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


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


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.


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.


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

Field Studies Ecuador & Galápagos

Explore Quito, take introductory Spanish lessons, and volunteer with local youth in a group of fun peers who are excited for adventure travel.

The Andes & Galápagos: three weeks in incredible Ecuador.

Ecuador will surprise you. In Quito — the world’s highest capital city at 9,350 feet — there’s a vibrant mixture of colonial past and Andean present. We’ll start with introductory Spanish classes, visits to the city’s historic center, and afternoons volunteering with under-served youth.

The Andes will amaze you. The Andes Mountains are home to a number of species of endemic plants — those which are found nowhere else in the world. Your group will progress from a day hike around a crater lake to a couple of multi-day treks at high altitude through the highlands of Ecuador to see beautiful alpine lakes, massive volcanoes, and stunning vistas.

The Galápagos will inspire you. We’ll have the chance to see diverse wildlife, including the giant tortoises for which the islands are named. We’ll visit Santa Cruz and Isla Isabela. Then, we’ll take a boat tour to an uninhabited island to see unique flora and fauna.

Your Overland leaders will support you — every day, every step of the way. They’re positive, enthusiastic, encouraging.

The closeness of your Overland group will sustain you — not just in Ecuador but long afterward, too. Sharing an experience such as this — so adventurous, so beautiful, and so compelling — brings a group together in unique ways. Our three weeks in Ecuador are made all the more incredible because of it.

Have a question about availability?

Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672

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Overland offers introductory, hiking, biking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in 4th through 12th grade.