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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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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.

Part of the Solution

Xperitas News

In today’s world, there is one guarantee: there will always be challenges. Xperitas aims to rise above these challenges and focus on our mission: transforming lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning. And one of the most...

Behind the Scenes with HSRA and Xperitas

United Voices Concert

Students and teachers at High School for Recording Arts take turns behind the microphone in their high school's recording studio, laying down new tracks for a song that will be featured at the upcoming United Voices benefit concert on April 14,...

The Impact of Immersion

A Conversation with Adrienne Matros

Xperitas had a conversation with Adrienne Matros, frequent Community Partnership Program participant, to learn more about her perspective on why cultural immersion experiences are important now more than ever.

Friends of Xiloxochico, Mexico

Community Update

In January 2017, a group of Carroll University students traveled to Xiloxochico, Mexico, with Team Leader and Community Partnership Program Manager, Grace Janssen. Read some of the students' reflections from the rotating Team Journal.

Host Family "Sisters" Elsa and Morgan

French Host Family Story

Once upon a time, our French family agreed to welcome Morgan, an American teenager from Exeter, into our homes. Prior to Morgan’s arrival, my daughter Elsa began to communicate with Morgan (by mail, Viber and Instagram) every day, and they...