We are excited to offer a trip to Morocco for Spring 2019. Students will take French classes at a local private high school and hike, camp, and explore across Morocco. The trip will feature a group experience in a traditional Riad with Moroccan meals, homestays with Moroccan families, and Moroccan and French cooking lessons. Students will also have the opportunity to intern with local craftsman and artisans in fiber arts, tile making, indigenous farming, pottery, and leather. Following their internship, they may spend two weeks on in-depth craft work and special projects.
Chongqing and Beijing, China
The China trip is led by Putney School Chinese teacher and artist, Cai Silver. Cai’s brother, also an artist, and resident of Chongqing, is the co-leader.
This trip takes place in Chongqing and Beijing with excursions to surrounding towns, cities, and a multitude of sites. Cai and her brother offer a unique and intimate experience with Chinese culture and place. Students attend language and art classes at Chongqing University and Sichuan School of Fine Arts. Students work alongside Chinese students in classes such as: Chinese painting, Chinese paper art, cooking, martial arts, history, and geography. Each day, students have opportunities to work alongside and speak with individuals and groups from the community. There is plenty of fantastic food, authentic cultural experiences, and genuine work in the community. While in Chongqing, students live in the dorms at Chongqing University.
Click here to view the 2017 daily itinerary.
Students will attend Spanish language classes at UNINTER (a language school in Cuernavaca), attend high school classes at a small private school within UNINTER, and will live with a host family in Cuernavaca throughout the trimester.
UNINTER coordinates a multitude of excursions for the Putney group on weekends and weekday afternoons. These excursions include trips to Mexico City to see the Ballet Folklorico, museums, historic sites, and gardens within Cuernavaca. Students will also work with community service organizations and local artisans, experience dance and cooking classes, and travel to surrounding towns.
Bedales School, Hampshire, England
Bedales School is a progressive school in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. One or two 1-2 Putney students are able to board and attend classes at Bedales during the fall trimester. The campus is spectacular and the school is deeply committed to exchanges from around the world. Students interested in this trip will remember that each year in the fall a group of 8-10 Bedales students spend two weeks here at Putney.
In the winter or spring semester, one or two students have the opportunity to travel independently to Cuernavaca. The itinerary is almost identical to the group trip. The difference between the group and individual experience is increased independence. and a lack of support from Putney peers.
Depending on availability at a number of schools with whom we have exchange relationships with in the fall, winter, and spring, there are opportunities for homestays and attendance at a French school. The model is simple: a Putney student would lives with a family that has a teenager at a private school in France, attends classes at that school, and lives the life of a French teenager for one trimester. Ecole Alsacienne in Paris is an example of one of the schools with whom we have an exchange.