A glimpse at Bethel, Connecticut – A Summer Program for teens
Explore a quaint town in New England called Bethel
This year, for the first time, Go Inspired will be having a summer program in Bethel, Connecticut. The owner of Go Inspired, Margo Kopec, is a Bethel native and she thought it would be a great place to have a summer program.
Margo has had the opportunity to live in other countries which is why she thinks having students from abroad come to Bethel during the summer is a perfect match.
According to Margo, “Bethel is a perfect place to have students get to know a side of American life. It has a great downtown area and wonderful local restaurants and ice cream shops. Plus it is close to New York City and Boston so it’s an ideal location.” Margo says another great thing about Bethel is the school complex and all the fields in one area. She adds, “Not many places, especially in Europe, have a lot of fields in one area and this is great for the kids coming from Europe”.
Some facts about Bethel, Connecticut:
- Bicycle manufacturer Cannondale and battery manufacturer Duracell are headquartered in Bethel.
- Actress Meg Ryan was raised in Bethel.
- P. T. Barnum (1810–1891) was born in Bethel at 55 Greenwood Avenue. He expanded the home during his youth after a fire destroyed the front of the building. He is famous for founding the circus.
The following movies were filmed in Bethel:
- The Entrepreneurs (2008)
- Revolutionary Road (2008)
- Rise of the Dead (2007)
- Other People’s Money (1991)
- The Case of the Cosmic Comic (1976)
- Rachel, Rachel (1968)
Bethel was first settled around 1700. The first houses built in Bethel were in the 1730s or 1740s. As of 2010, there were over 18,000 people living in Bethel. Margo highlights that Bethel has great neighborhoods where kids can play outside, a local grocery store (supermarket), wonderful cafes and bakeries as well as many delicious restaurants (Italian, Chinese, French, American, etc.)
“I am excited and proud to share Bethel with our European participants. Bethel was my home for the first 18 years of my life and after traveling to various countries, I know what special attributes it has and I know our participants will enjoy their time here”.
Go Inspired’s summer program for students ages 12-17 will take place June 30-July 25, 2014. If you would like to be a host family, please contact us.