All Summer 2018 Programs

Community Service Costa Rica

Live and volunteer in a rural Costa Rican village and work side-by-side with local people on meaningful community service projects. Wake each morning to the sounds of howler monkeys and exotic birds and spend your day helping build a community center or classroom, teaching English, or running a summer camp for local kids.

Dates

  • June 24, 2018  –  July 8, 2018
  • June 26, 2018  –  July 19, 2018
  • July 1, 2018  –  July 31, 2018
  • July 9, 2018  –  July 23, 2018
  • July 16, 2018  –  July 30, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
15 – 17 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Dominica: Hurricane Relief

On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Dominica, leaving communities in ruin and without homes, schools, hospitals, roads, water, or electricity. Since 1989, Putney has brought students to this small island country, still largely untouched by tourism. Now, the need has never been greater for the people we have grown to care about deeply. Putney’s longstanding contacts, friends, and government officials on the island ensure our service projects are community-directed, collaborative, and safe. We work alongside skilled construction workers to help rebuild homes, schools, and infrastructure impacted by the hurricane.

Dates

  • June 23, 2018  –  July 13, 2018
  • July 15, 2018  –  August 4, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Dominican Republic

Explore the Dominican Republic, a Spanish-speaking Caribbean country known for its vibrant culture, gorgeous beaches, and complex colonial past. Begin in Santo Domingo, then head southwest to your host village to work alongside community members on service projects. Take overnight trips to the mountains of the Cordillera Central, the northern coast, and the Samana Peninsula.

Dates

June 30, 2018  –  July 21, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Ecuador & the Galápagos

Live in Ecuador’s Andean highlands on this summer community service program. During your student travel program in Ecuador, join members of a local Quechua community in meaningful service projects — lend a hand with light construction work, participate in water access initiatives, teach schoolchildren, or help with the local harvest. Then, explore the otherworldly landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, home to giant tortoises, lava tunnels, equatorial penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.

Dates

  • June 27, 2018  –  July 24, 2018
  • July 1, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
15 – 17 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Fiji

Join us for three weeks in the South Pacific on this summer community service program in Fiji. During your student travel program in Fiji, work alongside community members to complete a small-scale construction project and volunteer your time at the local kindergarten. Experience this unique culture first-hand as you get to know our Fijian hosts and explore the mountains, coast, and coral reefs of this charming island nation.

Dates

  • June 25, 2018  –  July 16, 2018
  • July 17, 2018  –  August 7, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service India

Volunteer on meaningful construction and education projects and shadow Indian artisans to study their craft on this summer community service program. During your travels in India, learn to lay cement blocks, upgrade community facilities, or teach English to local children, all while absorbing the rich colors, sounds, and scents of village life from our unique base in a renovated castle.

Dates

June 27, 2018  –  July 26, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
15 – 17 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Nepal

Immerse yourself in a remote village at the base of the Everest Valley of Nepal and collaborate with locals on meaningful projects. During your student travel in Nepal, teach English to Sherpa children living in an orphanage and young Buddhist monks, and help rebuild a school destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. Rest and reflect in a monastery, collect stories of the Dalai Lama from Tibetan refugees, and trek through Himalayan villages with the backdrop of Mount Everest on this high school summer community service program.

Dates

  • June 23, 2018  –  July 14, 2018
  • July 14, 2018  –  August 4, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Peru

Immerse yourself in village life in Peru’s Sacred Valley on this high school community service program. During your student travels in Peru, work alongside locals on meaningful construction, teaching, and farming volunteer projects, while you experience the colorful and rich culture of the descendants of the Incas. Throughout the program, visit some of the most iconic sites of the Inca empire, including Machu Picchu.

Dates

  • June 30, 2018  –  July 20, 2018
  • July 14, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Rwanda

Immerse yourself in African village life as you join extraordinarily welcoming local people to volunteer on community-initiated projects with a focus on public health. Rwanda is a small, lush, and mountainous East African nation with a tragic history and progressive approaches to development. Collaborate with NGOs and meet with medical professionals to survey a diversity of health services. Assist community members in construction projects and explore how our work impacts the global community and our own lives in this complex and beautiful country.

