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Community Service • Global Action • Language Learning Cultural Exploration • Excel • Putney Foundations

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Welcome to Putney! In 1951, when our parents, George and Kitty Shumlin, planned the first Putney summer program, they didn’t anticipate that over half a century later their dream would be a reality for over 1000 students each summer in over 50 programs around the world. Putney has grown over the years because of the diverse and challenging opportunities we offer young people for personal growth, learning, and fun. Each year, many alumni report that their time with Putney was “the best summer of my life,” and their parents describe their child’s growth as “far exceeding the benefits of a year at school.” The maturity, self-confidence, global perspective, and sensitivity towards others that participants develop are derived from close friendships, personal discovery, and the tremendous satisfaction of conquering new challenges. We want to thank our thousands of loyal alumni, alumni parents, and program leaders for their contributions to the development of our unique educational programs, and to the international reputation for quality and integrity that we cherish. We hope the pages that follow will excite your imagination and start you thinking about Summer 2010. Give us a call! We’d love to help you find the program that’s the best fit for you. Peter Shumlin & Jeffrey Shumlin, Directors

Putney Founders Kitty & George Shumlin, 1951


Why choose Putney? 59 Years of Experience

Outstanding Leadership

This will be our 59th summer. Putney’s extraordinarily extensive track record in delivering successful, safe, and fun programs gives parents and participants confidence.

Putney leaders and instructors are fun, energetic, creative, safetyconscious, and knowledgeable. They enjoy working with teenagers, and are attracted to the opportunity to go beyond the superficial level and to get to know each participant as a mentor and a friend. Many leaders are introduced in this catalog and on our website - get to know them!

Personal Attention 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 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 most 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.

Innovative Programming 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.

Hands-on Activities 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.


Programs Overview Community Service participants give of themselves to people in need in developing countries and disadvantaged communities. Students and leaders live together in a small town or village, and work side by side with local people on projects ranging from construction, to education, to environmental action. On weekends, the group explores the geographic and cultural landscape of its host country, traveling to rainforests, volcanoes, beaches, and mountains. Working in unison with other members of a team, students learn they can help others and make a difference by reaching out.

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Global Awareness in Action participants immerse themselves in a detailed, hands-on study of a particular challenge confronting the world. In the host country, each small group works alongside local people, meets with community leaders and experts and, through extensive discussion and collaboration within the group, analyzes real-life conditions. After 3 ½ weeks in country, the groups come together at Yale University for a 2-day cumulative session to present their findings to each other, and to plan for continuing action.

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Language Learning programs in France, Spain, Costa Rica, and Argentina encourage students to have fun as they learn to communicate effectively in French or Spanish. They combine carefully planned, non-touristy itineraries with Putney’s special active language learning method, which brings students in contact with local people and encourages them to immerse themselves in the language and culture. Students move toward fluency through immersion in a variety of natural, everyday living situations. All programs include a one week homestay with a local family.

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Cultural Exploration programs either follow travel-based itineraries, or focus on intensive, hands-on involvement in arts-related activities. Participants in travelbased programs learn about the countries they visit by joining in local life rather than touring in an isolated group of Americans. Each program includes a series of extended stays, avoiding hectic short hops, and brings students into close contact with local people, while exploring history, traditions, the physical environment, and contemporary life. Arts-based programs encourage students to expand and develop their skills, and to engage their creativity through daily activities.

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Excel Pre-College Enrichment provides challenging, active, and fun summer enrichment programs that give students insight into college life while fostering a balance of personal and intellectual growth. Whether at Amherst College or abroad, energetic and knowledgeable instructors, diverse participants, and a commitment to community are what make Excel so meaningful and fun. Students are invited to broaden their minds, refine their artistic abilities, sharpen their athletic talents, and contribute to a community while making life long friends.

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Putney Foundations is designed for creative, energetic, and engaged 7th and 8th grade students who want to transition from a traditional camp setting to a program that incorporates elements of Putney’s exciting, educational offerings for older students around the world. Using a beautiful, beachside village in Costa Rica as a base, students participate in a variety of activities including Spanish language learning, community service, environmental studies, and recreation.

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Dates and Tuitions Meet the Directors­ Application Information­­ Putney Open Door Fund

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Costa Rica Nicaragua Argentina Ecuador Peru Dominican Republic Dominica Tanzania Ghana Senegal India Vietnam Nusa Penida

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Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Switzerland, Italy, France, & Holland Theatre in Britain

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­­ Putney collaborates with National Geographic See inside back cover for details


2010 Dates & Tuitions Community Service

23 India

For students completing 9th - 12th grade. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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Costa Rica

$5890 June 27th - July 27th

24 Vietnam

$5690 June 30th - July 30th

$5490

Unit A Unit B Unit C Unit D

June 20th - July 20th June 24th - July 24th June 30th - July 30th July 2nd - August 1st

10 Nicaragua

25 Nusa Penida

$5890 June 30th - July 28th

$5490 June 28th - July 28th

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$5490

“Kendall came back confident, empathetic, appreciative, and energized about her future.�

Ben and Leigh Carpenter, Greenwich, CT

June 25th - July 25th

12 Ecuador

$5490

Unit A Unit B

June 28th - July 28th July 5th - August 4th

14 Peru

$5490 June 25th - July 25th

16 Dominican Republic

$5490

Global Action For students completing 9th - 12th grade. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

28 El Salvador

July 7th - August 6th

17 Dominica

$5490

30 Cambodia

Unit A Unit B Unit C

20 Ghana

$6490 June 19th - July 21st June 26th - July 28th July 3rd - August 4th

$5690 June 26th - July 26th

22 Senegal

32 India

$6490 July 3rd - August 1st

34 Malawi

$5990 July 3rd - August 1st

35 Uganda

$5990 July 3rd - August 1st

36 Rwanda

$5590 July 1st - July 31st

$5990 July 3rd - August 1st

June 26th - July 23rd

18 Tanzania

$5790 July 3rd - August 1st

$5990 July 3rd - August 1st

38 Vermont

$2,990 July 10th - July 25th




Language Learning

Excel Pre-College Enrichment

International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

For students completing 9th - 12th grade. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

42 France (French Speaking) Unit A is for students completing 10th -12th grade Unit B is for students completing 8th - 9th grade

Unit A

June 28th - August 5th

Unit B

July 1st - August 2nd

58 Amherst College $9190 $8990

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Unit A

June 19th - July 22nd

Unit B

June 25th - July 28th

Unit C

July 2nd - August 4th

$8990 $8990 $8990

1st Session

June 27th - July 16th

2nd Session

July 19th - August 7th

Both Sessions (6 weeks) June 27th - August 7th

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$4890 $4890 $8990 $8190

July 4th - July 30th

72 Oxford / Tuscany

$8490 June 26th - July 23rd

76 Madrid / Barcelona

46 Argentina (Spanish Speaking)

$8190

July 4th - July 31st

For students completing 10th -12th grade

June 27th - July 27th

$5690

80 China

$6990 July 6th - August 3rd

47 Costa Rica (Spanish Speaking) For students completing 10th -12th grade

June 22nd - July 22nd

$5690

Putney Foundations For students completing 7th - 8th grade. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

Cultural Exploration

86 Costa Rica

For students completing 10th - 12th grade. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

50 Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

$5490 June 27th - July 18th

$9390

June 26th - July 29th

52 Switzerland, Italy, France, Holland

$9090 July 2nd - August 4th

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“You have once again changed my life through my second summer of student travel, and I hope to travel with Putney again next year! It is honestly my belief that Putney is the only student travel program that truly lets students see a country as it is, even if that means some roughing it sometimes. Thank you!�

$8690 July 12th - August 10th

Connor Sprouls, Mendham, NJ




Community Service Putney’s Community Service projects help sow seeds for progress around the globe. Each day, the group breaks into small work crews to improve schools or community centers, construct or repair housing for low-income families, run enrichment programs for local children, help people in need, and much more. Working alongside people from the host country, students build friendships and learn new skills. In selecting appropriate community service locations, Putney responds to invitations from host governments, and often collaborates with private foundations. Attention is given to safety, community stability, and proven need. To learn more about our Community Service programs please visit www.goputney.com



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Participants receive a certificate from Putney recognizing 80 to 100 hours of community service upon successful completion of the program.

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Students learn from their labor and commitment­­ not only that service is fun and educational, but that they can make a difference. They rise early and work throughout much of the day, with time for exploring and recreation in the late afternoon and evening. In most programs, each participant undertakes an independent project. Students learn about their chosen topic by spending time with local contacts, government leaders, teachers, craftspeople, musicians, fishermen, farmers, and others, and then share their findings with the rest of the group through informal presentations. Each summer Community Service alumni report the tremendous value of the cultural exchange that results from becoming a part of daily life in their host village.

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Last summer, among other projects, Community Service participants built simple houses for poor families near My Lai, Vietnam; planted an organic garden at a primary school in the Dominican Republic; built a greenhouse in Valle Grande, Argentina; organized a day camp for children in Costa Rica; renovated a sacred village temple on the remote Indonesian island of Nusa Penida; taught English to young Meru children in Tanzania; helped local farmers to weed millet and plant peanuts in Senegal; and built a kindergarten in Patacancha, Peru and a classroom in Cape Three Points, Ghana. Students need not be skilled laborers to participate. They must have a desire to work hard and to dedicate themselves to helping people in need. They must also have a sensitivity toward others, a sense of humor and of adventure, and the ability to live simply.

Emma Lipshultz Community Service Ghana 2009 Ransom Everglades School Miami, FL

In Emma’s own words... I brought home…a new perspective on happiness and an appreciation of what is actually important in life.

I discovered…how people whose entire possessions could fit into a small bag were still the happiest people I have ever met.

It was a tough moment when…we only had 3 days to finish the classroom floor, but we all worked hard and finished the job!

I’ve decided…to raise money to buy bikes for the students of Trinity Yard School so they can get to school, to their farms, and to neighboring villages.

Students at my school should… definitely experience everything that I did this summer because it honestly has changed my life forever.

In ten years I see myself…a doctor, working to help small villages without access to real healthcare. “I think the greatest part of the trip was knowing that nothing was too far-fetched to do. I was able to make long lasting friendships with not only my Putney friends, but also with all the locals. Though we are seemingly worlds apart, I receive as many calls from my friends in Ghana as I do from my friends on my trip!”




COSTA RICA Community Service

About Costa Rica: Magnificent, active volcanoes steam over cool highland cloud forests. Lush jungles blanket the lowland regions and give way to pristine beaches which unfold in startling, primitive serenity. There are 12 distinct microclimates found in this tiny nation, each of which creates a unique ecosystem, home to an unparalleled biodiversity of plants and animals. The people of Costa Rica, Ticos, are a diverse group, blending indigenous, Afro-Caribbean, and European origins. Despite its national commitment to ecological conservation and reputation as Central America’s most stable democracy, Costa Rica

“The community of Fatima was a huge highlight. The people were beautiful, incredibly welcoming, and so kind. The bonds I made with the locals and my group have changed my perspective on the world.” Dominique Lee, Woolwich, NJ suffers from widespread poverty, particularly in its more remote corners. Life in rural villages is made difficult by the country’s weak infrastructure, limited education system, and widespread degradation of the environment.

The Project:Participants fly as a group to the Costa Rican capital of San José, where they spend a day learning about the culture and history of the country. The next morning they travel to their home for the month, a rural town in an area surrounded by mountains and tropical forests teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Working with young people from the village, past summers’ groups

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not required.

There are four separate units in different villages.

UNIT A: UNIT B: UNIT C: UNIT D:

June 20th - July 20th June 24th - July 24th June 30th - July 30th July 2nd - August 1st

Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.



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“Hannah gained a whole new appreciation for the differences in culture and lifestyle, the advantages that she has been given, and how much it means to give of oneself to a community.”

Elizabeth Greenwood and Tom Brown, Pinedale, WY

Tufts University, B.A., International Relations. At Tufts, Shiri studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires, where she focused her studies on anthropology and Argentine history. In Buenos Aires, Shiri worked on a research project focusing on indigenous educational policy. She conducted interviews with government officials and bilingual indigenous teachers. While at Tufts Shiri co-founded a group focused on issues related to inequality in education. She also founded and served as president of Global Visionaries Youth Board, a mentoring program in Seattle, WA, focused on local and international community service work. Shiri currently works as an Assistant Director for The Andean Collection Project in Medford, MA, and Ibarra, Ecuador. She is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.

repaired floors and walls in a community center, painted murals, built levees along river banks, and planted trees with local reforestation projects. This summer’s participants have been invited by our warm and enthusiastic friends in the pueblos to work on municipal projects, teach English to young children, and continue work on environmental projects in their towns and nearby national parks. The living conditions are basic: accommodations are in a small village house or school. Each day students help a local cook prepare meals. The work day is full, starting early and including a break at noon to beat the heat. Students spend evenings relaxing with Tico friends, visiting their homes, playing soccer in the town square, and attending local fiestas.

Weekends:

The group spends weekends exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica, hiking volcanoes, luxuriating in hot springs and mud baths, surfing and snorkeling off deserted beaches, riding horseback, and searching for monkeys, anteaters, toucans, and other wildlife in the nation’s ecologically rich national parks. The program ends with a professionally guided river rafting excursion on the Pacuare River.

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NICARAGUA Community Service

About Nicaragua: The largest nation in Central America, the Republic of Nicaragua is a country of remarkable diversity, with massive volcanoes beside huge, clear lakes. Small, quiet villages surrounded by pastureland stand in contrast to the pristine white and black sand beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The people of Nicaragua, descended from Spaniards, Africans, and Central American indigenous peoples, are friendly and eager to show travelers the hidden wonders of their country. Unlike its southern neighbor Costa Rica, Nicaragua’s stunning landscape and passionate people remain virtually undiscovered by tourists. A stable government has relegated to a troubling memory the hardships of the Sandinista Revolution and Contra war of the 1980s. Still, the challenges Nicaraguans face are enormous. Today, Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Despite these challenges, Nicaraguans are committed to educational, environmental, and political progress.

The Project: From the capital city of Managua the group travels south to Granada, situated on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, where students spend two days getting acquainted with Nicaraguan culture, geography, and history. They then board a ferry bound for a small village on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua which is their home for the month. Students work with local people on several projects that the community identifies as most useful. In past summers, our group’s projects have included building a community center and a classroom at the local high school, teaching English to local children and adults, and harvesting rice, beans, plantains, and coffee. Each day students work in crews to complete the projects. Conditions in Nicaragua are extremely simple and living accommodations are basic. Our group lives together in a small house near the center of town. The workday is full, starting early, including a mid-day break to beat the heat. There is time in the late afternoon to relax at the lake, take a short hike or swim, or join in a game of Nicaragua’s favorite sport, baseball. Students have the opportunity to help a local cook prepare traditional Nicaraguan meals of rice, beans, chicken, plantains, papayas, mangoes, and other delicious fruits and vegetables.

Weekends: The group spends weekends exploring the many natural and cultural wonders of Nicaragua. Students can swim in the crystal waters of Lake Nicaragua, explore the volcanic shoreline of Ometepe, visit the historic colonial city of Granada and the tomb of poet Rubén Darío in the vibrant university city of León, hike along rainforest trails to find howler monkeys, sloths, and morpho butterflies, and try out a surfboard on deserted Pacific beaches surrounding the quiet fishing town of San Juan del Sur.

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not required.

DATES: June 28th - July 28th Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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ARGENTINA Community Service

About Argentina: Argentina has presented many faces to the world: it is the mournful sound of a midnight tango, the sizzle of a red-hot parrilla (traditional grill), and the silhouette of a lone gaucho cowboy riding across the vast plains of the pampas. Based largely on its domination of the cattle trade and its wealth of natural resources, Argentina was, until the 1920s, considered one of the richest countries in the world; its cities and small towns were not only prosperous, but boasted a vibrant civic, artistic, and cultural life. Today, while cities like Buenos Aires continue to form part of the global cultural vanguard, middle-class erosion and a widening gap between rich and poor loom large; the need for adequate housing and basic social services is real, especially in rural areas. Despite these challenges, a traveler is constantly struck by the open, friendly character of Argentines, and the country is an inviting place to live and work. The Project: This program affords students a rare opportunity to experience Argentina while dedicating their time and energy to helping people in need. Based in a rural village in the country’s colorful northwestern Salta province, the group focuses on small-scale development, education, and community agriculture projects during the week, and on adventurous weekend excursions in the nearby towns, peaks, and high desert valleys of the Andes mountain range. The program begins with a brief orientation in Buenos Aires. The group then flies northwest to Salta, where the dominant geographical feature is the dramatic Andes mountain range. Here the population is more indigenous than in much of the rest of Argentina. The local economy has traditionally centered on agriculture, although tourism plays a part as well. In the rural areas there are numerous small villages that have been left out of these economic currents, where the population exists largely by subsistence agriculture supplemented by income from raising goats and growing desert crops, like the hot red pimiento pepper. One of these communities serves as the group’s base for the month. Working alongside local people, students develop meaningful friendships and complete projects such as building community centers, repairing water systems, constructing greenhouses, and teaching English to local school children.

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Weekend excursions include an overnight horseback trip into the altiplano with local gauchos for guides, a visit to the vibrant provincial capital of Salta with its lively central square and famous high mountain archaeology museum, a possible ascent to the Andean summit of the nearby Cachi Nevado, and a chance to explore the eerie rock formations reminiscent of the American Southwest. The program ends with four days to explore the thriving cultural and artistic center of Buenos Aires. Visit us at www.goputney.com

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not required.

DATES: June 25th - July 25th Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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ECUADOR Community Service

About Ecuador:

Ecuador is a land of contrasts. The spine of soaring, snow-covered peaks which rises from the Andean highlands descends to the east into lush rainforests of the Amazon basin, and to the west to a steamy tropical coastline. Ecuador’s Spanish heritage is evident in the old center of the capital city, Quito, which the United Nations designated as a World Heritage Site for its gorgeous concentration of colonial architecture. It is the indigenous population, however, that remains the predominant ethnic influence in Ecuador. The exotic flavor of their native dress, music, and food permeates the landscape, from the Amazon to tiny villages high in the Andes. Against this backdrop of natural beauty and fascinating culture, rural poverty stands in stark contrast. Educational opportunities are limited and school facilities are basic.

The Project:

Participants fly to Quito, where they spend a day learning about the culture and history of Ecuador. The following day they depart for their project site, a small village in the Andean highlands whose residents are primarily Quechua Indians (descendants of the Inca). During a typical day, work begins early, with a break for lunch, and continues into the afternoon. In previous summers, students worked side by side with villagers to complete a community center; helped in the fields harvesting local crops; ran a camp for village children; built an interpretive center to increase tourism; and painted classrooms and taught English to young children at a school. This summer, students will work on similar projects, providing help with local construction and agricultural projects, and teaching English, health, and environmental topics to children and adults. Participants live together in a simple village house or school. Local young people join them in the evenings to play guitar or enjoy a game of soccer, providing a wonderful opportunity to practice Spanish. Students form cooking crews and prepare meals with the help of Ecuadorian women.

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The group takes advantage of Ecuador’s spectacular natural beauty and rich cultural traditions, visiting indigenous markets, attending local fiestas, roaming the tundra-like páramo in search of the endangered Andean condor, hiking around Cotopaxi (a volcano just over 19,000 feet high that was once believed to be the highest mountain in the world) soaking in natural hot springs, and trekking deep into the cloud forest. The program ends with an exciting journey into primary tropical rainforest in the Amazon basin. Here, students stay for three days at a lodge in a region recently declared protected forest where they paddle through lagoons in dugout canoes, swing from a rope into the warm Amazonian water, and explore the astounding variety of birds, mammals, and plants.

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not required.

There are two separate units in different villages.

