In preparation for their first high school summer program abroad, many students and parents often ask for advice. We posed the question to our extended network of alumni and veteran leaders of our summer travel programs, and got some great responses. Check out these wise words from those who have traveled on a variety of summer programs abroad.
-Tristan Schreck , Community Service Tanzania, 2005
“Come in with an open mind and you will be rewarded with experiences and friends that you’ll remember forever.”
-Paul Murray, Excel at Amherst College leader, 2011
-Schuyler Ryon, Cultural Exploration Switzerland, Italy, France, Holland, 1984
“Enjoy every single day of the trip and learn as much as you can in this friendly environment. Be open to interacting with others because it will allow you to create long lasting friendships! The staff is also cool!”
-Moises Estrada, Excel at Amherst College, 2011
-Zoe Barbati, Excel at Amherst College, 2011
“Make sure to pack exactly how Putney tells you to. They do a fantastic job telling you what you need. If anything, bring an extra headlamp because those come in handy. You also need to go in with an open mind. There can be quite a bit of culture shock in the beginning. While that is completely normal, being open-minded will help you get through it.”
-Jason Rubinstein, Community Service Costa Rica 2010, Tanzania 2011
-Michael Schwebel, Community Service Costa Rica leader, 2011
“1. Be open minded to all kinds of life, cultures, and people.
2. When traveling to your respective country on a Putney program, become aware of the country’s history, political, and social issues
3. Be a traveler, not a tourist!”
-Lindsey Weiss, Global Awareness in Action El Salvador, 2008
-Stephanie Kestelman, Community Service Senegal 2011