Start your Experiment in the Big Apple, New York City, by witnessing where many immigrants first entered the United States at Ellis Island. You will go on a walking tour of the city and explore the sites and history from the African Burial Ground National Monument and Chinatown to Little Italy and the Jewish East Side while discussing housing, places of worship, and history along the way. Learn to cook home-style ethnic meals created by refugees resettled in the city. You will also take workshops and tours at universities with human rights programs, which might include Columbia University, City College of New York, or Hunter College. Travel to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, as you continue south. You will engage with the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization for LGBTQ+ issues, about its work and how it advocates for human rights. Visit the National Mall to see some of the country’s most famous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Washington Monument. Explore the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, including The National Museum of the American Indian, where you’ll take a workshop on indigenous rights, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You will tour universities, which might include Georgetown, American, or George Washington University.Continue traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, a cultural center of the American South, to begin your homestay with a local family and learn about the city’s crucial role in civil rights as you get your first taste of Southern life and culture. Learn more about human rights at Emory and Georgia State University and stay on campus while learning about the college process. You will visit Clarkston, just outside Atlanta, where half of the residents are refugees or immigrants and visit the nonprofit Refuge Coffee Co., a coffee shop that provides employment and job-training opportunities to resettled refugees. Meet with students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and learn about the role of HBCUs in civil rights history. Complete your journey with final reflection and visits to key sites, such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Please visit our website for more information. An Experiment Leadership Institute Program This new and highly competitive Experiment in International Living summer abroad program for high school students is specifically focused on leadership development. Participation for accepted students is fully funded. Students receive intensive leadership training in Washington, DC, followed by a four-week experience focused on public health and community development in India. Finally, students return to the US for debriefings, synthesis and reflection sessions, and reentry workshops on the School for International Training campus in southern Vermont. Program Key Features: Intensive leadership and activism training in Washington, DC Onsite meetings with experts and advocates at primary health centers, youth organizations, and NGO headquarters in India Workshop with an organization working for public health and positive change in India Rural visit to a tribal village and meeting with youth parliament members (India) Excursion to Jaipur to meet with NGOs like Barefoot College, a rural development organization, and Jaipur Foot Factory, the world’s largest producer of prosthetic below-the-waist limbs Engagement with Indian peer groups at Global School of Learning in Bahraich District (India) Visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra Two-week homestay with an Indian family Reentry and synthesis sessions in southern Vermont Action-oriented project to be implemented after the program’s conclusion
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