We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability

Available

This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.

Limited

This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.

Call

This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.

Questions?

Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

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Grace Brandt

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
College: St. Olaf College

During the fall of my junior year, I studied abroad in Tanzania and fell in love with East Africa while learning Swahili and interviewing the Maasai people about their humor and joking relationships.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2017. A sociology/anthropology major with an interest in art, I was the president of INBLACK, my college’s student-run sketch comedy show, and lived in the Wendell Berry Honor House, a project that promoted sustainable food in community. Since graduating, I have worked at a children’s bookstore, on a boat, and for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I have also continued traveling internationally, assisting with sea star research in Baja, birding in Brazil and visiting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. In my free time, I enjoy improvising, swimming in alpine lakes, and learning how to play the banjo.

In 2017, I led Northwest Adventure, and in 2019, I led Field Studies Tanzania. My high of the summer happened twice — reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with all 12 of our students after an exhausting eight-hour hike through the night. The crater landscape was otherworldly, the view was stunning, and we were all deliriously elated. In that moment, with everyone hugging, I felt an immense sense of pride in this group we had gotten to know over the past several weeks. I was proud of how they supported each other and tackled this massive mental and physical challenge together.