Dates

June 27, 2018  –  July 23, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 - 17, 2 leaders
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Community Service Tanzania

Immerse yourself in village life in Tanzania as you join local people to volunteer on several community-initiated projects. During your student travel program in Tanzania, collaborate on small-scale construction projects and teach English and math to local school children. On your final week abroad, venture out on a specially designed safari that combines world-class wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park with a stay in a remote Maasai village.

Dates

  • June 26, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
  • July 13, 2018  –  August 4, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
15 – 17 students, 2 leaders
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Community Service Vietnam

Immerse yourself in the life of a coastal village on this summer community service student travel program in Vietnam. Collaborate with community members as you engage in service projects and build lasting connections with local people. On weekends, visit Vietnam’s stunning Ha Long Bay and the gorgeous city of Hoi An.

Dates

  • June 28, 2018  –  July 26, 2018
  • July 5, 2018  –  August 2, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Alaska

Travel to the edge of the Arctic Circle and explore awe-inspiring landscapes during your student travel program in Alaska. Hear stories from a native Athabascan storyteller in Anchorage, hike the subarctic tundra of Denali National Park with expert guides, and don crampons and ice picks to trek across a glacier with a group of adventurous peers.

Dates

July 11, 2018  –  July 24, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Bhutan

Explore Bhutan, the world’s last Himalayan kingdom, where the Gross National Happiness index shapes governance, the natural environment is constitutionally protected, and Buddhism is integrated into everyday life. Trek to remote villages, learn to meditate with monks, and meet with national leaders to discuss the ways this country is accepting and resisting the forces of globalization.

Dates

June 25, 2018  –  July 8, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration China

With a population consisting of 56 distinct ethnic groups, and landscapes ranging from dramatic mountain gorges to densely populated cities of skyscrapers and ancient pagodas, China is rich in cultural and ecological diversity. Immerse yourself in the country’s history and multiculturalism through your travels to Beijing, the Snow Mountains near the edge of Tibet, and the beaches and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

Dates

June 23, 2018  –  July 17, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
16 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Cuba

Take a road trip across this colorful and complex island, from Havana east towards Santiago de Cuba, and witness history in the making as the long freeze in Cuba – U.S. relations begins to thaw. During your student travel in Cuba, connect with Cubans to learn firsthand about the Cuban Revolution, contemporary music, film, baseball, Hemingway, the Bay of Pigs invasion, sustainable agriculture, Cuban sports and culture, or the folk religion of Santería — all through direct people to people interaction.

Dates

July 4, 2018  –  July 22, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Essential Costa Rica

Explore topics in conservation, local culture, Spanish language, and service in Costa Rica — Central America’s pioneer in sustainable ecotourism. From your base just down the road from the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, dive into a variety of themes as you rotate through a series of hands-on workshops. End the program with two nights on Costa Rica’s pristine Pacific coastline — surfing by day and strolling the beach at dusk in search of nesting sea turtles.

Dates

June 25, 2018  –  July 3, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
40 – 50 students, 8 – 10 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Fiji, New Zealand, & Australia

Immerse yourself in the culture and wonder of the South Pacific on this summer program for high school students to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Experience the island paradise of Fiji, the alpine winter landscapes of New Zealand, and the rugged Outback and spectacular coral reefs of Australia. Go beyond the typical tourist experience and engage with places and cultures in exciting ways.

Dates

  • June 26, 2018  –  July 27, 2018
  • July 3, 2018  –  August 3, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
16 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Iceland

Join us for a two-week student travel adventure amid Iceland’s glaciers, lava fields, and dramatic fjords. Explore the remote and culturally rich Westfjords region by paddle and on foot as we kayak pristine waters and hike fields of wildflowers along the staggering coastline of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Catch a live musical performance in Reykjavik’s acclaimed Harpa Music Hall, and enjoy a soak in the famous geothermal pool, the Blue Lagoon.

Dates

June 24, 2018  –  July 8, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
14 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Skiing in Patagonia

Cool off your summer by heading south to explore the wilds of Patagonia on a winter student travel adventure to the “end of the world.” Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Buenos Aires, then venture toward the Antarctic Circle into the open, blue horizons of Patagonia. Explore the majestic power of azure glaciers descending from remote mountain peaks and ski and snowshoe through the peaceful, snow-covered forests of Tierra del Fuego near Cerro Castor.

