We believe that an essential component of every young person’s education is passionate engagement with the world in a company of carefully selected peers—an experience that goes far beyond looking out the window of a tour bus. Each year, alumni report that their time with Putney was, “the best summer of my life,” and parents describe their child’s growth as “far exceeding the benefits of a year at school.”
As Putney Student Travel enters its 62nd summer, the features that have long set our programs apart are clear.
62 Years of Experience
Putney’s extraordinarily extensive track record in delivering successful, safe, and fun programs gives parents and participants confidence.
Putney leaders are fun, energetic, creative, safety-conscious, and knowledgeable. They enjoy working with teenagers, and are attracted to the opportunity to go beyond the superficial level and get to know each participant as a mentor and a friend. For a complete set of bios of 2012 leaders, visit the Meet Our Leaders page.
Since its earliest days, Putney has offered an unusually diverse range of opportunities. These include destinations seldom visited, and interesting, uncommon activities in familiar locations. We take pride in our careful, thorough preparation and attention to detail.
Putney is a small, family-run organization. We enjoy getting to know participants and their families on an individual basis. If you have questions before or during your program, our directors are easy to reach and eager to help.
Emphasis on Group Dynamics
Every Putney program, whether it involves a small or a large group, has as a central focus on the development of a positive and supportive group dynamic. Through their active engagement in the group, participants learn leadership skills, take ownership of their programs, and make life-long friends.
An Atmosphere of Structure
Putney participants spend the majority of their time in structured activities that they are directly involved in planning and implementing. This insures that the group explores the interests and talents of all participants, and works together to develop and share new experiences. Basic rules ensure safety, mutual trust, and respect within the group, and these rules are enforced.
There’s nothing passive about a Putney program. Whether in a village in India or at Amherst College, participants are actively engaged. Putney groups work with and learn from local people, and have fun in the process!
A Philosophy of Good Stewardship
Putney is committed to the communities that we visit around the world. Because Putney programs emphasize genuine cultural immersion, participants must earn their welcome by always being mindful of the effect they have on local ecology and society.