All Summer 2014 Programs

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Community Service Costa Rica

Live and volunteer in a rural Costa Rican village and work side by side with local people on a summer community service program in Costa Rica for high school students. 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.

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Community Service Dominica

Join us for two weeks of community service in a small village tucked into the volcanic hills of Dominica’s windward coast on this summer community service program in The Caribbean for high school students. Organize a summer arts program for kids, join local workers to complete small-scale construction projects, snorkel in crystal clear ocean water among schools of tropical fish, and explore the Victorian capital of Roseau.

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Community Service Dominican Republic (8th and 9th Grade)

Travel to a small, undeveloped village in the Caribbean to complete important volunteer projects on this summer community service program in the Dominican Republic. Spend your days volunteering at an enrichment camp for children, laying cement blocks to help build a new classroom, and learning about the lives of local Dominican families.

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Community Service Ecuador & The Galápagos

Spend three weeks living in Ecuador’s Andean highlands on this summer community service program in Ecuador for high school students. Join members of a local Quechua or Yumbo community in meaningful service projects, ranging from light volunteer construction work to teaching schoolchildren to helping with the local harvest. Then, explore the other-worldly landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos Islands – one of the most unusual places on earth and home to giant tortoises, lava tunnels, equatorial penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Travel from island to island by boat, cruise, hike, and snorkel through unmatched geographic and biological diversity.

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Community Service Fiji

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

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Community Service Ghana

Spend a month in a small fishing village in Ghana, West Africa on this summer community service program for high school students. Volunteer on meaningful projects at the Trinity Yard School with local friends, visit the breathtaking Wli Falls, and learn about Ghana’s history at the Cape Coast slave castle.

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Community Service India

Volunteer on construction and agricultural projects on this summer community service program in India for high school students. Spend your days laying cement blocks, paving sidewalks, or teaching English to local children while absorbing the rich colors, sounds, and scents of village life from our unique base in a renovated castle.

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Community Service Peru

Immerse yourself in village life in Peru’s Sacred Valley on this South American summer community service program for teenagers. In just under one month, high school students complete meaningful volunteer projects, experience the colorful and rich culture of the descendants of the Incas, and visit some of the most important sites of the Inca empire, including Machu Picchu.

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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 on this summer community service program in Rwanda for high school students. Visit memorials of the 1994 genocide, and talk with survivors about Rwanda’s progressive approach to reconciliation. Explore the lush northern volcanoes region of Rwanda, and visit Lake Kivu before your return home.

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Community Service Tanzania

Immerse yourself in village life as you join local people to volunteer on community-initiated projects on this summer community service program in Tanzania, East Africa. During the final week, enjoy a specially designed safari that combines world-class wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park with a stay at a remote Maasai village.

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Community Service Vietnam

Immerse yourself in the life of a tiny Southeast Asian village on this summer community service program in Vietnam for high school students. Our work provides an opportunity to engage in tangible service projects and to build lasting connections with local people. Visit the stunning Ha Long Bay and gorgeous city of Hoi An on weekend excursions.

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Cultural Exploration Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Join us for an active cultural adventure Down Under on this summer program for high school students to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Experience the otherworldly Australian Outback, the alpine winter landscapes of New Zealand, and the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. Get beyond the typical tourist itinerary and experience these unique places and their unique cultures in engaging and exciting ways.

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Cultural Exploration Belize

Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, some of the best preserved rainforest habitat in Central America, and countless Mayan ruins. Spend two weeks exploring thick rainforests, climbing Mayan pyramids, and diving beneath crystal clear waters just off the coast. Get to know the local Mayan and Garifuna cultures by participating in drum circles, exploring ruins, and interacting with local guides.

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Cultural Exploration Costa Rica

Costa Rica has protected more than a quarter of its land from development, creating a refuge for countless species and ensuring that its cloud forests, steaming volcanoes, and pristine beaches will be around for generations to come. Spend two weeks immersed in the culture and natural beauty of the country while participating in activities designed to get you out exploring the landscape on this summer trip to Costa Rica for high school students. Surf or snorkel on the Pacific coast, horseback ride across the rolling landscape, and relax in thermal pools at the base of a dormant volcano.

