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8 Steps to Building a House in Vietnam

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Build a house alongside students on our summer community service program in Vietnam by reading this excerpt from their blog. These 8 photos take you step-by-step through the process of building a “compassion house”, of which our group builds three Continue reading

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Travels in South Bohemia

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Explore Bohemia alongside students on our high school summer writing program in Prague through this excerpt from their summer blog. The group is currently spending some time in the countryside with epic fantasy writer Brian Staveley (featured here in Continue reading

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Summer Begins: Community Service Costa Rica

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Summer has officially begun! Several of our groups have touched down in their program destinations, including our first Costa Rica community service program. Check out this excerpt from their first blog post, and get excited for a summer of Continue reading

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Teen Travel Advice from Summer Program Alumni

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Each year, we ask alumni of our middle school and high school summer travel programs to offer some words of advice for future Putney Student Travel students. What would you tell high schoolers who are about to embark on their Continue reading

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Community Service Project: Water Access in Ecuador

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We recently caught up with Katherine Correll, an alumna of our summer community service program in Ecuador, to talk about the non-profit she founded to bring clean, potable water to the community of Chilcapamba, Ecuador. Katherine noticed a pressing … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

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It is with deep regret that we announce the death of George Shumlin, one of Putney’s Co-Founders and father of the current Co-Directors.  Through his life’s work at Putney Student Travel, George changed many lives and facilitated tremendous international understanding. … Continue reading

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Karla’s College Essay, Language Learning China

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Karla Rondon, of Littleton, Colorado, recently shared this college essay with us on her experience navigating culinary delicacies as a student on our high school summer language program in China. We loved reading this essay, which includes the valiant Continue reading

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Lucy’s College Essay – Community Service Peru

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Lucy Caine recently shared with us this college essay on kinship and service. A senior at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California, Lucy spent last summer with us on our high school community service program in Peru. Continue reading

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Emily’s College Essay, Community Service Dominica

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Emily Perlman of Sands Point, NY, wrote one of her college essays on her experience  on our summer community service program in Dominica. Her essay describes stepping outside of her comfort zone, adjusting her perspective, and making connections with Continue reading

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Jake’s College Essay from Rwanda

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Congratulations to Jake Beeber! As part of his application, Jake wrote this essay on his experience on our Community Service Rwanda program. A senior at Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey, Jake will be headed to Tulane University in the Continue reading

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