The GREEN Program

The GREEN Program


The GREEN Program is an award-winning, experiential education program focused on our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development. We provide 10-day, accredited programs in Iceland, Peru, Nepal and Japan. By using the world as our classroom, our model expertly balances sustainability-focused course work, exclusive industry exposure, and bucket-list adventures. We specialize in providing access to leading industry facilities, from Iceland’s largest Geothermal Facility to Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Our programs provide hands-on, global experiences at the fraction of the time and cost of traditional study abroad. We challenge our cohorts to solve real-world sustainability challenges in the form of innovative business solutions. Beyond our program experience, we are one of the only program providers to offer leadership development and resume-boosting opportunities after students return home.

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Yes, I recommend this program

This two-week online course taught by Dr. Sagar Sharma from Kathmandu University about the Ethics of Sustainable Development was engaging and eye-opening. This course focused on the importance of ethics in sustainable development and the theories and practices behind it. Dr. Sharma encouraged us to engage in insightful, inclusive, and head-scratching discussions in an open and safe (virtual) environment. After taking this course I will definitely approach future projects and problems from a new, different, and more inclusive angle.

Additionally, each student was required to complete a Capstone project that was focused on sustainable development. The capstone project provided an opportunity for people from all different places and backgrounds to come together and collaborate to develop an innovative solution to a worldwide problem. I loved having the opportunity to work along side passionate people to develop a creative, ethical, and sustainable solution.

Response from The GREEN Program

Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Carly! We're glad that you found Dr. Sharma's discussions interesting and insightful. You also did a fantastic job with your capstone project presentation. It was great to see so many interdisciplinary minds come together for a solution to a sustainable development issue!

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Yes, I recommend this program

If you are looking for a study abroad experience, you have to check out The Green Program! The Green Program provides an amazing program that is also compatible with the schedule of busy college students. The 10-day program was jam-packed and full of knowledge. The Green Program first ensured that travel and accommodations were comfortable for all of its attendees. I enjoyed that along with the educational aspect of the program, The Green Program also highlighted the importance of learning the Nepalese people and their culture. We visited World Heritage UNESCO sites, visited renewable energy sites in the Kathmandu Valley, and ate traditional foods throughout the trip.

We also were able to transform the knowledge we learned from Kathmandu University into action when we installed the micro-grid system in a rural Nepalese village. The Green Program truly executed its mission in this program to utilize the world as a classroom. The students were encouraged to collaborate with the local people during the project, to learn more about the Nepalese culture, and to have a well-rounded understanding of the installation of the solar panels.

It is also important to mention how the program coordinators ensured that everyone on the trip was safe and welcomed. The Green Program is definitely a community builder that enabled all of the attendees to create lifelong relationships. I am extremely excited to attend another program led by The Green Program, and I am proud to be an alum of an incredible organization.

What was your funniest moment?
I shred so many laughs with everyone on our way to the village. It was a blast playing road trip games!
Response from The GREEN Program

Shirbrina, we appreciate your passion for TGP so much! Thank you for this wonderful review and for continuing to advocate for experiential education and sustainability. It's been great to see you changing the world for the better after your program!

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Yes, I recommend this program

What I loved most about the course was being able to learn more about how I can consciously help people with my work in sustainable development! I feel like most of my education focuses on the environmental aspect of things without considering a community's social or cultural needs. The Nepal program not only considers the way that development impacts the environment, but it also explores how it impacts the people and their economies. In this course you are able to examine the interconnectedness of the relationships between people and planet, and it enables you to create a sustainable capstone project.

I think what stuck out most to me about the Nepal online course was that this was the most well facilitated class I ever took online (and I've spent three semesters taking online classes for my university). I can honestly say that I felt way more connected to people that I knew I was never going to meet in person who were thousands of miles away from me than I did with people that I could more easily access or potentially meet on campus. It was just a much better experience. Programs like these will be the future of intersectional education abroad, and will go a long way in achieving the sustainable development goals.

Response from The GREEN Program

Jaedyn, thank you so much for this fantastic review and for recognizing the impact of learning through an intersectional lense! You always had fantastic contributions to class discussions and we're so happy to see you take advantage of experiences such as these.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I love all things sustainability. I was just expecting to meet like-minded people and have interesting discussions around ethics. I loved the conversations around Ishmael and what it brought. I liked that Prof Sharma called on people. I tend to be more of a listener but I was encouraged to think. I typed my thoughts and being called on kept me on top of it. I liked the food for thought questions. I liked Prof Sharma's personal stories. I want to know his life story! I would've liked more ice breakers in the beginning. I'd like to speak to more people in the group with face to face conversations (breakout rooms were nice). It would've also been interesting to go into different ethical theories and philosophers and apply them to real-world problems (eco-egotism, utilitarianism, the social contract, etc.).

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I think I would try to speak up more and reach out to the professor and everyone more often to get to know the other participants better.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Jade! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. We're glad that you enjoyed going outside of your comfort zone and inputting your thoughts during class discussions. We definitely plan to do more ice breakers to help the class get to know each other more before the course starts. Thank you for the feedback!

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Yes, I recommend this program

**Note: I took the online certificate ethnics course so I could not rate the housing. I rated 5/10 as a neutral answer**
This is my second time being with TGP after the hackathon. Every time, TGP blows my mind and I gain new knowledge. I love how our conversations explode every class. It's very different from all of my other courses and a great change for me. I enjoyed doing the capstone project again and every time it's really rewarding and I always learn something new. I would highly recommend students to take this course as it is very applicable in many fields of study.

Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Janice! Thank you so much for leaving this review and thank you for your continued support for TGP. It's been great to see you grow on campus as a TGP ambassador. We appreciate you!


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I saw an opportunity to travel to Iceland and thought it would be a great idea. I had never been out of the country and had to deal with numerous friends ranting and raving about their own Study Abroad trips. I decided that if everyone’s doing it, why don’t I jump off the bridge with them and take my shot at Iceland? I had heard it was a gorgeous destination, and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider (The GREEN Program) provided me with countless amounts of information – emails upon emails of testimonials, links to learn, packing advice, and many other things. The reps I was in contact with were amazing. They replied within five hours to an email I sent answering whatever questions I needed answered (which were a lot because this was my first Study Abroad experience). The only thing that was not provided in the program was the flight. Fortunately, they gave me the information I needed to contact Student Universe and book a flight at ease.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

This might not answer the question necessarily, but be yourself. Thinking back on my experience, I threw caution to the wind and did whatever my heart was telling me to do. You fall into the monotony of everyday studies and conform to a friend group without even realizing it (and this isn’t a bad thing! It is natural!)

Upon starting my first of 10 days in Iceland, I decided to buy and start a blog to document my trip. I had never written before but had always wanted to. To this day, I am still blogging because I enjoy writing, and it was all because I made this decision. Along with this, never try and impress someone or act differently on a trip of this duration. I was able to create over 20 really good friends who actually enjoy me for me because I stayed true to myself throughout the trip.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day starts with a pretty good breakfast. After which, you jump on a bus and head 45 minutes to either the University or a power plant. After a little instruction and some knowledge bombs, you either eat a packed lunch you made at breakfast or head to a local food establishment and enjoy some Icelandic cuisine. After that, it’s some adventuring in the mountains, lakes, rivers, etc., and you truly get to experience the beauty that is the land of Fire and Ice. Wrap it up with some dinner and working on your capstone project, and hit the hay to get ready to do it all over again!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear about traveling abroad was the fear of the unknown. Was I going to enjoy it? Was there going to be people there I would get along with? Was I going to get lost at the airport? (Also my Mom’s biggest fear). I think I finally got over all of these when the plane took off from Chicago. It was that feeling you get when you’re in mid-jump into a pool. The ‘welp, nothing I can do now except hold my breath’ feeling.

To be honest, it was the biggest relief. I immediately met some of the people from the program when I landed, and we hit it off instantly. The airport was very easy to navigate; by Day Two, I was angry at myself for ever questioning if I would enjoy my trip to freeking ICELAND!

How have you changed since your trip?

For starters, I was four years into an Electrical Engineering degree, and I was debating changing my major to Renewable Energy. I was so foreign to the concept coming into the program that I never saw a future with myself involved in it. So, I didn’t end up changing my major, but since returning, I have dived into books, speeches, Ted talks, and lectures on renewable energy and have also been accepted into a sustainability project in the city of Chicago. This experience has changed me forever and has changed the way I interact with people as well as with the world.

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