Unbelievable journey with the best friends you never knew you had August 20, 2019

By (University of Toronto) - abroad from 08/04/2019 to 08/13/2019 with

The GREEN Program: Iceland - Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a sense of understanding with regards to my career path. I realised that I want to continue to learn about sustainability and eventually work somewhere that wants to achieve these goals. I want to travel! I want to see and learn more about other beautiful countries around the world.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

My time in Iceland will forever be a highlight in my life. I have travelled 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. I love that the program teaches sustainability through adventure and I would love to go on another one in the future!


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

All the food was included in the program. The only money that is needed is on extra drinks or snacks.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100$


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Hiking/Camping
  • Waterfalls
  • Glacier Walk
* What could be improved?
  • Packing List
  • Hydroelectric Power Plant Tour
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how easily it was to make friends! I am a pretty shy person so initially I was a little scared. Now I made some friendships I will never forget.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.