Beginning in 2017, The Experiment in International Living is offering two- to six-week custom study abroad programs for independent schools. Programs can be led by your school’s administrators, teachers, and staff, or they can be co-led with or led entirely by The Experiment.
All Experiment programs are youth-centered. They provide appropriate challenges and support to empower growth and learning; employ experiential learning that is highly interactive, action-oriented, fun, and inspiring; and are responsive to age, learning styles, culture, and language ability.
You can select from a variety of duration, term, country, and curriculum options in designing a custom program that best meets your needs. Custom program options can be combined and/or adjusted to create the optimal cultural learning experience for your students.
One option you have for designing custom programs is to choose a thematic focus—intended to equip your students with specific cultural skills and/or a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to a critical global issue shaping the diverse communities and regions they visit. Below are descriptions of theme options The Experiment offers—many of which are already a cornerstone of our traditional summer program offerings.
Arts and Social Change: This theme can explore the relationship between art, politics, and society in different historical periods.
Global Health: This theme can focus on modern and traditional medicine and health care practices, and explore the links between public health care delivery institutions and community—with an emphasis on marginalized communities.
Language and Cultural Discovery: This theme can examine the cultural complexities of a new country by exploring renowned historical sites, contemporary realities, and regional differences; formal language training is also an option.
Peace, Politics, and Human Rights: This theme can explore how community groups, individuals, and others worldwide have built bridges of peace, tolerance and understanding to foster more democratic and equitable societies.
Social Entrepreneurship: This theme can focus on how entrepreneurs become change agents and apply their business skills and innovative ideas and solutions alongside civil society organizations to solve local and global problems.
Sustainability and the Environment: This theme can explore local, regional, and global perspectives on critical environmental challenges, diverse ecological systems, and natural resource conservation.
Youth Leadership: This theme can focus on tools and models for youth who want to develop their intercultural leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement skills at home and abroad.
Technology and Innovation: This theme can explore how technology is helping to create new ideas and innovations to solve societies’ day-to-day problems in cities and rural communities.
Students come away from their Experiment programs not only with an educational experience abroad, but a new way of learning, seeing, and thinking about the world that includes lifelong learning and leadership skills such as:
The Experiment uses the experiential learning model—a rich process by which knowledge is created not simply from experience (learning by doing) but also by reflecting on experiences and extracting lessons learned (learning by processing). Learners are central to making that learning happen; they actively construct new understanding from their experiences through reflection and analysis. This process provides the foundation for our programs and is woven throughout all activities each Experimenter takes part in. Students are guided through reflection and making connections, empowering them to synthesize their experiential learning independently.
The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Security measures are specifically tailored to each location and to current circumstances. We have implemented specific risk management strategies and maintain long-standing partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs. Our health and safety support includes pre-departure orientation; in-country partners; medical insurance; comprehensive in-county orientation; and 24-hour on-call service.
In designing a custom program that works best for your students, The Experiment is supported by an extensive professional network of in-country resources that can include partner offices, international educators, homestay coordinators, in-country co-leaders, and local guides. Our partner offices help us design each program and support our groups on the ground throughout the program period. These in-country professionals have access to communication, healthcare, transportation, and infrastructure to make sure that each student on your program receives the highest quality attention and support.