could effect […]       Maddie,  student from San Jose, CA

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CA

Sustainable Summer has made me want to hold myself accountable for my choices and actions and I want to change my lifestyle. I was ALWAYS being pushed to try something new and scary and I want to say thank you for giving me a trip that totally changed me for the better.       Isabelle,  student from Brooklyn, NY

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NY

The program, by far, exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I believe everything was very well organized and the leaders worked great together to make sure everything was carried out efficiently. The whole experience with Sustainable Summer has truly taught me the value of happiness and how little I need to be happy. At Shiripuno, […]       Renee,  student from Northridge, CA

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CA

Sustainable Summer will be one of those chapters in my life I will never forget. It was definitely a good learning experience but it was also an opportunity to get to know one’s self. My personal experience overall was very positive and I enjoyed every event.       Enrique,  student from Elmurst, NY

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NY

I’ll miss climbing through the dense jungle and finding magical waterfalls. I’ll miss avocados growing on trees, the rich red soil, and feeling one with the clouds. But mostly, I’ll miss the people I’ve met.       Camille,  student from Nyack, NY

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NY

We were extremely impressed with the professional, efficient communication from the time we initially contacted Jeff. Sarah had amazing experiences over the past month. The program contained a great balance between education and adventure. Sarah particularly loved the experience living at Rio Muchacho–interacting with the residents/workers, contributing to the farm culture, learning more about environmental/agricultural […]       Dana,  parent from Santa Barbara, CA

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CA

Andrew had a very positive experience with Sustainable Summer. He felt very supported by the staff, and enjoyed the other students from around the country. He learned a lot, grew up a lot, and wants to implement many of the initiatives he discussed with his fellow campers. The program was so professional, great communicators, excellent […]       Renee,  parent from West Chester, PA

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PA

Danielle truly enjoyed her three weeks with Sustainable Summer. She has learned so much and is trying to implement some things at home. She has a plan for how she can impact her school’s sustainability program. She definitely has a love for the environment, but your program has increased that love and knowledge ten fold. […]       Leslie,  student from Redford, MI

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MI

The best part of the program was the independence she felt going alone, international travel and not knowing a single person. Both my wife and I can already see the change. It allowed her the confidence to try new things, meet new people and all in a safe and well organized trip. Clearly she learned […]       Eric,  parent from Tacoma, WA

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WA

Jillian said that it was intellectually, emotionally and physically the most amazing experience of her life. It was definitely memorable. She gained many insights. Not the least of which is how you can make do with the least of which, meaning, taking advantage of the elements and nature around you to survive and thrive “sustainably”. […]       Ralph,  parent from Gillette, NJ

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NJ

I cannot thank enough, Jeff, Anne and the host of other people, including the guides, that made this trip a success. Not just for me as a parent, but more so for the kids, I loved it, loved it, loved it.       Kathy,  parent from Brooklyn, NY

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NY

Thanks for providing Julia with an amazing summer experience; she is turning our house upside down trying to implement some of what she learned from the program! Cloth napkins, a compost bin, new food shopping routines, and less red meat to name a few. Please know that we appreciate all that you and your staff […]       Colleen,  parent from Port Washington, NY

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NY

The program definitely broadened Jane’s horizons and helped her grow and develop independence. She had a memorable summer and her awareness of sustainability increased 100%. It was a great combination of learning and adventure.       Jim,  parent from Tiburon, CA

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CA

This was such a life-changing experience for Joe. He is just as fun, but so much more forward-thinking. You’ve opened a whole new world to him!       Jenifer,  parent from Wasatch, UT

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UT

I expected her to come home with a higher level of self esteem and confidence in herself. She’s s bright, talented young lady who needs to be challenged and the Dartmouth Sustainable Summer Leadership Program absolutely was the right choice for her. I am so happy we took the chance and sent even though we […]       Michelle,  parent from Needham, MA

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MA

Thanks for all the hard work you put into Sustainable Summer and for making this amazing experience possible. I’ll recommend it to all of my friends and somehow rate it like 10 stars out of 5. I never really understood what sustainability was and why it was so important, but now I know for sure […]       Julie,  student from Danville, CA

