ENVR 330

Education for Sustainable Development: Island Communities and Conservation (Lesvos)

Major Discipline(s):
Environmental Studies
Summer Session I (May 24 - June 19, 2021)

NOTE: This course starts and ends on the island of Lesvos.  Students should book flights and make travel plans accordingly.

The program, under the umbrella of Healing Lesvos - a powerful not-for-profit initiative bringing together the best of humanity to spark sustainable solutions for change on Lesvos Island, provides all the necessary skills to help you understand environmental and social challenges faced by island communities; to guide you while monitoring environmental and ecological characteristics of islands; and to assist you in mitigating environmental and social impacts of policies and projects.

Course Details


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 10, with a maximum enrollment of 16.

CYA reserves the right to cancel any course that fails to achieve minimum enrollment by April 1. Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets before early April.


60 contact hours

Fee Reductions

  • $100 per course for students who submit their application with full payment postmarked on or before March 1

  • $100 per course for students who enroll and participate in two CYA summer courses

  • $250 per course for students from public universities

  • $100 per course for CYA semester students who enroll in a summer course

Essential Information

The course starts on the island of Lesvos on Monday May 24 and ends on the island of Lesvos on Saturday June 19.  If participants are planning to use ferry boat transportation to return from Lesvos to Athens in order to catch a flight home, they should plan to arrive in Athens the day before their international flight.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the meeting point and other practical information about the course. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: http://www.athensguide.com/ and http://www.greektravel.com/.  For information on Lesvos (capital city: Mytilene) see https://www.lesvos.com/


Students will be housed at Toula Apartments in the town of Petra, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.



Laptop:  you will need to bring a laptop for your coursework assignments, which cannot be done on a mobile phone or tablet.

You must aso bring with you the following items (if you purchase them specifically for the course, you should select inexpensive models/makes):
- pair of water shoes (for sea)
- mask and snorkel
- compass
-binoculars (8X40 would be more than sufficient)
-an action camera, if you have one


 Your base for class meetings and lectures will be Birds Bay Resort, at Petra.


A mid-day meal will be served at Birds Bay or a local taverna Monday to Friday. A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee.


Arrival: Monday May 24
Information as to the meeting point and time will be posted soon.
Orientation session and a welcome dinner will be included in the day's activities.

Class begins: Tuesday May 25

Last Day of Class: Friday June 18
Last class and final examination. Farewell dinner.

Departure: Saturday June 19
Accommodations available till 12:00 noon.  Participants should ensure that they have booked appropriate transportation for their return trip home.