The Experiment in International Living
The Experiment in International Living Programs
The program begins with leadership & activism training in Washington, D.C., prior to traveling to South Africa. Home to exceptional leaders & activists, South Africa provides...
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...
The Experiment in International Living Reviews
Dhanyavaad, dhanyavaad, dhanyavaad!!!
Submitted by Dorcas - Guilford High School | November 08, 2017
This summer, I got to live the summer of my dreams thanks to the Experiment in International Living. I travelled to India with 14 of the most incredible people I have ever met and two amazing group leaders on the Leadership Institute India: Community Development and Public Health program. Through long bus rides in India’s harsh traffic, hikes through the foothills of the Himalayas, and many mango feasts, I bonded with my peers and made sweet, unforgettable memories. The trip was laced with many hospital/ clinic visits and the chance to talk to locals and professionals about health care in India. Along with all the experiential learning, we also explored some of India’s famous sites such as the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort, the Red Fort, and the famous Jaipur Foot. My in-country hosts filled my trip with lots of laughter and love. India is a country I look forward to returning to. I highly recommend India and all other Experiment programs!
A culturally enlightening and overall amazing experience
Submitted by Mathieu - LongTrail School | November 01, 2017
This program, Japanimation: Anime & Manga was an unforgettable experience in which one can explore the culture and language of Japan, while also exploring and reflecting on yourself.
I had felt extremely safe during the trip and my leaders were exceedingly helpful, whether pointing your group towards a point of interest or giving insight into adapting into the culture. There were several oppertunities and activities which encourage one to work outside their comfort zone that had created a sense of a wonderful and inviting community. This program had also aided in the development of my own leadership skills as well as providing encouragement to work outside my comfort zone more offen. There were also a variety of other things to do other than animation and manga such as admiring Japan's natural beauty, plentiful cafés, and Arcades. This program had become an unforgettable experience to me as I look forward to going abroad with The Experiment again.
Program: Japan: Japanimation - Anime & Manga
Submitted by Marilyn Marin Benavides - WPHS | October 30, 2017
Hi my name is Marilyn. I attended this program the summer before senior year.
This experience was filled with delicious food and beautiful locals. We spent time in Mexico City (urban city), Cozumel (an island) and La Paz (a coastal city). All three were so different from each other - giving us a taste of how diverse and beautiful the country of Mexico is. Lots of time spent doing water activity like snorkeling and watching sea turtles lay eggs.
Cooking in France
Submitted by Claire - Berkeley High | October 21, 2017
This trip was one of the best study abroad programs I have ever done. There were so many great things about it's hard to even put into words. I think for me the most valuable thing was the incredible friends I made. I still talk to them now daily months after the trip was over. Going through an experience like that was so incredible and amazing and doing it together made it so much better. I really miss all my friends from France and I plan to reunite with them soon. I also loved living with a host family with someone who was my age. We became really good friends and I still talk to her daily too. I felt like I was able to live like a real french teenager, we went and hung out with her friends, watched movies, did karaoke, and gossiped about boys. She made me feel right at home like a second sister and made sure I knew that any time I went to France I was welcome back.
In terms of the things we did I just can't even explain how wonderful the cooking experience was. It was hard work but we were able to make wonderful and beautiful creations. And we got to taste the best food I've ever tasted in my life. It's not everyday you get to eat food cooked by a world famous chef at a michelin star restaurant. Because the chef/teacher cooked everything we cooked and let is taste his I got to eat dishes that would normally cost $300 multiple times a day everyday for a week. It was heaven for a food addict like me.
My favorite memory is the last night when we all went to the eiffel tower. I've seen pictures of the eiffel tower before and I was convinced I would not be impressed by a tall hunk of metal. I was wrong. When you see the tower lit up for the first time, it knocks the breath out of you. It's so magical and whimsical, it's hard to explain unless you go. It was such a happy memory I was in the best place, with the best people, and we were all so happy.
Submitted by Aniyah Riggins - The Seed Public Charter School of Washington D.C. | October 20, 2017
On this trip my people’s skills has really changed because I made friends and family in a time spare of 30 days. In the United States, something like that wouldn’t happen because I have my own set of family and friends to be with all of the time while in Italy I had nobody that I knew. I view myself as a more efficient leader because I can move/ inspire people to expand their horizons. And for that I thank you Experiment!