Mission + History

Mission + History


Transforming lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning.


All people connected in one global community.


Xperitas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization born from the decades of shared experience of two nonprofit organizations: Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) and Global Citizens Network (GCN).

Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) was formed in 1972 by world language teachers who wanted to provide meaningful and educational immersion experiences for their students. The cornerstone of these programs was a family stay experience, whereby students could live with local families in the destination and experience true language and cultural immersion. For more than 40 years, students and families have enjoyed these safe, enriching and educational immersion experiences, which live on in Xperitas' Language Immersion Programs and Hosting Programs.

Global Citizens Network (GCN) was formed in 1992 by a group of globally-minded individuals who wanted a better way to partner with communities around the world on mutually beneficial cross-cultural programs. The programs were guided by the vision of putting partnerships first and emphasizing relationships over projects. This philosophy and programming live on in Xperitas' Community Partnership Programs, through which participants partner with indigenous and marginalized communities in the U.S. and abroad on projects initiated and led by the community.

In 2009, GCN and ISE formed a strategic partnership and moved into a shared office to better manage resources and leverage the strengths of both organizations. In 2016, the two organizations officially merged to form Xperitas, sharing one mission and vision and a goal of offering a broader range and increased access to programs that support each individual on their journey to global citizenship.

Together, Xperitas is a leader in cross-cultural programs that embody true language and cultural immersion, inspire personal connections with diverse individuals and communities worldwide and provide transformational experiences for our participants.