Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-Led Programs

Cultural learning beyond the classroom

Since 1992, Xperitas has been highly focused on providing educators and their students with a deep and meaningful cultural exchange. We collaborate with higher education institutions and their faculty to design customized, cross-cultural immersion programs through our Global Citizens Network® of Partner Communities. 

The Xperitas Difference

Our cultural immersion program was formed in 1992 by a group of globally-minded individuals who wanted a better way to partner with indigenous and marginalized communities around the world. Their approach was guided by a vision of putting partnerships first and emphasizing relationships over projects, establishing a new standard for cross-cultural engagement. Their early vision of respect for the cultural differences for others has spread and blossomed into a standard of practice known as Fair Trade Learning. 

  • 28+ years of experience
  • Global Citizens Network of Partner Communities
  • Indigenous Communities in the United States
  • Staff Guided Reflection

 

Design a Program Complementing Your Curriculum

Design a custom faculty-led program tailored to your educational goals around cross-cultural engagement and cultural competency. Our programs are designed to be aligned with a variety of class topics.

  • Cultural competency requirements
  • Language immersion
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Anthropology
  • International development
  • Social work
  • Architecture
  • Education

 

The Role of Team Leader

Programs are led by faculty in partnership with an Xperitas Team Leader, who manages logistics, community partner liaison (and a translator, if needed), and facilitates group reflection. Team Leaders are trained in facilitation, group dynamics, and cross-cultural communication. Each day, the Team Leader facilitates a team meeting to reflect on the day’s events, where students are asked to share their individual reflections in a team journal. The journalis distributed to the group after the program and serves as a reminder of their collective experience.  

Programming Inclusions

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.

  • Travel insurance for all participants and leaders
  • Liability insurance for leaders
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Pre-departure and re-entry assistance
  • All lodging, transportation, and meals as listed on itinerary
  • A contribution to the community project
  • Trained Xperitas Team Leader for duration of travel 

Testimonial from Carroll University

A Faculty member at Carroll University shares her experience with Xperitas' Faculty-Led Community Partnership Programs. This interview style testimonial gives insight into our faculty-led, cross-cultural programming. A sample of questions asked are as follows:

  • How does the Xperitas program complement your coursework?
  • How does Xperitas staff help facilitate the educational experience for your students?

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"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 

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