Putney Student Travel

Putney Student Travel

About

Since 1951, Putney Student Travel has offered high school students powerful travel and experiential education programs that help them prepare for college, shape their futures, engage with people from different cultures, and form lasting friendships. Our summer programs range from two to five weeks in length and include Pre-College, Community Service, Language Immersion, Outdoor Adventure, and Cultural Immersion. These life-changing programs are offered in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, Africa, and the United States.

We believe that an essential component of every young person’s education is passionate engagement with the world in the company of carefully selected peers–an experience that goes far beyond looking out the window of a teen tour bus. We offer summer programs in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Website
goputney.com
Founded
1951
Headquarters

345 Hickory Ridge Road
Putney, VT 05346
United States

Reviews

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Najeeah
10/10

I will never forget my time spent in Costa Rica through Putney. I very much expected to learn more Spanish and make new friends, but I had not expected to create such longlasting bonds that would affect me for the rest of my life. Biolley is a beautiful village in Costa Rica that helped me become a better me. The people treat you as their own and push you to become a better member of any community you may be a part of. I suggest that any and everyone consider being a part of this amazing experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Connor
10/10

My trip to Costa Rica was fantastic. It was an absolutely beautiful place with the most amazing people.

I travelled to Miami, Florida to meet up with with all the other students in our group. Sure, it was awkward for the first day or two, but by the end of the trip, we were all sobbing our eyes out when it was time to leave. I talk to these guys often, so our friendship didn’t break when the trip was over. We even plan to meet up sometime soon! The staff was also fantastic, they were there for the students and to make the trip overall more enjoyable. My two leaders, kept us laughing, together and healthy through everything. I truly miss them.

However, the community service aspect was phenomenal. The people opened their homes to us, without hesitation, cooked for us, cleaned for us while we worked. Throughout this, we became super connected to the village and their way of life. We experienced their culture firsthand and became family. I now have a village in the mountains of Costa Rica, that I will have never forget.

Fantastic trip. Thank you Putney.

How can this program be improved?
Simply not possible.
Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
10/10

My experience in Cambodia was full to the brim. We were immersed in the country in a way that I didn't know was possible. My trip leaders were incredibly well-connected with various people, from farmers to musical conductors, and this allowed us to get to know the country in a way that we otherwise wouldn't have. The community service projects were meaningful and were created in collaboration with the leaders of the various organizations we worked with, rather than an American organization taking control and sticking its nose where it wasn't necessarily welcome. It felt like the trip leaders had taken the time to do deep research into various customs and ways of traveling there that you wouldn't necessarily have been able to find on Google. The places we stayed in were locally owned and seemed to be a part of each community we stayed in. I will never forget this trip or what it taught me.

Yes, I recommend
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Stella
9/10

I participated in this program right as I was entering high school. Even though this trip could have meant many different things depending on when I attended, I found that the transition of entering high school was a perfect time. This program afforded me a great summer experience of friendships and exploring a new country, I also got to dig deeper into the culture of Peru, and myself. Throughout the trip, I gained so much self-confidence and individuality. This self-exploration away from the pressures of family, school and friends, forced me to push myself to do things that I never thought I could ever accomplish. From learning how to weave from the villagers to keeping to the land and teaching in the school, Putney's Peru program was definitely the highlight of my summer but arguably one of the best experiences I've ever had.

Yes, I recommend
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Jojo
9/10

I went on the Community Service trip to Costa Rica with Putney. Overall, the experience was one in a lifetime and thoroughly recommendable.

I live in the UK and travelled to Miami to meet with the group who were made up of two leaders and 13 kids. The other kids were mainly Americans, with the addition of two French boys and a girl from the Netherlands. The mix of people worked really well and we made lots of progress with our community service project. I was away for a well-structured month which consisted of working weekdays and 'vacation' excursion trips on the weekends to explore the vast activities that Costa Rica has to offer. During the weekdays we stayed in the remote village of Biolley. Here there is a small-scale coffee plantation where we helped out by mixing and laying cement, moving and making coffee beds, weighing and bagging coffee and lots of other general jobs around the ecolodge. We also helped out with the cooking which allowed me to bring home new recipes to cook for my family. We got to know the villagers very well and were even invited to do homestays for a night. On the weekend excursions, we went to various parts of Costa Rica to do activities like surfing, horse-riding , zip-lining, white-water-rafting, plunge-pool jumping and swimming in waterfalls. On top of this, we got to see some incredible animals including sloths, toucans, tarantulas, crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and parrots.

All in all, if you are looking to go to an amazing country to meet some amazing people, both local Costa Ricans and fellow group members, then you should choose the Putney Community Service trip to Costa Rica.

How can this program be improved?
N/A - it was perfect
Yes, I recommend

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