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CA

Sustainable Summer was awesome! Getting to meet and make friends with all the other participants was a highlight. The program itself also helped me realize that I’m more interested in the public policy side of environmentalism than the science side.       Elise,  student from Smyrna, GA

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GA

I had a really great time and think the program is doing really good work. While I knew that I wanted to go into an environmental field, this reaffirmed my plans to go into an environmental field. The staff was very well-prepared and approachable.       Sam,  student from Denver, CO

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CO

Jess had a terrific time and I feel like she learned a lot about an area she hopes to study – and also learned a lot about herself as well. It was definitely a memorably experience and we are grateful that she had the opportunity.       Christy,  parent from Boca Raton, FL

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FL

I learned A LOT and loved making new friends. Sustainable Summer has expanded my knowledge about sustainability, sustainable development, energy, climate change impacts, and more.       Emily,  student from Sea Cliff, NY

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NY

I made awesome friends who were passionate about the same things as me. Thank you for bringing us together. I think it would be cool if you guys designed a curriculum about environmental studies for students of different grade levels so that something like the Sustainable Summer curriculum could be accessible to many more people. […]       Anna,  student from New York, NY

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NY

Thank you so much for running this program. I am so excited to execute sustainable stuff back in Fort Wayne!       Nicole,  student from Fort Wayne, IN

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IN

Thanks for an amazing 2 weeks. I’ve learned so many amazing thing.       Jenna,  student from Bryn Mawr, PA

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PA

The program was truly life changing and I loved it. Thank you for all you do to help me change the world!       CJ,  student from Laguna Niguel, CA

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CA

Thanks for accepting me into this summer program. It taught me a lot. Thanks for all the encouragement and friendly help. I had a great experience.       Joe,  student from Beijing, China

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China

Thank you so much for creating this inspiring and informative program. This was my favorite summer yet thanks to Sustainable Summer.       Leah,  student from Rye Brook, NY

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NY

Thank you so much for creating and running this amazing program!! I’m so grateful for all that you’ve done to make this organization so awesome!!       Jess,  student from Boca Raton, FL

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FL

I wanted to let you know what a monumental experience Sustainable Summer was for Serena three years ago. I teach school, so I know that formative experiences can become increasingly important as one moves past them and can look back on the whole life trajectory. This year Serena has been applying for college and she […]       Louise,  parent from Kearneysville, WV

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WV

I had an absolutely amazing experience and the memories of my group leader’s enthusiasm and drinking guayusa tea has stayed with me. I am now volunteering at a nature center and am helping to create a vegetable garden outside my school, inspired by my sustainability action plan! The program was very influential for me to […]       Sandra,  student from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

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NY

Sustainable Summer has opened my eyes to how big of a difference one person can make. I, now, am aware of how living a sustainable lifestyle can not only benefit my community but the earth as a whole. Before the trip, I was working on an app that ultimately helps decrease food waste, but I […]       Emiko,  student from View Park, CA

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CA

Sustainable Summer has really changed my outlook on sustainability and the world. I now feel like every individual should “bother” with sustainability because every person does have an impact. Sustainable Summer was really incredible and I would recommend it to anyone, no matter their background in sustainability.       James,  student from New York, NY

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NY

I think overall my son had a great trip and and a great experience with the program. His visit to Cuba was definitely a memorable experience.       Karen,  parent from Highland Park, IL

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IL

The program was highly organized, professional on all levels, and provided an excellent travel and learning experience. Our son James had a very memorable summer and the Cuba experience exceeded his and our expectations. The exposure to both a different culture and political system was very enlightening and educational for him. He has always been very […]       Mark,  parent from New York, NY

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NY

I believe that Sage had her most memorable summer yet. Both programs seemed to draw remarkably intelligent and nice kids. Sage seems to have been exposed to so many new perspectives and has developed a zest for wanting to make positive change. Suddenly she is seemingly well versed and has reasoned opinions about issues she […]       Nancy,  parent from Rumsen, NJ

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