Why The Experiment
The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Participants explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.
Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills, college prep skills, and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive — and lead — in diverse, intercultural environments.
The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.
Why Study Abroad with The Experiment?
History and Experience. A distinguished 80-plus-year history of innovative leadership in international, cross-cultural programs for youth
Our Programs. A thematic focus — on sustainability and the environment; arts and social change; language and cultural discovery; leadership training; or peace, politics, and human rights
Intercultural Learning and Cross-Cultural Communication. A long tradition of building skills in intercultural learning and cross-cultural communication through immersive activities that promote language acquisition as well as cross-cultural empathy, flexibility, resilience, and efficacy
Homestays. Homestays and/or other immersive community experiences designed to provide meaningful and firsthand experience living in another culture
A Commitment to Maximizing Health and Safety. A strong focus on health, safety, and security. Programs follow a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage with the host culture and local communities.
Enduring Partnerships with Organizations Nationwide. Longstanding and deeply rooted relationships with Experiment partner organizations, alumni, and donors — who believe in us and what we do — facilitate access to Experiment programs and support for a diversity of participants.
Small and Diverse Groups. Small and diverse participant groups — typically composed of two adult group leaders and 15 participants from very different geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
Our Leaders, Partners, and Staff. Outstanding student support from experienced adult group leaders, in-country partners, and Experiment staff in Vermont, all of whom contribute enormously to the educational and immersive nature of our programs
Commitment to Diversity
The Experiment is committed to diversity. In 2016, The Experiment awarded $2.4 million in scholarship funding to 76% percent of our participants. We work with approximately 60 partner organizations to recruit diverse participants.
As an institution that values inclusion, The Experiment in International Living welcomes transgender students and participants in transition. As such we respect a participant’s gender identity at the time of program participation. We ask all program participants to understand and respect the context, customs and attitudes in the host country.
Summer 2016 Experiment Groups — at a Glance
More than 650 Experimenters traveled to 25 countries worldwide
Experimenters came from 36 US states and Puerto Rico
Experimenters came from 14 countries around the world: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey, and the United States
The average Experiment group had 14 participants with two adult co-leaders.