“In my group, everybody was so different. My group experience was an integral part of what made our Experiment so successful and enjoyable.”
-- Katrina Schmitz, Experimenter to France
Experimenters are high school students of different races, religions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Experimenters come from across the US and abroad. We actively seek to engage and enroll students from a diversity of backgrounds. Experimenters share an intellectual curiosity for the world around them and are looking to make a difference by broadening their cultural horizons.
Experiment groups are small, typically comprising 10–15 students who represent a range of backgrounds: small towns and large cities; urban and rural areas; and public, private, and home-school educational experiences. Experiment groups foster an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, learning, and growth and give our host families abroad — and Experimenters themselves — a greater feel for America’s cultures and diversity. The Experiment takes great care in matching its students with a group composed of students from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
Summer 2012 Experiment Groups — At a Glance
- 771 Experimenters traveled to 30 countries worldwide.
- Experimenters came from 39 US states.
- Experimenters came from 18 countries around the world: Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Kenya, Morocco, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
- There were 35 different nationalities represented.
- Experimenters attended a wide range of public and private schools.
- Groups ranged in size from 7 to 15 students per group.
- The average Experiment group had 10 students.
- During their summer, Experimenters spoke Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Setswana, Gaelic, Creole, American Sign Language, Korean, Thai, Twi, Turkish, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Swahili, Hungarian, Flemish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Arabic, Berber, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Mongolian, Navajo, Maori, Czech, and Hindi.
- Summer 2012 Experimenters played more than 25 different sports and more than 14 musical instruments, and they were involved in more than 250 student clubs and activities.