The Experiment in International Living
Experience a diversity of cultures, communities, and urban and rural environments across Thailand during a summer abroad. Take an immersive journey through urban and...
Spend time in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands as you explore German politics, contemporary youth culture, and the European Union. Gain fascinating insight into the...
Explore the landscapes of Argentina and engage in community service. Experience the natural beauty of Argentina through a month of cultural immersion, outdoor activities,...
An Experiment Leadership Institute Program New for 2015 This new and highly competitive Experiment in International Living program is specifically focused on leadership...
Learn about South African diversity through the country’s vibrant arts, majestic landscapes, and welcoming communities. Embark on an immersive journey through multicultural...
Hike, paddle, and zip-line through Costa Rica’s diverse regions and ecosystems, and witness firsthand the country’s environmental sustainability efforts. Spend time in...
An Italian getaway with a purpose
Submitted by Matthew Cardoza - Daly City United States | October 15, 2016
If you told me a year ago that I'd get a chance to go to a foreign country before I'd even graduate from high school, I'd think you were pulling my leg. My name is Matthew Cardoza. Currently, I'm a high school senior who this past summer took one of the biggest opportunities of my life by going on this month long program, which took myself and 14 other high schoolers from all over the U.S. and the world to a country, in this case Italy, to learn about its culture and communities. The leaders of my group were very experienced in Italian language and took us through five different locations, which were Rome, Cortona, Cosenza, Asti, and Venice. Some of the places had little day trips to places like Florence, Tropea, and Torino mixed in their to further increase our places to visit. The other students who I was with not only were a collection of awesome people of varying backgrounds, they inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and made even the difficult times better for me! A huge part of the trip was getting introduced to an actual Italian family and living with them for nine days. While there, I had to utilize my Italian skills and my social skills when I had to interact with the family and all their friends. This was challenging at first due to awkwardness and lack of fluent Italian speaking, but soon I got the hang of it and even spoke fluently in a speech dedicated to them at the final dinner with all the families! Overall, I had an amazing journey with this program and the people who went on it with me, and I now have the ability to use this experience as an excellent thing to remember and to tell to other people!
South Africa multiculturalism: an experience of a lifetime
Submitted by Anicet Mundundu - Central Catholic High School | September 27, 2016
The South Africa Multiculturalism program is truly remarkable; the curriculum and day-to-day activities go into astounding depth and summarily make any text book's rendition of the situation incomplete. For example, our tour guide on Robben Island was a former prisoner and he cast a more personal light on the prison, his fellow inmates, and the apartheid era. Learning from a man who had lived through that now-fading experience made the horrors that transpired there much more real to us. Such instances, combined with the complete cultural immersion of the homestay, really communicate the ideas that the program is trying to convey. There is much to be gained by visiting historical sites and museums, but that pales in comparison to the bonds made and lessons learned thanks to a host parent's wisdom or a host sibling's opinion on their culture and the happenings of their country.
Besides learning about those things, participants also learn a lot about themselves during the program. Probably the biggest opportunity for personal growth comes from interacting with people who come from backgrounds different from your own. The program had that covered as there were 13 group members from all over the United States and 3 from South Africa. Our different lifestyles and experiences insured that we all had stories to tell. And in the unlikely event that there is little to gain from other group members, the program is inherently transformative: crossing 8,000+ miles of ocean and multiple time zones to live for a month with people you have never met before can change you in unimaginable ways. It does sound daunting, and for the first day or so it actually is. Everyone has those initial apprehensions but once you completely trust your highly trained group leaders and create friendships with the other group members, you will find yourself having the time of your life. From there lessons are learned that will stay with you forever. My only complaint was that I didn't have another 11 months.
My South Africa adventure
Submitted by Experimenter - Minneapolis United States | September 12, 2016
I chose to go on an Experiment trip to learn about the world, but in the process, learned more about my country and myself than I would have ever imagined. I first became interested in EIL because of the immersive learning the program championed, and I wasn't let down. My experience in South Africa as a part of the Leadership Institute studying, "Peace, Politics, and Human Rights," was transformative because of the engagement in community, both within my group, and within the country. I would strongly recommend EIL to any prospective student because of the way the program is designed for learning through interpersonal relationships, something I believe is unique to World Learning. The diversity among the experimenters in my group also contributed to this life shaping experience in the way that it allowed difficult conversations, deep discussions, and fantastic relationships to develop in a very natural manner. My summer abroad was one to remember and I would encourage any high schooler considering EIL to apply.
Submitted by Mary Beth - Alamo United States | September 08, 2016
My high-school aged daughter applied to the Germany trip to study Contemporary politics and the EU program through The Experiment In International Living. We looked at various study abroad programs and decided that The Experiment was the best fit for our family.
The Experiment in International Living was fabulous from start to finish. From the beginning, the process was seamless. We were regularly updated as to my daughter's application and stayed informed until her arrival home.
My daughter has traveled abroad through school exchange and with family and she said that this was the best travel experience. She made life-long friends with the other students in her program, learned so much about the country and the native language and was educated on politics. The family she stayed with may not have been warm and fuzzy, but they kept my daughter protected and comfortable. I felt that the family was well-vetted and I was comfortable knowing she was safe. Being on the other side of the country and having to rely on The Experiment wasn't easy at first, but The Experiment provided a safe, well organized and thoughtful program that went beyond my expectations. Through various (closed) social media outlets, I was kept informed during the month-long program. Whether it was student-written blogs, snapchat videos or email itineraries, I was able to follow along vicariously without bothering my daughter on a daily basis. She was able to immerse herself without feeling like she needed to connect with me on a daily basis. I think that aspect only enhanced her experience.
The Experiment in International Living did well planning this program, incorporating fun activities, and educating the students. My daughter would go again and has suggested the organization to her friends. I highly recommend The Experiment to any family looking for a study abroad program.
Cuba and Nicaragua: an unbelievable month with unforgettable people
Submitted by Alex - N/A | September 01, 2016
The Cuba and Nicaragua: Arts and Social Change program was hands down one of the best months of my life. Through this program, I got to embrace many cultures very different than my own, improve my Spanish skill drastically, and learn a lot about myself as a person and as a global citizen. It was incredible to meet new people, hear new stories, and get different perspectives. It was eye opening to see how others lived, and everyone was so kind and welcoming. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to explore, meet new people, and to go outside their comfort zone in order to learn more than they ever could have imagined.