The Greenpeace Semester offers two training programs throughout the year: a twelve-week semester program in the spring and fall, and two separate five-week programs held in the summer. Both aim to train college students in the skills necessary to making a difference back in their communities.
Spring and Fall
The semester-long program held in spring and fall is the more comprehensive program, immersing students in an experience to deeply understand sustainability and the fight for the planet; it most deeply explores Greenpeace’s history of creative confrontation and effective campaigning on a grassroots level. Students spend the majority of their time in a classroom and workshop setting learning how to protect the rainforests or stop global warming by creating effective environmental groups on campus, working with volunteers, and creating a plan that they can take back to campus with them.
In addition to a 10-day Campaign Trip to give participants real-world experience working on a critical environmental issue, spring and fall students participate in the Greenpeace Expedition. The Expedition is an additional 10-day trip where students travel to see first-hand some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, and what local communities are doing to address these problems. The Expedition is an eye-opening experience for students to get perspective on an issue to which they would not otherwise have access.
Tuition for the spring or fall semester is $4,200. Tuition covers the cost of training expenses, course materials, and costs while you are traveling on the Campaign Trip and Expedition, including lodging, food, and travel.
The Greenpeace Semester summer program is a five-week session, a shorter version of the spring/fall program. The five-week training offers the basics of building power on campus to make effective change back home. Students travel for one week on a Campaign Trip, where they have the opportunity to apply what they've recently learned to a current Greenpeace campaign somewhere in the United States.
Tuition for the summer program is $2,200, and covers the cost of training expenses, reading materials, and expenses during the campaign trip, including food, lodging, and travel.