UNIT A: June 28th - July 28th UNIT B: July 5th - August 4th Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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“I felt the greatest sense of accomplishment when I hiked the mountain near our village. I gained a greater appreciation for the outdoors. I had never really been in a mountainous setting like that, and it was great to get to know something different.� Ben Mandel, Glencoe, IL

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PERU Community Service

­­­About Peru: Peru is known for its welcoming people, rich pre-Columbian and Incan history, network of awe-inspiring ancient ruins that dot the landscape from north to south, and its colorful music, arts, and crafts. Although rapid modernization in recent years has improved the economic situation for the average Peruvian, for many, everyday life still consists of chronic poverty, unemployment, and limited access to health care. In the highland villages of the Sacred Valley, just beyond the reach of the dollars generated by tourism and industry, the challenges are especially acute. These mountain communities are home to many families who face serious challenges accessing education, healthcare, jobs, and diverse sources of nutrition. The Project: The program begins in the lively rural village of Ollantaytambo. The group spends three days getting acquainted with Peruvian culture and geography by visiting the Museo CATCCO, rafting the Rio Urubamba, climbing the steep terraces of the Inca fortress, taking in the vibrant Ollantay Raymi festival, exploring indigenous markets, and interacting with locals along the narrow 500 year-old cobblestone streets. The group then travels to its host village, where students work in small groups alongside local friends and skilled craftsman on a variety of community service projects. Last summer students constructed a much needed classroom space, made adobe bricks, taught English in the local schools, assisted at the trucha fish farm, and learned traditional weaving techniques. Living conditions are extremely simple; the group resides in a small school building, and works with local cooks to prepare Peruvian meals. When the work day is done, students have the opportunity to join in a pick-up game of soccer, explore the picturesque mountains surrounding the village, practice Spanish and learn the basics of Quechua, or attempt to play the challenging Peruvian flute, the quena.

Excursions & Machu Picchu: On weekends there is time to explore the many wonders of the Sacred Valley, which may include a group trek to 14,700 feet past mountain lakes to the hot springs of Lares. Students also have the opportunity to learn about traditional Peruvian weaving, to experience the salt mines of Las Salinas, and to visit the breathtaking archeological sites and ruins of Moray, Pisac, and Pumamarca. The final week of the program takes the group to the imperial city of Cusco, where they volunteer at a center for children and explore Cusco’s many nearby wonders including the fortress of Saqsaywaman. The program ends with an unforgettable journey by train to Machu Picchu, where students spend two days exploring the incredible citadel.

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not required.

DATES: June 25th - July 25th Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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“The trip reminded me of the importance of leading a productive, meaningful life for the less fortunate. It helped me reshape my priorities for the rest of my high school years. Ultimately, the stories and experiences of these poor but resilient people gave me great hope and insight into the human condition.�

David Jimenez, Pittsburgh, PA

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Community Service

About the Dominican Republic: A Spanish-speaking country on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is best known for its friendly and passionate people, its unspoiled beaches, its national music (the bachata and the merengue), and its colonial history. The original capital of the Spanish Empire in the Americas, the Dominican Republic contains a staggering array of well-preserved architecture from the early 16th century. The island’s geography is varied and spectacular, ranging from arid deserts to high mountains, and its flora and fauna are equally diverse, including cacti, orchids, mangroves, American caiman, sea turtles, iguanas, flamingos, and humpback whales. Its coral reefs are a destination for snorkelers and scuba divers from around the world.

“My expectations were exceeded in all respects- I made incredibly close friendships, improved my Spanish, became a more positive and cooperative person, and I feel great about my contributions to the community.” Bridget Morrison, Bethesda, MD

The Project: The group flies to the historic colonial capital of Santo Domingo, where students spend one day getting acquainted with island culture and geography. The next day the group travels southwest along the coast to a small mountain village near Barahona, where students work alongside local people on much needed community development projects. Past projects have included building a community center and kitchen, laying cement for a basketball court and for village homes, working in an organic garden, and teaching English classes to local children. Conditions in the Dominican Republic are extremely simple and our living accommodations are basic. Putney students live together in a school building. Each day students help a local cook prepare traditional meals featuring rice, beans, chicken, mangoes, and bananas. Delicious tropical fruit abounds. Our student chefs often share favorite American recipes from home with new Dominican friends. In the evenings students get together with friends in the community to play baseball or learn to dance the bachata in the open air.

Weekends: The group explores the diverse natural and cultural wonders of the Dominican Republic, including deserted white pebble beaches, 16th-century Spanish colonial towns, enticing coral reefs, the coconut and banana plantations of Samaná, the ruggedly beautiful Jaragua National Park, and the rivers and waterfalls of the lush Cordillera Central mountains.

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not required.

DATES: July 7th - August 6th Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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DOMINICA Community Service

About Dominica: An English-speaking, lush, mountainous island, Dominica lies between Guadeloupe and Martinique in the eastern Caribbean. The Commonwealth of Dominica gained complete independence from Great Britain in 1978. This diverse, impoverished nation reflects a variety of influences: Carib Indian, French, British, and African. The Carib Indians are the original inhabitants of the Caribbean, and Dominica is home to the last remaining indigenous population. The tropical rainforest, rivers, and waterfalls of the island’s rugged terrain are home to abundant wildlife, including unique native birds, sea turtles, wild pigs, and reptiles. The hot climate and fertile land provide an ideal location for fruit crops, and most islanders rely on some form of agricultural production for their living. Sugar cane, mangoes, cinnamon, papayas, yams, coconuts, bananas, and citrus crops are all grown around the project village. “I gained an appreciation for another culture and a sense of gratitude for what I have at home. I was immersed in the culture and saw how the people of Dominica live.”

Charlie Serota, Northbrook, IL

The Project:

Our group lives in the small town of Bense, tucked into the volcanic cliffs of Dominica’s northeast coast, where locals still do laundry, swim, and bathe in the pristine rivers that flow from nearby mountains to untouched beaches which the group enjoys most days. Past Putney groups made improvments to the village’s simple school, painted the bus station, and taught reading and art to under-privileged children. The Government Council has invited us to return to continue work based on the island’s greatest needs. Students share in the life of this simple community, living and working alongside islanders to repave roads, run enrichment programs for local children, paint a community building, and undertake agricultural and forestry projects. The group resides together in a local village house and a community building overlooking spectacular mountains, banana plantations and the sea. Each day, several students help local women prepare dinner for the group.

Weekends: In the late afternoon and on weekends there is time to enjoy remote beaches and explore the natural beauty of the island. The group treks into the mountains to the hot sulfur springs of Boiling Lake, visits the Victorian capital of Roseau, hikes to majestic Trafalgar Falls to bathe in the mineral pools, and makes weekend trips to swim in the spray of spectacular waterfalls in the swiftly flowing Rosalie River. Visit us at www.goputney.com

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: June 26th - July 23rd Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in New York. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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TANZANIA Community Service

­­­About Tanzania: Tanzania’s welcoming people, cultural vitality, and extraordinary natural beauty make it a favorite destination for travelers. A well-established democratic government and a widely respected system of public education are keys to Tanzania’s reputation as a stable, safe country. Comprised of over 120 different ethnic groups, Tanzania’s people rely heavily on agriculture for both subsistence and livelihood. The country boasts abundant wildlife, including elephants, zebras, giraffes, water buffalo, hyenas, and lions. Tanzanians pride themselves on their rich natural resources and peaceful history.

“David had particular interest in Africa and this trip helped to quench his thirst for seeing what it is like there. He gained a huge sense of accomplishment from the work he did and the value of that work for the village.” Gail & Nathan Wiesenfeld, Scarsdale, NY

The Project:

In our sixteenth summer in Tanzania, three separate projects will take place in agricultural villages outside the northern town of Arusha. Situated on the slopes of Mt. Meru, approximately 80 kilometers west of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the fertile Arusha area is well suited to agricultural production. The towns are close to many national parks, including the Serengeti Plains, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. Working with local people, students immerse themselves in village life by helping complete community-initiated projects. These may include building a classroom at the school or simple housing for teachers; improving a local water supply system; working on local farms; planting, harvesting, and selling crops at market; and helping in an orphanage. To foster working relationships and friendships with the local communities, students learn the basics of Kiswahili through an intensive language workshop. Use of the language is encouraged throughout the summer. Students engage in independent research projects in their villages.

For students completing 9th-12th grade. There are three separate units in different villages.

UNIT A: June 19th - July 21st UNIT B: June 26th - July 28th UNIT C: July 3rd - August 4th Tuition Fee: $6490 This program begins and ends in New York. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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“The last day in the village, on our way home, some of the girls and I stopped on the hill up to our house to play with some children. It was the last time we would see any of them, and I just wanted to soak everything in. We sang Tanzanian songs, danced around in circles, raced up and down the hill, and laughed so hard as we rolled around on the ground. I have never experienced so much joy in my entire life.”

St. Lawrence University, B.A., cum laude, Government, History, and African Studies; Maxwell School of Syracuse University, M.A., International Relations. John studied on the Kenya Semester Program and was president of the Outing Club at St. Lawrence. Following college John studied Swahili in Tanzania as a Fulbright Hays scholar and then returned to the U.S. to teach high school social studies in Colorado and Vermont. As part of his graduate studies, John developed educational programming for rescued trafficked youth in Ghana with the International Organization for Migration and held an assistantship on the East Africa desk at the National Democratic Institute. He is trained in wilderness emergency medicine and has instructed for the American Red Cross. John is fluent in Swahili.

Emily Mankowski, Plano, TX

Possible topics include: how the village political structure functions, the role of music and dance in Tanzania, how ujimaa (villagization) shapes community interdependence, the role of women as the primary agricultural producers, tourism and the economy, and wildlife management. Each day, students help prepare meals for the group. Living accommodations are simple. Weekend excursions include visits to nearby farms and hikes into the surrounding hills.

The Safari: The program culminates in a safari conducted by close friends of Putney, who introduce students to Tanzania’s fascinating tribal culture, wildlife, and history. The safari lasts six days and includes a stay in traditional hunting lands as guests of the Maasai tribe complete with a reception by a village elder and the roasting of a goat in our group’s honor. Guides introduce students to Tanzania’s abundant wildlife in Tarangire National Park, and take them to an area of the park where they can view animals up close. The safari continues to Ngorongoro Crater, where guides take students on an expedition into the ten-mile-wide crater. Driving through grassland, swamps, and along lakes and rivers, students can safely encounter lions, zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, monkeys, flamingos, wildebeest, jackals, and hyenas.

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“Megan gained an appreciation of what she has. She gained friends and experiences that can’t be duplicated in any other setting. She’s proud of the work that she and her group did.” Julie and David Stevenson, Mississauga, Canada

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GHANA Community Service

About Ghana: The coast of the small West African nation of Ghana, with its deserted beaches and picturesque fishing villages, is populated by some of the friendliest people on earth. Beginning in the 16th century and continuing for over 300 years, the West African slave trade carried hundreds of thousands of captives to the Americas. As commerce in gold and cocoa replaced the slave trade, British influence in the region increased, leading to the establishment of the Gold Coast colony. At the time of independence from Britain in 1957, Ghana was the most prosperous colony in Africa. In recent years, problems resulting from corruption and political conflict have interfered with economic growth. Today, the average Ghanaian family farms or fishes, lives in relatively primitive conditions, and confronts serious challenges in accessing education, health care, and adequate income. The recent, peaceful, democratic election, and the joyous visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, have renewed efforts for constructive change.

The Project: The group arrives in the capital city of Accra, and then heads west along the coast to their host village of Cape Three Points, located at the southernmost point of the coastline. Living conditions are very basic. The group’s meals, featuring rice, pasta, chicken, fish, fresh vegetables and fruit, are prepared by local women with the help of student cooking crews. Weekdays are spent working on projects alongside people from the village. Our projects for this summer will include helping with the construction of classrooms for a new high school, teaching in the local primary school, and learning about local agriculture in nearby fields with local farmers. After the work day is done, students have a chance to join in a pick-up game of soccer on the beach or learn Nzima, the local language. Afternoons also include West African drumming and dance instruction.

Weekends:

On weekends the group travels to nearby points of interest including Busua Beach for surfing lessons and to Takoradi where students visit the local markets with their mountains of vegetables and brilliantly colored kente cloth stalls. The group also visits the Cape Coast Castle where students learn about the slave trade, and the nearby city of Elmina to participate in the festivities surrounding the Bakatue Festival in which all the local chiefs, resplendent in their gold and majestic cloth, gather to celebrate the opening of the lagoon. After saying goodbye to the village of Cape Three Points, the group travels east to the Volta Region for the chance to see baboons and monkeys. They visit the highest waterfall in Ghana, Wli Falls, before returning to Accra for their journey home.

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For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: June 26th - July 26th Tuition Fee: $5690 This program begins and ends in New York. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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SENEGAL Community Service

About Senegal: In Dakar, cool breezes blow off the ocean, past fishermen hauling in their brightly painted wooden pirogues. This vibrant francophone nation is located at the westernmost point of Africa. French colonizers implemented a policy of cultural and political assimilation in Senegal, putting much of their energy into creating a democratic government. More schools were built in Senegal than in any other French African colony, and a Senegalese intellectual elite rose to prominence in the 1920s. Since gaining their independence in 1960, the Senegalese have maintained a stable, peaceful democracy. However, Senegal today is one of the most impoverished nations in the world; unemployment, illiteracy, and hunger are widespread. Caught between the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the fast approaching Sahara Desert, Senegal is poorly suited for agriculture and industry. While luxury hotels dot the coast around the capital city of Dakar, many Senegalese families crowd into one or two room houses and live in poverty.

The Project: After a day in the capital city, the group heads to its rural host village. In contrast to the vibrant atmosphere of the coast, inland rural villages are often characterized by unemployment, hunger, illiteracy, and widespread poverty. The group makes its home in one of these small villages, working alongside local people on several much needed projects identified by village leaders. While exact projects will be determined in the spring based on the community’s needs, past projects have included building a school cafeteria, planting an orchard of cashew and mango trees, implementing an irrigation system for the community garden, and teaching English to local children. Each student also undertakes an independent project; possible topics include how the village political structure functions, Senegalese music and dance, and the Senegalese healthcare system and the fight against HIV/AIDS. The group resides in the village school building and each day students help local women prepare meals for the group. Living conditions in Senegal are extremely simple and our accommodations are very basic. Living and working alongside Senegalese villagers, participants have the opportunity to make lasting connections with their neighbors. Through impromptu soccer matches, dance and drumming sessions, and discussions over evening tea, students expand their understanding of Senegalese life and culture.

Weekends:

On weekends the group makes trips on a traditional pirogue at the Langue de Barbarie National Park where giraffes, rhinos, and antelope abound, or to the Île de Gorée, where colonial architecture and the Maison des Esclaves evoke the days when the French relied on Senegal for gold, military strength, and slave labor. There are also opportunities to explore the strikingly beautiful beaches of Île de Ngor, or the Village des Tortues, a reserve for giant African spurred tortoises.

For students completing 9th-12th grade. A knowledge of French is useful but not required.

DATES: July 1st - July 31st Tuition Fee: $5690 This program begins and ends in New York. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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INDIA COSTA RICA

Community CommunityService Service

About India: India is a huge and complex country that features enormous geographic and ethnic diversity. Sixty-five different languages are spoken by Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs. With the world’s second largest population (over one billion people) adding 25 million newborns each year, basic services we take for granted such as housing and education are hard to find for many. Despite these challenges, a gentle national character and deeply embedded system of conservative social norms and expectations have helped to maintain a peaceful, if somewhat chaotic domestic environment. Indians are warm people who show tremendous enthusiasm toward visitors. India has a wealth of geographic settings, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to verdant jungles and arid plains.

The Project: This project affords students the opportunity to interact with a motivated group

of Indian people who have created a model for providing educational opportunities in under-served rural areas. It also allows students to enjoy the colorful culture of Rajasthan, explore the desert (sometimes on camelback), climb through immense Moghul fortresses, and experience the wonder of wildlife in India, including camels, elephants, and monkeys. Close Indian friends of Putney created a school in rural Rajasthan in 1992 whose mission has been to provide innovative private primary education to children, particularly girls, who have few educational opportunities. The school is located in a green area amid arid terrain. Seven years ago the headmaster of the school invited Putney students to help finalize the construction of the school and to teach English. Our students have been given the opportunity to help design and build needed facilities and innovative structures and features that will capture the imaginations of students ages 3 to 12. In past summers, Putney groups built a basketball court and sanitary facilities. They also worked extensively with students in the school, teaching English, playing games, and conducting musical and theatrical activities. The headmistress, Parinita Ranpal, serves as our host, and local people help the group cook its meals. The weather is hot during the day, climbing into the 90s, but reasonable at night for sleeping.

Weekends:

Excursions take students to the nearby city of Udaipur on the shore of Lake Pichola, to the desert near Jaisalmer to ride camels, and to Jodhpur to explore Moghul palaces covered with intricate ornamentation and surrounded by lush gardens. The group visits camel fairs, massive medieval fortresses looming on hilltops, and markets where brilliant fabrics set off the dull reds and browns of the desert. Students sample India’s aromatic cuisine, and learn about extraordinary traditional crafts. Kumbhalgarh Fort, one of the world’s largest citadels, is twenty miles away from our project site, as is one of the few remaining leopard sanctuaries. Visit us at www.goputney.com

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VIETNAM Community Service

About Vietnam: At the invitation of the Quang Ngai People’s Committee, Vietnam Community Service participants live for a month in the commune of Tinh Hoa which is a few kilometers from My Lai. During the Vietnam War, American forces, suspecting My Lai villagers of supplying food and shelter to the Viet Cong, decided to “teach them a lesson.” Despite meeting no resistance, U.S. troops burned and destroyed entire communities, shooting and bayoneting fleeing villagers and raping women and young girls. Despite this unspeakable history, local people are as friendly, kind, curious, and welcoming as any on earth. Set among rice paddies, flowing rivers, rolling hills, and miles of deserted sand beaches bordering the South China Sea, these communities of rural farmers and fishermen are among the poorest in Vietnam, with a per capita income of about $80 US per year.

The Project:

Many residents live in simple shacks with mud floors that flood frequently. The focus of the group’s work is the construction of three new homes for families chosen by community leaders because of their particular need. Working alongside skilled local craftsmen, participants divide into work crews, removing the old homes and erecting new structures. A portion of participants’ tuition underwrites the cost of each new home. Students also teach English in the community and undertake other projects identified by local leaders. After work each day, there is time to play soccer, volleyball, and other sports with Vietnamese friends, to swim at the beaches, and to explore nearby villages. In our fifth year as the first American organization to be granted permission to undertake such a project in central Vietnam, participants have a special responsibility to reach out to local people who are completely unfamiliar with Western life. The group lives in simple accommodations, enjoying healthy and delicious Vietnamese food cooked by local women.

Weekends & Excursions:

The program begins with two days in lively Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) where students explore the War Remnants Museum, and begin to learn the basics of Vietnamese culture. While based in Tinh Hoa, the group travels to the small, historic coastal city of Hoi An (famous for its Chinese architecture, handmade clothing, and beaches) for an extended weekend. The program ends with a visit to Hanoi, and a three day kayak excursion (no experience necessary) on the calm waters of spectacular Ha Long Bay. Putney is deeply indebted to our friends Roy “Mike” Boehm, founder of My Lai Peace Park (www.mylaipeacepark.org), and Phan Van Do, who has dedicated his life to helping the poorest residents of his home province of Quang Ngai. Do’s many childhood friends, who now hold key positions in various sectors of government, have made this pioneering project possible. We hope that our group’s efforts will be one small step in promoting peace,

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: June 30th - July 30th Tuition Fee: $5690 This program begins and ends in Los Angeles. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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NUSA PENIDA Community Service

About Nusa Penida: Nusa Penida is a small island on the northeastern edge of the Indian Ocean. Though it has strong religious and cultural ties to Bali, 20 miles away by sea, it is a very different place. While Bali is lush and heavily touristed, untouched Nusa Penida is dry and ruggedly beautiful, with stone terracing clinging to the sides of steep limestone hills. In small villages, the island’s 40,000 inhabitants survive by farming and fishing. On the south side of the island, a spectacular bamboo stairway leads down 700 foot cliffs to waterfalls just above the sea. This remarkable setting is matched by the richness of the local culture, where Hindu traditions and arts are unaffected by Western influences. With almost no tourist infrastructure, and only three Westerners owning homes on the island, our group’s experience has much in common with accounts written about the region by Margaret Mead, Colin McPhee, and Miguel Covarrubias in the 1930s. Diving and snorkeling sites are among the most beautiful and unspoiled in the world. There is virtually no crime on the island, and few of the health risks found in other locations in the region.

