The Experiment in International Living

Program Provider

The Experiment in International Living provides 3-, 4-, and 5-week summer programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country.

Programs equip students not only with essential cultural and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Students explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Dorcas
Female
16 years old
NYC

Esto no es un adiós Perú

10/10

Summer 2016 was full of many new and exciting adventures for me. I was fortunate enough to travel abroad to Peru for four weeks with the program Experiment in International Living. I joined a group of 14 other diverse students and two amazing group leaders from all over the US as we explored, observed, and learned the history and culture of several parts of Peru. During this time, we stayed in numerous hotels and hostels along with spending two weeks with a local homestay family in Trujillo. We saw many ancient ruins, museums, performances of traditional dances, played with children, painted a soup kitchen, hiked Machu Picchu and many many more places and things. I could tell the planning of these activities were quite thought out as everything when smoothly throughout the trip despite the ‘Peruvian time’ our tour guides were on. My group leaders were very open and welcomed each member of our group allowing us to feel very comfortable. Within 3 days of being with my group, I felt like I had known them for a month. From students arriving late to the airport to homesickness they handled each situation with ease and grace. Traveling to Peru meant a lot to me as I love attending summer programs and traveling, so being able to combine them was really awesome. As one of my group leaders would say "there is beauty in everyone and everything" and I was able to really learn and embrace that statement. I was also able to improve my Spanish as well as my confidence in speaking and asking for help when I did not understand something. Overall, I learned a lot about myself and developed an eagerness for new adventures. I learned to go with the flow, work with a new team, and just have fun. Coming back to the US, I have embraced the little things and have been utilizing everything I learned. I have a new perspective and sense of openness. I loved my trip to Peru and would definitely do it again in a heartbeat. I highly recommend Peru and any other Experiment programs!

Min
Female
19 years old

A New Home

10/10

Before Nicaragua and Cuba, I knew I was never really immersed in culture. Although I live in New York, which is considered a well-known "melting pot", I knew I was missing something. During the summer of 2015, I discovered the missing ingredients when I was abroad in Cuba and Nicaragua. Although the program had the intended lesson of 'Art and Social Change', it was so much more than that; I was living in culture, history, art, and in a new environment with new friends and family, that is my host families. I was speaking the language and learning the history that made the people who they are today. Truly, the program opened my eyes because although it is acknowledged that there is a whole world beyond where the individual lives, thinking about it is drastically different than living in it. With this program, I was given a new set of lenses, as I came back, not only with lasting memories but with a new look at things from different cultural perspectives.

How can this program be improved?

Its perfect the way it is.

Jonathan
Male
17 years old
Port Chester

An Unforgettable Experience

10/10

I'm not the most open person. I keep to myself. I'm not really a people person. I'm the quiet 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 and met the most inspiring people in a place I never thought possible. I honestly chose 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 able 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 every one 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 of the unknown hold me back. Because I in fact did have a lot fun and an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.

Program Listings

Salta
The Experiment in International Living

From Buenos Aires, travel to a small city on Argentina’s northern frontier where you spend two weeks sharing day-to-day life

5 reviews
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Managua
The Experiment in International Living

Experience the arts and culture of Nicaragua and Cuba through a comparative lens.

Delve into the creative arts in Nicaragua a

4 reviews
Tanzania
The Experiment in International Living

Travel from Dar es Salaam along the Tanzanian coast to Tanga, Arusha, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, experiencing the

2 reviews
Frankfurt
The Experiment in International Living

Spend time in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands as you explore German politics, contemporary youth culture, and the Europ

2 reviews
Washington D.C.
The Experiment in International Living

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Examine human rights, multiculturalism, and inequality in the context of South Africa

2 reviews
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Rome
The Experiment in International Living

Experience Italy’s local foods and receive Italian language training in Tuscany.

Spend several days in a gorgeous Tuscan town

2 reviews
South Africa
The Experiment in International Living

Explore South Africa’s diversity, complex history, and contemporary realities.

Embark on an immersive journey through multicu

2 reviews
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China
The Experiment in International Living

Explore China’s rich history and cultures alongside Chinese peers.

Explore urban and rural areas of central and northern Chin

2 reviews
South Korea
The Experiment in International Living

Explore themes of peace and reconciliation in South Korea.

Journey through Korea’s past and present during a summer of peace

2 reviews
Thailand
The Experiment in International Living

Experience a diversity of cultures, communities, and urban and rural environments across Thailand.

Take an immersive journey

2 reviews
Brazil
The Experiment in International Living

Experience Brazil’s ecological and cultural diversity and learn about the country’s ongoing efforts related to sustainability

1 reviews
Machu Picchu
The Experiment in International Living

Journey across the land of the Inca and explore Peru's historical and contemporary communities.

Experience the diverse commun

1 reviews
Washington D.C.
The Experiment in International Living

An Experiment Leadership Institute Program—New for 2015

Examine public health priorities and community development in urban a

1 reviews
France
The Experiment in International Living

Develop your creative talents while exploring France’s artistic sites and heritage.

Embark on an artistic exploration of Fren

1 reviews
Amsterdam
The Experiment in International Living

Learn about equality and social justice movements—specifically around LGBTQ and gender issues—while experiencing Dutch cultur

1 reviews