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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Programs - Putney Student Travel

Visit Costa Rica, a model of conservation and biodiversity, and find out why this beautiful country's people are some of the world's happiest. Choose from a Community Service,...

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Argentina

Skiing in Patagonia - Putney Student Travel

Experience Argentina's capital city of Buenos Aires, sampling a slow-cooked beef asado and listening to the beats and rhythms of a live tango orchestra. Visit a traditional...

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Multiple Countries

Thailand, Laos & Cambodia - Putney Student Travel

Visit three fascinating Southeast Asian countries and learn why they are so alluring to travelers. Begin in the former Lana Kingdom capital of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and learn...

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Ireland

Writing in Ireland - Putney Student Travel

Tap into Ireland's rich literary heritage and draw inspiration for your own writing. Start in the UNESCO City of Literature of Dublin, and enjoy the city alongside your workshop...

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Spain

Language Learning in Spain - Putney Student Travel

Become a more proficient Spanish speaker through this immersion program in Spain. Learn to surf in the Cantabrian Sea, hike among grazing cows in the Picos de Europa, and...

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England

Pre-College in London - Putney Student Travel

London is your campus on this Pre-College study abroad program for high school students that includesfield trips and hands-on projects on subjects ranging from Business &...

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Spain

Pre-College in Barcelona - Putney Student Travel

The charming city of Barcelona is your classroom on this summer abroad Pre-College program. Delve into subjects including Architecture & Urban Design, Sports Business & Management,...

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United States

Pre-College at Amherst - Putney Student Travel

Settle into campus life at Amherst College, a top college set in the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts. Explore your passions and make friends from all over the world...

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Rwanda

Community Service Rwanda - Putney Student Travel

Join extraordinarily welcoming Rwandans in a small village as you volunteer on community-initiated projects with a focus on public health. Rwanda is a small, beautiful, and...

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Dominica

Community Service Dominica - Putney Student Travel

On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving communities in ruin and without homes, schools, hospitals, roads, water, or electricity....

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Iceland

Cultural Exploration Iceland - Putney Student Travel

"Explore the winding coastline of Iceland’s remote and culturally rich Westfjords region as you travel between towering plateaus and the sea. Stay in small fishing villages...

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Vietnam

Community Service Vietnam - Putney Student Travel

On this 29-day service program in Vietnam, work with local community members on a variety of service projects along the Vietnamese coast. Settle into your home base, a seaside...

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Japan

Pre-College in Tokyo - Putney Student Travel

The world's most populous city, Tokyo, is your campus on this summer pre-college travel program that incorporates site visits, travel opportunities, and student-led learning....

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Italy

Pre-College in Florence - Putney Student Travel

Experience the renaissance's birthplace on a Pre-College abroad summer program in Florence. Live in a stunning villa set on a hill with views of the city and head into the...

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Putney Student Travel Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

An absolutely incredible experience of Argentine exploration, skiing, and adventure

Putney provided a completely unique experience with engaging activities, mountainous, exploration, and amazing food. For two weeks, our group of 18 students and 2 leaders enjoyed all of what Argentina and the Patagonia have to offer. We indulged in countless servings of Argentine beef, marveled at the Perito Moreno glacier, hiked a glacier and ate lunch at the summit, and skied for three days at Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world. These highlighted activities are just some of the forms of exploration we were able to experience. I would recommend the program to anyone who would like to explore a new culture, a foreign mountain range, and the nature of a largely untouched land. You will come away feeling genuinely aquatinted with the region. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program and I hope to return to Argentina in the future to continue my exploration.

Program: Skiing in Patagonia - Putney Student Travel

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

Life-changing and beautiful in so many ways

My experience in Cambodia was full to the brim. We were immersed in the country in a way that I didn't know was possible. My trip leaders were incredibly well-connected with various people, from farmers to musical conductors, and this allowed us to get to know the country in a way that we otherwise wouldn't have. The community service projects were meaningful and were created in collaboration with the leaders of the various organizations we worked with, rather than an American organization taking control and sticking its nose where it wasn't necessarily welcome. It felt like the trip leaders had taken the time to do deep research into various customs and ways of traveling there that you wouldn't necessarily have been able to find on Google. The places we stayed in were locally owned and seemed to be a part of each community we stayed in. I will never forget this trip or what it taught me.

Program: Thailand, Laos & Cambodia - Putney Student Travel

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A fantastic experience with Putney

I went on the Community Service trip to Costa Rica with Putney. Overall, the experience was one in a lifetime and thoroughly recommendable.

I live in the UK and travelled to Miami to meet with the group who were made up of two leaders and 13 kids. The other kids were mainly Americans, with the addition of two French boys and a girl from the Netherlands. The mix of people worked really well and we made lots of progress with our community service project. I was away for a well-structured month which consisted of working weekdays and 'vacation' excursion trips on the weekends to explore the vast activities that Costa Rica has to offer. During the weekdays we stayed in the remote village of Biolley. Here there is a small-scale coffee plantation where we helped out by mixing and laying cement, moving and making coffee beds, weighing and bagging coffee and lots of other general jobs around the ecolodge. We also helped out with the cooking which allowed me to bring home new recipes to cook for my family. We got to know the villagers very well and were even invited to do homestays for a night. On the weekend excursions, we went to various parts of Costa Rica to do activities like surfing, horse-riding , zip-lining, white-water-rafting, plunge-pool jumping and swimming in waterfalls. On top of this, we got to see some incredible animals including sloths, toucans, tarantulas, crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and parrots.

All in all, if you are looking to go to an amazing country to meet some amazing people, both local Costa Ricans and fellow group members, then you should choose the Putney Community Service trip to Costa Rica.

Program: Costa Rica Programs - Putney Student Travel

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Personal Development

    10

Best month ever

This was one of the best experiences in my life. Going into this trip I expected nothing, all I knew was that I was going to Costa Rica with my twin sister. We did not know anything else about the trip, we did not know a single person. Now when I look back at the trip I would not have spent my summer any other way. I meet some of the most interesting and fun people I have ever met, everybody came from a different place and everybody had different stories. But we learned to grow as a family. I look back and think of the people in Costa Rica as my second family, they will always be there for you and care for you. Even though the work was hard, it was all worth it in the end. Seeing all of the local peoples faces once we finished our projects was one of the happiest moments in my life. Every single day everybody woke up with a smile on their face and they were ready to work. And of course we did not only work every single day, we also had time for the group just to bond and enjoy each others company. The costa rica trip that Putney provides is a great learning experience, it also gives you the feeling of a second family. I strongly recommend this program for teenagers because it is mind blowing and you learn a lot, you also get to meet some amazing people.

Program: Costa Rica Programs - Putney Student Travel

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Writing in Ireland Trip a great experience in every way

Writing this review as a parent, I can't say enough about Putney Student Travel. All the arrangements and communications were clear and timely, they have a 24-hour-a-day-live-person phone line to call if you have any worries, and my child totally loved her experience. The itinerary was varied and included a few fun tourist things as well as literary exploration and of course seeing the beauty of Ireland. The two group leaders gave the kids just enough freedom and mixed up smaller groups so everyone got to know everyone else. My daughter will never forget this trip and talked about it nonstop for days after she returned home.

Program: Writing in Ireland - Putney Student Travel

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