The Project: The group begins with a two-day orientation in the cultural center of Ubud, on the island of Bali, where students experience the music, dance, and visual arts of the former kingdom of Giruyer while staying at a small inn consisting of ironwood bungalows overlooking waterfalls and lush gardens. They then cross to Nusa Penida by boat to live in the project village of Tiagan, where students undertake community service projects in small groups with local friends. The village’s 250 residents grow tapioca, corn, peanuts, papayas, bananas, and mangoes. Past groups have made improvements to the town’s most sacred temple, taught conversational English and art to island children, repaired a dilapidated community building, improved sports facilities, and undertaken agricultural work with subsistence farmers. This summer our group will work on similar projects based upon the community’s greatest need as determined by our hosts, the Tiagan Banjar (governing body). Living conditions are extremely simple; the group sleeps in two buildings. Students work together preparing meals and shopping for food in outdoor village markets.

Weekends: There is time to join local friends in celebrations and to hike, snorkel, and scuba dive. Those who wish to become certified divers may do so in an intensive two-day course on the nearby island of Nusa Lembongan. Temple ceremonies, which occur frequently, are open to any student willing to wear appropriate ceremonial garb. The program ends with two days on the magical island of Bali where our group visits beaches and makes an extraordinary trek to the “Top of the World”, the summit of Bali’s highest volcano, Gunung Agung.

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For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: June 30th - July 28th Tuition Fee: $5890 This program begins and ends in Los Angeles. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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Global Awareness in Action In-Country Projects / Yale University Presentations Global Awareness in Action programs are designed for students who want to examine a critical global challenge in the context of a nation or community’s efforts to fashion effective responses. They strive, as one participant said, to “put a face on” global issues that they have heard and read about but which they can only fully understand through first-hand experience. Students return from intensive in-country projects to make culminating presentations at Yale University during the last two days of the program. To learn more about our Global Action programs please visit www.goputney.com

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Creating the Global Community – Yale University During their time in-country, students collect information, impressions, questions, and conclusions and work to shape these into a cohesive presentation. Through short multimedia sessions at Yale University during the last two days of the program, each group presents its experience and findings to all of the others. Afterwards, in a more extended session, each group examines its issue focus in greater depth for an audience of their families and other interested persons. A key aspect of each of these focused sessions is an examination of opportunities for future action that will ensure students’ continuing involvement in efforts to respond to some of the world’s most serious challenges. Global Awareness in Action programs demand exceptional commitment and maturity on the part of group members. For their application essay, students must submit 300-500 words describing their interest in the area and themes they wish to pursue, along with their relevant community service and/or academic background. While these are not primarily community service programs, participants can expect to perform between 20 to 40 hours of service and will receive a certificate reflecting this upon successful completion of the program. Living conditions in the communities we visit are simple, and the challenges these communities face are constantly evolving. Global Action members must be tough, adaptable, and enthusiastic about taking advantage of unforeseen opportunities. All programs, except Vermont begin in New York and end at Yale University.

Mollie Adatto Global Action El Salvador 2009 Desert Mountain High School Scotsdale, AZ

In Mollie’s own words... I brought home…a passion for Latin America.

I discovered…what real corn tastes like, not the genetically modified crop that is abundant in the US.

It was a tough moment when…we began to comprehend the atrocities that the Salvadorans endured day to day during their civil war.

I’ve decided…to spread the word about El Salvador’s rich history.

Students at my school should… come out of their bubble, as I did, and learn about our world.

In ten years I see myself…continuing to talk about my amazing trip to El Salvador. “A few memories that stand out the most in my mind are the pick-up games of fútbol with the village kids, meeting with Salvadoran government officials, the homestays, listening to testimonies of former guerillas, and visiting Radio Victoria. My trip to El Salvador was not only eye opening, but it also molded who I am now. I would love to go back one day, knowing that I’ll always be welcome. But for now, I’ll make it my duty to spread the word about the smallest country in Central America.”


EL SALVADOR Global Awareness in Action Grassroots Community Development

About El Salvador: El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, located between Guatemala and Honduras on the Pacific coast. Despite its size, the country contains a variety of climates and physical landscapes: from coastal lowlands dotted with palm trees and lined with flat, sandy beaches to rolling hills covered thickly with trees and leafy vines to imposing volcanoes. El Salvador’s political legacy is one of civil conflict in the 1980s, which exacerbated widespread social and economic problems. Though the country now enjoys peace and stability, it faces pervasive poverty; 48% of the population lives below the poverty line. Because the national median age is 21, great responsibility is being placed in the hands of adolescents and young adults. Unfortunately, thousands of young Salvadorans emigrate to wealthier nations in search of steady, though menial jobs. This exodus of talented individuals, paradoxically, has become crucial to the economic health

“Mollie learned to love growing things - she worked in the green house - but more importantly, she learned about Free Trade agreements and she wants to pursue that topic further for an extended essay at school.” Sue and David Adatto, Scottsdale, AZ of the country; some $2 billion are sent from Salvadorans living abroad to their families back home every year. These remittances keep the country from sinking farther into debt. How does a country rebuild itself after a crippling civil conflict? Is it possible to counteract the outflow of Salvadoran citizens? While for most of us, “Youth are the Future” is a cliché, for the Salvadoran people it is a powerful truth.

San Salvador: This Global Action group travels to San Salvador, a busy city that was the capital of the United Provinces of Central America in the 1830s. Here students learn about the country through enrichment seminars, visits to important historical sites, and interviews with residents. They speak with workers and journalists, and meet with leaders of NGOs as they work together to form a vision of El Salvador’s current social and economic situation.

Santa Marta:

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From San Salvador, the group travels to the small village of Santa Marta in mountainous northeastern El Salvador, where they spend the remainder of their stay studying the specific efforts of one community. During the Civil War, the North was particularly affected, and many people fled to neighboring Honduras. Santa Marta is a town whose inhabitants are all former refugees who have since returned to their native country, and are in the process of rebuilding their lives. Participants work alongside townspeople on some of the projects they have put in place to revitalize and rebuild their community. They help at a youth-run radio station, Radio Victoria, set up For a more extensive information packet

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Brian Mikel 2009 & 2005 El Salvador

“Matthias gained an appreciation for Central America - its culture, politics, history, and food. He also gained insight into various American communities and their values through other participants in the program, and says he learned more in the month with Putney than during his entire school year.”

Sylvia Malzacher, Mercer Island, WA

to educate and inform local people, contribute to the efforts of a youth antiHIV/AIDS movement, and work with a women’s group on improving women’s rights in the area. They also learn about efforts to promote fair trade, and how this can benefit not only farmers, but the country as a whole. Their extended stay in Santa Marta helps foster friendships with Salvadoran young people, an increased recognition of the challenges facing developing nations, and an understanding of the realistic possibilities for constructive action.

Tufts University, B.A., International Relations. During high school Brian participated in a community service trip to Sonora, Mexico, and spent a year in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. These trips fostered a desire to learn about Latin American culture and people. He also spent a summer teaching English at the Center for Exchange and Solidarity in El Salvador and taught in Boston at the Brazilian Immigrant Center. After graduation from Tufts, Brian returned to El Salvador to research community-based microfinance institutions. He has traveled and studied in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Uruguay. A passionate soccer fan and player, Brian has played semi-professionally in Argentina and earned regional honors playing at the collegiate level. Brian currently lives in Los Angeles and works enforcing equal employment opportunity legislation. He is fluent in Spanish.

Continued Exploration: During their final days in El Salvador, the group travels to the undeveloped paradise of Tasajera Island, where they stay near the beach in a family-run lodge, and begin to synthesize their experiences for presentation to the other Global Action teams when they meet at Yale. While there, students continue to learn about El Salvador’s recent history, its attempts at economic sustainability and environmental custodianship, and its efforts to create a more equitable distribution of wealth and resources.

Global Action El Salvador relies heavily on interactions and friendships with Salvadoran youth and community leaders. For this reason, students must have completed at least one year of high school Spanish, and two is highly recommended.

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CAMBODIA Global Awareness in Action Challenges for Children

About Cambodia: Cambodia is now a peaceful place, but its people, social structures, and in-

stitutions remain deeply scarred by the turbulence of its recent past. Sadly, societal dislocation and poverty continue to exact a serious toll, particularly on children. The international community has stepped forward to create programs in education, health care, family services, cultural reconnection, and combating human trafficking. By lending a hand with these efforts, participants come to understand fully the challenges Cambodians face, and are able to evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to assistance. Phnom Penh: The group begins its visit in ­­ Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The spectacular palace and temple complex reflect an earlier period of prosperity, but daily life for many Cambodian families is a struggle, with the government providing little support. The people are committed to improving their situation, and their attitude toward foreigners is consistently positive and welcoming. After a brief orientation in Phnom Penh, the group travels to the small city of Kompong Cham to spend five days assisting at an orphanage. Through their work on projects like improving a playground, and as they build relationships with the orphans, students learn first hand about the challenges the orphans face. Returning to Phnom Penh, the group focuses its efforts on assisting at the Aziza School for kids from the city’s squatter settlements, but also visits and works with numerous NGOs involved in issues including education, health care, social enterprise, human trafficking, and reviving traditional arts and music. There is also time to visit the sobering relics of the Khmer Rouge genocide, as well as the city’s temples and markets.

Siem Reap:

During its final week in Cambodia the group spends several days in a village near Siem Reap, a small city adjacent to Angkor Wat. Since most Cambodians still live very simply in small, rural communities, hands-on experience in that environment is crucial in understanding the challenges they face. In the village students assist in teaching basic hygiene and English in the local school, work on small-scale projects to improve village infrastructure, and learn how village life both supports children and presents serious challenges including access to health care and development of skills and job opportunities that could help break the cycle of poverty. In Siem Reap, the group visits active NGOs including the remarkable Angkor Hospital for Children to learn about its work responding to the enormous unmet health care needs in the region.

Continued Exploration: In the evenings For students completing 9th-12th grade.

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there is time to discuss and process the experiences of the day, but also to enjoy the richness of Cambodian life. The group attends productions of the extraordinary performing arts and music that are returning to their traditional prominence in Khmer culture. On a weekend visit to Angkor Wat, students explore this enormous complex of ruined temples and palaces.

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“My greatest sense of accomplishment was rebuilding the playground at the orphanage. The experience has made me grow and learn in a way that a classroom and books will never be able teach me. I feel I have become more aware of the world around me.�

Sofia Parody, Miami, FL

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INDIA Global Awareness in Action Community Building & Sustainable Development About India: Long known for its vibrant traditional culture, but also for poverty and economic stagnation, India is quickly transforming into an international model for development. This transition, while unquestionably a step forward, presents many serious challenges. Global Action India explores how forward-thinking people in northern India are working to foster development while simultaneously striving to protect rich natural resources and cultural traditions. In both rural and urban settings, students have the opportunity to see first-hand how creative, small-scale, local initiatives offer alternatives to massive, centralized projects.

“Everything on the program was one massive highlight -- the entire experience was amazing!”

Kasya O’Connor Grant, Washington, DC

Ladakh – Alternative Approaches to Development: The group spends two days in Delhi and then flies northwest into the Himalayas to Leh. Situated at 11,000 feet, Leh is an historic trading town steeped in Tibetan Buddhist culture. The group is based in a school in a village near Leh. Visiting local grassroots projects, students converse with Ladakhi activists who are working to protect native species of plants and herbs and to create markets for their selective harvest, conserve exotic animals like the snow leopard, educate children, promote ecotourism, and create alternative energy sources. Students join groups working to promote ecologically responsible development, women’s cooperatives, and micro hydro-electric projects. The Indian government is building immense dams and pipelines through the mountains that bring much needed water from the high Himalayas to the cities below, but that also flood entire valleys. Students have the opportunity to assess these alternative models for development by visiting the sites and speaking with proponents and detractors. In Ladakh, accommodations range from simple guest houses and a school campus to short stays (in pairs) with local families.

Trekking:

On a short but rigorous trek, students climb to altitudes up to 12,000 feet through a mystical landscape of desert valleys and jagged peaks, echoing with the sounds of chanting monks and bedecked with colorful prayer flags. They visit a meditation center high in the mountains and experience firsthand the roles of meditation and yoga in traditional Buddhist culture.

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

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“Miranda has been fascinated both by India and by religious studies for many years, so this trip fed right into her interests. She loved the diversity of experiences that were made available in India, and threw herself into them. She very much enjoyed the company of the other Putney students and the leaders.” Arthur Fox and Cindy Lewin, Arlington, VA

Colorado College, B.A., magna cum laude, English, minor in Buddhist Studies; Brooklyn College, M.F.A. candidate. Joanna was a mentor to first-year students and editor in chief of Colorado College’s literary magazine. During her junior year she lived in India for 4 months studying Buddhist meditation and anthropology in Northern India. She then traveled to Sikkim to research the effects of tourism on traditional Tibetan culture and the Buddhist way of life. She traveled extensively throughout Sikkim conducting interviews. After graduating from Colorado College, she wrote for a newspaper in Portland, Oregon; spent a month traveling in Thailand and Laos; and edited travel guidebooks for Fodor’s in New York City. Currently she is pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction writing and teaching English composition at Brooklyn College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Delhi-Urban Issues:

The group spends the program’s last days in and around Delhi, with a side trip to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. Nowhere in the world are the pressures of population and poverty more evident than in India’s largest cities. In Delhi, students have the opportunity to learn about NGOs that organize health services and childcare for slum dwellers, to visit with children in orphanages, and to see community organization efforts close up. India is in the midst of extraordinary change. The goal of substantially improving the lives of its people seems, for the first time, to be attainable. But choices made about the mechanisms of change will have an enormous effect on the outcome. Should the focus be on local or national development projects? Is economic growth compatible with environmental protection? Can development coexist with centuries-old traditions? Students take their conclusions about these and other issues to Yale to present their findings to other Global Action groups. Participants must be physically fit and prepared to go without many of the comforts of life at home. Living conditions are often primitive. Those with a history of altitude sensitivity should not apply. Visit us at www.goputney.com

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MALAWI Global Awareness in Action Responding to the HIV/AIDS Crisis About Malawi: This small, land-locked East African nation is known by its friendly, welcoming people as “The Warm Heart of Africa”. The era of colonial rule by Great Britain that ended in 1984 accounts for the fact that English is widely spoken. Most Malawians tend small subsistence farms. The routines of farming and village life have been gravely affected in recent years by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that 14% of Malawi’s adult population is living with the disease. Extensive treatment and education efforts are beginning to improve the situation, but many challenges remain. Reducing infection rates and improving care are not simply medical issues. Education, religion, traditional gender roles, nutrition, patterns of employment, access to information -- all these issues and many more are distinct strands in the fabric of the HIV/AIDS challenge. Through a combination of informal research, investigation, and hands-on involvement in on-going projects, Global Action Malawi participants come to grips with the complexities involved in responding effectively to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Project: The program begins with five days in the capital city of Lilongwe, where traditional markets and colorful East African street life mix with formal government buildings, hospitals, and the offices of many international relief organizations. The group visits the National AIDS Commission, smaller public and private clinics, pediatric AIDS facilities, and learns about innovative efforts to improve health through ecologically sensitive agriculture (permaculture). From Lilongwe the group travels southeast to the small community of Domasi. Staying together in very basic accommodations, they join in the routines of a small African village and work directly with local organizations. Activities include joining in health education and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts through the local hospital, nursing school, and youth drop-in center; assisting at Project Concern International’s fisheries project; and discussing challenges and strategies with medical staff, community leaders, relief works, local teenagers, and HIV/AIDS patients. In addition, each student picks an independent project involving direct interaction with the community.

Exploration:

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

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From Domasi, the group makes short trips to the Liwonde National Park to see elephants and other big game, and to the beautiful, forested Zomba plateau. For the last few days in Africa the group travels to the Luwawa Forest Preserve where it splits its time between hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking, and engaging in extended discussion of its experiences in preparation for its presentation at Yale.

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UGANDA Global Awareness in Action Community Development Uganda: Located in the heart of East Africa, Uganda offers a rich diversity of terrain and cultures. It is home to spectacular rapids where the source of the Nile leaves Lake Victoria, fertile farmland, dense jungles on 15,000 foot peaks, and more than 50 distinct ethnic groups brought together by the national language of English. Despite its troubled past, Uganda is now politically stable, and its friendly people enthusiastically welcome visitors. As a developing country, challenges abound. Economic development, and provision of adequate health care and educational opportunity head the lengthy list of glaring needs. Students learn about and participate in programs implementing effective responses to HIV/AIDS and malaria, economic development through microfinance/microenterprise and fair trade, rural education, community empowerment, and environmental protection. Through direct involvement, students understand the complexities and challenges of community-based development.

Kampala:

The program begins in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, a bustling regional hub for trade, government, and NGOs. After an in-depth orientation, the group meets with government officials, local experts, international NGOs, and grassroots organizations, and begins to build a context for the particular challenges facing communities in Uganda. There’s time to explore the city’s colorful markets, to sample the local food, and to prepare for life in a smaller rural community.

The Village Experience:

Leaving Kampala, the group travels east to Mbale, a small city at the foot of Mount Elgon. From a base in a village on the outskirts of Mbale, the group explores the program’s themes, and students have an opportunity to pursue particular interests through independent projects. Students travel by foot with community health workers focusing on HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment, learn traditional crafts with a local women’s micro-enterprise group, lend a hand with a small scale building project at a school or clinic, and visit fair trade coffee cooperatives, traditional healers, and local environmental projects. Living conditions are very simple and meals are cooked by local women with the help of the group.

Excursions:

After the first week in Mbale the group travels to Jinja, located at the point where Lake Victoria empties into the headwaters of the Nile. Where they enjoy a rafting trip through spectacular scenery of the upper Nile. For the last three days of the program, the group stays at a lodge adjacent to dramatic Sipi Falls, an elevation of 7000 feet on Mt. Elgon. There they enjoy recreational opportunities and, in preparation for their presentation at Yale, discuss and synthesize their perspectives on effective responses to the complex challenges confronting Ugandan communities. Visit us at www.goputney.com

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: July 3rd - August 1st Tuition Fee: $5990 This program begins in New York and ends at Yale. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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Global Awareness in Action Community Health Care About Rwanda: In 1994 almost one million Rwandans were killed by their former friends and neighbors in a span of one hundred days. Yet this small, mountainous East African nation has managed in recent years to make extraordinary progress in reconciliation, economic development, political stability, and provision of health care. Rwanda’s effort to respond to the effect of genocide, to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, and to address other health care challenges, is the central focus of this program. In 2005, the Boston-based organization Partners in Health, founded by Dr. Paul Farmer (subject of the best-seller Mountains Beyond Mountains), was invited by the government of Rwanda to bring its successful model for AIDS treatment to rural Rwanda. With funding from the Clinton

“I gained a better sense of the world. I learned from the people I met in Rwanda that there will always be hardships but what matters is how you deal with them.” Frances Hong, Berkeley, CA

Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative and the efforts of other grass-roots groups, health care delivery in some of Rwanda’s poorest rural areas has improved dramatically. Students learn about and help with local efforts to control malaria and tuberculosis. The people of Rwanda are eager to put their tragic past behind them, to create unity, to heal, and to be healthy.

