The Experiment Digital 2020 Student Survey Results

According to UNICEF, Youth (ages 15–24) is the most connected age group. Worldwide, 71 per cent are online compared with 48 percent of the total population.

With COVID-19, cultural exchange became more important than ever. The Experiment Digital has grown tremendously over the past few years. It began in 2016, reaching 100 participants in two countries—this summer, it reached more than 1,100 participants in four countries. Our post-program survey results indicate that the program has led to substantial changes in students’ attitudes, skills, and perceptions.

students are confident that they can work with people from other places
students are able to adjust to new people, places and situations
students consider themselves to be a leader
students are confident in their ability to lead
students consider themselves to make a difference in their community
students are confident in their ability to communicate effectively online

Cross-Cultural Leadership

I realized that I could lead a group of people that I have never met or heard of before along with connecting with them on a personal level. I met a lot of new people and friends and learned a ton about varying cultures all across the world.

The Experiment Digital Alumni 2020

Virtual Engagement

My confidence has definitely increased especially virtually. I used to be nervous speaking through a computer to people but now I don’t have much of a problem with it.

The Experiment Digital Alumni 2020

Civic Engagement

I definitely feel more empowered to create change, my peers and facilitator pushed me and encouraged me so much that I feel confident to make a change .

The Experiment Digital Alumni 2020

The Experiment in International Living Impact

According to a recent publication by Dr. Alvino E. Fantini (Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange: A Multinational Perspective, Routledge, 2019), based on research conducted by members of the Federation of The Experiment in International Living, in which qualitative and quantitative data were collected from 2,000+ students of The Experiment and SIT Study Abroad programs, alumni reported that:

said their experience influenced their educational choices and was helpful in gaining access to academic programs.
said their experience (and the homestay in particular) was helpful in gaining language abilities.
said their experience was helpful in gaining employment.

The Experiment sparked my interest in languages and cross-cultural communications. I was motivated to delve into these disciplines upon my return and studied them as an undergraduate. I continue to use skills that I acquired during my time in Mongolia today working with diverse communities in the Bay Area. I am grateful for The Experiment and the immeasurable ways in which it’s impacted my life. – Geovanni Ximenez-Garcia Monteon

Alumnus: Geovanni Ximenez-Garcia Monteon
Experiment program: Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure, 2010
Undergraduate major: Journalism, World Languages & Cultures
Graduated from: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2016
Current position and affiliation: Communications Specialist
Location: Oakland, California

The Experiment nurtured my enthusiasm for languages, my interest in international affairs (which ultimately led to an internship at the U.S. Mission to the E.U., work at the Gates Foundation, and a continued career in social impact), and my love of making art. More importantly, it prepared me for the independence of college and taught me to see myself as part of a global community. – Kate Archibald

Alumnus: Kate Archibald
Experiment program: France: Fine Arts & Photography, 2006
Graduated from: Yale College, 2011 & Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA, 2017
Recent position and affiliation: Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit strategy consultancy that advises mission-driven organizations working to break cycles of poverty
Location: San Francisco, California

My Experiment opened me to new possibilities for my academic and professional paths. I have become very interested in investigating the intersections between different disciplines, cultures, and problems; I am now pursuing an interdisciplinary major and hope to work in a field that allows me to facilitate connections between government and nonprofit work. – Dasia Moore

Alumna: Dasia Moore
Experiment program: France: French Culture and Regional Identity, 2013
Undergraduate major: Ethics, Politics, and Economics (interdisciplinary)
School: Yale University (anticipated graduation, 2018)
Current position and affiliation: Intern, City of New Haven’s Office of Development and Policy
Location: New Haven, Connecticut

The Experiment was an incredible opportunity that exposed me to ways of living I hadn’t experienced before. The friendships I developed with my host family, others on-site, and my fellow Experimenters were important formative relationships for me. My experience traveling with The Experiment influenced my studies and inspired me to study abroad with the School for International Training in both Tunisia and Prague. The Experiment was definitely an important step in my path to work in the nonprofit sector and helped inspire me to commit to a life in public service. – Erika Nichols-Frazer

Alumna: Erika Nichols-Frazer
Experiment program: Ghana, 2006
Undergraduate major: Creative Writing, Global Development
Graduated from: Sarah Lawrence College, 2010
Current position and affiliation: Communications Manager at the Children’s Literacy Foundation, M.F.A. candidate in Fiction at Bennington Writing Seminars
Location: Waitsfield, Vermont