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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Lilly Bianchi

Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois
College: St. Lawrence University

Last fall, I studied history, development, and the environment in Nairobi, Kenya; my passion for storytelling and the rich history of the African continent is what brought me to East Africa.

Originally from Lake Forest, Illinois, I am a senior at St. Lawrence University, where I am a double major in English and history with a minor in African studies. Last fall, I studied land use and conservation management in Tanzania and southern Kenya, modern conflict and colonial history in the bustling cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, and experienced rural life firsthand in the Mt. Kenya region. Perhaps my favorite part, though, was working for a bike touring company called Cycling Out of Poverty in Jinja, Uganda, while also conducting independent research on the effects of a newly-opened hydroelectric dam on the local whitewater industry and the environmentally-threatened riverbanks. Back on campus, I spend a lot of my time competing on the women’s rowing team and have been selected to the Liberty League and NIRC all-academic teams. When not on the water, I am a staff writer for the campus newspaper, The Hill News, and a member of the club ice hockey team. Last year, I co-founded a club on campus with the goal of fostering inclusivity in St. Lawrence’s outdoor recreation and getting new outdoor enthusiasts into the Adirondacks. I love early mornings, any adventure no matter how small, and my beloved bicycle.

As a student, I participated in multiple Overland trips including Vermont, Pacific Coast, and the American Challenge. In 2017, I led New England Adventure and Berkshire Adventure; in 2018, I led Vermont; and in 2019, I led Nova Scotia & Acadia. Overland students continue to impress me — you can never underestimate what a group of motivated, enthusiastic students can do when working towards a common goal.