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The Truth About Service Learning Programs for High School Students

Service learning. Voluntourism. Whatever name you prefer, I refer in this post to travel programs that take students to a developing country to perform community service work. The type of work varies greatly by program, but often includes light construction projects, painting or cleaning a school, teaching kids English, or other similar tasks. I think […]

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Volunteer Abroad Programs Reviews: Criticism, Controversy, and other Considerations

In a companion post on the subject of volunteer abroad programs for high school students, I suggested that students who really want to “make a difference” in the lives of others should volunteer locally instead of traveling abroad to do community service. I asserted that “voluntourism” is really about feeling good about yourself and gaining some […]

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What are the best summer abroad programs for high school students (Reviews/Ratings)?

How to Choose a Summer Abroad Program There are a lot of summer abroad programs for high school students. Teens have never had as many options for a summer abroad experience. So, how do you choose from all of the different summer abroad programs out there? We’ve worked in this field for a long time […]

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Best of Ecuador

I recently returned from yet another trip to Ecuador (my third in the last 12 months). I love the country for so many reasons, and every trip I discover something or somewhere new that keeps me coming back time and time again. I thought I’d put together my personal “best of Ecuador” list. I haven’t […]

High School Film Intern Wanted

Summer Film Internship in Ecuador for One Lucky High School Student Sustainable Summer (www.sustainablesummer.org) is accepting applications for a film intern to direct and shoot a series of short videos about our summer program in Ecuador for high school students. Sustainable Summer is an environmental study abroad program that teaches high school students about sustainability. […]