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Cultural Exploration Farm to Table in Italy

Food – nutritious, abundant, and lovingly prepared – occupies a central role in Italian cultural identity. Together with fellow food lovers and culinary-trained leaders, discover the art and science of Italian food on this summer trip to Italy for high school students. Sow, harvest, cook, and savor as you explore the myriad ingredients of this vital cultural tradition.

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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, and on 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 program, first led 63 years ago by founders George and Kitty Shumlin.

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Cultural Exploration Thailand

From its aromatic cuisine to its rich cultural and religious traditions and stunning landscape, Thailand has held a mythical fascination for travelers for centuries. Spend two and a half weeks exploring this beautiful country, from trekking in the lush rainforest in the mountainous North, to exploring Bangkok’s colorful waterways, to relaxing on one of Thailand’s famed pristine white-sand beaches.

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Cultural Exploration Writing in Ireland

Expand and refine your writing skills with a select group of passionate, like-minded peers. Explore Ireland and study the craft under the guidance of published and often acclaimed young writers who understand that a writing program should be immersive, vibrant, meaningful, and fun. Write in cafés, monasteries, galleries, and windswept hilltop castles. Participate in Ireland’s amazing storytelling tradition at readings, concerts, plays, city parks, and village taverns.

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Cultural Exploration Writing in Prague

Hone your writing skills during this intensive writing workshop with a community of engaged peers, under the guidance of talented, young writing instructors. Write in medieval city squares and trendy art galleries, from hilltop monasteries or the corner of a hip café. Attend concerts, public readings, plays, and outdoor festivals as you explore the gritty, avant garde arts scene of Prague.

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Foundations Middle School Australia

Join us for an active cultural adventure Down Under on this summer program in Australia for middle school students. Immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture of Australia, camp in the magnificent landscapes of the Australian bush, set sail in the Whitsunday Islands, stargaze from a beach on North Stradbroke Island, or watch the sunset over Sydney harbor. Get beyond the typical tourist itinerary and experience these unique places and cultures in engaging and exciting ways

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Foundations Middle School Costa Rica

Explore the different themes of Putney programs – Cultural Exploration, Language Learning, and Community Service – on this Foundations program in the beautiful Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Together with a group of fellow students and staff, enjoy the tropical white sand beaches of the Pacific Coast, immerse yourself in local culture, and spend a week volunteering in a local village on this summer program for middle school students.

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Foundations Middle School Spain

With the storied southern city of Granada as a home-base, explore Mediterranean landscapes, white-washed villages, and winding cobblestone streets on this summer program in Spain for middle school students. Spend your days engaging with this fascinating city through a diverse array of fun activities. Travel to the mountain forests of Grazalema, and the breezy beaches of Cádiz to celebrate the final days of the program.

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Global Awareness in Action Cambodia

Travel to Cambodia to learn in-depth about the lives of contemporary Cambodians. Gather and re-tell the stories of the people we meet on this summer program in Cambodia for high school students. Visit the gorgeous ruins of Angkor Wat and the stunning beaches of Kep. Present your group’s work at Yale University at the conclusion of the program.

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Global Awareness in Action India

Join us for one of Putney’s most “off the beaten track” programs as you explore issues related to conservation and education on this summer program in India for high school students. Live and work with high school students at a remote yet innovative school that is completely solar-powered, hike from village to village over high passes, stay with Tibetan monks in monasteries, and contrast the calm majesty of the mountains with the frenetic pace of New Delhi and the serenity of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Travel to Yale University during the last three days of the program to share your experiences with all Global Action groups.

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Global Awareness in Action Rwanda

Join this summer program for high school students for an in-depth examination of Public Health in Rwanda—a small, lush, mountainous Eastern African nation with a horrific recent history, but a remarkably progressive and positive approach to confronting its challenges. Visit and work in settings ranging from a small, locally run center for disabled children to outreach clinics providing health services and education to families affected by HIV and AIDS. Return with a nuanced understanding of the human, social, economic, cultural and technical issues affecting public health provision in a developing nation. Travel to Yale University during the last three days of the program to share your experiences with all Global Action groups.