Kigali: The program begins in Rwanda’s capital, where students explore the nation’s troubled past, and its recent progressive initiatives. They meet with government officials, representatives of NGOs, and health care workers, and visit the Kigali Memorial Centre and Genocide Museum. Kigali is a bustling city, and students have time to explore its green hills, and shop for crafts in its colorful markets.

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: July 3rd - August 1st Tuition Fee: $5990 This program begins in New York and ends at Yale. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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“My opinions and views on things like foreign aid and development have been sculpted and changed. Being able to put things I had previously only read about in context helped with this process.”

Maddy Henkin, Coral Gables, FL

Yale University, B.A., Political Science. During her Studies at Yale, Fiona focused on the areas of International Development and Poverty alleviation. She spent a summer working in rural Kenya with an NGO focusing on youth development programs where she was involved in the creation of a HIV/AIDS educational awareness program for high school and middle school students in the region. The following year Fiona travelled to Western Nepal to work in an NGO that focused on the rights of the ‘untouchable caste’. Fiona spent a semester in Cameroon on a study abroad program looking at development and social change. She then remained in the country conducting research for her thesis on the effects of culture on micro-credit success. This past fall Fiona began a Masters in Development Studies at the London School of Economics.

The Village Experience: The group spends a week in each of two rural communities, first south then north of Kigali, where people live in huts made of mud and palm fronds. Student accommodations are simple; they stay in small guest houses or make camp in a hospital dormitory. Learning that grassroots healthcare involves much more than hospitalization, students can lend a hand by joining with caring neighbors and doctors as they call on patients, helping build shelter or clinic space, leading activities for children, and participating in AIDS survivors’ support meetings. These activities allow them to see first-hand the positive effects that improved health care is having on the process of rebuilding Rwanda.

Monkeys and Volcanoes: Before returning to Yale, students take a mountain trek into Volcanoes National Park to see golden monkeys living in the wild. Local guides lead students on a climb through the lush rainforest to see the monkeys up-close on the rims of extinct volcanoes.

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VERMONT

Global Awareness in Action

Prototype for a Greener America About Vermont: The Green Mountain State, home of the nation’s first “bottle bill”, highway billboard restrictions, and comprehensive land development law, has long taken a leadership role in designing, implementing, and refining innovative approaches to environmental issues. “Think Globally, Act Locally” is a Vermont tradition. In recent years, as national discussion has focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture and alternative energy options, Vermont has maintained its position at the forefront of innovation. Traditional farmers have invested in organic methods, entrepreneurs have explored new energy sources, and policy makers have devised governmental solutions. Students in this program, through on-site visits, extensive discussions, and hands-on activities, take full advantage of Putney Student Travel’s network of friends throughout Vermont. During the first week of the program, the group is based in rural Southern Vermont. For the second week, they move to downtown Burlington, the state’s largest city. Accommodations are simple but comfortable, and the group prepares most of its own meals. While students spend much of the day in activities related to the issue focus, there is time to enjoy summer in Vermont by taking a swim, a hike, or a bike ride, or attending a performance in Burlington’s vibrant downtown.

Small-Scale, Sustainable Agriculture:

Through site visits, discussions, and hands-on activities, learn how vegetable, fruit, dairy, and livestock farmers are rethinking growing techniques to be more environmentally friendly and to appeal to the expanding market for locallysourced products. Work with farmers, artisan bakers, cheese-makers, and organic vegetable farmers as they prepare for a weekly farmer’s market, and help them on market day. Learn how Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and city gardens are making fresh, local produce available to people living in developed areas. Meet the entrepreneurs behind the Center for an Agricultural Economy whose innovations in small-scale farming have brought the tiny village of Hardwick to national attention. Enjoy a localvore dinner at a small restaurant, and lend a hand in planning and cooking a meal of local products for the group.

Alternative Energy:

Vermont’s electrical energy is produced by facilities ranging from single-home solar arrays to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Through site visits and extensive discussions, learn from local experts about state of the art developments in solar electric and hot water, small-scale hydro, wind power, and “cow power” bio fuel. Visit Vermont Yankee and talk with engineers about safety and spent-fuel disposal. Hike to a ridgeline for a guided visit of a wind farm. Since conservation is the most environmentally

For students completing 9th-12th grade.

DATES: July 10th - July 25th Tuition Fee: $2990 This program begins and ends in Burlington, Vermont.

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James Walker 2009 Nusa Penida, 2008 Iceland, 2007 Dominican Republic Rice University, B.S. cum laude; Yale University, M.A. James majored in Earth Science at Rice University focusing on Petroleum Geosciences. During the summer of his freshman year he was a Research Assistant on the Marion Dufrense, a French oceanographic research vessel. James went on to pursue a Master’s in International Development Economics at Yale, where he focused on the interplay between development and the environment. He has traveled widely in Japan, Singapore, Western Europe, and the Caribbean. He taught English in Brazil, helped paint a stadium in Mexico, and explored the Caribbean coast of Panama. James currently works for BP Trinidad and Tobago in Strategy and Planning, and teaches at a community college where he is designing a course in Environmental Economics.

friendly power ‘source’, visit high-tech LEED buildings, and learn about the much replicated Efficiency Vermont program. Meet with politicians and advocacy groups to discuss efforts to overcome our addiction to fossil fuels, and explore how change can be implemented efficiently and fairly.

Final Presentation:

Throughout the program students work on preparation of a final presentation which summarizes their experiences and outlines ways in which they can take leadership roles in future green initiatives. On the final Saturday of the program, families are invited to come to Burlington to attend the Farmer’s Market in the morning, the group presentation in the afternoon, and a dinner prepared by the group in the evening. The program ends on Sunday. Note that this program, in contrast to all of the other Global Awareness in Action Programs, is two weeks long, and ends in Burlington, Vermont.

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Language Learning Putney’s Language Learning programs in France, Spain, Costa Rica, and Argentina emphasize having fun while speaking French or Spanish in natural, everyday situations. Our 59 years of experience have taught us that communicating with local people rather than sitting passively in a classroom with a group of other Americans is what best promotes progress toward fluency. Friends and contacts developed by Putney over the past six decades, from farmers and bakers to journalists and government officials, help make our students aware that learning a language is the key to understanding and participating in another culture. To learn more about our Language Learning programs please visit www.goputney.com

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Putney’s approach to language learning is active and systematic. Beginning at each student’s base level, we encourage them to discard their inhibitions and fear of making mistakes. Our talented leaders direct conversational exercises to help students develop confidence with their speaking ability as they work toward fluency. The low student to leader ratio enables Putney leaders to give participants individual attention. Our method is active, fostering a supportive, noncompetitive atmosphere in the group. A short homestay is the most intensive component of the program. During their week in the homes of local families, students challenge their language skills as they exchange details of their lives and become immersed in the family routine. Our well-connected local homestay coordinator carefully selects each family from among his or her contacts and friends in the community. While this part of the program inevitably makes students nervous prior to arrival, in retrospect it is often the highlight, allowing students to “conquer” a bit of French, Spanish, Costa Rican, or Argentine culture on their own. Participants must sign a pledge to speak French or Spanish. Students agree to speak in the target language with the leaders, within the group, and with the many foreign friends they will encounter during the summer. This commitment, combined with an adventurous spirit, is the principal tool for making progress in a foreign language. On their return, many students happily report that they are not only speaking, but thinking, and even dreaming, in a foreign language.

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Carefully planned itineraries in each country take students to the most famous sights as well as untouristed areas where they have exceptional opportunities to immerse themselves in local life and culture. Our programs in France and Spain are travel-based, while Costa Rica and Argentina are focused on community service, and based in rural villages.

Chris Martin Language Learning France 2009 Columbine High School Littleton, CO

In Chris’s own words... I brought home…New friends and a bigger French vocabulary!

I discovered…How different French life is from American life.

It was a tough moment when…I met my homestay family, because we had different customs to bring to the table, but we got through them!

I’ve decided…that I want to study French and become bilingual.

Students at my school should… take the opportunities that involve stepping out of their comfort zones.

In ten years I see myself…Starting a family while living in France!

“I learned so much while I was in France that when I came home I was not used to the American way of life. Also this trip gave me a new band of friends that I still talk to in French because that is how we met and lived with each other. I just loved this trip so much!”


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Language Learning

The Loire:

The program begins with five days in Blois, an ancient village in the château country along the Loire River. Students visit the châteaux of Amboise, Cheverny, Chenonceau, and Chambord, meet French students while kayaking on the river, and visit Leonardo da Vinci’s Clos Lucé. Each day, students participate in conversational French exercises specifically designed to help them communicate more easily with the many French people whose lives they share.

Brittany–Research Projects:

From the Loire, the group travels by train to a rural fishing and farming village tucked into the coast of remote Brittany. There, they explore the town by bike and live among the friendly Breton people on a small family-run farm that is also an inn. Each student joins in the life of the town by investigating some aspect of local culture and reporting orally in French on what he or she discovers. Students can fish or dig clams with local fishermen, brew espresso at a café, discuss local politics with town officials, or help the baker at the boulangerie make baguettes and pastries.

­­­Paris: Six days are set aside to enjoy Paris – the boulevards and shops, the Tuileries, the Left Bank, Notre Dame, Île de la Cité, and Montmartre. Students visit theatres, flea markets, museums, Chartres Cathedral and other churches, and relax in restaurants and sidewalk cafés.

Family Living: Then students become part of French life by spending a week with a French family in a lively and historic town. This is an opportunity to enjoy French life as it is really lived – from helping with household chores to exploring the town with French brothers and sisters. Both leaders remain in the same town as the students during the homestay, and each unit of the program visits a different town.

Unit A is for students completing 10th-12th.

UNIT A: June 28th - August 5th Tuition Fee: $9190 Unit B is for students completing 8th-9th.

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Tim Deary 2009 France Amherst College, B.A. in French and Sociology. While at Amherst, Tim spent a semester in Paris, studying French language, culture, and literature at Paris III, l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. While in France, Tim also worked as an English tutor for French high school students. Upon returning to Amherst, Tim tutored fellow students in French grammar and pronunciation. He performed with Amherst’s internationally renowned a cappella group. In his free time he participated in Amherst Dance and played soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. Tim is the recipient of the Frederick King Turgeon prize for excellence in French at Amherst College. In September, Tim began work as a teaching assistant in Nice, France. He is fluent in French.

“Elizabeth gained a lot of confidence by trying so many things that she had never attempted before. Her French improved greatly. She also gained independence since the program and the leaders treated the kids in a very mature way.”

Laurie and Jonathan Foster, Los Angeles, CA

Provence and the Riviera:

The group heads south to the university town of Aix-enProvence where they attend performances at the International Festival in Aix and in nearby Avignon, and visit the fortress of Les Baux, the Roman arena at Arles, and the ancient aqueduct, Pont du Gard. Continuing south to the Riviera they relax in the sun for four days in St. Raphael, overlooking Mediterranean beaches. There they swim, windsurf, sail, and walk on the beach with friends, as well as visit Cannes, the Léger Museum, the Maeght Foundation, and the Matisse Chapel in Vence.

The French Alps–Mountaineering and Glacier Hiking: The program ends in a small village near Chamonix in the French Alps. The group stays six days at a mountain chalet opposite Mont Blanc, the highest point in Western Europe and an area of magnificent natural beauty. Students ride by téléferique over glacial peaks, and hike (the primary focus of this week) through spectacular snow-covered passes. Professional alpine guides take those who wish on rock climbing and canyoning trips. Students can hike on glaciers in the beautiful summer sun, and enjoy ice skating, alpine sliding, swimming, tennis, and a professional hockey game. Participation is limited to students currently studying French in school. 10th through 12th graders must have completed two or more years, 8th and 9th graders at least one year. Students are required to speak French while in France and must sign a pledge that they will do so. Unit B goes to Brittany, Paris, the Loire, Provence for a homestay, and the Alps, skipping the Riviera. Visit us at www.goputney.com

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The Northern Coast:

After flying into Madrid, the group travels north by train to the coast to stay in a colorful fishing village in provincial Asturias for four days. Students participate in conversational Spanish exercises specifically designed to help them speak more easily with local people. Spanish language learning occurs while ordering a typical Spanish dish like tortilla española at a local restaurant, seeing first-hand some of the pre-Romanesque architecture of Asturias, or asking directions in Spanish at the Oficina de Turismo as part of an informal language activity. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to learn about an aspect of Spanish life that they are interested in including local customs, Spanish cuisine, the role of religion in modern day Spain, architecture, impressions of Americans abroad, or local government and politics. There are opportunities to swim, kayak, explore nearby towns, or throw a frisbee on the beach with new Spanish friends.

Picos de Europa: From the coast, students travel to the snow-capped mountains of the Picos de

Europa for four days of outdoor exploration. They stay at a family-run inn in a small village tucked into a beautiful mountain valley. The focus of this stay is hiking and the outdoors: students hike mountain trails past waterfalls, shepherds’ huts, and herds of wild goats, through passes to fields of summer snow. They can play a game of fútbol with Spaniards, talk with a local cheese maker about making Cabrales cheese, and enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular mountain views.

Madrid and Family Living:

The group then travels to Madrid for five days, where they explore the boulevards and cafés, the Thieves Market, the Prado, Thyssen, and Reina Sofía art collections, bullfights, and restaurants. They take day trips to Segovia to see its Roman aqueduct, built in 80 B.C., and to Toledo, home of El Greco, to visit the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the ancient synagogue. Then each student experiences Spanish culture by living for seven days with a family in a lively and historic town. This is an opportunity to enjoy Spanish life as it is really lived and to form

Units A&C are for students completing 10th-12th.

UNIT A: June 19th - July 22nd UNIT C: July 2nd - August 4th Unit B is for students completing 8th-9th.

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Kate Pallin 2009 Spain

“Rachel gained a sense of independence, improved her Spanish and met and lived with students from various parts of the country. She learned so much about the Spanish culture and the way different people see things. She had been to Spain once before, with family, but it was a very different kind of trip. This Putney program was exactly what we were looking for.”

Karen and Michael Hill, Nashville, TN

Hamilton College, B.A., Hispanic Studies; Middlebury College School in Spain, M.A., Spanish. At Hamilton, Kate worked as a writing tutor, directed Hamilton’s Community Service organization, and was a captain of the women’s varsity crew team. She spent a summer in León, Spain, living with a family and studying at the Universidad de León. She returned to Madrid to complete her Masters degree in Spanish. She became especially interested in Spanish art, architecture, and film. While in Spain Kate lived with a Spanish family and competed as a member of Madrid’s rowing club. Kate currently teaches Spanish at the Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, CT. This past year Kate directed and coached the Old Lyme Rowing Association’s summer rowing programs in Old Lyme, CT. She is fluent in Spanish.

lasting friendships. Practice Spanish while helping with household chores and exploring the town with Spanish brothers and sisters. Both leaders remain in the same town as the students during the homestay.

Granada and the Alpujarras: Next, students travel south to spend four days in the

heart of historic Granada. Visit La Alhambra, try gazpacho, and learn to dance flamenco in the Sacromonte, the old gypsy quarter. From Granada, the group travels high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Alpujarras, a string of ancient villages built by Moors fleeing the Christian Reconquest in the 15th century. The focus of these three days is outdoor adventure. Hike to the top of magnificent Mulhacén, the Iberian Peninsula’s highest peak, ride on horseback over alpine hillsides, explore the winding streets, and taste the regional jamón serrano.

The Costa del Sol: The program ends with three days on the Mediterranean amidst the

whitewashed buildings of Spain’s southern coast. Swim, windsurf, boat, and enjoy paella picnics on the beach. Experience the cafés, street theatre, music, and dancing on the paseo along the sea. Participation is limited to students currently studying Spanish in school. 10th through 12th graders must have completed two or more years, 8th and 9th graders at least one year. Students are required to speak Spanish while in Spain and must sign a pledge that they will do so.

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ARGENTINA Language Learning

About Argentina: Known throughout the Americas for the quality of its education system, the national pride of its inhabitants, and the famously large and rich vocabulary of the average person, Argentina is a vibrant melting pot of Spanish, Italian, and German cultural influences. Beautiful colonial architecture, sensuous tango dancing, the vast expanses of Patagonia, and the warm coals of a parrilla (traditional grill), all play a part in a strong and cohesive national identity. One challenge to this identity has been the economic depression of the last decade. While recent successes give cause for hope, there is still much to be done to return Argentina to the prosperity it once enjoyed. Living, working, and learning Spanish in Argentina is made easy and fun by the stunning array of cultural offerings and the gregarious, open, and friendly character of the Argentines themselves.

Village Life & Service Projects: This language immersion program begins with a day of orientation in the capital city of Buenos Aires, and then moves out into the countryside. There, students live for three and a half weeks in a small village, where they collaborate on community service projects with local townspeople. During the first two weeks, the group lives simply and students work side by side with local community members, using their Spanish language skills on projects including construction, educational outreach efforts, and helping out at shelters and food banks. Organized language lessons, research projects, and games conducted by the group leaders complement the constant real-life learning that happens on the projects. On the weekends there is time for exciting overnight trips into the surrounding area.

Family Living: Each student joins an Argentine family during the third week in the village. During this homestay week, students are immersed in Spanish speaking through day-to-day Argentine life. Whether sharing a gourd of steeped yerba matĂŠ tea with grandparents and grandchildren, playing soccer with family members and neighbors, or simply helping with the daily chores, students are often surprised at how much their language ability improves. During the day students continue working alongside local people to complete community projects.

For students completing 10th-12th grade.

DATES: June 27th - July 27th Tuition Fee: $5690 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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Salta and the North: After saying adios to their host families, the group begins five days of fun and adventure in the mountains of the north. Using the beautifully preserved colonial city of Salta as a starting point, students enjoy a variety of day and overnight trips, including the opportunity to ride horses across the spectacular altiplano and to raft on rivers that spill through high canyon walls. At the core of all this activity is a continued emphasis on language learning, as students interview local guides, participate actively in planning excursions, and create a strong base for ongoing interest in the Spanish language and in Hispanic cultures. Students must currently be studying Spanish and have completed at least two years of study. They are required to speak Spanish on the program, and must sign a pledge that they will do so. Participants receive a certificate from Putney recognizing 60 to 80 hours of community service upon successful completion of the program. For a more extensive information packet

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COSTA RICA Language Learning

Village Life and Service Projects: This language immersion program begins with a day of orientation in the capital city of San José, and then moves out into the countryside of lush river basins, mountains, banana trees, and coffee plantations. There, students live for three and a half weeks in a small village, where they collaborate on community service projects with local townspeople. Past summers’ projects have included constructing a school house, organizing a town trash and recycling program, helping farmers in the fields, and running a day camp for children. Students work side by side with village youth and elders, learning to communicate in Spanish, and using their language skills to make projects work. Organized language drills, research projects, and games conducted by the group leaders complement students’ real-life learning. During the first two and a half weeks in the village the group lives together in a small community building. Accommodations are basic and students learn about Costa Rican cuisine as they help local women prepare the group’s meals. When they are not working on projects, students have time to explore the fascinating countryside with their new Tico friends, and are encouraged to organize evening activities such as salsa dancing lessons, games, and impromptu fútbol matches. On weekends, the group travels to nearby beaches, rainforest preserves, and rivers. Friends from town come along on some of these outings, giving students further opportunity to practice their conversational skills.

Family Living: Each student joins a Costa Rican family during the third week in the village. During this homestay week, students have their first taste of full immersion in the Tico way of life. Helping around the house, playing soccer, chatting on the porch with their ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, or buying mangoes and bread at the local pulpería, participants gain confidence in their language skills. During the day, students continue working alongside local people to complete community projects.

