Travel from the North to the South while learning about the history of civil rights in the United States. Experience America’s rich diversity and civil rights movements while visiting the campuses of top universities.
Peace, Politics, & Human Rights
The Experiment offers high school summer abroad programs on five continents and various global virtual exchange programs. Participants explore the world through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.
Summer 2021: We understand the need for young people to connect with their peers globally now, more than ever. In our 87-year history, 2020 was the first time The Experiment paused all operations abroad. It is our sincere intention to run programs abroad this year, no matter how small the selection. We hope the stars align in our favor as we do everything we can to make study abroad for high school students a reality once again. We offer the following programs: Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology & Sustainability and Jordan: Arabic Language & The Middle East. We also encourage you to apply online for The Experiment Digital, our international virtual exchanges for spring and summer 2021.
Start your Experiment in the Big Apple: New York City. Witness where many immigrants first entered the United States at Ellis Island and marvel at the Statue of Liberty that greeted them. Go on a walking tour of the city to learn about the history of the African Diaspora and the impact it has had on the U.S., and visit the United Nations headquarters to learn about the organization’s commitment to maintaining international peace and security. Tour the Columbia University campus and experience a real college class by taking a workshop with a professor from its esteemed human rights program. While in New York, you’ll also visit the LGBT Center, participate in a workshop with the Theatre of the Oppressed, sample the rich diversity of the city’s food scene, and take in breathtaking views at the Empire State Building.
Hop a train south to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, where you’ll learn about the city’s unique history and engage with local organizations and human rights activists. Visit the National Mall to see some of the country’s most famous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Washington Monument. Explore the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian, where you’ll take a workshop on indigenous rights. You will also tour George Washington University, where you’ll stay during your time in the capital city.
Travel to Atlanta, Georgia, a cultural center of the American South that is noted for its ethnic diversity. Here, you’ll learn about the city’s crucial role in civil rights and get your first taste of Southern life and culture as you begin your homestay with a local family. Continue learning about human rights at Emory University and stay on the college campus while learning about the college process. Visit Clarkston, just outside Atlanta, to discover how a coffee shop provides job-training opportunities to resettled refugees. Meet with students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and learn about the role of HBCUs in civil rights history. Complete your journey with final reflection and visits to key sites such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr’s home, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
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New York City
During your time in New York, you will stay in hotels or hostels
During your time in Washington, you will stay at either George Washington University or American University
Greensboro, North Carolina
During your time in Greensboro, you will stay at a hotel.
During your time in Atlanta, you will stay in the home of a local family and spend the last two days at Emory University.
The experience I had exceeded my expectations. I really wanted my summer to be exciting and I was looking for some adventure as well as some learning experience and what I had with The Experiment was completely what I wanted. I felt like I was in a different country even though we were still in the United States.--Sistine
For me, this trip provides me with a new look and deeper understanding of civil rights. I am aware of the civil rights issue we face today, but I didn’t take into account that we’ve made so much progress. This experience expand my respect and appreciation of those before me who stood up for the rights I take for granted today. Meeting with people who lived through these times help me connect with the reality of the past. This experience was eye owning and provided me with a new appreciation for things I took for granted before. I gained knowledge and respect.--Kamerian