June 16, 2022

The Experiment through the years: A photo essay depicting the power of study abroad

Since 1932, The Experiment in International Living has sent high school-aged youth from the United States around the world on unforgettable educational exchanges. Over the sweep of nine decades, these Experimenters have exemplified the words of Experiment founder Dr. Donald Watt: People learn to live together by living together. This…
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April 20, 2022

Meet the Pollaks: How Three Generations of Experimenters Kept their Learning Legacy Alive

Meet the Pollaks, a family boasting three generations of Experimenters spanning more than 50 years. Their experiences, while each unique, all speak to the power of Experiment founder Dr. Donald Watt’s early vision: People learn to live together by living together. Jean (deBeer) Pollak, France 1946 and Group Leader France…
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February 25, 2022

Third Cohort of Alumni Small Grants Empower Youth-Led Change

World Learning, in collaboration with the Stevens Initiative, is thrilled to announce the third cohort of Alumni Small Grant recipients! These recipients are alumni of The Experiment Digital, an award-winning two-month summer virtual exchange program that allows high school students to connect with their peers from around the world for an unforgettable intercultural…
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February 9, 2022

Experiment alumna draws on cultural exchange experience in new role at Georgetown

Last year, Dr. Anita Gonzalez received an invitation from Georgetown University to become the co-chair for a soon-to-be-established Racial Justice Institute. At the time, the Experiment alumna and University of Michigan theatre professor wasn’t sure what that might mean. Even though the Racial Justice Institute was announced following the murder of African…
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February 7, 2022

The Experiment Wins Top Study Abroad Awards

At The Experiment and The Experiment Digital, we constantly strive to provide immersive, educational, safe, and fun intercultural exchange programs, both in-person and virtual. That’s why we’re proud to announce our recent awards that recognize The Experiment Digital and The Experiment as leaders in study abroad and exchange. We are excited to share…
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February 3, 2022

The Summer of 1962: Memories of The Experiment

World Learning is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and it all started with The Experiment in International Living. The Experiment has been at the cutting edge of intercultural exchange since its founding in 1932, allowing students from around the world to experience the world as a classroom. Take it from…
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November 15, 2021

Exploring Cultures and Building Friendships through Virtual Homestays

This story was originally posted on the Stevens Initiative website. It has been republished here with permission. Despite the unknown of the global pandemic, Nicole M. and Rafik A. joined World Learning’s The Experiment Digital to connect with others, share their experiences, and learn how to be changemakers in their…
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October 29, 2021

The Experiment Digital Climate Alumni: What are They Doing Now?

In May 2021, The Experiment Digital’s Climate Change & the Environment program took more than 60 students in 21 countries on an educational journey to gain a comprehensive understanding of climate change and sustainability. The program looks at how the climate crisis intersects with social issues like racial inequality, public health, and…
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March 2, 2021

The Experiment Digital 2020 Stevens Initiative Alumni Small Grants

The Stevens Initiative, in collaboration with World Learning, announced the first cohort of Stevens Initiative Alumni Small Grants recipients in January 2020, supporting six projects led by alumni of The Experiment Digital. The Experiment Digital is a two-month summer virtual exchange program that helps high school-aged youth become more civically engaged by learning to plan and implement a community…
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November 13, 2020

How a Decades-Old Flagship Program Got a Digital Makeover and Blew Up the Internet This Summer

In 2016, World Learning launched a virtual exchange program designed to connect students from the Middle East with their U.S. peers. Without leaving their living rooms, participants interacted through videos, discussion forums, webinars, online chats, and playing digital games together. Known as DYLEP—Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program—it brought together more…
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