Adventure Travel: After the homestay, the group says goodbye to its new friends and departs for four days of adventure and exploration. Students head to a mountain lodge to hike misty trails in search of the rare quetzal and tapir, and swim at majestic waterfalls. During these excursions, language learning continues as students interview local guides and wildlife experts and present their findings to the group. Next, the group travels to the Osa Peninsula for two days on pristine beaches with opportunities for kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, and hiking. The program ends with a professionally guided river rafting excursion on the Pacuare River, where students ride rapids through a lush, ancient rainforest. Students must currently be studying Spanish and have completed at least two years of study. They are required to speak Spanish while on the program and must sign a pledge that they will do so. Participants receive a certificate from Putney recognizing 60 to 80 hours of community service upon successful completion of the program.

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For students completing 10th-12th grade.

DATES: June 22nd - July 22nd Tuition Fee: $5690 This program begins and ends in Miami. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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Cultural Exploration Putney’s Cultural Exploration programs include both travel-based itineraries that allow participants to experience life in another culture from the inside, and arts-based programs where students focus on developing their talents through daily involvement in creative endeavors. Our programs challenge students to broaden their perspectives, to engage with local people, and to understand themselves and their own culture better. Become a true traveler and explorer-not a tourist! To learn more about our Cultural Exploration programs please visit www.goputney.com

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Travel-based programs balance city life with country living, world-renowned sites with off-the-beaten track experiences. Live with a homestay family for a week in New Zealand or Italy, swim in the Adriatic Sea or in sheltered lagoons behind the Great Barrier Reef, ski the glaciers of Mount Cook in New Zealand, or explore the cultural treasures of Florence, Sydney, Amsterdam, or Paris. Arts programs bring together a small group of highly motivated students who want to expand their skills and explore their interests through intensive collaboration. Create and perform an original production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as you draw inspiration from Shakespeare’s homeland.

Eric Brown Australia, New Zealand, Fiji 2009 Moorestown Friends School Voorhees, NJ

In Eric’s own words... I brought home…a new independence for traveling on my own.

I discovered…the simple life on a New Zealand sheep farm.

It was a tough moment when…when I hiked to the very top of Treble Cone and had to jump into the bowl to ski down.

I’ve decided…to try to continue my travels around the world.

Students at my school should… all have the chance to see the world as I have through this trip.

In ten years I see myself…traveling back to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and to many other places around the world.

“My Putney experience will always stay with me and I will never forget the people and the places from my trip. This summer was particularly memorable for me because it is my last summer of traveling for a few years and I was able to have a trip of a lifetime!”


AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, FIJI Cultural Exploration

Australia–The Outback, Sailing, and the Great Barrier Reef: This adventure begins in the Tablelands region of North Queensland, along the Australian Pacific Coast. With Aussie guide Lou Christl, who is a jack-of-all trades in Outback living, the group spends three days at Lake Tinaroo, hiking, swimming, abseiling at Platypus Rock, exploring the tropical rainforest, and camping for a night in the “bush.” See kangaroos, emus, wallabies, and other indigenous wildlife. Next, students enjoy three days in Cairns, taking spectacular day trips whitewater rafting with professional guides down the Tully River, scuba diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and visiting a local crocodile farm. Then students board an ocean sailboat for a five day sailing trip through Whitsunday Island National Park, one of the world’s most magnificent areas of breathtaking natural beauty. Anchor at the outer reef, where certified scuba divers can dive with a guide, while others snorkel in crystal clear water over brightly colored coral and schools of tropical

“The program was amazing. The activities, students, and leaders made this trip remarkable! I returned home to my parents two days ago with a smile on my face, and have not been able to take it off since.” Alex Rachlin, New York, NY fish. Observe whales, porpoises, sea turtles, and giant sea clams. Students help our Australian crew to sail and cook meals. Enjoy miles of white sand beaches on remote islands. Sail to Great Keppel on the Tropic of Capricorn, and hike into the forest to see remarkable bird and plant life.

Sydney: Next, the group flies to Sydney for five days of exploration. Walk through its parks, explore the harbor, and visit the Australian Museum, Tarranga Zoo, and the famous Sydney Opera House. The group stays in a hotel in the heart of the city.

For students completing 10th-12th grade.

DATES: June 26th - July 29th Tuition Fee: $9390 This program begins and ends in Los Angeles. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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Tom Simunovic 2009 & 2008 Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji

“Amanda learned about the three countries’ people and cultures by experiencing them firsthand. She became more interested in outdoor activities and bonded with an amazing group of kids. She came home cooking and wanting to be more self sufficient after living on a boat and a working farm. She gained a love for learning through travel.”

Robert & Nancy Turner, New York, NY

St. Lawrence University, B.A., cum laude, Global Studies. While at St. Lawrence, Tom participated in several student organizations such as Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, One-to-One Mentoring, and Oxfam. Tom has traveled to over 20 countries including semester-long study abroad programs in Spain and Costa Rica; a community service project in Nicaragua; a history course in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany; a research grant to study national reconciliation processes in Spain and Italy; and extensive travel in Chile, his father’s homeland; and backpacking through many other amazing countries including Egypt, Peru, Portugal, Belgium, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia.

New Zealand – Family Living: From Sydney, the group flies 1,200 miles across the Tasman Sea to a town tucked into the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand’s South Island. Here, students become part of New Zealand life by spending six days with local families, some on large sheep farms, where they work with farmers herding sheep by day, and join in family activities in the evening. Our hosts help students to see their part of the country, inviting them to potluck dinners, sporting events, and dances. Host students are excused from high school to join our group on planned excursions. Both leaders stay in the town during the homestay.

Winter Skiing: Then students enjoy five days of outdoor exploration and skiing in the New Zealand Alps. With Kiwi friends as guides, our group samples several ski areas, all of which reach above timberline and have terrain for all ability levels. Enjoy miles of panoramic views of the Southern Alps and of the Tasman Sea below. Visit Lake Wakatipu, explore Arrowtown, a gold rush settlement, and stay in the Gothic city of Christchurch.

Fiji: The program ends with four days on Viti Levu, a tropical Fijian island in the South Pacific. Enjoy the sunny beaches, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, visits to local villages, and traditional Fijian ceremonies. Visit us at www.goputney.com

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SWITZERLAND, ITALY, FRANCE, & HOLLAND Cultural Exploration

Switzerland-Life in the Alps: This is the original Putney program, first led 59 summers ago by founders George and Kitty Shumlin. The program begins with five days in a chalet in the majestic Swiss village of Leysin, high on an alpine mountainside. Students glide by téléferique over green pastures dotted with grazing cows to the summit of La Berneuse, and hike far above the tree line to Lac d’Ai, Tour de Moyen, and fields of summer snow. Alpine guides take those who wish canyoning in mountain streams or glacier hiking through dramatic ice-covered terrain. Swim, dance with young European students, and take a traditional steamer across Lake Geneva to cosmopolitan Montreux and the medieval Castle of Chillon.

Italy–Florence, Osimo, and the Dolomites: From Switzerland, travel by

train to Florence and stay in a small hotel in the heart of the city for four days. The streets are alive with Renaissance atmosphere and culture – the Duomo with Giotto’s Campanile and the gilded doors by Ghiberti, the Piazza della Signoria with Michelangelo’s David, the Uffizi Gallery, the Medici Chapel, and the Pitti Palace. After Florence, the group moves to the medieval walled fortress village of Osimo, just twenty minutes from the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Here students stay with local families and have the opportunity to experience Italian life as it is really lived—from helping with household chores to exploring the town with Italian brothers and sisters. Both leaders stay in Osimo during the homestay. The group then joins local mountain guides for a spectacular three-day trek through the Dolomites, staying at night in mountain rifugios. There is time to relax in alpine meadows or to rock climb with professional guides.

Paris: The group travels on to Paris for six days of exploring the boulevards, the Latin Quarter, and Montmartre, with visits to museums, flea markets, theatres, restaurants, cafés, the Île de la Cité, and Chartres Cathedral. Holland and Amsterdam: Students travel by train through Belgium to Holland. There they take a six day bicycle trip through the sand dunes, along rural bicycle paths, over dikes, and past windmills and farms that are mostly below sea level. At night, they stay with European students in Dutch youth hostels in the villages of Egmond, Bakkum, and Heemskerk. They may also swim at North Sea beaches, sail or windsurf on inland lakes, and visit Noordwijk, Haarlem, and Leiden. Holland is flat and biking distances are moderate. The trip ends with two days in Amsterdam to explore its bustling canals and streets, see paintings by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and visit Anne Frank’s house.

For students completing 10th-12th grade.

DATES: July 2nd - August 4th Tuition Fee: $9090 This program begins and ends in New York. International flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted group flight.

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“I thought my homestay experience was amazing! I met so many different Italians, and by the end I felt as if I was one of them. They included me in everything and made sure I had a lot of fun.�

Zach Abecassis, New York, NY


THEATRE IN BRITAIN Cultural Exploration

­­The Mission: Follow in the tradition of Oxford playwrights John Galsworthy and Oscar Wilde; actresses Vivian Leigh, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and Kate Beckinsdale; and actors Richard Burton, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), and Hugh Grant. The Theatre in Britain program is a fun and comprehensive study of the thespian arts, all centered on the creation of a ready-to-tour show involving the whole group. During the first two weeks of the program, students live in Oxford and work as a team to write and produce an original production which they then perform at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival. Participants learn the fundamentals of acting, playwriting, stagecraft, the history of theatre, and publicity, on their way to a true Renaissance knowledge of the theatre world.

Oxford - Preparation:

Oxford University’s ongoing tradition of excellence in student theatre, its storied history, and convenient location (close to both London and Stratford-upon-Avon), make it the ideal setting for the program. While in Oxford, the group stays at St. Hilda’s College on the banks of the Cherwell River, set on the edge of Trinity Meadow. The group’s leaders provide expert, seminar-style instruction in the formal, technical, and artistic aspects of theatre, to complement classes and workshops with guest lecturers, field trips, and, of course, nights at the playhouse. These diverse aspects of theatre are woven together and find practical application in the group performance which the students begin working on shortly after arrival. The production of an original play for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the driving objective of the entire program. After getting to know each other and deciding on a theme to develop, the group leaps right into daily rehearsals. At first, these take place in the morning with seminars in the afternoon, but soon the production kicks into high gear with both morning and afternoon

For students completing 10th-12th grade.

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Mike Wamser 2005 - 2008 Theatre in Britain

“Our expectations for the program were exceeded. Maddy’s experiences— the number, quality, and breadth of theatre they saw, the quality of the program leaders, the seriousness of the enterprise, the experience and talent of the other participants – all were superb!”

Alan Bersin and Lisa Foster, San Diego, CA

DeSales University, B.A., cum laude; Ohio University, M.F.A. Mike is an actor, director, playwright and teacher who has worked in the professional theatre for the last fifteen years. As an actor he has played major roles all over the United States. His interview-based play (writer/director) Crossings was a hit in the New York International Fringe Festival, receiving four stars from Time Out New York. He is Founding Artistic Director for Stages on the Sound, based in Brooklyn, and a founding member of tax-deductible theatre, a company dedicated to actor-generated works. He has taught at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, with the Shakespeare Society, at Hartford University, Ohio University and at The School at Columbia University.

rehearsals. While based at Oxford, students take a day trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, and a weekend trip to London, where they see Shakespeare performed at the reconstructed Globe Theatre, and attend cutting edge modern dramas at venues across the city. As the production starts to take shape, students enjoy a farewell dinner and show in Oxford and then board a train for Scotland.

Edinburgh - The Payoff: ­The group hits the ground running in one of the most elegant, inspiring, and bustling European cities. Arriving nine days before the Festival begins gives them time to survey their performance venue, polish their performance, and develop and implement a publicity strategy. The pamphleteering must be lived to be believed! They also explore amidst the spires of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, visit the towering Castle, and share their enthusiasm with fellow theatre lovers, thousands of whom make the trip to Edinburgh an annual pilgrimage. As in Oxford, the group stays in university accommodations located near the center of the city, and within walking distance of a number of theatre venues. Finally, the house lights go down, and the curtain goes up. The moment is electrifying, but what is seen on stage is just the most visible portion of a much broader experience. In addition to the audience’s enthusiastic applause, participants find that they come away from the summer with knowledge, confidence, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Pre-College Enrichment

Eighteen years ago, Putney created the first Excel programs as a way to allow motivated, intellectually curious students to learn for the sake of learning – away from the pressures and limitations of school. In our Excel programs, students choose two courses of study that they follow throughout the program. They also participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities and fascinating excursions. Excel programs are informal and supportive environments, perfect for exploring a new subject such as International Relations or Photography, or developing a pre-existing interest in Creative Writing or Art History. Student involvement is critical. Active participation and creativity lead to a summer experience that surpasses students’ highest hopes for learning, exploration, and adventure. To learn more about our Excel programs and for full course descriptions please visit www.goputney.com

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Faculty Our distinguished faculty members are selected not only for their impressive academic credentials, but also because they are warm, dynamic, challenging, experienced, and caring. They engage, befriend, and mentor our students. Most faculty members live in dormitories with students, sharing in their lives and fully participating in extra-curricular activities. Living and working side by side with successful filmmakers, lawyers, artists, writers, and architects helps students envision their own academic and career paths. Because informal interactions are a key part of a successful community, faculty members are always nearby - to take students to a jazz concert in the Latin Quarter, visit a New England college campus, play cricket on the quad at Oxford’s St. Hilda’s campus, and provide a reliable source of friendship and support.

Community Selected from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries, Excel students encompass a wide range of interests and talents, but share a commitment to personal and intellectual growth. Both staff and students take responsibility for shaping the unique communities that make our programs special. Outside of class, faculty and students work together to organize events that are fun and rewarding for athletes, artists, musicians, video buffs, dancers, and frisbee players alike. These events and activities form an integral part of Excel, promoting adventure, self-discovery, and lasting growth.

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Molly Cox Excel Amherst 2009 Excel Paris/Provence 2008 Crossroads School Los Angeles, CA

In Molly’s own words... I brought home…a greater sense of independence and freedom.

I discovered…that I love little towns like Amherst.

It was a tough moment when…we were on Mt. Washington, and we were all giving up on finishing the hike. We all needed to support each other and motivate one another, and we all made it to the top!

I’ve decided…to study psychology further, because the social psychology class I took at Amherst was really fun.

Students at my school should… learn about Putney, go on trips during the summer, and trust that it will be amazing.

In ten years I see myself…living on the east coast, and doing some sort of work with psychology.

“This summer was memorable for me because I learned that if I really want something and am determined enough, that I will get it if I work hard for it, and that it feels amazing to be on your own and independent.”


AMHERST COLLEGE Excel Pre-College Enrichment

About Excel at Amherst College: Located in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, Amherst College has been committed to the pursuit of academic excellence since its founding in 1821. The College’s historic, ivy-covered buildings and the adjacent town common form the heart of the “Five College Area,” a vibrant academic network that includes Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges, as well as the University of Massachusetts. The town of Amherst is filled with interesting shops and cafés and is surrounded by rolling hills and rivers, ideal for hiking, canoeing, and biking. The Mead Art Museum, the home of Emily Dickinson, and the Robert Frost Library stand out among the rich cultural resources of the area. During the summer a concentration of artists, writers, and musicians make the Amherst area a lively and exciting place to be.

Campus Life: Excel Amherst alumni tell us that their confidence has grown so much over the summer that the prospect of going off to college no longer seems so daunting. Campus life means learning and meeting challenges together–from discussing your future dreams to washing your clothes, from helping someone else fit in, to setting up an evening’s entertainment for the whole program. Supported independence, intellectual stimulation, and a real sense of involvement, opportunity, personal growth, and fun are all part of living in Excel Amherst’s campus community. At Amherst College, Excel students live in single-sex residence halls located at the heart of campus, with easy access to playing fields, tennis courts, other college facilities, and to the town of Amherst. Rooms are doubles and the majority of students choose to room with participants they do not know prior to the beginning of the program. Dormitories are equipped with common areas in which students can gather to socialize, as well as laundry facilities, a computer lab, and snack and soda machines. Students eat meals at Amherst’s dining facilities, which provide a wide range of choices of hot and cold entrees, salads, healthy desserts, and vegetarian selections. Cook-outs, picnics, and restaurant meals provide a change of pace. The dorms open onto extensive lawns and quadrangles, which provide wonderful gathering points for campus life. On the college green, students can work on a poem, paint a landscape, act in a scene from Shakespeare, discuss ethical issues with For students completing 9th-12th grade their class, jam on a guitar, play frisbee or softball, make jewelry, or just relax with new friends. 1st Session: June 27th-July 16th Tuition fee: $4890 The Excel Difference: A unique feature of residential life at Excel is that students, resident 2nd Session: July 19th-August 7th advisors, most faculty, and directors live together Tuition fee: $4890 in the dormitories, sharing in the camaraderie of Both Sessions: June 27th-August 7th games, discussion groups, pizza parties, and other Tuition fee: $8990 informal gatherings. This close and supportive living environment ensures that students get to Excel staff will pick up and drop off students know directors, teaching faculty, and staff not only at Bradley Airport (Hartford, CT), or at loas teachers and mentors, but also as teammates, cal bus or Amtrak stations, on the first and friends, and members of a shared community. last days of each session.

Excel at Amherst College will comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will be licenced by the local Board of Health (105CMR 430.00, 430.190c, 430.19d, 430.159b).

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I had a great time in class. I loved taking pictures in Photography and writing my article for Journalism, and I also enjoyed leading community meeting. Personally I gained the confidence to do whatever I want to do.�

David Kaplan, Needham, MA


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Excel Amherst Day A typical day for Excel students at Amherst College is much like that of any college undergraduate, but with a structure appropriate to their age. Students enjoy all the benefits of stimulating, seminarstyle courses and get to spend time with like-minded individuals who quickly become valued friends. In addition, they get involved in a host of fun and engaging activities, from pick-up sports games to college visits to unique course-generated projects.

Excel Amherst Daily Schedule 7:30-8:30 9:00-11:00 11:30-12:45 1:00-3:00 3:30-5:30 6:00-7:00 7:00-7:30 7:30-10:00 11:00

Breakfast Morning Seminar Lunch Afternoon Seminar Activity Program Dinner Community Meeting Evening Activities Dorm Check-in*

*Dorm check-in on weekends is 11:30

­Morning and Afternoon Seminars Excel students spend four hours a day pursuing two areas of interest in small, active seminars. Courses are limited to between eight and twelve students and encourage collaboration and hands-on learning.

Afternoon Activity Program Afternoon activities allow students to make the most of their summer, and of campus life. Whether taking part in an instructional sports clinic, giving back to others through community service, or playing a pick-up game of ultimate frisbee, opportunities abound to connect with other students and instructors and to pursue new interests. Students are encouraged to start clubs and introduce the community to their favorite activities, or try something new in an environment which supports their enthusiasm.

Community Service Service is a vital aspect of Excel’s involvement in the community of Amherst. It is a fun and rewarding way to get involved with another group of friends at Excel, in addition to getting to know some interesting local people. Last year, students volunteered at a local food shelf and a nursing home, and harvested fruit and vegetables for low-income families at an organic farm. Excel issues community service certificates for those students who wish to receive credit for their work.

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Excel at Amherst College Excel Community Meeting The Community Meeting is a vital part of Excel, central to the small college life of the program. After dinner, students and staff gather on the quad to share messages, announcements about upcoming activities, concerns, and practical jokes. It is a fun way to check in with each other and keep the whole community informed about events and opportunities. Community Meeting quickly becomes a place where students feel comfortable sharing new ideas, planning their schedules, and celebrating each day’s successes.

Instructional Sports Clinics As part of the afternoon activity program, Excel offers optional instructional clinics in tennis, soccer, and golf, where students can polish their techniques and maintain their level of skill over the summer. Clinics meet three times a week throughout the program, allowing time for participants to get involved in other campus activities. Space is limited to ensure individualized attention, and clinics fill up quickly. Participation is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a supplemental fee for sports clinics.

