Summerfuel

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We are proud of our privileged history as pioneers in running summer enrichment programs for high school students.

Programs from Summerfuel

Program Reviews

  • Sara
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Barcelona
    Autonomous University of Barcelona
    A summer of disappointment
    07/25/2015

    Going to Barcelona I was very excited to get this "precollege experience" the reality of that advertising quickly diminished. This is not a pre college experience. You are constantly being baby sat by unapproachable and rude staff. They have you running around from the time you get up at 8 am most days to when you get home around 9 pm some days. The senior staff and RA's for the most part don't get along which is a great comic relief but also really shows the maturity of the staff. The classes are far too long, you don't learn very much in the end, and the elective afternoon classes are more useful to use as a nap time. I strongly advise not going on this program if you're over 16 because you have absolutely no freedom and aren't allowed to even leave the residence at any time while you are there. We also spent multiple days at children's amusement parks which were dull and miserable to those who didn't want to spend their precious Barcelona time in a theme park much worse than any in the states. I hope this review saved you from wasting your time and money.

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  • Morgan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Barcelona, Spain
    University of Barcelona
    True regrets
    07/23/2015

    To be quite honest I was not pleased with my so called "experience" this summer in Barcelona. I felt that I didn't truly get a feel of Barcelona like I should have. There are many rules in place that make absolutely no sense. The staff members were very disorganized and were horrible at scheduling activities. To add on, the staff members were completely disrespectful and blatently rude. I am 18 years old and I felt like a I was treated 10 years below my age. I was not allowed to simply leave the residence to go get something to eat or even buy some simple living necessities. Also, I was dragged to several amusement parks which I expressed several times that I didn't want to go and if it is possible to plan another option but like everything else I was denied and forced to do something I didn't want to. Overall I truly do not reccomend this program I felt that it was a waste of my summer and would have rather sat home all summer doing nothing than be on this program.

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  • Jess
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Barcelona
    Autonomous University of Barcelona
    A summer of disappointments
    07/23/2015

    I did not enjoy my time on this trip whatsoever. I found it to be nothing like what they advertised it for, I was extremely disappointed. To be honest I wouldn't even recommend this program to my worst enemy, no one should have to go through such a painful experience that summerfuel provided.

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  • Rian
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Barcelona
    Autonomous University of Barcelona
    Wasted money
    07/23/2015

    Don't go on this program unless you are looking terrible accommodations, rude/useless staff, and excessive rules. This program is one of the biggest wastes of time I have ever experienced. I have learned nothing except how many excessive and bizarre rules one could come up with. This program charges a pretty penny and spends your money on children's amusement parks. Every activity that your son/daughter may want to partake in is an additional fee to your $8000 tuition.

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  • Summerfuel
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    United States
    Nice idea...
    01/24/2015

    I went on this program, intrigued by the glossy brochures and, I'll admit, beautiful people pictured on their website, enjoying gelato and getting a tan. What I failed to realize was that these kids were the most privileged, stuck up, exclusive people I have ever met. I did a lot of research before trying this program, and called people who went on it before. I disregarded their comments that it was a cliquey program. Honestly, these teenagers just killed it for me. I have a lot of friends at home, and we are all relatively privileged. But we are down to Earth as well, and these kids were not. I think it was a geographical difference.

    My experience would have completely changed had I been with a friend. I just felt very alone on this trip. If you are considering a Summerfuel trip, I strongly recommend you go with someone that you know.

    Other than that, the program was very nice (you get what you pay for, and this program is expensive). The facilities were nice, maybe a 20 minute walk from the center of town. Dinner was good, breakfast was generally a croissant, very Italian.

    The site has some false advertising. There was not an intermediate Italian class offered. Also, many students were disappointed that there was no disco night. The curfew was 11 every night, which I thought was reasonable. The security is very good, although we had free time from after dinner (around 7) to 11, the doors locked at 11 so you better be back.

    Florence is a beautiful city, and you get to know it well. We also went on the weekend trips to the various cities. They are almost all very similar tourist traps, so I preferred to stay in Florence. However Cinque Terra is beautiful, we all wanted to go back there.

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    Response from Summerfuel
    03/05/2015
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Naturally, we are very disappointed that you didn't have the experience for which you'd hoped, but are nonetheless grateful for your invaluable and considered feedback. We constantly tweak our programs in keeping with the ever-evolving needs of our students to create the best possible experience each summer. Tempted though we are to address each concern here, we're not sure gooverseas.com has the capacity! So we ask instead that you call us to discuss. For now, let us just say that it is not in our interests to misrepresent our programs. In our experience, we attract quality students that are invariably looking to branch out, which is why we encourage students to come independently, to push themselves and go beyond their comfort zone. Privileged? It is fair to say that any student who attends one of our programs is hugely privileged and blessed to have the means, as well as parents so invested in their future. The thing is, two of your fellow students in Florence last summer were from the Boys' Club of New York. Incredible, yes, discreet as well, evidently - but certainly not privileged. They earned scholarships by demonstrating the qualities and characteristics of the type of student we ourselves are so privileged to host every summer. In any event, we certainly hope to hear from you soon. Thank you again.
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