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Stories from the Xperitas community

Xperitas cultural and language immersion programs open minds, connect people and transform lives. Here you will find stories from leaders, teachers, alumni and staff -- all of the diverse voices that make up our interconnected global community.

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A Salute to Our Language Teachers

Thank you for helping us achieve our mission

On this Teacher’s Day, 2018, Xperitas salutes ALL teachers for the crucial role they are playing in developing the young people who will be the decision-makers in our communities for decades to come.  But we especially applaud those teachers that...

Teacher Testimonial: Justin Peeper

Why I Choose to Travel with Xperitas

I have been collaborating with Xperitas since 2008 to take my Spanish students overseas, and I cannot imagine working with a more dedicated group of professionals.

Teacher Testimonial: Cathy Stresing

Why I Choose to Travel with Xperitas

The commitment that everyone involved in the organization has to help teachers and students have the richest possible experience is nothing short of remarkable.

Teacher Testimonial: Linda Havas

Why I Choose to Travel with Xperitas

Over 20 years and 17 trips later, I can't imagine traveling with anyone else.

Teacher Testimonial: Jane Ditewig

Why I Choose to Travel with Xperitas

Our Xperitas planned school exchange has earned the accolades of students, families, administrations and communities, and the impact and connections reach well beyond the individuals traveling.

2018 Xperitas Alumni Scholarship Winner

Alumni Stories Series

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 Xperitas Alumni Scholarship: Lily Hauptman of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Language Teacher Spotlight: Nicole Weaver

Award-winning trilingual children's book author

Nicole Weaver, a high school French and Spanish teacher in Denver, is the author of several award-winning trilingual children's books. She's also traveling with a group of her students on an Xperitas immersion program to France in the spring of...

Global Leaders Conference 2018 Recap

Recapping another successful weekend

Xperitas held our annual Global Leaders Conference in Bloomington from January 26-28. We were joined by about a hundred language teachers from across the United States, all of whom are leading immersion programs abroad in 2018. Many of our...

Building Community in La Push

Working with the Quileute Nation

After breaking free of busy rush hour traffic leaving Seattle, we drove into a new world—winding narrow roads hugging the rugged coastline, passing through the lush rainforests of Olympic National Park. The rain poured down as we approached La...

Scenes from La Push

Reflections on a Community Partnership Program

A group of high school students from California traveled to La Push, Washington, in 2016 to work in solidarity with the Quileute tribe on an Xperitas Community Partnership program.

Xperitas 2018 Photo Contest

Complete contest terms and conditions

The 2018 Xperitas Photo Contest is open to all Xperitas program participants and leaders who travel in the 2018 calendar year.

Carroll University Testimonial

Faculty-Led Program Testimonial

A Faculty member at Carroll University was kind enough to share her experience with Xperitas' Faculty-Led Community Partnership Programs.

Leslie Gale Interview

Meet our new Executive Director

We are excited to announce that Leslie Gale became the new Executive Director of Xperitas on November 6. Learn more about her plans for Xperitas here!

Cara Meyer Alumni Scholarship Winner Update

Alumni Stories Series

Cara Meyer was the recipient of our 2017 Alumni Scholarship. Cara traveled to France and Germany with Xperitas in 2016. Recently, we caught up with Cara, who reflected fondly upon what her Xperitas program, and the scholarship, has meant for her...

Puerto Rico Relief

Community Update

Xperitas has been sending students on Spanish language immersion programs to Puerto Rico since 2010. On these popular programs, students explored San Juan, snorkeled in Fajardo, hiked through the El Yunque Rainforest, learned about Afro-Caribbean...