The GREEN Program

Program Reviews

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was so grateful I was able to visit a new country with the GREEN program. We not only witnessed the culture and lifestyle, we were also involved. You get to build, fix, etc. with civilians. You learn so much. You see amazing views and learn the stories about them. You learn how different society is over there, and the dynamic of wealth in one city. It's an amazing trip, very educational, and so much fun. When I went, we learned about the water system in Cusco, and how it's struggling. We witnessed various waste flow directly into the river, the Rio Huatanay. We learned how there were ways to help filter the waste, but still not up to par. I got to think about how I was going to help the water filter generators, specifically. Your mentors are quick to launch counter questions to the argument, and in the end you learn so much more.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Honestly it wasn't a huge deal, but I realized I brought too small of a backpack with me on the trip (it was just a sling bag). We were going to places where we'd only bring our camping backpacks, not our entire luggage. I was fortunate to have a friend who happened to bring an extra camping bag and let me borrow it.
Response from The GREEN Program

Thank you so much for this wonderful review Sarah! We are so glad that you found the community engaging aspects of the program valuable, and that you enjoyed all of the adventure/educational components as well!

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Annette
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travelling to Peru with The GREEN Program exceeded many expectations. In the period of only 10 days, I was able to be immersed in Peruvian culture, try many delicious dishes, be more aware of sustainable practices, gain insight on the environmental and social issues, access exclusive water facilities, adventure through unique landscapes (eg. hike Machu Picchu and Tipon, zip-line through the mountains of Santa Teresa, canoe in amazing scenery) and make true friendships ... the list could go on.
I feel extremely fortunate to be part of TGP and believe it has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to go abroad with TGP as I will definitely apply the various skills and sustainable mindset I've developed to future jobs and projects.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
At the beginning of my trip I was extremely nervous as I didn't know what to expect. If I did this all over again, I would be more relaxed and confident because TGP takes great care of you.
Response from The GREEN Program

Thank you so much for this review Annette! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed both the adventurous components of the trip, as well as the career accelerating benefits of it! Thanks for being such a great ambassador of our program!

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Owen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First I would like to say that this trip was an incredible experience and the Green Program is a great way to travel and learn how to make our world a better and greener place. I went Iceland this summer with the green program and I wish I could go back. My favorite moments were we hike on a glacier, swam in a hot river, and went in hydro and geothermal energy energy plants. The trip taught me so much about renewable energy and sustainability and inspired continue on in that field. The trip also allowed me to become great friends with a lot people my age that had the same interests and really want to make a difference. It was a wonderful experience to be able to work with them. If you have the chance to go on a green program trip should should take it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It goes by quick try as many new things as you can and walk around outside as much as you can it is a beautiful place all around.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Owen - thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! You've been an amazing support for us, thank you for representing us on the UNCW Campus!! We would love to have you on another trip some day. Cheers to you!

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Alice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The ten days that I spent in Iceland were completely incredible! I gained a wealth of knowledge surrounding renewable energy and how we can use renewable energy across the world to create a more sustainable environment. I met the most incredible people who challenged me to think globally. The program coordinators challenged us to have meaningful conversations which really helped to broaden my understanding and knowledge of the way that sustainable energy works. I also loved working on the syndicate programs. They are a group project where you create a sustainable alternative to an existing problem in our world. It was so much fun and I loved feeling that as an individual we can make a difference. I absolutely loved the way that this program integrated learning about sustainable energy resources and having fun stuff to do like hiking and swimming. I cannot recommend this program highly enough, and honestly I am desperate to go back!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate fermented shark, which tasted horrible!! As well as eating sheep cheek which was a very strange mix of jelly and meat (also do not recommend trying).
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Alice! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! It's awesome to hear that you enjoyed your capstone project and felt that the guides helped structure a meaningful experience for you! Thank you for being a wonderful GREEN Ambassador. We hope you travel with us again soon!!

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Mackenzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been speaking Japanese for 10 years now and when I decided to study nuclear engineering, my life's goal has been to work for TEPCO to help clean up the 2011 disaster. So for the past 8 years, I have been dreaming of visiting Fukushima, especially the Daiichi/Daini power plants. This trip fell into my lap about 5/6 weeks before it was supposed to happen and I applied. I was immediately accepted and started crying because my dreams were about to become a reality.

Fast forward to the trip: it was so much better than I had imagined. The cultural activities were almost like participating in a homestay, for most of the trip we stayed in traditional hotels and inns (my second favorite part of the trip). The sustainable events were incredible, especially seeing all of the amazing work being done on improving renewable energies, the testing facility for the clean up robots in Daiichi (JAEA), and the radiation coursework at Fukushima Tech. There are so many awesome things to do on this program and the minute I came back to UMich, I told everyone in my class about it.

