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

Hannah
10/10

My trip to Kenya this past summer was absolutely lovely. SStS did an amazing job integrating us into such a foreign place. I felt right at home the whole time! The people in Kenya were so bright and welcoming, making the African experience so much more. It was one of the coolest trips I've ever taken. By the end of the trip everyone was like family! We all grew so much as people. I was exposed to so much I didn't know and I'm so grateful for this worldly knowledge I have obtained. Thank you thank you thank you!

How can this program be improved?
I think taking more hikes would be awesome!
Yes, I recommend this program
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AK
10/10

I loved everything about the SStS trip to Nicaragua. From the 5-lens curriculum leading up to the trip to the very last minute of being on the island, the trip taught me so much. Not only did it allow for personal growth and broaden my perspective on ethical leadership, but it also introduced me to a number of incredible people I was able to build great relationships with. Everyone I interacted with - whether it was the people in my group or the people on the island - made my trip that much better and more enjoyable.

To anyone that's thinking about signing up for this trip, 100% take advantage of this amazing opportunity!! You will meet amazing kids and people, learn immensely important lessons that will remain with you long after your trip, and enjoy every second on the beautiful island of Ometepe.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lydia
10/10

This trip to Nicaragua with Students Shoulder to Shoulder was one of the best trips I have ever been on! On the Ometepe island, we spent 2 weeks with kids who taught us more than we were able to teach them. I remember the very first day of classes at the Bilingual School. I walked in with my fellow teacher and we were both greeted with big hugs and high-fives from energetic and friendly first graders. Their curiosity was electric and it was a sign that our next few weeks would be an amazing time.

To future participants: I am so excited for you! This program is really a meaningful experience that I recommend. I suggest that you journal during your stay because in addition to my photos and memories I have so many little fun details about the trip that I can look back on.

Throughout the entirety of the trip I went on, I kept a journal detailing the events of my time there. I brought this journal solely because I did not want to forget, but even if I tried I will never ever forget my 20 days in Nicaragua with so many amazing people.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Johany
10/10

I loved my trip to Nicaragua and the bonds I formed there with the kids, my peers, and the island. My favorite memory would have to be going to the local circus and the beach with the kids. When we bonded with them outside of being their teachers it was really something. That’s why I also loved walking them home after class each day. I’d give anything to go back in time and experience it all again.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ayahna
10/10

My trip with Student shoulder to shoulder was life changing. I was able to make relationships with people from all across the states, and experience something so great together. The highlight of my entire trip was our last day in CanchaCancha. When we finished all of our work we had a moment with the community leaders and they said how appreciative they were for the work that we had done. It made me do a lot of reflecting, and made me wish that I could do more. My favorite memory was of our group guide Augustin. One night when we were in CanchaCancha he was in the tent next to mine singing the fresh prince of Bel-air theme song, in three different languages, It was hilarious! One thing i recommend is to take advantage of every opportunity. I got sick one of the days and i was really beaten up by it. I didn't want to miss out!

How can this program be improved?
This program can be improved by
Yes, I recommend this program

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