Dates

July 25, 2018  –  August 8, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
15 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Switzerland, Italy, France, & Holland

From the mountain trails and summer snowfields of the Swiss Alps and the Italian Dolomites to the rich culture of Florence and Paris to the bike paths, cheese markets, and beaches of rural Holland, join us to experience Europe as an actively engaged traveler with a group of like-minded students. This is the original Putney Student Travel program, first led 66 years ago by founders George and Kitty Shumlin.

Dates

June 22, 2018  –  July 25, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
16 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Thailand, Laos, & Cambodia

From its famously delicious cuisine to its rich cultural and religious traditions and stunning landscapes, Southeast Asia has held a mythical fascination for travelers for centuries. Explore the diversity and magic of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia as you trek through lush rainforests, learn about elephant conservation efforts, and bike alongside ancient ruins in iconic Angkor Wat. Cap your student travel in Southeast Asia with a relaxing stay on the white-sand beaches of Koh Samet.

Dates

July 4, 2018  –  July 24, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
16 – 18 students, 2 leaders
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Cultural Exploration Writing in Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle during your student travel in Ireland as you expand and refine your writing skills with a select group of passionate, like-minded peers. Under the guidance of published and acclaimed writers, write in historic taverns, medieval ruins, and overlooking the low-lying beaches of the mythical Irish Sea. Participate in Ireland’s lively storytelling tradition at readings, concerts, plays, city parks, and village taverns.

Dates

July 6, 2018  –  July 18, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
18 – 25 students, 2 – 3 leaders
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Discover Putney New England

Experience an innovative twist on summer camp and experiential learning. Explore Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, from the beautiful inland lakes, rivers, and mountains to the coast and Cape Cod. Hike and adventure with new friends as you move from camp to camp. Along the way, shadow local farmers, artisans, and environmental educators to gain a better understanding of the diverse New England landscapes.

Dates

July 8, 2018  –  July 20, 2018
Grades: 4 – 6
12 – 14 students, 2 leaders
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Discover Putney Vermont

Get a taste of Vermont and the Putney Family. Visit local farms and artisans to lend a hand in the fields or learn a new craft. Explore the beautiful lakes, rivers, and Green Mountains of Vermont. Hike and set up camp with new friends, learning and practicing the “Leave No Trace” ethic. Experience the “Putney Spirit” with an emphasis on community engagement, learning, group dynamics, and personal growth.

Dates

June 24, 2018  –  June 30, 2018
Grades: 4 – 6
12 - 14 students, 2 leaders
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Language Learning Ecuador & the Galápagos

Practice your Spanish daily on this student travel adventure in Ecuador, as you work hand-in-hand with local friends in a small village. Undertake meaningful community service initiatives and spend a week with a homestay family. Volunteer to construct a community center, shadow farmers as they harvest crops, and cook meals alongside your host parents. Explore the Andean páramo, and snorkel, hike, and kayak in the incredible Galápagos Islands to cap your program.

Dates

June 29, 2018  –  July 26, 2018
Grades: 10 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Language Learning France | Grades 10 – 12

Immerse yourself in French language and culture as you explore villages and cities in five regions of France. During your travels, bike to village markets and interview local fishermen, make truffles with an artisan chocolatier, savor the high culture and cuisine of Paris, surf in the Mediterranean, hike to glaciers in the Alps, and spend a week with a French host family.

Dates

June 30, 2018  –  August 1, 2018
Grades: 10 – 12
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Language Learning France | Grades 8 & 9

Immerse yourself in French language and culture as you explore the cosmopolitan cities and off-the-beaten-track villages of France. During your travels, explore Mont Saint-Michel and the D-day beaches in Normandy, savor the high culture and hidden neighborhoods of Paris, swim and picnic beneath the Pont du Gard, try zip-lining or surfing, and spend five days becoming part of a French family.

