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Nicaragua

Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change

Experience the arts and cultures of Nicaragua and Cuba through a comparative lens on a summer abroad program for high school students. Delve into the creative arts in

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Netherlands

Netherlands: Dutch Culture and LGBTQ Rights

Learn about sex education and social justice movements--specifically around LGBTQ and gender issues--while experiencing Dutch culture and contemporary life during a summer...

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Thailand

Thailand: Buddhist Traditions and Contemporary Culture

Experience a diversity of cultures, communities, and urban and rural environments across Thailand during a summer abroad. Take an immersive journey through urban and rural...

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Tanzania

Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures

Learn Swahili, complete community service, live with Tanzanian host families, and explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Travel from Dar es Salaam along the Tanzanian...

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South Korea

Korea: Peace Studies

Explore themes of peace and reconciliation in South Korea. Journey through Korea’s past and present during a summer of peace studies and cultural immersion. The program’s...

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Germany

Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union

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...

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France

France: French Culture and Regional Identity

Explore Paris and French regional culture, and then spend time in a bordering country during a summer abroad. Travel from Paris to a French border community and then to...

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Argentina

Argentina Community Service and the Great Outdoors

Explore the landscapes of Argentina and engage in community service. Experience the natural beauty of Argentina through a month of cultural immersion, outdoor activities,...

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Vietnam

Vietnam: Ecology and Conservation

Journey through Vietnam's natural environments and cultures, and experience current challenges affecting the conservation of the country's diverse ecological systems on a...

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South Africa

(Leadership Institute) South Africa: Peace & Politics

An Experiment Leadership Institute Program Examine human rights, multiculturalism, and inequality in the context of South Africa during this high school summer abroad

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India

(Leadership Institute) India: Community & Public Health

This highly competitive summer abroad program from The Experiment in International Living is specifically focused on leadership development. Participation for accepted students...

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Brazil

Brazil: Culture and Environmental Sustainability

Experience Brazil's ecological and cultural diversity and learn about the country's ongoing efforts related to sustainability on this high school summer abroad program. Discover...

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South Africa

South Africa: Leadership Development and Social Change

Learn about South African diversity through the country’s vibrant arts, majestic landscapes, and welcoming communities. Embark on an immersive journey through multicultural...

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Peru

Peru: Ancient and Contemporary Cultures

Journey across the land of the Inca and explore historical and contemporary communities during a summer abroad in Peru. Experience the diverse communities, historical

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The Experiment in International Living Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    9

An unforgettable summer

I'm not the most open person. I keep to myself. I'm not really a people person. I'm the quite kid in the back of the classroom that has his head stuffed in books about animals around the world. But being a part of the experiment opened my eyes in a way I thought I'd never be able to. I made new friends, met the most inspiring people in a place I never thought possible. I honestly choose this program because I wanted to see exotic African wild life. I did have that experience but the best part of the Experiment was getting unbelievably close to my group. Being to open up and not just be some tourist but actually be welcomed into the homes and be part of the local community. They accepted us and included each and everyone of us. We formed bonds that will be part of us for the rest of our lives. I'm so glad I didn't let my fear the unknown if I'd have fun hold me back. Because I in fact did have a lot fun and an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.

Program: Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Personal Development

    8

A moving and formative adventure

This program was a deeply moving and formative experience for me. When I chose to participate in this particular trip, I had only a vague idea of what I might be in for. My only real grasp of the nature of the trip came from the key words in its title: Nicaragua, Cuba, art, and social change. From the day that I arrived, I realized that I was in for an experience that would completely change and form parts of my identity. Though my understanding of art and its role in social change grew substantially, I was most moved by my exposure to the Spanish language and Latin American culture. Time spent bonding with host families, meeting and talking to local people in Spanish, and visiting culturally significant sites made me develop a much more deep understanding of both Nicaraguan and Cuban identity. I left Nicaragua and Cuba with an understanding of the power of art as a catalyst for change and a deep hunger to travel in Latin America in the future.

Program: Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

My trip made me who I am today

Traveling to Nicaragua and Cuba was such an eye opening experience for me. I learned so many things about Latin American culture, the people I interacted with every day and myself. I knew before going on this trip that I would have to be forced out of my comfort zone. Here I was about to enter two countries I haven't visited before, speaking/learning a language I was not fluent in, and living with 3 different families. I had no choice but to embrace the unknown and step into a new world on my own. I began to learn more and more every day on this trip that discomfort brings growth. Our comfort zone is such a beautiful place to be, but nothing ever grows from there. As I began to accept that my discomfort was a good thing, I was no longer afraid to try the new adventurous activities we had on our schedule. I enjoyed confronting challenges and reflecting on them with my peers. Nicaragua and Cuba has molded me into an individual that is more open minded and more aware. I wouldn't trade my month experience in these two countries for the world.

Program: Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Personal Development

    10

Incredible!

It was one of the most amazing experiences that I have ever had. I met lifelong friends, and I learned a lot about Nicaraguan culture. It was a very fun experience, and I hope to have more experiences like the one I had with The Experiment in International Living.

Program: Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

Tanzania: language and cultural discovery

This past summer I went on a five week trip to Tanzania with eleven other students I had never met before and it was an invaluable experience. This trip was focused on language and cultural discovery so we would have daily Swahili lessons and were always learning about the new areas we traveled to. As a group we really clicked right away, none of us knew each other before but when you are with new people in a new place it is very easy to relate and connect. Our two group leaders also really helped with bonding and debriefing after days filled with excitement, we would talk about questions we might have about this new place, or funny stories that happened from the day. Our group was filled of many different personalities but we were able to connect and relate. One of my favorite parts of the trip was the homestay, we got to stay in a small coastal village with a family, we ate meals together and would spend whole days without seeing the other group members. At first this was scary, having to be with a family that didn’t know English very well and I didn’t know their language very well wither but it ended up being the best and most memorable experience. We saw elephants, beautiful mountains, artwork, performances, this trip was just filled with so many learning experiences and amazing things. The Experiment really focuses on being students and not tourists and I really enjoyed that aspect, we weren’t standing on the sidelines observing, we were relating, getting involved, and asking questions about the real culture.

Program: Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures

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