The Experiment in International Living is recruiting group leaders for their 2014 programs. For background and application information, please see below.
The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. The Experiment has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932 and today offers 3- to 5-week programs in more than 20 countries around the world. After 80 years and more than 70,000 participants, The Experiment remains a leader in the field of international cross-cultural education for high school students.
The Experiment in International Living is the founding program of World Learning, a nonprofit that advances leadership through education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. Learn more about World Learning programs at: www.worldlearning.org.
Each Experiment group is accompanied by two adult leaders, and The Experiment is currently hiring exceptional individuals to serve as summer 2014 group leaders. The Experiment is looking for leaders who have a demonstrated interest in intercultural and experiential learning, in-depth experience living abroad, competency in the language of the host culture, and experience working with young people.
Experiment group leaders are dynamic, responsible, emotionally mature adults who support the young people they are responsible for in a number of ways. First and foremost, they maximize the well-being of all participants so that participants can have a meaningful and memorable learning experience. Leaders also represent The Experiment abroad and manage in-country relationships with integrity and professionalism. Group leadership is a chance for you to share your knowledge of and interest in other cultures with an exceptional group of young people.
–Ongoing Support from Program Start to Finish–
Experimenters are met by their two group leaders at a specific meeting location in the designated port of departure in the US. Group leaders immediately start engaging students in conversations and ice-breaker activities. Right away — and continuing throughout the in-country orientation — leaders work with Experimenters to increase their knowledge of the host country and culture, develop communication skills, and cultivate new attitudes and awareness.
During the course of the program, group leaders keep in close contact with homestay families, conduct group excursions, and guide students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences.
At the end of the program, leaders help students evaluate their experiences and assist them in considering how they can integrate what they learned about themselves and the world into their lives moving forward.
The Experiment provides all transportation to and from an intensive one-week leadership training, to the program location with the group, and back to a home city, as well as all in-country expenses (including health insurance, transportation, meals, activities, lodging, incidentals, and communications). In addition to this, group leaders receive a weekly honorarium while leading.
For a detailed description of group leader roles and responsibilities, please visit:
For an overview of Experiment programs planned for summer 2014, please visit:
Experiment group leaders are chosen for their leadership skills, particularly in working with young people, and their cross-cultural experience and language competence. The Experiment selects group leaders who have:
–A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
–Leadership experience working with high school students
–Experience studying and living overseas
–Competence in the language of the host country
To see bios of past group leaders, please visit:
How to Apply
To apply to become a 2014 group leader, follow the application instructions at:
In addition to submitting your résumé, you will be asked to fill out a short application with the following:
–Employment and education background
–Responses to short-essay questions
–Contact information for three references
Contact Maura Walsh, group leadership manager, at: leadership at worldlearning dot org.