Faculty-Led Programs

Customized Faculty-Led Programs

Give your students a meaningful cross-cultural experience beyond the classroom

The basis of all we do are our intentional relationships with community partners and our belief in the value of deep cultural immersion. Xperitas is committed to long-term, sustainable partnerships with indigenous and marginalized communities, both in the United States and around the world. We collaborate with higher education institutions and their faculty to design short-term, cross-cultural immersion programs that meet your educational goals while also serving the needs of our partnership communities through community-driven projects.  

How it Works

Through our unique approach to relationship-building, your students will have the opportunity to deeply engage with the community. Students stay in our partnership community, live with local families or in communal lodging, and eat local food. Throughout their stay, students meet community members and experience day-to-day life in the community. As a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and to serve the needs of our partners, students work alongside local volunteers on locally initiated and directed projects. Past projects have included planting sacred cedar trees on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, constructing a science lab/library at a high school in Xiloxochico, Mexico, cooking meals for elders on the Quileute Reservation in northwestern Washington, and more.

The Role of Team Leader

Programs are led by faculty in partnership with an Xperitas Team Leader, who manages logistics, serves as a community partner liaison (and a translator, if needed), and facilitates group reflection. Our Team Leaders are not only passionate about cultivating cross-cultural connections, they’re also trained leaders in facilitation, group dynamics, and cross-cultural communication. Each day, the Team Leader facilitates a team meeting to reflect on the day’s events. The Team Leader also asks students to share their individual reflections in a team journal, which is shared with the group after they return and serves as a reminder of their collective experience.

Design a Faculty-led Program to Complement Your Curriculum 

We invite you to partner with us to design a custom faculty-led program that best fits your educational goals and student needs. Our programs can be aligned with a variety of class topics and disciplines such as cross-cultural experience requirements, language, cross-cultural communication, anthropology, international development, social work, architecture, education, and many more.

Imagine Your Students ... 

Seeing sustainability and food systems in action with the Anishinaabe people of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota | Practicing Spanish and learning about Nahua history and culture in Cuetzalan, Mexico | Learning about community development and dynamics with Tibetans living in exile in Pokhara, Nepal

 

What to Expect From Us

Programming includes:

  • Travel insurance with coverage of trip cancellation due to medical reasons, accidents, and medical evacuation for all participants and leaders
  • Liability insurance for leaders
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Online portal with pre-departure materials to help you prepare and re-entry materials to continue your learning at home
  • All lodging, transportation, and meals as listed on itinerary
  • A contribution to the community project
  • Trained Xperitas Team Leader for duration of travel – responsible for facilitating logistics, communication with community leaders, and facilitating daily reflection sessions

Xperitas provides dedicated, experienced staff to create the best learning experience, organizing all logistics of the program while also working with Team Leaders and communities to create a transformative experience.

Read a Testimonial From Carroll University  

"One of the biggest takeaways from students on Xperitas programs is the students’ ability to find strategies for effectively communicating with and working with people from another culture. This is achieved through working side by side with locals on a community project and spending most of their day in the community." - Carroll University 

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Ready to take the next step? Start planning your program now!