Xperitas Language Immersion and Service Learning

The Xperitas Story

Building cultural competency and global relationships for over 45 years

We are Nonprofit

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). Solving the problems of our complex global community requires a higher level of cultural competency than ever before. Xperitas is a community of lifelong intercultural learners, who believe in a better and more just world built on deeper levels of understanding of others. Our goal is to increase access to our programs for all students regardless of their financial background. We achieve this this by awarding scholarships, financial aid, and school grants.

Xperitas historical timeline


Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE)

Global Citizens Network (GCN)

Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) was formed in 1972
by world language teachers who wanted to provide more
meaningful immersion experiences for their students.
The cornerstone of these programs was The Family Stay
Experience, whereby students could live with local families
and benefit from deeper language and cultural immersion.
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.
Their approach was guided by the vision of putting
partnerships first and emphasizing relationships over projects,
establishing a new standard for cross-cultural engagement.


Xperitas Today

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

Our Vision

All people connected in one global community.

Language Immersion Travel

Service Learning Programs

Students exploring Germany's seaside


Two women discussing a Community Partner project in Africa


Today, Xperitas is a leader in cross-cultural programs that embody authentic language and cultural immersion. The Family Stay Experience, continues to provide a more meaningful cultural exchange for our students. Students report a definite increase in their language skills with this in depth immersion with native speakers. Today, we continue to practice the philosophy of of our service learning pioneers, by putting partnerships first and emphasizing relationships over projects. Their early vison of respect for the cultural differences for others has spread and blossomed into a standard of practice known as Fair Trade Learning.

French | Spanish | German 
Mandarin Chinese | Japanese

Indigenous & Marginalized
Communities Worldwide

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Our Mission

Transforming lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning.