The Experiment’s educational philosophy is immersive, experiential, and student-centered.
The Experiment fosters the natural curiosity and sense of adventure of youth and prepares students to explore, value, and understand different perspectives. Most Experiment programs follow a comprehensive, four-part structure: orientation, homestay, thematic focus, and reflection. This structure promotes students’ ability to develop critical skills that help them advance their studies, accelerate their careers, engage in their communities, and thrive in an ever-changing world. Experimenters gain self-confidence, mindfulness, and connections that will help them address the critical global issues facing their generation.
The Experiment develops young leaders by setting clear goals, providing opportunities for immersive learning, and guiding participants through the kind of reflection that leads to personal growth.
The Experiment’s Learning Goals:
- Explore a new country through hands-on experience.
- Connect and engage meaningfully with another culture.
- Deepen consciousness toward critical global issues shaping the host country as well as communities back home.
- Cultivate empathy and harmony across ethnic, religious, and national communities while on the program and back home.
- Develop leadership, teamwork, cross-cultural competence, language acquisition, and communication and problem-solving skills.
- Grow personally to become a confident and accountable leader.
Experiential learning is a rich process by which knowledge is created not simply from experiences (learning by doing), but also by reflecting on those experiences and extracting lessons learned (learning by processing). The Experiment’s group leaders are trained to ensure that this process is woven throughout all activities.
Student-Centered Approach to Learning
Our unique approach to student learning centers on empowering participants to gain the skills, confidence, and agency to make decisions and create opportunities that impact their own lives and the lives of others in a positive way.
Participants come away from The Experiment programs not only with an educational experience abroad, but with a new way of learning, seeing, and thinking about the world that includes a desire for lifelong learning and leadership skills.
- Experience – Trying something new, doing an activity, having a conversation, experiencing a moment in time.
- Reflect – How did I react? What did I feel, think, experience?
- Analyze – What does it mean? What did I learn? Do I need to shift my thinking?
- Apply – How will I use this knowledge or awareness in the future?