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France

France: Regional Cultures

You will start your journey with an immersive introduction to French history and culture in Paris, “The City of Light.” You will visit the city’s most iconic sites...

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Mongolia

Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure

Start your journey in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. There, you’ll experience urban Mongolia, where you will take lessons in throat singing and playing the morin khuur....

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Argentina

Argentina: Community Service & The Great Outdoors

Experience Argentina through a month of outdoor activities, community service, and Spanish language classes. You’ll begin your Experiment in Argentina’s capital, Buenos...

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Spain

Spain: Technology & Innovation in Urban Culture

Your journey starts in Madrid, where people use innovations such as solar power, 3D printers, and other technology to transform public spaces, providing hightech alternatives...

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Netherlands

The Netherlands: LGBTQ+ Rights & Dutch Culture

Begin your journey with a stay in a castle, then learn to travel like locals with a bike tour around Heemskerk before heading to Amsterdam. There, see the city’s canals,...

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua & Cuba: Arts & Social Change

Live with a campesino host family in El Lagartillo, a mountainous rural community. You will receive 20 hours of Spanish language training & visit an artisan pottery studio;...

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Thailand

Thailand: Buddhist Traditions & Thai Culture

Your Experiment begins in the mountain city of Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples. Visit famous sites, explore street markets, & discover Buddhist temples. A...

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Morocco

Morocco: Multiculturalism in North Africa

Experience the melting pot of African, Middle Eastern, and European influences on Moroccan culture. The program begins in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, where you’ll explore...

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Germany

Germany: International Relations & The E.U.

As you travel throughout Germany and across national borders, you will spend time in Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. Your journey

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Tanzania

Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes

Your African experience begins in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, where you will explore the city on a bike tour with visits to markets, coffee brewers, & artists. You...

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Argentina

Argentina: Photojournalism and Social Change

Develop your photography skills and practice your Spanish as you explore Argentine society and social issues. Embark on a hands-on exploration of photojournalism in Argentina...

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India

India: Health Care & Traditional Medicine

Your journey begins in New Delhi, India’s capital, where you will attend Hindi language classes, visit the Gandhi memorial, and explore Dilli Haat, a famous open-air food...

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Vietnam

Vietnam: Ecology & Conservation

Begin your journey in Ho Chi Minh City before traveling to mangrove forests, the Central Highlands, and the Mekong Delta to explore jungle & coastal areas. Learn about Vietnam’s...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology & Sustainability

The program begins in the country’s capital, San José, where you learn about Costa Rican history and culture with visits to museums and markets. From there, you will visit...

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The Experiment in International Living Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Satisfaction

    10

Life changing

This experience was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I met many amazing people, and I really got the opportunity to explore another culture and have fun at the same time. The leaders were attentive of our needs, and easy to communicate with. Their relaxed personalities really allowed the group and I to live this experience to the fullest, because we felt comfortable being ourselves around them.
During my time in Argentina, the group and I did not stay in a town or city for more than three days which really kept everyone entertained, but also busy. It was cool to learn about many different places, and how each had their unique aspects even though all these towns were in one single country.
The community service aspect of this program was my favorite because the whole group was able to contribute equally, and the people made it fun to do. Working with a school and being able to meet the children who we do this for really made me realize how much we have in the United States, and how a work like the one we did really helps these communities.
As to my home stay, I absolutely loved my host family. From the first time I walked into that door I had a home-like feeling, and everyone welcomed me with hugs and kisses. I was able to have conversations quickly, and got to share different aspects of my own culture to them as well.
Argentina was a wonderful experience that made my summer amazing. I am planning on returning, but I could repeat this summer program, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Program: Argentina: Community Service & The Great Outdoors

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Incredible experience

My summer in Germany was unforgettable. Every day, I was challenged, whether it be through the culture shock, group discussions, or host family activities. However, it was through each challenge that I learned new things about myself and the world around me. Having difficult conversations, stepping outside of my comfort zone, and being vulnerable allowed me to truly immerse myself in the German culture while creating strong relationships with my group.
The group dynamic was absolutely amazing. The 14 of us came from different backgrounds with different opinions and ideas but all with a passion for politics and change-making, that made for thought-provoking discussions and debates, allowing us to constantly learn from each other and think in ways that we never had before. The relationships that I've made - both German and American - are ones that have helped me realize my own capabilities as a leader and truly changed my life for the better.
The Experiment has given me a summer that I will never forget, and I strongly recommend this program to any high schooler looking to broaden their world view.

Program: Germany: International Relations & The E.U.

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

What I was able to experience in Mongolia

Though Mongolia is one of the hardest programs for the Experiment in International Living, it is one of the most freeing and satisfying experiences of my life. By going into another country where you don't know anyone, you've never heard the language let alone speak it, you are putting yourself way out there. In this program you do that and you have to deal with different food, hygiene standards and cultural norms. This experience, which I was extremely nervous to be a part of at first, shaped me into a more open and confident person. I am not very social but I quickly became comfortable around the group I was with, learned that putting myself out in the world is beneficial and I should do it more often. I learned to make mistakes and be okay with that. I was able to put myself out there during a relatively mentally stressful first few days because I had to do that to get anywhere and not feel isolated. I also became more comfortable with people entering my "personal bubble" because in Mongolia, personal space is not a thing and don't expect them to understand what it is.

Mongolia is a very beautiful country. On the first day of orientation in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, we were told that Mongolia is known as the land of the blue sky. The sky in Mongolia is the bluest and biggest sky you could ever see. At night when you weren't in a soum center or city, you could see the Milky Way. There were animal everywhere (which was amazing.) The openness, of the people and landscape, mixed with the natural world and way of life made Mongolia one of the most freeing places mentally and physically.

Mongolia is an amazing country to visit with this program, you learn so much about yourself and a larger culture that is vastly different from the United States. You learn to better appreciate what you have and the connections you can make with strangers.

Program: Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Personal Development

    10

Nicaragua and Cuba was an extraordinary opportunity

The Nicaragua and Cuba:Arts and Social Change trip has been an extraordinary experience for me! Although not completely fluent in Spanish, I was able to lean into discomfort in my homes stays and converse with people. This program has given me a lot of space to grow individually and to develop my character! I am very grateful for the chance to go to both Nicaragua and Cuba. Learning about the distinct cultures and revolutions in each country has been very enlightening. I also cherished the moments in which we were able to have exploration time in each place. Having classes, homesteads, very supportive mentors and a very harmonious group, I was able to have a unique and beautiful experience this July as I became familiar with two very beautiful countries!

Program: Nicaragua & Cuba: Arts & Social Change

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Germany excursion

Through this program, I have grown into a more passionate and aware leader. In this program, I met many new people in my group who have similar and different mentalities. Through this variety of personalities and opinions, I was able to gain more perspectives of life from others. I also got to see how passionate and determined the other attendees are - I left the program hopeful due to the fact that I knew the future was going to be full of individuals who are similar to the individuals in my group. From this impactful experience, I had the opportunity to succeed as a leader that I am meant to prosper into and also got to create life-long friendships with the most amazing people I have ever met.

Program: Germany: International Relations & The E.U.

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