Summer 2021: We are continuing to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our summer abroad programs and the travel industry. We are currently reviewing our portfolio to confirm which programs The Experiment in International Living will offer in 2021. At this time, we have paused enrollment for summer 2021 in-person programs. Please check back in early February 2021 for updates. We encourage you to apply online for The Experiment Digital, our virtual international exchanges for spring and summer 2021.
Health, Safety, & Risk Management
The Experiment recognizes risk as inherent in all travel, and we continually work to identify, mitigate, and manage risks within our program contexts. Our comprehensive 360-degree approach to risk management has been developed over our decades of experience providing safe learning environments abroad.
Risk Management Team
The Experiment risk management team works collaboratively with Experimenters and their families, health care professionals, and partner organizations—in consultation with a team of counseling providers and medical staff provided by The Experiment’s risk management company, International SOS—to ensure that students are set up to succeed on the program.
Virtual Exchanges & Program Safety
Safe and sustainable
We provide a safe online space for young people to engage with their peers while interacting confidently and respectfully sharing their ideas. The fully online low-cost program design promotes an environmentally-friendly, low carbon footprint model.
Throughout the entirety of the program, participants are directly supervised by professional facilitators, who have experience with cultural exchange and undergo an intensive month-long training on online facilitation. They will monitor all interactions on program platforms. Facilitators will follow The Experiment’s progressive discipline and risk management protocols to manage any incidents that occur, this includes informing full-time staff at The Experiment Digital, who will are reachable 24/7.
Safe interaction online
The Experiment Digital is delivered on secure, password protected platforms. Only those with an invitation will be able to access the program and any information on program platforms. The program begins with a module on Digital Citizenship and E-Safety, which teaches participants how to interact productively and safely online. During synchronous program activities, participants have the option to engage at their own comfort levels, including choosing whether to connect via audio or video.