Outstanding leaders make great programs.
“Noah loved his leaders. Each played a different role and when he talked about the Foundations program, it was clear he bonded with each leader. He knew personal facts about them and enjoyed their friendships. They were not like teachers with only rules and boundaries, but more like mentors.”
– Fonda & Charles Edelson, Beaverton, OR
Putney Student Travel leaders are chosen from a large and diverse pool of talent. We employ leaders with impressive backgrounds in youth leadership, foreign language, travel, and international living. We draw our leaders from some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, and from high quality organizations including the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Putney rarely engages leaders who have not graduated from college, and in many cases they are working towards advanced degrees.
Our leaders distinguish themselves in many different fields, from the arts and athletics to journalism, law, medicine, and international development. But what they have in common—their most important qualification—is that they possess a passion for life, a commitment to safety, and an enthusiasm for helping students make their own discoveries. You can expect them to become good friends as well as advisors, guides, and mentors.
“Our leaders were amazing. Their biggest strengths were being able to completely immerse themselves in the community where we lived. They really seemed like they belonged in our project village – this made us all very comfortable to start our own lives in the village.”
– Cali Slepin, Urban School of San Francisco, San Rafael, CA
“I have nothing but good things to say about my leaders. They were extremely helpful and worked hard to make sure we got the best experience that we could get.”
– Andrei Papai, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY
“As a French speaker, I was absolutely blown away by the leaders’ fluency and native-sounding accents in French. Tim, especially, seemed to genuinely enjoy being with young people. All three of them had very impressive backgrounds and experiences for their relatively young age. Having spent a little more time with Tim, I have more to say about him—all positive: so professional and warm at the same time. We wish all three much success in their lives.”
– Judith Weinstein & Matthew MacCumber, Chicago, IL
“The leaders could not have been better. Eve told me that Fiona is an inspiration, for example, her combination of maintaining authority while being very caring, fun (her love of dancing, and she got the kids to love it too), and a good world citizen (speaking so many languages and being able to communicate with anyone). And Eve spoke of Jesus’ ability to keep everyone’s spirits uplifted with a perfect combination of action and humor. Their qualifications were impeccable.”
-Joanne Ahola, New York, NY
“I really, really enjoyed my leaders this summer. Nate was really a role model for me, and I hope that I will have another leader like him if I go on a Putney trip next year. We were amazed that he could speak so many languages!”
– Kelly McCoy, Annandale, VA
“Putney’s program and the staff both home and abroad were absolutely amazing. Thank you for this wonderful experience. My daughter came home with great stories and can’t wait to see her Putney friends.”
– David & Maria Susser, Old Westbury, NY