Dates

June 29, 2018  –  July 19, 2018
Grades: 8 – 9
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Language Learning Spain | Grades 10 – 12

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture as you visit renowned art museums and explore ancient castles, learn to surf on Spain’s northern coast, hike and ride horseback in the Picos de Europa mountains, and pair up with a local teenager for a language exchange and daystay. End your student travel program in Spain on the gorgeous beaches of the Costa del Sol after outdoor adventures in the Alpujarras region.

Dates

June 26, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
Grades: 10 – 12
20 – 22 students, 3 leaders
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Language Learning Spain | Grades 8 & 9

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture as you visit Madrid’s renowned art museums and explore ancient castles, surf on Spain’s northern coast, hike and ride horseback in the Picos de Europa mountains, and pair up with a local teenager for a language exchange and daystay. Cap your student travel program in Spain on the gorgeous beaches of the Mediterranean.

Dates

  • July 1, 2018  –  July 21, 2018
  • July 8, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
Grades: 8 – 9
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Middle School Costa Rica

Explore the different themes of Putney programs — Cultural Exploration, Language Learning, and Community Service — on this Middle School student travel program in beautiful Costa Rica. Together with a group of students and staff, enjoy the tropical white-sand beaches of the Pacific coast and take adventurous day trips, immerse yourself in local culture, and spend a week volunteering in a local village.

Dates

June 24, 2018  –  July 15, 2018
Grades: 6 – 8
28 – 30 students, 6 leaders
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Middle School Dominican Republic

Travel abroad to a welcoming village in the Dominican Republic to complete volunteer projects on this community service summer program designed especially for middle school students. During this student travel program, help lay cement foundations for families in need, teach English to local children, and learn to dance the bachata. Spend the night on a gorgeous white-sand beach and enjoy an excursion to the central mountains to raft and ride horseback.

Dates

July 14, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
Grades: 7 – 8
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Middle School Ecuador & the Galápagos

Travel to Ecuador’s Andean highlands and Galápagos Islands on this summer community service program especially designed for middle school students. During your student travel program in Ecuador, live for nine days in a welcoming Quechua community and engage in meaningful service projects — lend a hand with light construction work, participate in water access initiatives, teach schoolchildren, or help with the local harvest. Then, in the company of your group and leaders, explore the otherworldly landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, home to giant tortoises, lava tunnels, equatorial penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.

Dates

June 29, 2018  –  July 16, 2018
Grades: 7 – 8
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Middle School France & Holland

Join us for an adventurous student travel program across France and Holland, from the sky-scraping Alps to the dazzle of Paris, through the bucolic Dutch countryside to the charming canals of Amsterdam. Hike, bike, and explore the most beautiful landscapes and cities of northwestern Europe, and savor its rich heritage.

Dates

June 30, 2018  –  July 16, 2018
Grades: 7 – 8
14 – 16 students, 2 leaders
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Pre-College Amherst College

Join an international community of high school students at Amherst College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country. Choose two exciting seminars to study throughout your time on campus. Take part in engaging discussions and hands-on projects that allow you to explore new interests or dig deeper into existing passions. Get a taste of college life as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of faculty and students from around the world.

Dates

  • June 24, 2018  –  July 13, 2018
  • July 16, 2018  –  August 4, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
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Pre-College Barcelona

Join us in Barcelona for an insider’s experience of Spain on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions and hands-on projects that immerse you in Catalan life.

Dates

July 1, 2018  –  July 21, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
30 – 40 students, 5 – 8 staff
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Pre-College Florence

Join us in Florence for an insider’s experience of Italy on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions, site visits, and hands-on projects that immerse you in Tuscan life.

Dates

July 15, 2018  –  August 4, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
30 – 40 students, 5 – 8 staff
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Pre-College London

Join us in London for an insider’s experience of England on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions, site visits, and hands-on projects that immerse you in British life.

Dates

July 1, 2018  –  July 21, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
30 – 40 students, 5 – 8 staff
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Pre-College Tokyo

Join us in Tokyo for an insider’s experience of Japan on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions, site visits, and hands-on projects that immerse you in Japanese life.

Dates

July 15, 2018  –  August 4, 2018
Grades: 9 – 12
30 – 40 students, 5 – 8 staff
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