The Experiment in International Living
97% Rating
(154 Reviews)

The Experiment in International Living

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

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Dorcas
Female
17 years old
NYC

Dhanyavaad, Dhanyavaad, Dhanyavaad!!!

10/10

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 The Experiment Leadership Institute India: Community Development and Public Health. 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!

How can this program be improved?

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Mathieu
Other
16 years old
Vermont
Other

A Culturally Enlightening and Overall Amazing Experience

10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

For the duration of the program, a majority of the group had felt that the amount of free time given to explore certain areas were limited. Giving future Experimenters a chance to explore more in this program would serve a less rushed feeling in places they may have wanted to revisit.

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Claire
Female
17 years old
Berkeley
Other

France Culinary

10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

The counselors are too strict, the kids should have more freedom to explore and be out. I think the program would've been better if we weren't constantly being monitored socially. That was pretty unpleasant.

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Aniyah
Female
16 years old
United States
Other

Italy Experience

9/10

In many ways, I feel like the Experiment has provided me a lifelong experience which has changed me tremendously. The way that I act now in the states is because I realized that I couldn’t run from my problems and that I’ll have to face them. There was nowhere for me to run and hide anymore. On this trip I’ve learned and explored so much that I’ll never see in the United States of America. Italy was my first time going out of the country which was a major thing to my family and I.
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!

How can this program be improved?

This program can be improved by having more outgoing mentors. This program should also have more fun activities rather than always going to visit churches.

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Najma
Female
17 years old
United States
Other

The Experiment Leadership Institute | South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics & Human Rights

10/10

This was hands down the best experience I've had in my entire life. I met so many amazing lifelong friends and learned so much not only about the country and leadership but about myself as well. The homestay was wonderful, and my host family was so loving and taught me so much about the food and culture and about the neighborhood we were in and the history behind it. The other experimenters though, were the best part of the entire experience. They pushed me out of my comfort zone and asked questions I didn't even know I needed the answers to. They became much more than just friends but more like a second family.

Program Listings

Argentina

The Experiment in International Living
Experience Argentina through a month of outdoor activities, community service, and Spanish language classes. Begin your Exper...

Mongolia

The Experiment in International Living
Land in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. You’ll experience urban Mongolia, and take lessons in throat singing and playing the...

Germany

The Experiment in International Living
Travel throughout Germany and across borders as you spend time in Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Munich, Maastricht, and more. Yo...

France

The Experiment in International Living
Start your journey with immersion into French culture in Paris. You will visit the city’s most iconic sites, including the Ei...

Tanzania

The Experiment in International Living
Your experience begins in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, where you explore the city on a bike tour with visits to markets...

Nicaragua

The Experiment in International Living
Live with a campesino host family in a mountainous rural community. You will have Spanish classes, visit an artisan pottery s...

United States of America

The Experiment in International Living
Your Experiment begins with leadership and activism training in Washington, D.C., before traveling to New Delhi to learn abou...

South Africa

The Experiment in International Living
The program begins with leadership and activism training in Washington, D.C., prior to traveling to South Africa. Home to exc...

Netherlands

The Experiment in International Living
Begin your journey with a stay in a castle, then travel like locals with a bike tour around Heemskerk before heading to Amste...

Spain

The Experiment in International Living
Land in Madrid, where people use innovations such as solar power, 3D printers, and other tech to transform public spaces, pro...

Thailand

The Experiment in International Living
Your Experiment begins in mountainous Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples. Visit famous sites, explore street mar...

Brazil

The Experiment in International Living
Experience Brazil’s ecological and cultural diversity and learn about the country’s ongoing efforts related to sustainability...

Argentina

The Experiment in International Living
Develop your photography skills and practice your Spanish as you explore Argentine society and social issues. Embark on a han...

Costa Rica

The Experiment in International Living
Begin in San José, where you learn about Costa Rican culture with visits to museums and markets. You will visit national park...

Spain

The Experiment in International Living
Begin your journey in Madrid, exploring famous sites, museums, and neighborhoods while sampling local food. Travel to the pro...