Putney Student Travel
Putney Student Travel Programs
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...
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...
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....
"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...
Putney Student Travel Reviews
An absolutely incredible experience of Argentine exploration, skiing, and adventure
Submitted by Garrett - Pembroke Hill School | January 10, 2018
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.
Life-changing and beautiful in so many ways
Submitted by Sarah Levine - Vermont United States | December 22, 2017
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.
A fantastic experience with Putney
Submitted by Jojo Darling - Tudor Hall School | December 10, 2017
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.
Best month ever
Submitted by Clara - other | December 10, 2017
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.
Writing in Ireland Trip a great experience in every way
Submitted by Cynthia S - Providence Rhode Island | November 19, 2015
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.