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November 21, 2016
Program Spotlight: Germany

Take a deeper dive into our Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union program running summer 2017.

At a glance

Orientation: Cologne, 4 days
Homestay: Niederalteich,* 10–12 days
Other Accommodations: Hostels

* Homestay locations can vary.

Gain fascinating insight into the European Union, a Nobel Peace Prize–winning institution, and the role Germany has played in advancing peace, democracy, and human rights in Europe on this summer abroad for high school students. Study Germany’s political system and get a taste of German life in big cities and small communities alike. Visit the major seats of EU governance in Brussels and discuss youth issues in Bonn. Attend workshops that explore topics related to peacekeeping, anti-discrimination, politics, and the EU’s institutional structure.

Sample Itinerary:

Days 1–4

Orientation and Language in Cologne and Bonn

  • Learn about the history, culture, and environment of Germany from experts
  • Get to know other members of your group during activities
  • Begin your German language learning with language classes
  • Visit the Haus der Geschichte (House of History) in Bonn, a museum that uses interactive exhibits to reveal German history
  • Explore the city of Cologne and see the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

During the orientation period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Cologne.

Days 5-7

Thematic Focus in Brussels, Belgium and Maastricht, Netherlands

  • Visit an important EU institution and learn about the work of the European Union
  • Go on a guided tour of the city
  • Go on a daylong excursion to Maastricht, in the Netherlands

During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Brussels.

Days 8–17

Homestay in Niederalteich

  • Become immersed in the daily lives of a German family and community
  • Participate in activities with your host family
  • Attend classes with your host siblings at their school
  • Present American culture to your host school
  • Go on a guided tour of Niederalteich’s monastery and basilica
  • Go on an excursion to Munich

During this period, you will stay in the home of a family.

Days 18–26

Thematic Focus in Berlin

  • Attend lectures on Germany’s influence in Europe, how the EU works, the tasks of different EU institutions, and the diversity of cultures within the EU
  • Learn about current issues in the EU, such as the refugee situation and TTIP
  • Visit the German Bundestag
  • Visit important sites throughout the city
  • Go on a walking tour of the city and take a boat trip on the river Spree
  • Meet local multicultural youth from Berlin

During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Berlin.

Day 27

Reflection and Wrap-up in Berlin

  • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group

During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Berlin.

Day 28

Departure

What will you do next summer? Apply HERE.

November 15, 2016
Happy International Education Week!

According to U.S. Department of State, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

Here at The Experiment, we are no stranger to the benefits of a summer abroad, especially for high school students. What started back in 1932 as a genuine (lower case “e”) experiment abroad, has yielded now 70,000 alumni in its eight and a half decades since. Its goal was to promote peace and understanding across cultures, one friendship at a time.

But how do you promote peace through understanding? 

The first step in peace-building is to create empathy, which allows you to openly see all perspectives, not just your own. It encourages you to listen more than you talk. The Experiment allows each participant to gain broader understanding by living with a homestay family

The Experiment in Peru. 


The homestay is the cornerstone of all 33 Experiment programs running in 2017. Starting in just our second year in 1933, the homestay allowed for a more profound experience, wherein spending 24 hours a day with a family was most impactful for participants.

Imagine having dinner with your homestay family the first night of your stay. You immediately notice the differences: language, food, entertainment, customs, etc. But then after spending more time with them, those differences become normalized for you, and something amazing happens.

The Experiment in Mongolia


You start to realize that your similarities vastly outweigh your differences.  What you learn in that moment is this: there is no right or wrong way to live. If you’re from suburban United States, and you find yourself in the steppe of Mongolia, you’ll learn that their way of living isn’t up for debate. You are not there to judge, you are there to observe. That doesn’t mean you are not to question anything. It means to not impose your perspective onto them. 

The Experiment in Morocco.


International Education Week reminds us of the work that needs to be done to create a more peaceful, understanding, and just world. On fostering the next generation of globally-minded young leaders. And how do we do that?

One friendship at a time.

Experience The Experiment for yourself. See here

October 11, 2016
Program Spotlight: Jordan

Learn more about our Jordan: History, Politics, and Arabic Language in this #TravelTuesday Program Spotlight.

When: 4 weeks, June 27–July 27.

Where: Amman, Petra, Aqaba, Bedouin Host Community.

What: City Stay, Homestay, Language Classes, Language Immersion, Outdoor Activities, Rural Stay

Howhttps://www.experiment.org/pn/apply/apply-now/ 

Quickly deepen your immersion in Jordanian culture as you commence your Amman homestay experience. For four weeks, you will gain tremendous insights into Jordan’s culture and daily life, and you can take advantage of around-the-clock opportunities and real-world situations to practice, with your host family and neighbors, the language you’re learning in the classroom. Receive a total of 40 hours of formal Arabic language instruction in small classes composed of Experiment participants only.

Expand your understanding and knowledge of present-day Jordan through thematic workshops and discussions on Jordanian politics, Islam, democracy, human rights, the role of refugees, and multiculturalism. Experience firsthand ongoing debates surrounding Jordan’s environmental and natural resource challenges. Through cultural activities, such as tea nights and cooking classes, take part in Jordan’s culinary culture.

Continue advancing your Arabic while exploring Jordan’s ancient history and present-day resources, cultures, and communities outside of Amman. Spend time with a Bedouin community, one of Jordan’s most distinct and well-known groups. Visit the Dead Sea, the most spectacular natural landscape in Jordan. Explore Petra, a treasure of the ancient world and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the Rocky Mountains of Wadi Rum. This immersive high school summer abroad program begins and concludes in Amman.

If you are interested in this program, go to https://www.experiment.org/pn/apply/apply-now/ to start your application! 

We also have a discount of $600 if you enroll before Friday, October 14th! Get your apps in today! 

Each of our summer 2015 programs has their own blog, where our leaders and experimenters are posting stories and photographs from their travels. Click on a blog link below to join the adventure.