­Tennis: Led by college-level players and coaches, this clinic helps

students learn the game or maintain their skills during the summer. Participants are assessed by the coaching staff and grouped by ability in order to assure the best training strategy for each student’s needs.

Soccer: Taught by college-level coaches or players, the soccer clinic focuses on ball control, passing skills, and offensive and defensive team strategies. Drills complemented by extensive scrimmaging allow students to get a jump on their preparation for the fall season.

Golf: PGA instruction emphasizes swing development, club selec-

tion, and course management. Students have opportunities for oncourse play at the Amherst Golf Course, Hickory Ridge, The Orchard, and driving-range practice. Students must provide their own golf clubs.

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“The highlight of my Excel program was meeting so many nice people, including friends, instructors and the staff. Incredible experiences, several activities everyday, and different cultures all together resulted in a perfect summer.”

Laura Bastos De Lima, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Evening Activity Program Evenings provide a special opportunity to relax and have fun. Students are encouraged to propose and organize activities for the group based on their own interests, or choose from the many options presented by Excel’s staff. Taking part in community activities strengthens friendships and learning, rounding out a full day’s schedule of events.

Pre-College Program, College Visits, & More Several afternoons during the program, students can choose a college to visit from the full spectrum of New England and New York colleges. In past summers, students have visited Middlebury, Dartmouth, Smith, Williams, and Trinity Colleges (in addition to Amherst), as well as Harvard, Tufts, Brandeis, Wesleyan, and Yale Universities. Visits are generally led by Excel’s faculty who are alumni of these colleges. Students can also benefit from informational workshops, including a special oncampus forum on admissions procedures and college life.

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“Malone gained insight into what the college experience might be like - from the classes to his roommate and dorm room to the meals in the cafeteria.” Cayce and Don Sheppard, La Cañada, CA

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Weekends & Excursions Weekends at Excel Amherst are a time to hit the road, try new things, and visit new places. Each weekend the cost of at least one of the excursions is included in the tuition. The entire community (students, directors, and staff) leaves campus to explore some of the region’s most interesting and entertaining places. These trips are not tours but active adventures that give students the benefit of a small group experience. Applicants should indicate their first and second choices on the application, either online or on the paper form located at the back of the catalog. Space is limited and preference will be granted on a firstcome, first-served basis.

Excel at Amherst College Weekend Calendar 1st & 2nd Sessions 1st weekend: Exploration Weekend 2nd weekend: Boston and Local Day Trips

Exploration Weekend Students choose from the following options:

New Hampshire Wilderness Adventure The beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire offer an opportunity to explore some of the best-preserved wilderness in the East. Students hike in the magnificent Presidential Range, enjoy the spectacular views from the top of Mount Washington, and canoe, kayak, or swim in some of the region’s many lakes and rivers. Students who choose this excursion should be excited about hiking, canoeing, and staying in a rustic hiker’s lodge. The cost of this excursion is included in the tuition.

Cape Cod Historic Cape Cod is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Northeast. On this excursion students can stroll the lively streets of Provincetown, swim or catch a summer sunset on one of the Cape’s pristine beaches, and enjoy playing guitar and singing at a bonfire on the beach. Whale watching trips, beach volleyball, and frisbee round out a wide array of activities. There is a supplemental fee of $390 for this excursion.

for a picnic lunch at the sprawling Marché Atwater, and catching an outdoor concert at the International Jazz Festival. There is a supplemental fee of $390 for this excursion.

Boston and Local Day Trips The whole program takes a Saturday excursion to Boston to explore such diverse locations as Harvard Square, the Boston Science Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Newbury Street, the New England Aquarium, the Freedom Trail, and Salem. On Sunday students have the opportunity to visit a local flea market in Hadley, MA, and visit MASS MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in the afernoon or enjoy biking, rollerblading, or hiking in the hills surrounding campus. The cost of this weekend is included in the tuition.

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Montréal The cultural vitality and hospitality of French Canada are enticing reasons to visit Montréal. From our base at McGill University, students explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City and soak in the Parisian atmosphere of Rue St. Denis. Activities include jet-boating on the St. Lawrence River, shopping Visit us at www.goputney.com

Students enrolled in the special six-week option at Amherst may either return home or visit friends (with the written permission of parents) during the four-day break, or attend an optional excursion to a New England location to be determined before the program. There is a supplemental fee of $390 for this excursion.

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Courses of Study Courses of study at Amherst are divided into five categories: Arts, Humanities, Languages and Rhetoric, Social Sciences, and Specialized Courses. Each student enrolls in one morning seminar, which meets each weekday from 9:00 to 11:00, and one afternoon seminar, which meets from 1:00 to 3:00. A modest amount of work outside of class hours is expected in both courses. Excel courses are not graded, but a detailed written evaluation of individual student performance in each course is sent home after the program (except for The Kaplan SAT course, where test scores provide feedback). Excel courses are typically limited to 8 to 12 students and are filled in the order applications are received. Below is a complete list of the 2010 offerings followed by several sample descriptions of our engaging Excel courses.

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Morning The Personal Essay: Creative Nonfiction Workshop Inside the Artist’s Studio: Drawing and Painting Inspiration to Runway: Fashion Design Intro to Darkroom Photography Digital Photography Film Studies: The Language of Cinema From Troy to Afghanistan: The History of War Spanish Language through Pop Culture English as a Second Language Friends, Romans, Countrymen: Public Speaking and Debate Business and Economics in Today’s Economy Order in the Court: Mock Trial The Psychology of Personality & Orgins of Behavior SAT Preparation: Kaplan Structured Writing All the World’s a Stage: Improv and Stand-up Comedy Writing for Stage and Screen: Scriptwriting Workshop Architectural Design Sports, Society, and Culture Biomedical Ethics: Hot Debates in Modern Medicine

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Afternoon Creating Worlds: Fiction & Poetry Workshop Inside the Artist’s Studio: Drawing and Painting Inspiration to Runway: Fashion Design Building a Portfolio: Advanced Darkroom Photography Workshop From Belfast to Baghdad: Religion and Conflict YouTube to Sundance: Video Production Workshop Music Composition and Performance From Blogs to Glossies: Print Journalism in the Internet Age French Language through Pop Culture Eat Local and Go Green: Sustainable Agriculture & Renewable Energy in New England Global Power in the Age of Obama: International Relations Seminar Psychology of the Criminal Mind SAT Preparation: Kaplan Current Events: The American Political Milieu Recycle and Redesign: Turning Junk into Functional Art The Show Must Go On: Acting and Directing Buy Low, Sell High: Investment Strategies for the 21st Century Exploring Culture through Dance Philosophical Enigmas No Strings Attached: A Capella Field Biology

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Alex Gutierrez 2009 Excel Amherst, 2007-2008 Excel Madrid/Barcelona, 2006 Excel Oxford/Tuscany Maryland Institute College of Art, M.F.A. Primarily a visual artist, Alex works in a number of disciplines, ranging from drawing and photography to installations that incorporate sound, video, and architectural elements. He has exhibited his work both in the United States and internationally. Alex studied in Florence at La Scuola Lorenzo de Medici where he double majored in Studio Art and History of the Renaissance. Alex is a native Spanish speaker and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain. He currently works as an Art Instructor at the North Shore Country Day School in Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys playing musical instruments, and fútbol.

The Personal Essay:

All the World’s a Stage:

Creative Nonfiction Workshop (Afternoon)

Improv and Standup Comedy (Morning)

Thinking about those college essays? Ready to break the cookie-cutter mold you learned in high school English? This dynamic workshop-style course may be just what you need to find your own unique writing voice. Led by a published essayist, this course supplements readings in contemporary nonfiction with stimulating writing exercises on important topics such as argumentation, imagery, word economy, and anecdote. Get beyond the traditional school essay to learn the techniques that will give your writing power and impact. Write about what’s important to you, whether it’s a memory from childhood, a key moment in your life, or a profile of the person who has influenced you most. Constructive peer critiques allow young writers to learn from each other and refine their essays in a tolerant, supportive environment. A reading is held toward the end of the program, and students may submit their work to an Excel literary magazine

Whether you’re the class clown or a young actor wanting to improve your stage presence, this active theater workshop may be the place for you. Beginning with a series of fun dramatic exercises designed to improve your skills and comfort level on stage, this course is an invitation to hours of exciting, unpredictable improvisation. Under the guidance of an experienced improv actor or comedian, you’ll learn and practice important skills such as characterization, movement, and physical comedy. Work up your own comedy routine or join others in a performing improv troupe. Participate in constructive critique sessions where you learn from your peers and instructor in a tolerant, supportive environment. Then, if you like, take to the stage in a final show open to the entire Excel community. Students will have the opportunity to see a variety of comedy and improv shows in the Amherst area.

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Global Power in the Age of Obama:

International Relations Seminar (Afternoon)

Psychology of the Criminal Mind (Afternoon)

The era of America ‘going it alone,’ appears to be over at least for now. International cooperation is the order of the day, and it’s no wonder. The world faces grave dangers and huge problems, from rogue states, terrorists, and nuclear proliferation to global climate change, overpopulation, resource depletion, and widespread poverty. Through lively discussion, debate, role-playing, case studies, and daily exposure to the latest international news, this course aims to provide students with the tools they will need to understand the current international environment. Some of the topics to be considered may include nuclear weapons negotiations with Korea and Iran; international efforts to head off climate change; the power dynamics of oil and energy; the international response to famine, civil war, and other disasters; the U.S. as global policeman; free trade vs. protectionism; sovereignty and national interest; and the role of international institutions such as the United Nations and NATO.

What makes someone commit a crime? How effective are the psychological profiling techniques used by crime investigators? Are there certain personality traits that predispose a person to criminal behavior? In this seminar, students examine the criminal mind through documentary and fictional accounts from print to film, and contemporary case studies drawn from the daily news. We’ll look at evidence that both supports and rejects modern theories and discuss criminal profiling as it is portrayed on today’s cinematic crime dramas. We’ll look at traits that connect serial killers throughout history and discover what makes modern-day white-collar criminals tick. A final collaborative project on criminal minds is presented to the entire Excel community.

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SAT Preparation: Kaplan (Morning & Afternoon) Eat Local and Go Green: Sustainable Agriculture & Renewable Energy in New England (Afternoon)

In response to trends such as climate change and rising energy costs, Americans and people throughout the world are thinking about ways to change consumption habits. Dairy, livestock, and produce farmers are rethinking growing techniques to be more environmentally friendly and to appeal to the expanding market for locally-sourced products. Entrepreneurs are looking at new ways to provide our energy, and the average citizen is trying to do his or her part through conservation, efficiency, and eco-conscious shopping. Participants in this exciting course will have the chance to debate and discuss these trends in a dynamic seminar format. They’ll get out into the field to see how the issues play out in the real world. Learn from local experts about state of the art developments in solar electric and hot water, small-scale hydro, wind power, and “cow power” bio fuel. Visit a nuclear power plant to talk with engineers about safety and spent-fuel disposal. Visit us at www.goputney.com

This course is organized and taught by Kaplan, Inc. It concentrates on verbal and mathematical skills, as well as test-taking techniques students need to perform at a high level on the PSAT and SAT-I exams. Materials provided for each student include: Course Lesson Book, Reference and Additional Practice Home Handbook, Vocabulary and Math Flashcards, Diagnostic Skills Testing, and Integrated Online Workshops. The course consists of daily classes and three full-length SAT practice tests. Each student receives an individualized study plan, based on the student’s diagnostic testing and information about the student’s study style and goals. As part of the class, Excel students may continue to study with Kaplan beyond their summer program. Kaplan offers free ongoing national student support at its Centers throughout North America which include libraries and resource rooms for extra practice testing and review. Students are also welcome to attend Center-based classes to make up any missed classes or to review desired sessions, and to use Kaplan’s online resources, until their fall SAT test date. There is a $550 supplemental fee for this course.

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PARIS / PROVENCE Excel Pre-College Enrichment

About Excel Paris / Provence:

Discover the heart and soul of France through detailed, field-based seminars exploring its rich history, art, and cultural traditions. Based in the vibrant university town of Aix-en-Provence and in central Paris, students immerse themselves in past and current French culture, surrounded by impressive architecture, renowned artwork, and glorious landscapes. There are field visits to Versailles, Chartres, St. Rémy-de-Provence, Avignon, Nîmes, and more. Whether you are a student of French wishing to refine your language skills, someone who is intrigued by the history or present political role of France, or someone pursuing foreign study as a way to prepare for college, ready yourself to go beyond the superficial and really understand France. Excel Paris/Provence combines an exploration of French history and culture through hands-on learning with an opportunity for those who wish to further their fluency in French. Some seminars prepare students for college with materials taught in English, while others explore the treasures of French culture in French. Either way, students find themselves in the field, exploring Provence, one of France’s most evocative regions, and Paris, one of the world’s great cultural centers. Together, the natural beauty of Provence and the monuments of Paris make an inspiring and exciting classroom for this program.

Aix-en-Provence and Paris:

For students completing 9th-12th grade

Dates: July 4th-July 30th Tuition fee: $8190* The group spends twelve days in Aix-enProvence, and travels together by train to Paris, where it spends the rest of the program. * For an additional fee students can join an escorted Excel group flight from New York to France and return.

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The program begins with two weeks in Aix-en-Provence, a dynamic university town nestled between the small hill villages of the Lubéron to the north, and the dramatic cliffs of the Mediterranean coast to the south. While its elegant squares and tree-lined avenues speak of its history, Aix is known as a cultural hub; it has several impressive museums, and is home to a world famous opera and summer music festival. It is the birthplace of Paul Cézanne, and is a short hop from Van Gogh and Gauguin’s home in Arles. Students stay in the centre ville, within walking distance of town squares, outdoor markets, museums and the cafés of the Cours Mirabeau. The relaxed, southern atmosphere of Aix is a great introduction to French culture and people; students have the chance to get to know each other and form a closeknit community before moving on to Paris for two weeks. In Paris, the group stays in the center of the city, near Île Saint-Louis. Seminars meet at the facilities of Middlebury College’s School in France, located off the wide, shaded boulevards surrounding L’Eglise Madeleine. The center is well-equipped with computers, a small library, and sophisticated video equipment. It is the perfect jumping off point for visits to the Musée d’Orsay, Montmartre, and the ChampsElysées, to name only a few. Middlebury is not in session in the summer, and the Excel Paris/Provence program has exclusive use of its facilities.

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A Typical Day After rising and eating breakfast with classmates and instructors, students break into their class groups for the morning. The Art History as Autobiography course may meet briefly in a seminar room to look at slides of the works they are about to see before setting out for the Musée d’Orsay, the Architecture Through the Ages class may head to Notre Dame Cathedral to learn about Gothic architecture and the innovation of flying buttresses, or to the Roman ruins of Glanum, in Provence, and the Creative Writing class may visit a sunny café on the Cours Mirabeau to work on their latest piece. Classes focus on in-depth exploration of Aix, Paris, and the cities and villages within easy reach. Classes break for lunch, when students have the opportunity to explore some of the local restaurants and cafés in small groups, then resume in the afternoon for continued exploration or discussion. After class, students and staff work together to plan afternoon activities such as biking near Mont Sainte-Victoire, a trip to the Musée Marmottan in Paris, a traditional tea at a famous teahouse, or a game of pétanque in the Luxembourg Gardens. The entire group gathers for a daily community meeting before dinner. Evening activities include trips to the Excel at Amherst College theatre, opera or ballet, film nights, and coffeehouses. Visit us at www.goputney.com

“Mary Katherine has always been up for a challenge and being with such a diverse group of young people really helped prepare her for the next stage of her life, college! She came home with a better grasp of the French language and a new love of (of all things) Indian Cuisine. Once again, diversity!” Tammy and Clark Fine, Montgomery, AL

Excursions Excursions provide Excel students with the opportunity to visit some of France’s more remote but vital historical and cultural landmarks. While these trips change from year to year, students may spend a day hiking and canyoning through the Gorges du Verdon, swimming at the foot of the Pont du Gard, or visiting the beautiful coves tucked in among the cliffs of the Calanques. From Paris, it’s only a short trip to Normandy for the weekend. Students visit the small museum that houses the Bayeux tapestry, and make a trip to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery before retiring to a beautiful, idyllic château south of Deauville.

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Courses of Study Taught by energetic, highly qualified instructors, courses at Excel Paris/Provence are designed to take optimal advantage of the rich milieu of historic and modern France, while at the same time adhering to Excel’s standards of academic excellence, innovation, and fun. All students choose one major course and one minor course, both of which they follow throughout the program–from Aix-en-Provence to Paris. Major courses meet three days per week; minor courses meet two days per week. Courses are dynamic and intensive, limited in size following the college seminar format, and have a significant field component.

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Major Courses Art History as Autobiography Creative Writing Drawing & Painting Intermediate French Language: Life and Culture* Advanced French: Life and Culture* International Relations France in Focus: Travel Photography

Minor Courses Architecture Through the Ages Conversational French* Intermediate French: French Cuisine & Culinary Arts* France in Focus: Travel Photography World War II & the French Resistance History of Fashion Design

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*students are required to speak French

Art History as Autobiography (Major) International Relations (Major) As Europe moves from monetary to political unification, it becomes an undeniable powerhouse on the international scene. This course examines the larger issues of the European Union by focusing on France’s political and economic systems, its leaders, and its relations with its neighbors and the United States. Field visits to the Hôtel de Ville in Aix-en-Provence, la Bourse or le Sénat in Paris, or a newspaper give students insight into the major political and economic institutions of France. Discussions with members of the diplomatic community and day-to-day coverage of the French media complement films, readings, and debates.

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Can we learn about an artist’s work by studying his life? Students in this Art History course take advantage of their surroundings to investigate the life and work of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. Aix-enProvence is the birthplace of Cézanne, and students can visit his virtually untouched studio. The cobble-stoned streets of Arles, where Gauguin and Van Gogh lived in an apartment atelier, as well as the sleepy town of St. Rémy de Provence, where Van Gogh spent his final years in an asylum, are only a short hop away. In Paris, students can see some of the principal works of these artistic luminaries at the Picasso Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Louvre. Through readings, careful contemplation of paintings and sketches, and ongoing immersion in the environs so influential in these artists’ life and work, students not only learn about the great masters but also gain key insights into a critical era in European art history.

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Bibba Walke 2006-2008, Excel Paris/Provence, 2002 Language Learning Spain

Course Highlights • Tour the Palais des Papes in Avignon • Sketch in the shaded gardens of Cézanne’s atelier • Participate in a full-day cooking workshop • Study Parisian architecture from atop the Arch de Triomphe

• Critique classmates’ work at Hemingway’s Café Select • Examine the works in the Louvre & Musée d’Orsay

Middlebury College, B.A., Middlebury College School in France, M.A. Bibba channeled a love of foreign languages into a B.A. in French and Spanish at Middlebury College. During her undergrad studies she lived and studied during semesters in Paris, France, and Logroño, Spain. Bibba has taught at Second Chance Academy in Accra, Ghana; at Langue et Nature English Immersion School in Laval, France; and at St. Paul’s School for Boys in Baltimore. She completed an M.A. in French and Francophone Literature with Middlebury College’s School in France. After completing her masters, she worked at Putney Student Travel coordinating programs in Europe and Africa. Bibba currently teaches French and Spanish at the Hamlin School in San Francisco.

