Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder

Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder

About

SStS essentially began with a question: what can we do? As classroom educators striving to teach our students about many of the pressing problems that exist in the world, as well as potential solutions for addressing them, students were understandably led to ask: what can we do?

SStS was created to provide them with an avenue to explore real-world answers to this question. By partnering with organizations that are actively implementing grassroots solutions in the communities that they serve, we strive to provide high school students with models for how meaningful change can occur.

Founded
2007
Headquarters

3000 Booth Falls Rd
Vail, CO 81657
United States

Reviews

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selam
10/10

Every day, I had new experiences, some new and unordinary but all extremely fun and worthwhile! From dancing with locals to trekking mountains up to 14,00 feet to building the eco-waste bins. We helped our global community by encouraging proper waste management in Tibet, one of the most beautiful places in the world. This trip has helped me grow not only as a student but a leader but taught me that I have the potential to make a difference. I learned so many profound lessons on teamwork, collaboration, and embracing different cultures. One of my favorite memories was when we visited the monasteries. I couldn't believe it, here I was on the other side of the world embracing these awe-inspiring buildings, I was speechless. If you ever have the chance to embark on this breathtaking journey... take it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Molly
10/10

My experience in Peru through Students Shoulder to Shoulder was truly incredible. Our journey took us high into the Andean Mountains and into indigenous communities where we were able to work and connect with the locals of all ages. Though the language barrier made communication difficult, I felt I was able to bond with the locals on a deeper level through working, laughing, and simply spending time together. I am forever grateful for the experiences I shared and the connections I made. Even as my time in Peru grows further away, the memories are fresh in my mind as I continue to reflect and learn from my experience. As my journey through life and growth continues, my experience in Peru will forever remain near and dear to my heart.

How can this program be improved?
I thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of the trip, and have no suggestions for big improvements. However, I do think packing additional cozy clothing like a warm sweatshirt and sweatpants would have been a great thing to have at night.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Andrew
10/10

This summer I was given the opportunity to go on the Cambodia course with shoulder to shoulder and it was incredible. I learned so much about Cambodia and myself that I don’t even know where to begin. The countryside was gorgeous and the people were so nice. The group was also amazing and so were our instructors. As for me, I was able to learn so much about myself and how I could better appreciate the things that I do have instead of wanting the things that I don’t.

How can this program be improved?
THis trip could definitely improve by having the students spend more time with the students and children who live on the island.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ava
9/10

I loved my trip to Cambodia! I got to try a ton of new foods and experience a completely different culture than my everyday life. My group's guide, Phiya, was super fun and helped us communicate with people. Living in the homestays on the island Koh Preah was such a cool experience. The families were so nice and welcoming. This trip made me think a lot about how people don't need a lot to be happy. It also made me aware of how much our society wastes precious resources like water by taking super long showers and leaving faucets on. My favorite memory from the trip was the volleyball game we played with some of the kids on the island. It was super fun and brought everyone together.

How can this program be improved?
I think staying on the island longer would be awesome so we could develop more of a relationship with the families.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Zoe
10/10

Something you won't find in the media is how genuine Kenyans are to one another. Everywhere you go, you're asked, "Umeshindaje? Habari ya nyumbani?" (How is your day? How is home?) This isn't just a formality. People want to see you through your own eyes, and create contact with you simply because you're both human beings with real feelings and lives.
At Kithoka Amani Children's Home, the impact of the way Dr. Karambu is raising these kids is clear. They are all independent, loving, and deeply understanding kids, even the little ones. I greatly miss Kelvin, Blessy, Caway, Tush, Favour, Evans, Edwin, Centi, Stacy, Nelly, Come, Hilda, Millie, Jen, and everyone else, but I am so thankful I got to have them in my life to show me what truly makes good people.

Yes, I recommend this program

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