Ocean College


Sustainable thinking is an integral part of Ocean College. The students volunteer in several local projects with environmental and social objectives. The UN Sustainable Development Goals also guide the selection, teaching and organisation processes at Ocean College.

Micro plastics
Reforestation in Costa Rica
Bribri culture
Guardians of the Rainforest
Sustainable trading


The UN Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 are the point of departure for every decision made by Ocean College. The students should also have their eyes and mind wide open during the journey and constantly work to improve life on board, the management of natural resources and the land projects. They should employ critical thinking about all details of their journey.

Five of the UN goals are especially important for us:

Quality Education – Ocean College offers a unique opportunity for education and personal development. The educational program is held to the highest standards and scrutinized on a regular basis. In the long run, Ocean College wants to offer a comprehensive scholarship program to make it possible for students without the financial means to be part of our program.

Reduced Inequalities & Gender Equality – Discrimination against gender, ethnicity, race or individual capabilities are not tolerated. Not only is discrimination the most serious offense on the journey, the students also work on community projects in Costa Rica to empower farmers and their families. Finally, there is always a 50/50 gender ratio on the ship.

Responsible Consumption –Reducing food consumption, resource use and our impact on the planet have a high priority. It is imperative for crew and participants to make responsible consumption a value that guides them through their daily decision making.

Climate Action – Ocean College supports reforestation of rain forests and trade with CO2-neutral goods. For example, by carefully purchasing and sailing coffee beans to Europe. The goal is to reduce the impact on the climate to a minimum and to create a positive CO2 balance in the long run.

Life below water -The research within the micro plastic project and beach clean-ups in the Caribbean actively support the protection of marine ecosystems. When visiting coral reefs or coastal areas and during the journey, no trash is left behind – what’s there should be taken away! The imperative is ‘Leave no trace!’.

Life on land -The same applies to the time on land. By supporting reforestation projects in Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo & Guanacaste Region) Ocean College actively protects ecosystems on land. In the long run, Ocean College would like to create a rainforest fund with alumni and partners.

This video gives you a better understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: