Foundations Middle School

Foundations programs for middle school students combine elements of the high school summer programs abroad we have offered to older students for six decades. They incorporate the larger-group dynamism and variety of our Pre-College programs with the smaller-group togetherness, adventure, and active fun of our Cultural Exploration programs. Students benefit from the immersion setting of our Language Learning programs and the meaningful interaction with local communities that occurs in our Community Service programs. These programs are designed for adventurous, energetic, and engaged sixth, seventh, and eighth graders looking for alternatives to more traditional camp settings. Our experienced leaders stress the importance of a supportive group dynamic, facilitate positive interactions with local people, and create plentiful opportunities for exploration and discovery. A low student-to-leader ratio insures that students receive the personal attention they need in the context of a program that is structured, safe, and fun. With this program as a foundation, students often move on to other Putney experiences in future years

“Putney has a seamless organization, tons of experience, communicates well with parents, has people who answer the phone and know immediately what to do and can answer questions. The leaders were great and the kids had an unbelievable breadth and depth of experience. I can’t say enough great things about it! Thank you so much.”

— Joan & Douglas Hansen, Belvedere, CA

Foundations Middle School Program Destinations:



Costa Rica


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