What would you improve about this program?
I love how this program fit perfectly into my spring break, but I honestly would have loved to make it longer!
Response from The GREEN Program

Yes Mackenzie - this review is awesome! We are so glad that you chose TGP and that you've become such an influential GREEN Ambassador. It's amazing to hear that you enjoyed all the accommodations, excursions, facility tours, and our model of education. We definitely would love to have you back on another program soon!

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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My school offers many different study abroad programs. The problem is that the time they require me to take off was too much. When I was introduced to the GREEN program I was impressed with how much they did in such a small amount of time. It fit perfectly with my summer schedule so I could still take summer classes afterwards. Some may be nervous if the program rushes through everything because of how much is done in a small amount of time. I assure you this is not the case. The program wanted us to come home with a more profound understanding of renewable energy. The connections that are formed through this program is worth the price alone. If I were to start working on my own project the people I met on this trip would be my go to's for building a solid team. I could not have been more lucky to have come across this program.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Fermented shark (a.k.a Hákarl). Would not recommend.
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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I honestly can't put into words how amazing this study abroad was. From learning about the 2011 disaster to being able to see the recovery efforts that the local communities have made first hand, this was an experience of a lifetime. Our group met so many amazing people working on all the different sides of Fukushima's recovery; including those at JAEA, the professors at the Fukushima College, and the locals working to improve the state of their communities. We were able to take a bus tour of the exclusion zone, see the clean-up efforts to collect contaminated top-soil, and we even got a tour of the Daini Nuclear Power-plant. I highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to go abroad, regardless of background or major. TGP truly offers a life-changing experience with their Japan program.

What would you improve about this program?
Absolutely nothing. This was the best experience I've ever had.
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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time on The Green Program was hands down the best ten days of my life. The program was expertly crafted with a perfect mix of academic, cultural, and adventurous experiences that maximized the potential of each and every day.

Waking up in an Icelandic farmhouse inn to have a homemade Icelandic breakfast, going to Reykjavik University for classes on sustainable energy, a tour of the largest geothermal plant in Iceland, lunch at a geothermal powered pizza brewery followed by a hike up to a hot spring creek, and finishing with working on the Capstone project back at the farmhouse.

The Capstone project is the heart of The Green Program experience. Teaming up with students from all around the world to come up with solutions to some of the grand engineering challenges yielded some incredible ideas from all of us.

The program is not just for engineers, it is for everyone with an interest in renewable energy and sustainability. There were many non-engineering students that were with my group. Green Program. Regardless of whatever your major is, you will have an enriching experience.

On top of all that, Iceland is gorgeous, and according to the 2018 peace index, the safest country and travel destination in the world.

From the Capstone to the classes to hiking in the highlands and climbing a glacier, every day you will be fulfilled with this incredible life changing experience. I encourage anyone to embark on an adventure with The Green Program!

What would you improve about this program?
The Green Program, Reykjavik University, and Midgard Adventure have figured it all out. There were no issues and nothing I would change.
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Tyler
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program was an excellent balance of sustainability-focused education, exposure to culture, natural exploration, and fun activities. Despite how short the program is, TGP and the local guides have packed it to the brim with great experiences, both personal and professional.

The academic portion of the program consists of several lectures at Reykjavik University, as well as visits to geothermal and hydroelectric sites across the country, and culminates in an entrepreneurial capstone project. The project is relatively straightforward and the guides are willing to give advice and ideas.

Beyond academics, we had the opportunity to visit local pools and hot tubs, explore a few hostels and bars, as well as hike and camp in the highlands for several days. There are activities for everyone on this program!

Food is included in the program fee, and we had the opportunity to eat at restaurants and guest-houses as well as cook our own meals. Be forewarned -- any additional snacks, drinks, or souvineers you buy are on your wallet, and everything in Iceland is fairly spendy!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep an open mind and open eyes, everyone we met had some sort of advice to share! The entire trip can be a forum for self-development and social networking, if you let it.
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Lukasz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Iceland will forever be a highlight in my life. I have traveled before, but never with such an amazing and unique group of people who are all so captivated by sustainability. When I arrived at the airport I was originally a little scared, but once the group got together it was difficult to break us apart at the end of the trip. Learning about energy in Iceland was inspiring and discussing how glaciers and volcanoes have shaped the landscape of the country was awesome. The valleys, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains you see throughout the journey are beyond words. The guides were super friendly and would always give you very interesting local information. I love that the program teaches sustainability through adventure and I would love to go on another one in the future!

What would you improve about this program?
I would update the packing list, especially for the camping trip, to ensure that all students are prepared.