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How Can Studying Abroad Benefit Your Teen?

Studying abroad isn’t just for college students anymore.

Presented by World Learning November 14, 2018

Studying abroad isn’t just for college students anymore. In fact, educational travel gives high school students a competitive edge when applying to colleges and universities by showing that they’re willing to step outside of their comfort zones and think globally. While traveling, teens also acquire the critical lifelong skills that prepare them to succeed in college and careers, including problem-solving, independence, confidence-building, and teamwork. 

High school students are often surprised by how much they grow in a matter of days. “I was able to take in parts of the culture through everything that we did,” says Hua Lin, who traveled to Mongolia with The Experiment in International Living. “I not only learned what it meant to look out for myself and grow in my independence, but I also learned about teamwork and looking out for my whole group. I really came out of my shell in just a few days and made such great friends that just made the whole experience all the more amazing.” 

Next summer, Houston-area high school students can embark on their own life-changing experiences. The Experiment in International Living is now enrolling students for its 2019 summer programs around the world—and is offering Houston-area students a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship by entering the Global Scholars Essay Competition.

The Most Experience Provider of High School Summer Abroad 
For more than 85 years, The Experiment’s highly respected summer abroad programs have allowed students to explore the world in an authentic and impactful way, while developing enduring friendships through cultural experiences and homestays. Each year, students come away from The Experiment with invaluable cultural, leadership, language, and college-prep skills that help them thrive in diverse environments. 

With 30 thematic programs in 26 countries, there’s no shortage of distinct programs that challenge teenagers to learn and mature through a wide variety of hands-on educational activities. Experimenters cook with professional chefs in France; learn about sustainability and ecology in Vietnam; volunteer and hike, trek, and bike through Argentina; experience African cultures and go on safari in Tanzania; and beyond.

“Going away for four weeks did require some adjustment, but the leaders and the community made everything easier and much more exciting,” says Beverly, a 2018 Experimenter on the Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors program. “Each day was filled with a new adventure. We were able to be part of the culture, especially during the 10-day homestay. The group went horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, and biking. Not only did students learn about a new culture, but we learned about independence and responsibility.”

The Experiment’s comprehensive health and safety features ensure student wellbeing is of the utmost importance before, during, and after the program. The organization’s 360-degree approach to health and safety includes a 24-hour on-call support system for students and parents, two professionally trained leaders per group (12-16 students), pre-departure preparation and medical screenings, and more.

Houston Exclusive: 20 Scholarships Available
The Experiment invites Houston-area high school students to broaden their horizons by traveling abroad next summer. Students that enter their Global Scholars Essay Competition have a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship toward one of The Experiment’s programs around the world. 

To qualify for the scholarship, students must respond to two essay prompts that revolve around critical global issues, such as environmental challenges or immigration. The Experiment also wants to know how students plan on growing individually while abroad and how they will pay it forward to their local community in Houston. Submissions are due by Wednesday, January 9.