Students Attend Summer Opportunities Fair

News  /  by Ricky Williams '17  /  February 13, 2015

This past Saturday, more than 20 booths exhibiting summer and gap-year programs occupied the common area of the Irwin Dining Center. Between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, students and parents alike were able to learn from the many representatives that staffed the stations.

Numerous opportunities offered are abroad, taking place in the Caribbean, China, and Central and South America. In addition, activities include aspects of community service, language immersion, leadership, team-building, and even college admission help.

The fair has been held at Lawrenceville for several years, providing many Lawrentians with ways to further enjoy their summers and engage in gap-year programs. Director of Outdoors Program John Hughes expressed his support for the programs at the fair, commenting that “they develop leadership and they develop the whole person in a way that just cannot happen on a campus [like the School’s].” However, Hughes did also note that the programs do “[take] what we have here in Lawrenceville and [allow] you to apply your learning.”

Programs present at the fair included:

Academic Programs International (API): API provides study-abroad, community service, and cultural immersion programs in countries such as Argentina, France, China, and England. Programs come in the form of either summer programs spanning a few weeks or gap-year programs for graduates not yet entering college.

Explore India (via The Northwood Program): Throughout a 16-day trip into India, participants of the Explore India program are able to visit the Taj Mahal, go on an elephant ride, and experience over 20 hours of service learning. Before going on the trip, students earn a Global Competence Certificate in order to fully appreciate the culture of India.

Instituto San Pedro: This month-long summer school for Spanish language, located in Segovia, Spain, aims to help students “experience [the language] 100%.” The program has been popular at the School, having already been experienced by over 100 Lawrentians.

Sustainable Summer: Focused on teaching environmental leadership, Sustainable Summer allows students to either take traditional classes on the subject at Dartmouth College or to engage in hands-on approaches in Latin America. Highlights include investigations into soil economy and organic farming and visits to energy facilities.

Language Immersion Trips Abroad (LITA): A small organization in Spain, LITA provides personal, five-and-a-half week language immersion trips. Attendees live with host families and can either take language classes or work as an intern in a local business. III Former Teddy Friedman ’17, who went on a LITA trip last summer, found the program very beneficial, saying “my Spanish really improved, and I created a relationship with people in Spain and in my group that I’ve been able to maintain.”

AcceptU: Very different from the other programs, AcceptU is a one-week college-planning workshop for rising seniors. To help students with their college applications, the program brings in former Ivy League admissions officers to give advice on standing out in applications.