Letter from the Executive Director
Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn more about The Experiment in International Living, the high school summer abroad program of World Learning. We are proudly celebrating 85 years in international education and experiential learning.
Each year, I am inspired by the hundreds of high school students who pursue a summer abroad in one of our 33 programs throughout 27 countries worldwide. These students are intensely curious, passionate, and solutions-oriented young people seeking to engage with and learn from other cultures.
Experimenters come from very different socioeconomic, racial, educational, and geographic backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: They are leaders who want to better understand the complexities shaping the world. They are thinking ahead and recognize how The Experiment will help them meet their college and career goals; these students know it is not only critical to expand their knowledge of global issues but to acquire core competencies in leadership and languages, cross-cultural empathy, flexibility, and resilience. These skills are vital to confronting the contemporary challenges presented by a globalized economy and our highly interconnected social and natural environments.
For more than eight decades, The Experiment has diversified its programs to reflect these challenges. Through The Experiment Leadership Institute, which launched in 2015, we offer a portfolio of highly competitive, fully funded programs that are focused on leadership development and civic engagement. The Experiment Leadership Institute provides a new track of programs addressing critical global issues consistent with our mission to develop the next generation of leaders.
We are committed to unveiling these new initiatives and programs while continuing to preserve the core values and mission-oriented approach that we have maintained since 1932. Understanding different perspectives and the profound ways in which global issues can impact communities differently has always been the cornerstone of The Experiment. Participants don’t go abroad to teach or instruct others; they go abroad to learn from others and discover what is needed — especially in terms of leadership, collaboration, and advanced global proficiency — to bring about substantive and meaningful change in individual communities worldwide.
I invite you to reach out to our team to learn more about The Experiment’s current summer abroad programs by calling 800 345-2929 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron Morehouse, PhD
The Experiment in International Living, a program of World Learning