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 partner communities. We provide a unique experience where students become "temporary locals", living and working alongside community members and participating in events of local significance. 

People preparing fishThe 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, displaced or rural communities around the world through community-led projects. Their approach was guided by a vision of putting community 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 elevated the way Xperitas cultural immersion and service learning is conducted today.

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

 

a group of workers smilingDesign 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

A faculty member at Carroll University shares her experience with Xperitas' Faculty-Led Community Immersion Programs. Read More 

All in all, the trip was something I will never forget. Everyone and everything has changed my perspective on life and the way we can exist with other humans.

- Rafael, Student from Samueli Academy

Girl laying bricksProgramming 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. We don't just talk about how we care about our travelers, we integrate essential protections into every aspect of our programs. Xperitas Rest Assured Advantages are designed to provide teachers, students, and chaperones with the travel assurances and assistance they need.

  • 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 

The Role of Team Leader

Programs are led by faculty in partnership with an Xperitas Team Leader who supplies the following support:

  • Logistics management
  • Community partner liaison
  • Translator (if needed)
  • Facilitates group reflection

Team Leaders are trained in facilitation, group dynamics, and cross-cultural communication. Each day, they facilitate a team meeting to reflect on the day’s events, where students are asked to share their individual reflections in a team journal. The journal is distributed to the group after the program and serves as a reminder of their collective experience.  

An Xperitas Team Leader shares her experience with Community Immersion Programs. Read More 

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