Overview

Examine diversity and inequality in South Africa and receive leadership training on a fully funded summer abroad program for high school students.

An Experiment Leadership Institute Program—New for 2015

This new and highly competitive Experiment in International Living program is specifically focused on leadership development. Participation for accepted students is fully funded.

Students receive intensive leadership training in Washington, DC, followed by a four-week experience focused on Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights in South Africa. Finally, students return to the US for debriefings, synthesis and reflection sessions, and reentry workshops on the School for International Training campus in southern Vermont.

Program Key Features:

  • Intensive leadership and activism training in Washington, DC
  • Discussion on youth leadership at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (South Africa)
  • Participation in the workshop “Young Voices in Conflict Resolution” hosted by The African Centre for  the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)—the largest conflict resolution center in Africa
  • Visit to the UKZN Leadership Center (South Africa)
  • Workshop on gender roles facilitated by a local NGO focused on developing young women leaders (South Africa)
  • Homestays with two South African families in contrasting areas of the country
  • Reentry and synthesis sessions in VermontAction-oriented project to be implemented after the program’s conclusion

Program Components

  • Leadership seminar in Washington, DC (four days). This portion of the program will include trainings, workshops, field trips, group exercises, and discussions with political and NGO leaders in Washington, DC.
  • Program in India or South Africa (four weeks). Students spend four weeks in the host country (India or South Africa) — see individual Leadership Institute program pages for details.
  • Reentry and synthesis sessions in Brattleboro, Vermont (three days). All Leadership Institute participants will reconvene on the School for International Training (SIT) campus in Vermont for synthesis sessions, briefings, a reentry workshop, and brainstorming sessions on a post-program project.
  • Post-program project to be implemented in a participant’s home community.

About The Experiment

The Experiment in International Living is a non-profit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.

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