Intermediate French: (Minor)

French Cuisine and Culinary Arts France prides itself on its refined and delectable cuisine; after taking a bite of roasted duck, enjoying a warm goat cheese salad, or devouring a molten chocolate cake, one cannot help but agree. However, as any Frenchman will tell you, the dishes are only a part of the French culinary experience. Each region of France is famous for its own specialty, usually a product of the region’s climate, history, and customs. In this course, designed for students with two or more years of French, the focus goes beyond the study of French language to the origin of these specialties, parallels between food and art, and the importance of quality and flavor. In addition to short readings and class discussions in French, students attend two full-day cooking workshops, visit the famous vegetable and fruit markets of Paris and Aix-en-Provence, interview an artisanal chocolatier, and consider the role of family-run dairies. There is a supplemental fee of $250. Note: This is not a traditional cooking class, but a multi-faceted exploration of French cuisine and language. Students are required to speak French in class. Visit us at www.goputney.com

History of Fashion Design (Minor) France has long been recognized as a leader in fashion. From the established iconic fashion houses to the young designers opening boutiques in Paris’ Marais district, fashion design has proven to be an art form that continually reinvents and revitalizes itself. In this course, students draw upon the fashion history of France to communicate design concepts in clothing with style and expression, as well as to consider the social and cultural implications of fashion. Readings and discussions complement visits to a Provençal textile mill, the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, and a designers’ studio. Inspired by past masters and today’s innovators, students sketch their own designs, choosing one piece to present at a culminating fashion show. Students are responsible for purchasing extra materials for their designs.

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OXFORD / TUSCANY Excel Pre-College Enrichment

About Excel Oxford / Tuscany: Excel Oxford/Tuscany offers students the chance

to prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars at the prestigious learning centers of Oxford University and Florence. The program takes students from Oxford to Paris and on to Florence with learning focused on active hands-on exploration of themes common to these three great European cities. While experiencing university life at Oxford and from a villa in the hills of Tuscany, students immerse themselves in the rich history and modern life of Europe. They emerge from their summer with a new appreciation of the cultures they have explored, and the desire to deepen their knowledge of Europe’s past and present. The program gives students the opportunity to participate in college-level courses on a number of fascinating topics with dynamic, highly qualified staff. Designed for mature, motivated, and intellectually curious students interested in seeing Europe in ways unavailable to tourists, Excel Oxford/Tuscany offers challenging, field-based seminars which prepare students for college.

Oxford: Oxford’s rich historical, architectural, and cultural background makes it the per-

fect setting for our field-based courses. The group lives for two weeks on the beautiful campus of St. Hilda’s College at Oxford University. From this base, students embark on numerous field trips to encounter the awe-inspiring sights of this magnificent English city: the ancient Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral, the Sheldonian Theatre, and the neighboring network of historic colleges, chapels, and museums. Students may find themselves sketching the Radcliffe Camera, contemplating treasures in the Ashmolean or Pitt Rivers museums, exploring an ancient Roman villa in the nearby Cotswolds, or following in the footsteps of Lewis Carroll or J.R.R. Tolkien through the magical gardens of Oxford’s venerable colleges. Oxford University is ideally situated for visiting a staggering array of important cultural and historical sites.

Paris: From Oxford, the entire program travels by train to Paris for a four day interlude en route to Florence. Students get a taste of French life while staying in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the Latin Quarter, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Pompidou Center, and the Musée d’Orsay. Participants have the opportunity to expand upon their studies in this great European center of culture and learning with visits to some of the world’s finest art collections, concerts, theatre, and architectural treasures. For students completing 9th-12th grade

Dates: June 26th-July 23rd Tuition fee: $8490* The group spends eleven days in Oxford, and travels together by train to Paris, where it spends three days. Next, the group travels by overnight train to Florence where it spends the rest of the program. * For an additional fee students can join an escorted Excel group flight from New York to Europe and return.

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Tuscany: From Paris,students take an overnight train to legendary Tuscany, where they enjoy their final two weeks of study in Europe. In Tuscany, the program campus is a beautiful 16thcentury villa perched high on a hill overlooking Florence in the small town of San Domenico. The Excel villa is a short walk or bus ride from the world-renowned historical and art center of Florence and the beautiful hilltop village of Fiesole. From this comfortable and well-situated base, students set out to explore the great city of Florence and the province of Tuscany, whose treasures have never ceased to amaze writers, artists, and travelers from around the world. For a more extensive information packet

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A Typical Day After rising and eating breakfast with classmates and instructors, students break into their class groups for the morning. The Art through the Ages course may meet briefly in a seminar room to look at slides of the works they are about to see before setting out for the Ashmolean Museum, the International Relations class may embark on a trip into London to visit 10 Downing Street, and the Creative Writing class may head to a sunny café in Florence to work on their latest writing piece. Classes break for lunch, when students have the opportunity to explore some of the local restaurants and cafés in small groups, then resume in the afternoon for continued exploration or discussion. After class, students and staff work together to plan late afternoon activities such as punting in Oxford, a trip to the Musée Marmottan in Paris, a traditional tea at a local teahouse, or a visit to the oldest gelateria in Florence. The entire group gathers for a daily community meeting before dinner on campus. Evening activities include trips to the theatre, opera or ballet, film nights, and coffeehouses.

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“Our impressions of the staff were very positive. We got a sense of a professional, knowledgeable, and sensitive group of leaders and staff, who knew how to create a balance with aspects of sightseeing and travel. They seemed sensitive to the needs of students.”

Mark and Joanne Erhartic, Wellesley, MA

Excursions On weekends or special occasions, the entire program departs on excursions to various points of scenic or cultural interest. While these trips change from year to year, recent groups have marveled at Stonehenge, gone biking in the Cotswalds, attended a Royal Shakespeare Company performance in Stratford-upon-Avon, hiked along the cliffs in Cinque Terre, and strolled the Old World streets of Siena.

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Courses of Study In each course in the Excel Oxford/Tuscany program, students delve into the cultural, historical, artistic, or economic landscapes of England, France, and Italy, exploring rich nuances of classical and contemporary learning. All students choose one major and one minor course, which they follow throughout the program with the same instructors, maintaining their academic focus as they shift cultures–from Oxford to Paris to Florence. Major courses meet three days per week, minor courses meet two days. The courses are dynamic, based on a college seminar format, and have a significant field component.

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Major Courses Archaeology: From the Iron Age to the Roman Empire Art Through the Ages: Masterpieces of the Western World Creative Writing Drawing & Painting: Open-Air Studio History of the Renaissance: Princes & Paupers International Relations: Europe & the World in the 21st Century Journalism and Print Media: Notes from the Field Travel Photography: Europe in Focus

Minor Courses Architecture Through the Ages Art of the Sketch History of WW II Medieval History: Castles & Cathedrals Travel Photography: Europe in Focus The World of Shakespeare Survival Italian: Dove sei il gelatto

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Notes from the Field (Major)

Europe & the World in the 21st Century (Major)

What better lens through which to view England, France, and Italy than that of a foreign correspondent? Since Hemmingway’s heyday in 1920’s Europe, the field of journalism has undergone many radical changes. The rise of the Information Age, plummeting newspaper circulations, the proliferation of the soundbite, and the immediacy of blogs and digital video mean that being well-informed is a more complex proposition than ever before. In this timely seminar, students will study traditional print media (The New York Times, The Washington Post/U.S., The Guardian and The Times of London/ U.K., The International Herald Tribune/continental Europe, among others...) and use these publications as models to create their own Putney Excel newspaper for the Oxford/Tuscany program. Curiosity, passion, and a love of writing are required!

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As Western European nations progress from monetary unification to political unification, they become an undeniable powerhouse on the international scene. This course examines the larger issues of European integration, and its influence on the rest of the world. Guest lecturers and field visits give students insight into the major political and economic institutions of England and Italy, such as 10 Downing Street, Parliament, the House of Windsor, and the London Stock Exchange. Students get a first-hand look at the effects of the European Union through field visits to traditional businesses such as olive oil producers. In addition, they seek out local people in England and Italy to ask their opinions about European integration.

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JP Obley

(center) 2008-2009 Excel Oxford/Tuscany California College of the Arts, B.F.A. JP has exhibited his photographs nationally and internationally. In June 2009 he exhibited at the Manifesto Gallery in Oakland, California. He came to education via commercial photography and a brief stint at the internationally circulated Transworld Snowboarding Magazine. Currently, he is helping to design a new educational curriculum incorporating technology and the arts at Pacific Northwest College of Art with a plan to implement his curriculum in the upcoming year. JP lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches digital photography and digital printing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. In his spare time JP enjoys riding bikes, snowboarding, and being in the studio.

Course Highlights • Visit Stonehenge and the ancient city of Bath • Take in Westminster Abbey and Parliament • Analyze great works in the Tate Museum • Walk through the vaulted grandeur of the Duomo • Visit medieval Siena • Sketch Donatello’s David in the Bargello Museum

Travel Photography:

Art Through the Ages:

Masterpieces of the Western World (Major) This interactive course in art history uses the bountiful artistic treasures of Oxford, Paris, and Florence as a starting point. Students have a chance to see world-renowned painting and sculpture in some of the world’s oldest and greatest museums, including the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Tate and National Galleries in London, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Uffizi, Accademia, Bargello, and Opera del Duomo in Florence. Using slides to begin discussing classic works before visiting them, students first consider these works from an art historical perspective: For whom were they painted or sculpted? What was their historical and cultural milieu? How did artistic styles evolve through the ages in England, France, and Italy? What lessons can Giotto, Titian, or Manet teach us about the world we live in today? The study of art history is enriched by a closer look at the contemporary art scene: students may visit a London artist in his studio, or contemporary galleries in London, Paris, and Florence. Visit us at www.goputney.com

Europe in Focus (Major/Minor) In this course, students learn how to use their cameras as tools to explore new environments and document their experiences. Through reviewing other photographers’ work, class assignments, and critiques students expand their understanding of photography and develop the visual and technical skills for capturing the essence of the people and places that they encounter. Topics of discussion include the fundamental elements of photography (such as light, composition, and perspective), methods of approaching strangers, and candid versus “directed” photography. By the end of the course, students have created a dynamic body of work that goes beyond the typical postcard shot and photographs of travel companions. They enhance their powers of observation and gain awareness of the expressive possibilities of their surroundings. Students must provide their own digital camera with a pixel depth of at least 3 megapixels. There is a supplemental fee of $150 for this course.

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MADRID / BARCELONA Excel Pre-College Enrichment

­­­About Excel Madrid / Barcelona: From the Goya and Velázquez-lined walls of the Prado Museum, to the afternoon sun of a bullfight in Madrid’s Ventas ring, to the curves and multicolored tiles of a Gaudí rooftop in Barcelona, Excel Madrid/Barcelona presents students with a special opportunity to explore the rich artistic, cultural, and historic legacies of Spain. Based in two of the Iberian Peninsula’s most dynamic cities, this program affords a unique insider’s view of Spain, while continuing the Excel tradition of preparing students for college with in-depth, field-based seminars. Whether students are intermediate or advanced Spanish speakers, or are just interested in foreign study in English as a way to get ready for college, they delve beneath the surface of legendary, fascinating Spain.

Madrid & Barcelona: In Madrid, our home is the Colegio Mayor Chaminade

in the Ciudad Universitaria, a short metro ride from the bustling Puerta del Sol, and the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen museums. Located in the geographical center of Spain, high on the meseta and set against the backdrop of the craggy Guadarrama mountain range, Madrid has long been a social and creative hub, and the nerve center that ties together Spain’s diverse regional communities. The invigorating mix of cultural offerings ranges from the stately 18th century Royal Palace, to what some would call its modern equivalent: Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium. At night the city is alive with tapas restaurants, the sound of guitars from flamenco tabernas, and the bright lights of theatre and movie house marquees. From Madrid, the program travels by private bus to the Pyrenees, where the group stays for two days in the pristinely preserved medieval village of Castellar de N’Hug. Castellar provides a refreshing break from city life and an abundance of opportunities to interact with local people, whether on the cobblestone streets, in the corner cafés, or on the town soccer field. Experienced guides lead students in a variety of activities ranging from water-trekking to traditional cooking and beginner-level spelunking. Moving on to Barcelona, the group is treated to a cosmopolitan gem of the Mediterranean. With a distinct regional character, Barcelona is known for its unique blend of pragmatism mixed with style, flair, and civic-mindedness. Starting in the busy port, students can For students completing 9th-12th grade walk up through the cobblestone streets of the Barrio Gótico, over to the mileDates: July 4th-July 31st long pedestrian walkway of the Ramblas, Tuition fee: $8190* and then sit and enjoy a traditional pan amb tumaquets breakfast in the shadow of The group spends twelve days in Madrid, Gaudí’s famous Pedrera building on the and travels together to Barcelona, where it Paseo de Gracia. The Picasso Museum, spends the rest of the program. the recently opened Museum of Modern Art, Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, *For an additional fee students can join an and the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic all escorted Excel group flight from New York serve as invigorating city classrooms. to Spain and return.

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A Typical Day After rising and eating breakfast with classmates and instructors, students break into their course groups for the morning. The Spanish Art History course may meet briefly in a seminar room to look at slides of the works they are about to see before setting out for the Museo Reina Sofía, the Advanced Spanish class may work on questions for a survey they will conduct later in the Plaza Mayor, and the Creative Writing class may head to a sunny café in Barcelona’s Born district to work on their latest pieces. Courses focus on in-depth exploration of Madrid, Barcelona, and the cities and villages within easy reach. Courses break for lunch, when students have the opportunity to explore some of the local restaurants and cafés in small groups, then resume in the afternoon for continued exploration or discussion. Students and staff work together to plan afternoon activities such as basketball at the Colegio Mayor with their new Spanish friends, a trip to the Fundación Miró in Barcelona, an inauguration into the wonderful world of chocolate y churros at a local chocolatería, or a frisbee game on the beach in Barcelona. The entire group gathers for a daily community meeting before dinner. Evening activities include trips to see flamenco shows or classical guitar concerts, film nights, and coffeehouses. Visit us at www.goputney.com

“Learning conversational Spanish was a great accomplishment for me. Being able to interact with people in restaurants and stores was fun and very useful. I really loved all the staff - they were responsible, friendly, and fun to be around.”

Katherine Weir, Williamsville, VT

Excursions Weekend excursions provide students with the opportunity to visit some of Spain’s more remote but vital historic and cultural landmarks. While the trips change from year to year, recent excursions included marveling at the architectural wonders of Toledo and Segovia, hiking in the Pyrenees, riding in a mountain train through the Val de Nuria, and visiting Salvador Dalí’s home in Cadaqués.

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Excel Madrid/Barcelona

Courses of Study Taught by energetic, highly qualified instructors, courses at Excel Madrid/Barcelona are designed to take optimal advantage of the rich milieu of historic and modern Spain, while at the same time adhering to Excel’s standards of academic excellence, innovation, and fun. All students choose one major course and one minor course, both of which they follow throughout the program – from Madrid to Barcelona. Major courses meet three full days per week, minors meet two full days. Courses are dynamic and intensive, limited in size, and have a significant field component.

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Major Courses Creative Writing Drawing & Painting: Open-Air Studio Spanish Art History: El Greco to Dali and Beyond Travel Photography: Spain in Focus Advanced Spanish: Life and Culture* Intermediate Spanish: Life and Culture*

Minor Courses Art of the Sketch Contemporary Spanish Film & Culture Hemingway’s Spain Conversational Spanish* Advanced Spanish: Cuisine and Food* Travel Photography: Spain in Focus Spain’s Architectural History

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Cuisine and Food (Minor)

Art of the Sketch (Minor)

From austere manchego cheese, to the iconographic hocks of cured ham which hang in nearly every bodega and taberna, Spain is a country rich in culinary heritage. Taught in Spanish, this course explores the food culture of the Iberian peninsula, discussing how materials, preparation, presentation, and the fusion of traditional and modern styles both reflect and influence cultural values. Excursions to markets and restaurants, discussions with chefs, farmers, and with local people help students gain a deeper understanding of the vital role of food in Spanish society. Though there may be one or two cooking classes offered during the program, the focus of this course is primarily linguistic and cultural. There is a $150 supplemental fee for this course.

As travelers through the ages have discovered, sketching is a way to etch permanently in one’s mind the memory of a place. It is a way to savor the travel experience, interpret it, and make it one’s own. This field-based course takes students out into the landscapes and cityscapes of Spain, pencil in hand, to record their experience through a series of sketches. This is not a technical art class, but is designed for students wishing to develop their artistic skills, as well as those who simply want to add depth to their experience in Spain. Students must provide their own sketchbooks and colored or graphite pencils.

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Ana Requeña 2008-2009 Excel Madrid/Barcelona University of California, Davis, B.A., Comparative Literature & Spanish; University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., Spanish; University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. candidate. Ana recently completed the second year of a doctoral program at UCSB where she is pursuing a degree in Hispanic Literature with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics. As an undergraduate, Ana discovered a passion for the Spanish theatre of the Golden Age; this led to a senior honor’s thesis funded by an undergraduate research fellowship. Also, while at UC Davis, Ana was awarded with a Departmental Citation for Excellence by the Spanish Department, and was recognized as an Outstanding Senior by the university. She has spent summers in Spain and loves teaching about its culture, food, and people.

Course Highlights • Capture the colorful performers in Retiro Park on camera • Learn the secrets of Goya’s “Black Paintings” in the Prado • Practice your Spanish buying picnic supplies at a local mercado • Climb the spires of La Sagrada Familia • Sketch the vibrant street life of Ramblas promenade

Intermediate or Advanced Spanish: Life and Culture (Major)

Creative Writing (Major) In this intensive writing workshop, join the long tradition of American writers who’ve found their inspiration abroad. Students hone their skills by studying the fundamentals of creative writing, with a special emphasis on exploration in a foreign setting. The focus of this workshop is students’ own poetry, fiction, memoir/nonfiction, and journal writings, which are discussed in an open and constructive manner in class. Class time is spent exploring the urban and rural settings in and around Madrid and Barcelona, taking time to ponder a landscape, seek out interesting characters, or sit in a café to write and discuss literature. Short reading assignments help students address specific literary issues, and include a selection of contemporary and classical authors. Students conduct a reading of their work at the end of the program.

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This language immersion seminar allows students to use Spain as their classroom in the quest to improve their comprehension and spoken command of the language. The limited class size allows the instructors to identify weak or underdeveloped areas in students’ knowledge while customized field exercises help students to improve in those areas. Participants also explore Spain’s exciting and dynamic contemporary cultural scene, conducting field-based inquiries into the country’s societal makeup, youth culture, film and media, music, dance, and cuisine. The intermediate level course is designed for students with one to three years of high school Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish while in class, and research an independent study topic of their choice relating to Spanish life and culture, to be presented during the last week of the program. The advanced level course is designed for students with at least three years of high school Spanish or the equivalent, and they are expected to have advanced comprehension and speaking ability. Note that placement in Intermediate or Advanced Spanish will be determined based on assessments during the first days of the program.

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CHINA Excel Pre-College Enrichment

About Excel China:  After decades of stagnation, China is emerging as a world superpower. Extraordinary growth in its production of industrial and commercial goods has affected markets, tilted trade balances, and increased competitive pressures across the globe. Foreign companies are seeking access to China’s one billion potential customers. Military strategists argue about the country’s effect on international relations in Asia and beyond. Chinese films draw wide audiences and attract attention to the nation’s rich contemporary and traditional arts. Though China demands the world’s attention, few Americans understand it beyond the most superficial level. Excel China provides an opportunity for motivated students who want to take a first step in their study of this incredible culture, and an in-depth experience for those who have already begun to focus their interest. The program challenges students to learn and live outside their comfort zones; to explore a new culture with an adventurous and curious spirit; and to constantly try new things.

The Program: Excel China is based at the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB),

located within Beijing’s Central Business Area. The campus is near important historical sites, expansive parks, and the city’s cosmopolitan embassy district. Founded in 1956, CUEB is part of Beijing’s network of leading, well-established universities. The campus offers a vibrant student community and a quiet space within the bustling capital where opportunities abound for interaction with Chinese students over lunch or on the basketball court. Beijing is home to an amazing array of fascinating sights and activities that form the basis of the program’s courses and excursions. Walk below the enormous portrait of Mao into the vast courtyards and lavishly decorated temples, gardens, and passageways of the Forbidden City – home to China’s emperors. Spin prayer wheels or make an incense offering at the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in China. Explore the narrow streets and tiny shops of a traditional hutong neighborhood. Shop for anything from revolutionary memorabilia to original calligraphy at the massive Panjiayuan market (also known as the Dirt Market). Enjoy an evening stage performance combining acrobatics with kung fu and traditional dance. Learn just how spicy Szechwan food really is!

