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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. From one-week service-oriented programs to months-long cultural immersion experiences, there are literally thousands of different possibilities. Just for teens. In the summer. Abroad. So, […]

College Admissions and Summer Programs

Why It’s Important To Strengthen Your College Admissions Resume This Summer

Colleges aren’t looking for well-rounded students; they are looking to cultivate a well-rounded class of individually and uniquely talented students. Institutions of secondary education, on the other hand, are largely structured to “output” well-rounded students – a little math and science, some humanities and social sciences, a dash of the arts (if you’re lucky), and […]

Peace Corps for Teens

Is there a peace corps for teens? Youth all over the world are strong voices for social change locally, nationally, and internationally. Many teens in the US seek Peace Corps-like volunteer opportunities abroad, and they should! If only the Peace Corp offered a program for teens that want to learn more about global issues and make a […]

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What is service learning?

Many people are familiar with the term “service learning,” which, at least in an international context, is perhaps best understood as “voluntourism” or volunteering abroad with an explicitly educational bent. However, most people aren’t familiar with the term “learning service.” This post will explore the question, “What is service learning?” by attempting to reimagine a […]

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How To Choose a High School Service Trip

In my previous two posts, on the Truth About Service Learning and the Problems and Controversies of Volunteering Abroad, I discussed some of the issues and inconvenient truths associated with many students’ inherent desires to travel abroad to “do good” on a high school service trip. Some of the issues I focused on include: The reality […]

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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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Will High School Study Abroad Experience Improve College Admissions Outcomes?

There are hundreds of opportunities available to college-bound high school students looking to spend their summer months in productive ways: pre-college academic enrichment programs, science and tech programs, internship programs, and, of course, high school study abroad programs. For every opportunity, there are good reasons to invest time (and money) in that experience. There are […]