An Experimenter enjoys a community event in India.

Monroe County High School Students Study Abroad In-Person with The Experiment for First Time in 3 Years 

Washington, DC – This summer, 11 Monroe County, Florida high school students will travel abroad with The Experiment in International Living to participate in immersive cross-cultural programs for the first time in three years since the beginning of COVID-19.

“We are thrilled to reopen our in-person travel programs and continue our longstanding partnership in the Florida Keys,” said Christina Thomas, divisional vice president of youth exchanges at World Learning. “Our students will travel to eight different countries through 13 different programs this summer.”

Three of the 11 enrolled students received partial merit-based scholarships through The Experiment’s exclusive Monroe County Scholarship. Eight other students participated in Monroe County’s Take Stock in Children program.

“The Experiment actively recruits students from Monroe County, Florida, and we will promote our summer 2023 programs to high school students at Key West High School, Marathon High School, Somerset Island Prep, and Coral Shores High School in the fall,” explained Heather Beard, director of enrollment management and partnerships at World Learning.

The 11 students who will participate this summer are:  

Coral Shores High School: 

Teagan Eriksen, France: Cultural Discovery

Emily Howell, Germany: International Relations and the EU

Gabriela Soca, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

Paulina Soca, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

Valerie Randall, Italy: Culinary Training and Culture

Zachary Woltanski, Germany: International Relations and the EU

Key West High School: 

Laira Anaya, Italy: Culinary Training and Culture

Daniela Blanco, Jordan: Arabic Language and the Middle East

Eliany Leal-Espinoza, Germany: International Relations and the EU

Valerie Thene, France: Cultural Discovery  

Somerset Island Prep: 

Lucas Tarnowski, Italy: Culinary Training and Culture  

For 90 years, the Experiment in International Living has been the most respected provider of intercultural exchanges for high school students. On our three- to four-week immersive programs on five continents around the globe, students explore the world through hands-on experiences and homestays in local communities through the lens of a specific theme. Each year, hundreds of students come away from The Experiment with invaluable cultural, interpersonal, leadership, language, and college-prep skills that help them thrive in diverse environments and careers.

“The Experiment in International Living delivers concrete benefits in terms of life experience and professional training,” said World Learning President and CEO Carol Jenkins.

The Experiment is the flagship program of World Learning. Over the decades, World Learning has built on The Experiment’s success to become a thriving global development and exchange nonprofit committed to creating a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world through education, development, and exchange. The World Learning Inc. family includes: The Experiment, School for International Training (SIT), and World Learning.

World Learning Inc. is a thriving global organization made up of The Experiment in International Living, the nation’s most experienced provider of intercultural exchange programs abroad and virtual for high school students; School for International Training, offering accredited undergraduate study abroad programs through SIT Study Abroad, including the comparative International Honors Program, and internationally focused master’s degrees, certificate programs, and a doctorate through SIT Graduate Institute; and World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit organization.

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