University of Vermont Immersive Experience

The University of Vermont Study Abroad program is an unforgettable immersive experience for students.

Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont is one of the oldest universities in the United States. The institution’s natural resources college, the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, facilitates annual travel study courses to our facility on South Andros Island. This is an immersive service-learning opportunity for students, with a particular emphasis on sustainability-oriented experiences.


The courses that these students take seamlessly blend ecological education with service-learning pedagogy, offering students the opportunity to explore social, economic, and environmental ideas while actively engaging with local communities to put theory into practice.

  • Place Based Ecology and Hydroponics
  • Environmental Stewardship and Aquaponics
  • Sustainability and Place Based Ecology

Program Accomplishments

The University of Vermont has sent study abroad groups to us for several years. The following is a list of what the students accomplished during one of those visits.

  • Worked alongside South Andros High School students to level land for a compost system
  • Learned how to build the compost system’s foundation using Japanese larch
  • Created plans to build a beekeeping operation (for their next visit to South Andros High School)
  • Helped build an aquaponics system at South Andros High School’s farm
  • Collaborated with South Andros High on a hydroponics system project
  • Established and maintained intercultural connections and relationships with South Andros High School students and faculty