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