The Global Citizens Blog on Immersion Travel

Share Your Immersion Experience!

The Xperitas community wants to know

Xperitas language immersion programs open minds, connect people and transform lives. Sharing those stories is important too! It is a powerful way to inspire others to travel outside of their comfort zone. Your perspective is valued by those who have not yet made a journey or used the language they have learned in an authentic setting. They want to know what you experienced in another country and how you felt being a “temporary local” within another culture.  

The Global Citizens Blog features stories from Student Alumni, Teachers, Group Leaders, Parents and staff -- all of the diverse voices that make up our interconnected global experience. Additional content includes recipes, photos, short videos and more! 

Have you traveled with us? Share your Xperitas immersion story.

 

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2023 Traveler Update

Hello Xperitas participants and leaders,

We hope the school year is off to a great start and that you are getting excited for your upcoming travel adventures in 2023! We are very excited that you have enrolled in a 2023 Xperitas program...

Xperitas Language Immersion Programs: So Much More than a “trip”

At Xperitas, we aren’t in the business of sending students on “trips”.  Our mission is to transform lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning.   What does it take for travel abroad to be transformational?  It needs to be...

How My French Teacher Changed My Life

Recently, we profiled Xperitas Board member and retired French Teacher, Jane Ditewig. 

Jane was and is a much beloved teacher at R.A. Long High School in Longview Washington. This summer Jane heard from Brad Carnine, one of her students...

Celebrating Fifty Years of Immersion Travel

On May 31,1972, language teachers Jim Phelan and Bob and Edeltraud Green formed the nonprofit corporation that today, 50 years later, is known as Xperitas. This organization has faced many situations that have interrupted international travel...

Language Learning Connects People & Culture

Xperitas Board Member and retired French teacher Jane Ditewig feels she was incredibly lucky to have had the perfect career that combined French language and culture. Jane was a French teacher at R.A. Long High School in Longview, Washington for...

Traveler Update with Message from the Executive Director

Hello Xperitas Teachers, Travelers, and Friends,

As summer draws to a close and teachers return to classes, many in person for the first time since March 2020, the Xperitas team is working with teachers on planning spring and summer travel...

The Importance of Documenting Student Biliteracy

We recently had the privilege of speaking with Ayumi Stockman, World Languages Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), to learn more about what she does at MDE and about the Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals...

Celebrating Anishinaabe traditions on World Environment Day

On this World Environment Day, we would like to highlight our partners in White Earth, Minnesota who are promoting self-reliance built on Anishinaabe traditions and healthy, holistic, and sustainable relationships with the land. As part of a...

Language and cultural immersion influence on eating

One of the many reasons I love working at Xperitas is that I know that the immersion experiences we create for students will have a positive and lasting impact on their...

Rick Steves Event | Educators Reflect on Immersion Travel

The recent Xperitas special event with Rick Steves "Why We Travel," inspired participant educators to reflect on why they travel with students.

Student perspective on the impact of French language Immersion

In 8th grade middle school, I had to pick a language to study, and being half Mexican, my mom wouldn’t let me take Spanish since I already used it in my everyday home life. So, my only other option was French. At that point, I never thought I’d...

The Value of Global Travel and Cultural Literacy

Carolyn Vanous is a member of the Xperitas Board and currently serves as the Board Treasurer. Carolyn is also the Manager of a team at 3M, a fortune 500 company with corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in 200. We asked Carolyn about...

Reflecting on 50 Years of Immersion Travel

Austrian-born Jewish philosopher Martin Buber (1887-1965) said, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” As Xperitas begins booking travel for our 2022 50th anniversary year, I reflect on the...

Get to know Xperitas Partners | Rocio Madrigal

Xperitas has long-standing relationships with its partners. We want you to get to know the amazing people that we work with. Meet Rocio Madrigal, a guide for us in Costa Rica. Rocio has a passion for sharing the culture and history of her country...

Traditional Recipes of the Nahua People of Mexico

High in the Sierra Norte region of the state of Puebla in Mexico lies the market town of Cuetzalan. Cobble-stoned streets, colorful handicrafts, and the aroma of street tacos abound. This pueblo mágico is known for the cultural influence of Nahua...