For students completing 9th-12th grade

Dates: July 6th-August 3rd Tuition fee: $6990* The group spends two weeks in Beijing, before taking a week-long excursion to Xi’an, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. The group returns to Beijing for the final week of the program. The tuition fee covers transportation in China *For an additional fee students can join an escorted Excel group flight from New York to Beijing and return.

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After two weeks in Beijing, the group takes a week-long excursion so that students can gain perspective on China from outside its capital. The group first boards an overnight train (with comfortable sleeping berths) to Xi’an, 800 miles to the southwest of Beijing. There they visit the extraordinary terra cotta warriors – one of China’s most stunning sights – and take an evening bike ride along the top of the city’s wall. From Xi’an, the group flies to Shanghai for a visit to this metropolis of 17 million that seeks to rival New York as the center of world trade. An overnight trip to nearby Hangzhou, the beautiful former capital built on the shore of scenic West Lake provides a restful break from the frenetic pace of Shanghai. After an overnight train ride back to Beijing, students spend the final week of the program continuing their in-depth exploration of the city, and working together to prepare for their courses’ culminating presentations.

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A Typical Day After breakfast on campus, students join their major or minor class for a full day in order to provide ample time for travel and extended visits to sites of interest. Courses are field-based and use China’s local resources for content. The China and the World Economy course might begin the day with a discussion with business leaders at their Beijing or Shanghai offices. The religion course might discuss early Taoist philosophical writings, and then visit the Dongyue Temple in the afternoon. Students in the Chinese Cuisine minor course might visit a food market, sample a particular regional cuisine at a local restaurant, and then help prepare northern Chinese dumplings under the watchful eye of a traditional cook. Late in the afternoon, students often have an hour or two of free time before dinner. This is an opportunity to talk with Chinese students, to play a pickup game of basketball, frisbee, or chess, or to get a glimpse of everyday life near the CUEB campus. After dinner, the group holds its evening meeting. This is a time to share the experiences of the day, to discuss future plans, and to build the sense of community that is a key feature of every Excel program. After the meeting, organized evening activities include off-campus options (always led by an instructor or other staff member), and on-campus events such as a coffeehouse with student performers. Visit us at www.goputney.com

“Ryan’s Survival Mandarin class was amazing. It incorporated so many aspects of life — team work and problem solving — in Chinese! I can’t say enough about how highly I regard everything to do with this program. The staff was fabulous, brilliant, diverse, well-trained and dynamic! ”

Ann Mari and Randy Weber, Roslyn, NY

Excursions Heeding Mao’s admonition that “He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man,” the group goes on an overnight hiking trip to one of the less-visited portions of the Great Wall for a moonlight or sunrise view. Students enjoy a canal boat ride to the imperial family’s Summer Palace which is surrounded by a vast park featuring lakes, temples, and interesting oddities like the Dowager Empress’ marble boat, built with funds intended to create a modern navy. A bike tour of Beijing’s traditional neighborhoods, and a hike in Fragrant Hills Park are other options. During the program’s week-long excursion, students have a chance for a real change of pace, marveling at Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors, enjoying the parks, temples, and wooded hills of beautiful Hangzhou, and soaking up the highoctane ambiance of booming Shanghai.

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Excel China

Courses of Study Excel China’s seminars are limited to 12 students, allowing for an active and interactive format taking advantage of the range of fascinating learning opportunities that China has to offer. Highly qualified and energetic instructors live with the students in the dorm, and are engaged in all aspects of the program, not just classes. All students choose one major course and one minor course. Major courses meet three full days per week, minors meet two full days. Excel China’s courses set high academic standards, but do so in a noncompetitive, creative atmosphere that makes learning exciting and fun.

Summer 2010 Courses Visit www.goputney.com for full course descriptions

Major Courses China and the World Economy Chinese Religion: The Tao to Mao Travel Photography: China in Focus Intro to Mandarin Intermediate Mandarin Advanced Mandarin

Minor Courses Art of the Sketch Modern Chinese History Survival Mandarin The Secrets of Real Chinese Cuisine Travel Photography: China in Focus

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China and the World Economy (Major)

The Secrets of Real Chinese Cuisine (Minor) What’s your favorite? Beijing Duck? Pan-fried dumplings? Whole fish in hoi sin sauce? Kung Pao chicken? Szechuan pork with tiny, tongue-numbing peppers? The variety of regional cuisines makes an exploration of Chinese food a series of distinct, memorable experiences. In this course, students visit markets to learn about the extraordinary range of Chinese ingredients, sample representative regional cuisines, and learn to prepare several dishes under the guidance of local cooks. While not everyone comes away as a five-star chef, the study of culinary skills is a fun, stimulating, and delicious experience. Note that this is not a cooking class, but a multi-faceted exploration of Chinese Cuisine.

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Excel China

In the space of only a few years, China has become a major force in the world economy. This has made interactions with China increasingly crucial in international relations, and has had a particular effect on U.S. policy. Students in this course examine the origin of the U.S. trade imbalance with China, and the many issues and implications relating to Chinese purchase of U.S. government debt, currency valuation, U.S. and Chinese savings rates, Chinese domestic spending, U.S./China tariff disputes, and Chinese investments in U.S. companies. Students also explore the political, financial, and demographic bases of China’s explosive economic growth, and consider its many positive and negative by-products.

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Harrison Kahn 2007 - 2008 Excel China, 2006 Global Action China Middlebury College, B.A. Chinese. During college Harry participated in Middlebury’s intensive Summer Language program and lived in Harbin, China, studying with CET at the Harbin Institute of Technology. He then spent a season directing operations on a Yangtze River cruise ship, started his own Vermont maple sugaring operation with a friend, and worked for several years in the Putney Student Travel barn coordinating programs in Asia and Excel staff hiring. Having lived in Vermont, Colorado, and China, he has become accustomed to the finer things in life - such as trout fishing, powder skiing, maple syrup, and spicy noodles. Additionally, Harry enjoys practicing Chinese calligraphy and playing the guitar and mandolin. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Course Highlights • Try out your Mandarin on visitors to Mao’s mausoleum • See Xi’an’s astounding Terra Cotta Warriors • Sketch t’ai chi practitioners at the Temple of Heaven • Discuss policy issues with US Embassy staff in Beijing • Learn to identify Szechwan and Hunan cuisines

Intermediate & Advanced Mandarin (Major) Secondary students who have had the opportunity to study Mandarin during the academic year benefit greatly from the chance to improve their oral language skills by focused study and daily interaction with native speakers. With class size limited to 12, the instructor is able to identify weak or underdeveloped areas in students’ knowledge and to customize exercises to fill in gaps and foster breakthroughs. A significant part of each lesson involves interaction with native speakers in real-life situations where effective language skills are required. Even experienced students should expect to be challenged in order to make significant strides in their language learning. While not the focus of instruction, learning and practicing key written characters is part of coursework. Note that placement into Intermediate or Advanced Mandarin will be determined based on assessments during the first days of the program.

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China in Focus (Major/Minor) The visual array of China’s cultural richness, development issues and centuries-old traditions makes it a favorite destination for photographers. Contrasts between religion and economic development, east and west, urban and rural...the list of potential subjects is unlimited. In this in-depth course, students learn to observe and capture their surroundings using digital photography in ways that allow them as artists and allow others as viewers of their work to see the world anew. Topics of discussion include the fundamental elements of photography (such as light, composition, and perspective), methods of approaching strangers, and candid versus “directed” photography. Visits to exhibitions and structured projects and assignments mesh with students’ own interests in the creation of a portfolio for display at the end of the program. Students must provide their own digital camera with a pixel depth of at least 3 megapixels and should have experience using the camera. There is a supplemental fee of $150 for this course.

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Putney Foundations Putney Foundations combines elements of many programs Putney has offered to older students over the past 59 years. It joins the structure and variety of seminars offered on an Excel program with the sense of adventure and active fun of a Cultural Exploration program, as well as the immersion setting of a Language Learning program, and the meaningful interaction that comes from participating in a worthwhile Community Service effort. Putney Foundations is designed for creative, energetic, and engaged students finishing the 7th and 8th grades who want to transition from a traditional camp setting. With this program as a foundation, students can move on to other Putney experiences in future years. To learn more about our Putney Foundations program please visit www.goputney.com

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base, students participate in a variety of activities including Spanish language learning, community service, environmental studies, and recreation. Putney Foundations staff, who are experienced with this age group, stress the development of a positive group dynamic, insure that students receive personal attention, facilitate interactions with local people, and encourage students to explore and to make discoveries about their new and fascinating surroundings, all in the context of structured, safe, and fun activities.

Alice Woods Foundations Costa Rica 2009 & 2008 John Burroughs School St. Louis, MO

In Alice’s own words... I brought home…amazing friendships, a love of Costa Rican food, and the ability to speak some Spanish. I discovered…how, without studying Spanish at home, I could communicate so easily with the locals.

It was a tough moment when…our group, which had bonded in just a few days, had to split up for five days for Community Service.

I’ve decided…to explore as many different cultures as I can.

Students at my school should… challenge themselves to spend some time living in a place where they are the minority.

In ten years I see myself…living abroad somewhere.

“The Putney Foundations trip to Costa Rica was so special for many reasons. The beautiful country was the most remarkable place; the Costa Ricans, or Ticos, were so welcoming and helpful to American travelers on days when we rode the bus, or walked through towns. My trip leaders were incredibly smart, kind, and inspirational people who made the trip such a success for me.”


COSTA RICA Putney Foundations

About Costa Rica: Over 50 years ago, declaring itself to be a peaceful nation, Costa Rica

disbanded its army and has since enjoyed five decades of democracy and peace. Today, Costa Rica is well known for its astounding biodiversity, innovative approaches to ecotourism, warm and inviting people, and miles of tropical beaches. With over fifteen years of experience in Costa Rica, Putney’s extensive network of local contacts and talented staff bring safety, creativity, and expertise to all aspects of Putney Foundations.

The Villa: Putney Foundations is based in the small coastal community of Playa Hermosa, sit-

uated on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast. Known for its friendly people, pristine white sand beach, gentle surf, and surrounding verdant mountains, this is one of the country’s most inviting and safe beach towns. Foundations’ students and staff live together in a small, family-run villa situated only 50 meters from the beach. Boys and girls live in separate double accommodations at the villa. Students and staff eat all meals on campus in an open air, palmroofed pavilion.

Daily Activities: Students begin each morning with a breakfast of cereals, eggs, and locally grown fresh fruit. Before splitting into smaller groups, they convene for a brief morning meeting to discuss the day’s activities and upcoming excursions. Morning activities allow participants to choose from among a variety of options such as beginner surfing lessons, planting a neighborhood hummingbird garden, or a Costa Rican cooking class. Many days, there are interactive language lessons, led by Putney staff and designed not only to improve Spanish skills, but also for students to get to know Costa Rican culture and society. On these days students are grouped by ability levels; while the advanced Spanish group may be interviewing Costa Ricans about their favorite musical groups, the beginning Spanish group may be down on the beach learning the names of different types of fish from a local fisherman. The whole group reconvenes for lunch at the villa. The afternoon begins in small groups pursuing more enrichment activities chosen by the students and led by Putney Foundations instructors. Over the course of their three weeks in country, students may observe howler and white-faced monkeys in their natural habitat, take salsa lessons, participate in drawing or painting workshops, or take a nature hike to a nearby waterfall. In

For students completing 7th & 8th grades.

DATES: June 27th - July 18th Tuition Fee: $5490 This program begins and ends in Houston. Flights are not included in the tuition. Putney arranges an escorted roundtrip group flight from Houston to Costa Rica, and an optional, escorted roundtrip group flight from New York to Houston.

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the late afternoons and evenings, Foundations’ staff lead an array of structured activities ranging from a pick-up game of fútbol with local teenagers to a tertulia for students wishing to sharpen their Spanish skills. There are many more opportunities for surfing, kayaking to snorkeling spots, scavenger hunts, swimming, and reading on the beach. After dinner and a second community meeting, students may show off their talents in a program-wide talent show, tell stories around a bonfire on the beach, or collect their thoughts by journaling as they relax beside the villa’s pool.

Community Service—Life in a rural village: Every Putney Foundations student

also completes a five-day stay in a small village. Students are broken into two smaller groups and each group rotates through the same village tucked into the mountains of Tilarán. Accompanied by two Putney staff, students lend a hand on much-needed projects in town. Examples of possible service projects include helping to build a classroom at the local schoolhouse, teaching English to Costa Rican children, painting a room in a community center, planting trees, and working with local farmers. During this stay, boys and girls live in separate, simple accommodations (classrooms or small houses in town). The group eats delicious meals together; each day, students form cooking crews to help local women prepare rice, beans, chicken, eggs, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Students also spend a day at a Biological Research Station, learning about the status of tropical forests and working on conservation projects. Projects may include building monkey bridges, painting trail signs, or planting trees with local school children. Students who successfully complete Foundations receive a certificate from Putney recognizing between 20 and 30 hours of community service work completed.

University of Iowa, B.A., Spanish. NationalLouis University, M.A., Secondary Education. During his undergraduate studies, Scott spent a semester in Sevilla, Spain, where he studied Spanish culture and arts at the Universidad de Sevilla. After graduating, Scott moved to Monteverde, Costa Rica, where he taught English to young adults and contributed to a Costa Rican tourism website. Scott also spent time working as a photographer in Mexico. After returning home to his native Chicago, he began his pursuit of a teaching degree and now teaches Spanish at a private K-8 school in Chicago. Scott has traveled extensively through Central and South America, Europe, and Morocco. His interests include beach volleyball, music, photography, and Costa Rican food. Scott is fluent in Spanish.

Excursions: Day and overnight trips from our villa allow students to explore the many diverse

ecosystems found in Costa Rica. The group visits a number of beaches and national parks in northwest Costa Rica and also pays a visit to Arenal, one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes. Students may hike to the crater lake of Arenal’s dormant partner, crawl through muddy caves in the nearby Cuevas Venado, hike misty trails in search of howler monkeys, hummingbirds, and morpho butterflies, ride horseback through the rainforest, or fly above the cloud forest canopy on a zip line adventure. The cool evenings are best spent soaking in Arenal’s natural hotsprings. Putney Foundations offers participants the unique chance to become part of the Putney community by living, learning, and actively engaging in fascinating and beautiful Costa Rica.

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Meet the Putney Student Travel Directors From left to right: Joseph Lambert, Kelsey Burns, Jeffrey Shumlin, Karen Philips, Jim Olivier, Lauren McDowell, Peter Shumlin, Hannah Gilkenson, Tim Weed

Jeffrey Shumlin: Wesleyan University, B.A. Jeff first traveled on his own to Guatemala when he was nine years old to spend the summer on a coffee plantation. Travel has been the primary focus of his life ever since. He has worked gathering seaweed in France and as a farmhand on a pig farm in Spain. He has ridden a horse across the Pantanál in Brazil, and cycled almost everywhere. As a director of Putney Student Travel for twenty-seven years, Jeff has led numerous educational programs for young people and designed programs for both young and old worldwide. Jeff speaks French and Spanish.

Peter Shumlin: Wesleyan University, B.A. Like his brother Jeff, Peter was born into educational travel. Their parents, George and Kitty Shumlin, were seasoned travelers themselves by the time they met aboard the S.S. New Amsterdam in 1950. Peter has traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and China, a country he was able to visit when it was still closed to most American travelers. In addition to Peter’s work as a director at Putney for the past thirty years, he is the current president of the Vermont Senate.

Jim Olivier: Middlebury College, B.A.; Harvard University, Ed.M., J.D. As a boy, Jim lived for extended periods in Brazil and Switzerland, and he has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia, China, the US, and Canada. A lawyer, educator, and former college president, Jim’s interests include European and Asian history, soccer, sea kayaking, and baking bread in his wood-fired oven.

Tim Weed: Middlebury College, B.A.; University of California, M.A.; Warren Wilson College, M.F.A. At Middlebury Tim studied abroad in Spain, Mexico, and Jamaica, and, after graduating, led eight Putney programs in locations around the world. He has directed the Williams College, Oxford/Tuscany, and Cuba Excel programs. Tim is a published author and is currently at work on a novel.

Lauren McDowell: Washington and Lee University, B.A. Lauren’s passion for language and travel was sparked when she studied during college in Seville, Spain, and she has been on the go ever since. She has led five Putney programs – to Ecuador, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Spain and coordinates programming in Latin America. Lauren enjoys reading, running, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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Kelsey Burns: Saint Lawrence University, B.A. A Vermont native, Kelsey’s love of travel began with a trip to Spain in high school. She has since led Putney programs to Spain, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Ghana. In addition to directing leader hiring, she coordinates programs in Spain, Latin America, and Africa. Kelsey enjoys dancing, hiking, reading, and art.

Joseph Lambert: Montserrat College of Art, B.F.A. Joseph first came to Putney to teach art and photography at Excel, and subsequently led programs to Australia, Alaska, Europe, Peru, and Iceland. He designs Putney’s print publications and website, and coordinates programs in Australia, Europe, and Latin America. Joseph’s interests include photography, music, cooking, biking, and cultural studies.

Karen Phillips: Saint Lawrence University, B.A. During high school and college Karen lived and studied in Switzerland, France, and Senegal. She has led Putney programs in France and Senegal, and presently coordinates Putney’s programs in France and francophone Africa. Karen has traveled extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, and enjoys rock climbing, painting, and running.

Hannah Gilkenson: University of Michigan, B.S. A former primatologist, Hannah spent six years studying monkeys in Costa Rica, where she developed a love for travel. She first joined Putney for the Foundations program and most recently led programs to Ecuador and Peru. Hannah helps coordinate programming in Latin America, Spain, and Putney’s Excel programs. A Vermont native, Hannah’s hobbies include leaf-peeping, hiking, all things musical and, of course, monkeys.

Patrick Noyes (not pictured): Georgetown University, B.A. After living for five years in Spain, Patrick joined Putney nine years ago as leader of a Spain Language Learning program. He then spent five summers with Excel in Spain, and has directed Excel at Amherst College, Excel China, and Excel Spain. Patrick is currently in New York City, heading up a new Putney/National Geographic collaboration, the Student Summit programs: Spring break trips to Washington, D.C. for middle and high school students and their teachers.


Set off with National Geographic to one of these destinations

Peru Costa Rica Tanzania Australia China Ecuador & the Galápagos India Rome & Greece Spain Iceland Bar Harbor, Maine Monterey Bay, California

New in 2010! Alaska Hawaii Tuscany, Italy

National Geographic and Putney Student Travel collaborate With more than a century of exploration behind them, National Geographic has developed a vast network of resources across the globe. For over half a century, Putney Student Travel has been a leader in delivering challenging, innovative, fun and safe educational summer programs for high school students. Now, National Geographic and Putney Student Travel have teamed up to offer an array of adventures for high school students in some of the most spectacular places in the world. Led by our team of outstanding trip leaders, National Geographic Student Expeditions combine the best of adventure, cultural immersion, and education. On every program you’re also joined by a National Geographic expert such as a photographer, wildlife biologist, or filmmaker. The hallmark of these expeditions is a National Geographic On Assignment project, which enables you to dig deeper into the expedition location’s landscape and culture and develop your storytelling skills. Throughout the expedition, you’ll break into teams to work on projects in your area of interest: photography, wildlife and conservation, climate and geology, filmmaking, travel writing, archeology and ancient culture, marine biology and conservation, earth sciences, or exploration. Join us for summer 2010, and get ready to explore the world firsthand with National Geographic.

For more information about National Geographic Student Expeditions or to request a catalog, call 877-877-8759, or visit our website at ngstudentexpeditions.com.


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