Global Citizens Blog

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.

We also invite you to share your Xperitas story.

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Building, Bonding and Growing in Peru

Hiawatha Collegiate High School

On Xperitas Community Partnership Programs, local communities work with Xperitas to design an itinerary that allows participants to contribute to the community in an impactful way, in addition to building global connections and friendships. In...

Xperitas Staff Holiday Recipes and Traditions

Shared by Xperitas Staff

As we reflect upon 2018 and look forward to a new year year of delivering our transformative language and cultural immersion programs, we'd like to share some of our staff's favorite holiday pastimes and food recipes with our Xperitas community....

Xperitas Receives 2018 Pro Lingua Award

“In recognition of outstanding service to and support of education in world languages and cultures."

Each year, MCTLC bestows its Pro Lingua Award, “In recognition of outstanding service to and support of education in world languages and cultures,” and this year we were honored to receive this prestigious distinction!

Une Aventure Fantastique !

Traveling to France with an Xperitas Group

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel to France with an Xperitas group composed of three schools from Minnesota and Illinois. When this group chose the La Vie en Provence itinerary months earlier, I could not have been more excited...

Momentos Inolvidables con Mis Grupos

Immersion Programs to Mexico and Peru

One of the things I love about my job as an Xperitas Program Manager is that I often get to accompany groups on their Spanish immersion programs! This summer, I was fortunate enough to travel to both Mexico and Peru with groups from the United...

My Summer with Xperitas

Xperitas German Immersion Programs

This year has been a phenomenal year for me! I moved to Minneapolis and started working for Xperitas this spring, which was an adventure of its own. Then, later in the summer, I was accompanied a combined group of three schools from Washington...

Language and Cultural Immersion: A Two-Way Street

The Blake School’s Intercultural Journey to China

This June, The Blake School, an independent high school in Minneapolis, departed for a Mandarin Chinese immersion program with Xperitas. The educational journey was a result of a year of preparation...

Summer 2018 Language Immersion Programs Recap

Reviews from Our Travelers, Parents and Leaders

After reviewing all the feedback and input from our post-travel surveys, we’d like to take this opportunity to share some of the results with the Xperitas community.

A Family Tradition

Xperitas Alumni News

Xperitas team members bumped into Jill Gabel, of Fargo, North Dakota, at a recent parent meeting we attended at an area high school. Jill was a high school student participant in a French immersion program thirty years ago with ISE (now Xperitas...

Meet Brooke Marchewka

New Associate Director of Community Partnership Programs

Brooke started her new position at Xperitas on June 30 and in the first few weeks of her tenure, we have been impressed with her intelligence, drive, eagerness, warmth and a strong belief in and adherence to Xperitas’ mission and values. In this...

Spring 2018 Travel Recap: Leaders

Ratings and Reviews from Spring 2018 Trip Leaders

During the Spring 2018 travel season (March - May), Xperitas groups traveled to seven different countries for French, German and Spanish language immersion experiences. Overall, it sure sounds like it was a great spring for our language immersion...

Teacher Spotlight: Barbara Koester

How she built a successful and consistent immersion program through Xperitas

Barbara Koester's first travel group started small, with only two students from her school. Now, 31 years later, her travel group has grown to 28 students. How did she do it?

Spring 2018 Travel Recap: Parents

What did parents of travelers think of their child's immersion program?

While many parents speak directly to the positive impacts of their child's cultural and language immersion experience, from things like improved self-confidence to sharpened language and cultural competency skills, many parents also mention that...

Community Partnership Program Update

Facilitation Training with Our Team Leader Development Committee

To help with the process of facilitating cross-cultural discussion and problem-solving, our Community Partnership Program team leaders, and team leaders in training, met at the Xperitas office in Minneapolis for a workshop session facilitated by...

Spring 2018 Travel Recap: Students

Ratings and Reviews from our Spring 2018 Travelers

All Spring 2018 language immersion program participants have returned home safely from their trips abroad. As we look forward to the summer travel season, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year, which was one of our best ever! But...