Stories from our participants and community members

Xperitas programs change lives. They open minds, connect people and transform the way our participants see the world. But don't just take our word for it. Hear from our participants and community members what the Xperitas experience has meant for them!

We also invite you to share your Xperitas story.

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My Favorite Chirapa Memories

Community Partnership Program Participant Story

In June of 2016, I was lucky enough to be part of a team who spent 10 days in a small village called Chirapa in Peru. Our group worked for six months planning and organizing fundraising events to make this trip happen, and it was all worth it!

A New Partnership: Entonet, Kenya

Community Update

In May 2016, we sent the first Xperitas team to a new partnership in Entonet, Kenya. Our partners in Odienya, Kenya, connected us to the community in Entonet who were interested in exploring a partnership with us. We were invited to partner with...

A Big "Miigwetch" to the White Earth Community

Community Partnership Program Participant Story

It started to snow on our way up north and I was reminded of Bob’s words, “Remember, it’s only May in Northern Minnesota — anything can happen.”

A group of students from Carroll University, my co-leaders and I were embarking on the journey...

Meeting My Second Family

Language Program Participant Story

Sitting on the train last summer heading into Aix-En-Provence to meet my host family, my nerves were higher than I think they’d ever been. The last few days had been spent in Paris, exploring the history and culture of the city entirely in French...

The Beautiful Views of Ecuador

Language Program Photo Essay

In June 2015, I went on a trip to Ecuador with my classmates through Xperitas. It was my first experience out of the country, and I had been dying to leave home and experience a new place.

Journey to Xiloxochico

Community Partnership Program Participant Story

Cuetzalan was buzzing with life on the Saturday our group arrived. We had left Puebla early in the day, and the meandrous three-hour bus ride through the Sierra Norte left us all ready for an active walk. And our wish was granted: Hotel...

My Love for Language

Language Program Participant Story

Emilio Luna is the recipient of the 2015 Xperitas Alumnus Scholarship. The following post is the essay Emilio wrote in his scholarship application about how the travel experience inspired him. It has been edited for...

My French Family

Language Program Participant Story

Everywhere I turned there was something that shouted look! you cannot find this at home: a centuries old balcony, architecture reflecting old taxes on base floors, a statue without a nose for students to break off...

My Illuminating Trip to Ecuador

Community Partnership Program Participant Story

Last summer, my team and I were welcomed into the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Tumbatu by our hosts, Esperanza and Adela. Their kind, smiling eyes told me we were in good hands with this mother-daughter team. They arranged host families for us so...