Experiment Leadership Institute

Intensive Leadership Training in Advance of College

The Experiment in International Living is excited to continue offering two competitive and fully funded high school summer leadership programs — Leadership Institute South Africa and Leadership Institute India.  

These programs focus on leadership development, global issues, and civic engagement. Students can expect to have focused discussions on the local and global ramifications of topics such as global health, human rights, and social change; gain critical understanding of these and other global issues; and have meaningful opportunities to see in real time what communities are doing on the ground to address these challenges.

Program Components

  • Leadership seminar in Washington, DC (four days). This portion of the program will include trainings, workshops, field trips, group exercises, and discussions with political and NGO leaders in Washington, DC.
  • Program in India or South Africa (four weeks). Students spend four weeks in the host country (India or South Africa) — see individual Leadership Institute program pages for details.
  • Reentry and synthesis sessions in Brattleboro, Vermont (three days). All Leadership Institute participants will reconvene on the School for International Training (SIT) campus in Vermont for synthesis sessions, briefings, a reentry workshop, and brainstorming sessions on a post-program project.
  • Post-program project to be implemented in a participant’s home community.


South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights
South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Examine human rights, multiculturalism, and inequality in the context of South Africa during this high school summer abroad program.

India: Community Development and Public Health
India: Community Development and Public Health

Examine public health priorities and community development in urban and rural areas of northern India during a summer abroad. 

Program Duration and Dates: 6 weeks, July 3-August 11. Washington, DC 4 days; India or South Africa 4 weeks; Brattleboro, VT 3 days.