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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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...

Strengthening Relations in Nepal

Community Update

Following a five-year hiatus, our latest Community Partnership program team has rekindled a nearly twenty-year relationship with Jampaling, a Tibetan refugee settlement nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. 

2018 Summer Spain Soccer Program

New Language Program

Play soccer and practice your Spanish language skills at our new 2018 Summer Spain Soccer Program! Visit famous sites in Madrid and spend time at Campus de Fútbol San José-Magdaleno el Mazo training for soccer and participating in other camp...

2017 Language Program Reviews

Read what our leaders, parents and participants had to say about us

All 2017 language immersion program participants have returned home safely from their trips abroad. As we look forward to 2018 and begin planning next year’s programs, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year, which was one of our...

New Community Partnership

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Boozhoo! This June we were thrilled to embark on a new partnership with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Our first team consisted of ten intrepid scholars from Samueli Academy who made the long trek from Los Angeles to the...

HSRA and the Maasai Community

Community Partnership Program Recap

We recently checked back in with Maureen Foss, the HSRA instructor who accompanied the HRSA students on the Community Partnership Program to Entonet. While living and working alongside the indigenous Maasai, her group was invited not only into...

United Voices Concert Recap

Back in March, we went behind the scenes at High School for Recording Arts to visit with recipients of a 2017 Xperitas Global Learners Scholarship. Now, the group is preparing for their Community Partnership Program this summer to Entonet, Kenya...

Voices of Reflection

Interviews with CPP past participants

While Violeta, Jailene and Daniel come from different backgrounds and life experiences, they all share one thing in common: their transformative trip to La Push, where they worked in solidarity with the Quileute tribe. Hear from these three...

Friends of Cantel, Guatemala

Community Update

"Our week in Cantel flew by, after so many meals, work and memories together. It was amazing to see how much had changed. We had arrived as a group of strangers, and now we couldn’t stop laughing as we shared our last meal back in Antigua."

What is "American?"

Reflection and Self Awareness

When we prepare to travel to a new place, it’s important to dig deep and think about our own home, too. Use this blog as tool to reflect on what it means to be American. 

The Reviews Are In!

2017 Spring Language Program Reviews

Our 2017 spring travelers have returned! As your child prepares to depart, read reviews of what these travelers had to say about their family stay experience abroad and the lifelong connections they made.

Top 5 Reasons That Xperitas’ Community Partnership Programs Make Great Family Vacations

Xperitas News

Summer is approaching quickly! Get inspired to take your next family vacation to the next level with these top 5 reasons that Community Partnership Programs make awesome family vacations.

Listening to Our Global Leaders

Xperitas Launches Educator Advisory Council

At this year's Global Leaders Conference in January, Xperitas launched the Educator Advisory Council (EAC) to discuss items that will help Xperitas enhance its existing programs and processes.