STUDYING ABROAD gives high school students a competitive edge when applying to colleges and universities by showing that they’re able to step outside of their comfort zones and think globally. While traveling, teens also acquire critical 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 quickly they grow. "As I learned how to be a better leader, I have also learned how to motivate others into finding and loving themselves," says Jessica, who traveled to South Africa with The Experiment in International Living.
Alicia, who participated in the Netherlands program, says it changed her. "At home I was constantly distracting myself, always in motion, always working, making it difficult to experience peace or think critically," she explains. "But the trip let me do just that: reflect on myself and my leadership with clarity."
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 2020 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 Experienced Provider of High School Summer Abroad Programs
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 programs on five continents, there’s no shortage of distinct programs that challenge teenagers to learn and mature through a wide variety of hands-on educational activities. Experimenters learn from anime artists in Japan, learn about sustainability and ecology in Costa Rica; and volunteer, hike, trek, and bike through Argentina.
"Communication and self-advocacy were necessary for this experience and something I really had to work to improve," says Zola, a 2019 Experimenter on the India: Indian Culture & Traditions program . "I stepped out of my comfort zone in a new group of people and quickly bonded with my peers, which was integral to my trip. This trip greatly improved my self-awareness."
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: 5 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.
Please click here to learn how to participate. Submissions are due by Wednesday, January 15.