Summer vacation may seem like a wishful dream right now, and high school students look forward to summer vacations as a well-needed respite from the pressures of the school year. Many students have lined up their summer jobs already! And although there is nothing wrong with spending the summer as a counselor at a sleepaway camp, working at a beach club or gaining business savvy with a summer job, there are other options that provide an opportunity for a more global experience. College admissions officers are always interested in learning about how you spent your summers in terms of personal growth and independence.
It is very important, however, to do your research on these programs, both in the U.S and abroad. You need to start early, since many of these programs have January deadlines. You need to explore cost, value, and the reputation of the organizations that support these experiences. It is important to learn about the living arrangements, supervision, security, medical support, etc. as well as refund policies and scholarship possibilities.
The best resource College Essay Whiz has found is the “Guide to Summer Programs,” a series of paperback books offered by College Xpress and published by Wintergreen Orchard House. The edition that focuses on academics includes information organized by academic specialization, music and arts, travel, and special-needs programs.
Also, the Independent Educational Consultants Association to which College Essay Whiz belongs as a professional member offers a brochure that directs you to specialists in study abroad. Two other good websites are Go Overseas – Internships Abroad and Projects Abroad.
Please feel free to ask College Essay Whiz for advice in this area!