The Experiment in International Living

The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Participants explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills, college prep skills, and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive — and lead — in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

Our Programs - A thematic focus — on sustainability and the environment; arts and social change; language and cultural discovery; leadership training; or peace, politics, and human rights

Our Summer 2020 application is now available, so apply or pre-register today!

We are now accepting applications for summer 2020 on rolling basis. Our priority enrollment deadline is on February 12, 2020.

The Leadership Institute application deadline is on January 15, 2020.

Diverbo Pueblo Ingles Teens

Can you imagine every nook and cranny of every street of every corner of a quaint Spanish town filled with teenagers from around the globe? Well such a place exists and it’s called Pueblo Ingles for Teens!

How would you fancy a fun holiday in Spain, meeting teenagers from all over the world?

We host you for the entire week for free! All you have to pay for is your flight and we take care of the rest!


We carefully choose each location. Our venues are rural open-plan resorts that allow the participants to spend most of their time outdoors in beautiful enclave, away from the cities and touristic areas.  Participants fly into the headquarter city and are taken to the assigned venue, hotel resorts that allow the teenagers to spend most of their time outdoors in a safe environment.

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Global Routes

About High School and Gap Year Programs at Global Routes:


At the heart of the Global Routes experience is cultivating connection in another part of the world. We believe that the exchange of ideas is the key to interconnection and global community.  Living and working with people throughout the world challenges both you and local community members to step outside of your boundaries and open your hearts and minds to new people and cultures.


Our programs begin with an in-country orientation designed to orient you to your surroundings through safaris, rainforest excursions, visits to ancient ruins, or multi-day treks. The orientation also focuses on learning a new language and cultural traditions, introducing you to your group and leaders, and giving you the knowledge and support you need to dive into your cultural immersion experience in your host community. This is also the time when you will foster trust and support within the group and learn to work as a team.


The cornerstone of your experience is community service in a small, rural village. We believe that the service project is the gateway to interconnection between the students and the host community. Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms of life in your destination country and work alongside locals on projects they have selected to most benefit their community. Whether you help to build a community center in South America or a school classroom in Africa, one thing is certain: you and your host community will be transformed.


The greatest highlight for many of our students is the homestay that runs parallel to your community service. Live together with a fellow group member in the home of a local host family and come home after a solid day’s work on the service project to their smiles and excitement. Prepare dinner with your host mother, teach your host brother a few words of English, or journey to the family farm. As you spend time together, you learn an incredible amount about the challenges and joys of life in the village and form relationships that will not soon be forgotten.


Our programs end by exploring places of world-renowned beauty and sites of great interest. Travel with your group to canoe the Amazon headwaters of Ecuador, snorkel with sea lions in the Galapagos, sail a wooden dhow in Zanzibar, or explore the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In these spectacular settings, you begin the important process of reflecting on your experience, celebrating your contributions and discoveries, and preparing to come home. Our high school programs have a maximum of 18 students per group, two leaders and two to three in-country support staff.

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Rustic Pathways GAP Year Programs

Service and Exploration

Pan African Service Adventure

Spanish Immersion and Service


Program Cost: $15,995 + $2,095 Estimated Internal Airfare

Start Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

End Location: Lima, Peru

Travel to and from start and end locations not included.

Check also: Rustic Internships   and  Rustic Roadtrips

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International Travel Programs

AFS-USA Intercultural Programs:
International exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations. Scholarships & Financial Aid:
Offered on a rolling, first-come first serve basis

AMIGOS de las Americas:
A summer abroad, service learning program that empowers young adults to grow as leaders and increase their multi-cultural understanding through training and community service projects in Latin America.

China Institute’s Summer Study in China:
Mandarin language immersion programs for high school students in New York City and in Beijing, China.

Earthwatch Institute:
People from around the world, of all ages and backgrounds, join Earthwatch Expeditions. One thing unites them: a passion for protecting our planet and its wealth of species.

Learning Programs International:
High quality language and cultural immersion opportunities to U.S. high school students at an affordable price.

Loop Abroad Thailand:
An opportunity for students to pursue subjects of interest as they relate to pressing global issues, while exploring and learning about a new culture.

National Geographic Student Expeditions:
National Geographic offers student travel programs around the world each summer that aim to inspire and educate middle school and high school students ages 13 and older. Get into the field on an Expedition, Community Service trip, Photography Workshop, or University Workshop, in a destination that captures your imagination.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth:
NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in 6-8 week overseas summer programs. TUITION FREE!! **Applications are due in the Fall for the following summer**

A small group of students with inspiring leadership, engaged in a carefully crafted program that captures their imagination, stretches their abilities and strengthens their bonds with each other.

Oxbridge Academic Programs:

Imaginative teaching, experiential learning and cultural enrichment in Oxford and Cambridge in England; Paris and Montpellier in France; Barcelona in Spain; and New York City in the United States.

People to People Ambassador Program:
Mission is to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, making the world a better place for future generations. Application deadlines: Vary according to scholarship opportunity

International commity service, cultural exploration, language learning & global awareness in action.

Rustic Pathways:
Quality travel and service programs that build and strengthen cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation.  Scholarships & Financial Aid: assistance options are listed on the left hand sid. Application deadlines vary according to scholarship opportunity.

Offers personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. Our extensive range of programs encourages independence and friendship, striking the perfect balance between learning, exploration, and fun.

Sustainable Summer:
Summer adventures in sustainability that combine environmental education with adventure travel and outdoor leadership.
Scholarships & Financial Aid:

The Experiment in International Living:
Gives high school students the unique opportunity to enrich themselves and the world around them by offering three-, four-, and five-week programs in 30 countries around the world. Scholarships & Financial Aid: 50% of EIL participants obtain aid, with awards ranging from 5-50% of the program fee.  If you would like to get a jump start on the FA process, please contact Geoff.Hunt@worldlearning.orgThe FINAL deadline to request Financial Aid is April 1.

WAVES for Development:
Education and Surf Voluntourism programs in coastal communities that engage travelers & transform their views of the world and themselves.

Where There Be Dragons:
Language study, volunteering, internships, homestays, backpacking and the study of philosophy, music & arts combine for authentic learning adventures. All scholarships are needs based, but they are competitive.  Anyone interested should write to receive scholarship materials. There is no actual deadline, but the earlier a student applies, the better.

Summer community service programs for teens that blend ambitious volunteer work, cultural immersion and adventure. Scholarships & Financial Aid: Application deadline: Rolling

National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in academic-year overseas programs and 6-8 week summer programs. (Please note that BHSEC and the DOE do not count academic-year overseas immersion programs for credit).

Scholarships are available for students to learn the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, Turkish

Programs may take place in the following locations: China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Oman, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, etc.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and between the ages of 15 and 19 at the start of the program.

The application deadline for 2020-21 programs is October 30, 2019 at 4 PM Eastern Time

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