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    The Putney family grows larger with each passing summer, and we are proud to be an important  part of so many students’ paths in life. Below are some inspirational stories including college essays, alumni spotlights, and testimonies from multi-generational Putney families.

    Do you have a Putney story you’d like to share?
    Please email your story to alumni@goputney.com

    • Student Spotlights •


    In our recent interview with Leeza, she describes what it was like to realize her dream of traveling to Paris, the experience of standing at the base of the beautiful Sacre Couer Basilica, and how traveling with Putney influenced her goals and hopes for the future.


    • College Essays •


    We loved reading Richard’s college admission essay, where he reflects on the strong friendships he formed in Peru. He was accepted to many universities including UNC, Tulane, Marquette, George Washington, and Boston College, where he will attend. Congratulations!


    • Through the Generations •


    As the Putney Student Travel family has grown up over the years, it has done so alongside our alumni families. We were reminded of this when we received a call from Stephanie, who traveled with us in the 1980s. Her daughter was the 10th member of the family to travel with Putney!



    Student Spotlights


    With alumni from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, Putney Student Travel provides unique opportunities for small groups of students to share an exciting and educational summer. Founded by George and Kitty Shumlin over 65 years ago, we remain focused on our goal to “be travelers, not tourists,” to join in the lives of the communities we visit, and to make possible truly life-changing life-changing experiences.  Here are some inspiring stories from Putney alumni through the years.


    Alumni Spotlight: Doug Greene & Putney Across Generations

    Doug Greene traveled with Putney in 1983 on a cycling trip to Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton. The program was so impactful for him that now the Putney experience is jumping generations — in 2016 Doug’s daughter traveled with us on Community Service Ecuador... read more

    Student Spotlight: Bryce Weisholtz

    Putney alum Bryce Weisholtz traveled with us on our Pre-College program at Amherst, in western Massachusetts. After high school he continued on to the University of Chicago, where he reconnected with several friends who were on that Amherst program with him. Read on... read more

    Student Spotlight: Laura Glanz

    Alumna Laura Glanz traveled on Putney’s Writing in Prague program. Read on to hear why she chose a program in the Czech Republic, how she grew personally and creatively, and how it impacted her hopes for the future. Of all the opportunities available to you during the... read more

    College Essays


    Each summer, Putney students push themselves out of their comfort zones and into new environments all around the world. These experiences have a profound impact on students’ development and direction after high school, and many students choose to write about an aspect of their Putney experience when composing their essays for college admission. We are proud of the following selection of essays by Putney travelers, all of which demonstrate that a Putney experience resonates well beyond the struggle to put together a strong college application.  Happy reading, and best of luck to all of our graduating seniors!


    Greta’s College Essay: Leaving the Nest

    Greta W., a senior at Chadron High School in Chadron, Nebraska, has a true passion for expanding her travel horizons.  In one of her college admission essays she explains the genesis of this impulse and talks about the challenges and kindnesses she experienced during... read more

    Nhi’s College Essay: Writing in Ireland

    Nhi P. participated in Putney’s Writing in Ireland program last summer and, in the words of one of her leaders, is “…a great writer, a creative thinker, and a true all-star… unassuming at first, but she packs a wallop!” We enjoyed reading... read more

    Putney through the Generations – Going Beyond Since 1951


    Since 1951, Putney Student Travel has developed strong connections across generations of alumni families. Over more than six decades, we’ve been joined by friends, siblings, children, nieces and nephews, and even grandchildren of those travelers from the early years. As the Putney Student Travel family has grown, it is gratifying to hear how in a rapidly changing world, the life-changing experience of a Putney program remains constant.


    16 Famous Putney Student Travel Alumni

    In the spirit of Sunday’s Academy Awards, we present to you the Putney Student Travel Red Carpet List. In over six decades of high school summer programs abroad, we’ve been joined by innumerable students of incredible and diverse talent. We often feature... read more

    Language Learning France: A History of Immersion

    We recently pieced together these then and now photos from our summer language immersion program in France for high school students realized that both were taken by leaders who currently work here in the Putney Barn! The black and white version was taken by... read more

    Like Mother Like Daughter

    In early September, we received our very first application for one of our 2012 summer programs abroad for high school students from a family with a special relationship with Putney Student Travel. Schuyler Ryon, a 1984 alumna of our Cultural Exploration program in... read more

    Are you a Putney Alumnus with a story to tell?


    We’d love to hear about your Putney Student Travel experience and your recent adventures.
    Email your story to alumni@goputney.com.