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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Summer 2019 Program Recap

Another successful season in the books!

That’s a wrap, folks! In 2019 French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language students traveled abroad with Xperitas to nine different countries to enjoy an intercultural immersion experience! We are happy to report that every participant...

Introducing the Edie and Bob Green Writing Scholarship!

Yearly merit-based scholarship opportunities for Xperitas participants

We are excited to announce a new merit-based scholarship opportunity for our participants: The Edie and Bob Green Writing Scholarship!

Xperitas Teacher Interview: Beth Lillskau

German Teacher from Prairie Schools in Cedar Rapids, IA

In a recent conversation with Beth Lillskau, a German teacher at Prairie Schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we learned all about the wonderful student exchange program she has with the Gymnasium Ebingen School in Albstadt, Germany. 

Xperitas GAPP Support FAQ 

How We Can Help You With Your Program's Individualized Needs

If your school’s German program has a GAPP exchange partner school, or if you are looking to establish one and start sending students aboard, partnering with Xperitas may be...

Spring 2019 Language Programs a Success!

By every measure, it was a transformative and successful spring travel season!

Every Xperitas group has returned home safely from their spring language immersion program abroad! Whether they traveled as students of French, German or Spanish language, the feedback we received has been outstanding and inspiring, as much of it...

Leo Dircks: An Xperitas Fundraising Success Story

Leo’s Fundraising Success Story

Meet Leo Dircks. When he wanted to raise money for his language immersion program to Spain, he and his family made it happen. Find out how.

Spring 2019 Community Partnership Programs Update

Xperitas partnerships with universities and North American indigenous communities

University groups from Carroll College and University of Tennessee-Knoxville joined Xperitas this spring to stay and work with North American indigenous communities

Cuetzalan: A Feather or a Stone?

Special Guest Blog

Dr. Bert Kreitlow, Faculty Lead for Carroll University's Xperitas Community Partnership Program to Mexico in 2019, reflects upon his return to Cuetzalan after two decades.

Language Advocacy Day 2019

Showing our support for language and intercultural education

On February 19-20, Xperitas Executive Director Leslie Gale and Director of Language programs Jenny Behrens traveled to Washington, D.C., to join the Minnesota delegation at Language Advocacy Day, sponsored by the...

2019 Xperitas Alumni Scholarship Winner

Daniel Brand, University Lake High School

One of the highlights of our annual Global Leaders Conference is announcing the recipient of our Xperitas Alumni Scholarship. We award one $2,000 scholarship each year to...

2019 Global Leaders Conference

Xperitas' annual conference for traveling language teachers

In January Xperitas held our 2019 Global Leaders Conference at the Hyatt Hotel in Minneapolis. This is one of the favorite weekends of the year for Xperitas staff, as we get the chance to spend time with some of our amazing language teachers –...

Reunion of Spirits

Xperitas Community Partnership Program: Jampaling, Nepal

My wife Sue and I were excited to join the Xperitas team for our second trip to Jampaling, Nepal in October of this past year. It had been fifteen years since we first experienced this Tibetan “island of tranquility” nestled in the Pokhara valley...

Xperitas 2018 Photo Contest Results

And the winners are ...

Each year, Xperitas holds a photo contest, which provides an opportunity for all of that year’s immersion program participants to share their experience with the larger Xperitas community (and the opportunity to win prizes!). This year we were...

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....