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Tufts 1+4 Information for Families

We appreciate your interest in the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program. This is a unique opportunity for your son or daughter to have an impact while learning and developing important skills. We view it as a transformational experience that will benefit both the students and the people and places they serve, and have ripple effects on the Bridge-Year Fellows when they begin their studies at Tufts following their year of service.

We also recognize that, for many parents and students, it may be difficult to weigh all of the varying factors and decide if the program is a good fit. We offer the following information in the hope of informing you and your child's conversations and reflections about participating in Tufts 1+4

Parent Survey Results

Parents of our first class of Tufts 1+4 Fellows have seen first-hand the tremendous impact this experience has had on their children. At the conclusion of the program, they were invited to participate in a parent survey where they shared their perspectives and experiences with Tufts 1+4.

  • 100% of respondents said they would absolutely recommend the Tufts 1+4 program to incoming Tufts students and families.
  • 100% of respondents agreed that, as a result of participation in Tufts 1+4, their student has shown increased maturity, gained interpersonal skills, and strengthened foreign language skills
  • Over 90% of survey respondents agreed that as a result of participation in Tufts 1+4, their student was better prepared for college, has become more confident, has become a better problem-solver, and interacts in a more positive way with their family

Tips for Families Considering Tufts 1+4

  • It is essential to thoroughly read all the information on the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning website before making any decisions. Each Tufts 1+4 placement has distinctive features and requirements.
  • Whether it is you or your son/daughter who has initiated about a discussion about Tufts 1+4, we hope that you will discuss the program in the spirit of openness. While we are excited about the meaningful opportunities that our program provides, we recognize that it is not for everyone. Fellows will only succeed in the program if they are driven by a passion to serve, a willingness to experience the unknown, a desire to cross cultural boundaries, and an openness to delving deep into themselves and their place in the world.
  • When your son/daughter is considering the different placements, he/she should evaluate all relevant factors to ensure that the chosen opportunity will be positive for both him/herself and for the community. These include:
    • Service: passions, career goals, academic interests, desire to experience a new field or build upon past service roles
    • Location: urban or rural; domestic or international
    • Living arrangements: international homestay or domestic opportunity without housing arrangements
    • Requirements: language, preferred or necessary qualifications

We wish you all the best as you discuss the program and the next steps for you and your prospective Tufts 1+4 applicant!

Additional Information

Some of our collaborating organizations also have specific pages addressed to parents. We suggest reading all of them regardless of which placement your student is interested in, since much of the information is universally relevant.

If you would like to speak to a Tufts 1+4 parent whose child participated in the prorgram, please contact Jessye Crowe-Rothstein, Tufts 1+4 Program Administrator, at

Elaine Harris and her host mother

How the Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year Changed My Child

Margaret Moore, whose daughter Elaine was among the initial group of Tufts 1+4 Fellows in 2015-2016, shares a parent's perspective on what the program has meant for her daughter—and for her.