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Global Awareness in Action South Africa

Explore the principles of leadership in the context of South Africa’s troubled past and its dynamic present on this summer program in South Africa for high school students. Learn from those leaders who forged a new post-apartheid path for South Africa, and interact with South African peers who are on their way to becoming the next generation of community-builders. Demonstrate your ability to work in a group, and develop new skills as you explore Cape Town and the stunning beauty of Africa’s southern coast.

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Language Learning China

Whether you are just starting to explore Chinese language and culture, or have studied several years of high-school Mandarin, experience the richness of China’s cultural heritage through field-based learning on this summer language program in China for high school students. Build your Mandarin through real world interactions, as you delve into China’s economics, religion, the arts, and current events. Visit Beijing, then visit the Great Wall, the villages of Xidi and Hongcun, the Yellow Mountains, and Shanghai.

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Language Learning Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in the life of a rural Latin American village on this summer Spanish language program in Costa Rica for high school students. Practice your Spanish with a farmer while you harvest coffee beans, learn to lay blocks at the project site, run a day camp for children, and delve into Costa Rican life during a week-long family homestay.

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Language Learning Ecuador & the Galápagos

Immerse yourself this summer on this language program in Ecuador for high school students. Practice your Spanish each day as you work hand in hand with Ecuadorian friends in a small mountain village. Undertake meaningful community service initiatives ranging from volunteer construction projects to running a summer camp for local children to helping farmers harvest crops. During your last week in our host community, live with a welcoming local family for a one-week homestay. Next, travel to the high Andes mountains and then to the Galápagos Islands for nine days of outdoor exploration and continued Spanish language immersion.

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Language Learning France (10th, 11th, and 12th Grade)

Immerse yourself in French language and culture as you explore the cosmopolitan cities and off-the-beaten-track villages of France on this summer language immersion program for high school students. Visit the chateaux of the Loire Valley, swim and picnic beneath the Pont du Gard, go zip-lining and canyoning in the Alps, and spend a homestay week becoming part of a French family.

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Language Learning France (8th and 9th Grade)

Immerse yourself in French language and culture as you explore the cosmopolitan cities and off-the-beaten-track villages of France on this summer language immersion program for middle and high school students. Visit Mont St Michel and the D-day beaches in Normandy, swim and picnic beneath the Pont du Gard, try zip-lining or surfing, and spend five days becoming part of a French family.

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Language Learning Spain

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture on this active summer language program in Spain for high school students. Visit renown art museums and explore ancient castles and palaces, learn to surf on Spain’s northern coast, hike and horseback ride in the Picos de Europa mountains, and pair up with a local teenager for a language exchange and day stay.

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Pre-College Amherst College

Join us for three weeks of college-style learning on the historic, tree shaded campus of one of the most prestigious schools in the country, Amherst College. The college’s ivy-covered buildings and the adjacent town common form the heart of the “Five College Consortium,” a vibrant academic network that includes Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges, as well as the University of Massachusetts. The town of Amherst is filled with shops and cafés and is surrounded by rolling hills and rivers, ideal for hiking, canoeing, and biking. During the summer, artists, writers, and musicians make Amherst a lively and exciting place to be.

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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 and prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of staff and students from around the world.

Link with another Putney Pre-College program in Madrid, Oxford, Paris, or Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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Pre-College Madrid

Join us in Madrid for an insider’s experience of Spain on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons and prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of staff and students from around the world.

Link with another Putney Pre-College program in Tuscany, Barcelona, or Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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Pre-College Oxford

Join us in Oxford for an insider’s experience of England on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons and prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of staff and students from around the world.

Link with another Putney Pre-College program in Tuscany, Barcelona, or Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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Pre-College Paris

Join us in Paris for an insider’s experience of France on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons and prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of staff and students from around the world.

Link with another Putney Pre-College program in Tuscany, Barcelona, or Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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Pre-College Tuscany

Join us in Tuscany for an insider’s experience of Italy on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons and prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of staff and students from around the world.

Link with another Putney Pre-College program in Madrid, Oxford, Paris, or Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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