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Welcome to the Xperitas blog archive. Find teacher, student and family perspectives on language and cultural immersion travel. You can also find useful tips for traveling abroad and past Xperitas news and events. Inspired to tell your story? We would love to hear how language immersion travel has transformed your life. Travel joyfully!

Transformational Travel for Over 50 Years

4 Enchanting April Destinations


Considering a language immersion program in April? Explore our blog to discover which destinations Xperitas offers that are particularly captivating during the spring season. Uncover the perfect April destination for your next language adventure with Xperitas and get ready for an unforgettable journey!

Preparing for Your Immersion Adventure

Prepare for an unforgettable cultural immersion adventure with Xperitas. Follow our expert tips, review country handbooks, pack wisely, and keep our Exploration Packets handy. Get ready to explore, learn, and grow with us!

2023 Xperitas Alumni Scholarship Winner

Meet Jayce, the inspiring winner of Xperitas' 2023 Alumni Scholarship! Learn about his transformative journey in Costa Rica, his commitment to becoming a global citizen, and his exciting plans for the future at Luther College. Dive into Jayce's immersive experience and discover the power of language and cultural exchange.

Afghanistan or Wisconsin, Dari or English

Explore the transformative power of cultural immersion through Mary's insightful essay. From her childhood connection with a friend from Afghanistan to navigating her own cultural shifts moving across the country, Mary shares profound insights into the enduring impact of language and cultural exchange.

LIVING Language: Cultural Immersion Cultivates Human Connection

Samantha's winning essay for the Bob & Edie Green Writing Scholarship offers a glimpse into her linguistic odyssey, highlighting the intersection of language and culture.

Open Your Mind and Your World Through Language and Cultural Immersion

Micah S. is a recipient of the Bob & Edie Green Writing Scholarship from Wisconsin, traveling to Spain with Xperitas in the summer.

Pez sin agua

Sydney is a recipient of the Bob & Edie Green Writing Scholarship from Massachusetts traveling with Xperitas to Spain in 2024. Her journey, marked by personal growth and a commitment to learning Spanish, resonates with the universal quest for understanding, connection, and a deeper appreciation of one's heritage.

Holiday Recipes and Traditions

As we reflect upon a new year year of delivering our transformative language and cultural immersion programs, we'd like to share some of our staff's favorite holiday pastimes and food recipes with our Xperitas community. We hope you read, enjoy and share!

Our Lyon Family Stay Coordinator

Embark on a virtual voyage into the enchanting realm of Xperitas Family Stays through our latest interview. Our French Program Managers, Virginie, and Matthew, engage in a heartfelt conversation with one of our family stay coordinators, unraveling the essence of this unique language immersion experience.

Return of the 2023 GLC

Our latest blog post explores the exciting return of the Xperitas Global Leadership Conference (GLC) 2023! Read about this gathering of language educators and international partners for 2024 program planning activities, keynote speaker Akash Patel and more. 

"Hey Siri"

2022 Bob & Edie Green Scholarship winner, Madison M, discusses the effect of technology on her generation and the benefit  of making connections with people. 

Wander Not Squander

2022 Bob & Edie Green Scholarship winner, Lily S, discusses the value of experiencing life and other cultures over the myriad distractions we are confronted with on a daily basis.

On The Stage Forever

2021 Bob & Edie Green Scholarship Winner, Zoe P, contemplates travel of the imagination and why is studying world language and culture is so important to the progress of a healthy society.

2022 Photo Contest

Register to win prizes in the Xperitas 2022 Photo Contest! All 2022 participants are encouraged to submit their photos in this annual tradition. Deadline to enter, December 31, 2022.

Grounds For Change

See how to promote your Grounds for Change fundraiser using video to share a little bit of German coffee culture with friends and family.

Deep, Trusting and Treasured Relationship

The commitment that everyone involved in the organization has to help teachers and students have the richest possible experience is nothing short of remarkable.

Our Path Forward

Executive Director, Leslie Gale, discusses the human drive to survive and thrive despite difficult circumstances.

The Power of Immersion Travel

Recently, we profiled Xperitas Board member and retired French Teacher, Jane Ditewig. Jane was and is a much beloved teacher at R.A. Long High School in Longview Washington. This summer Jane heard from Brad Carnine, one of her students from more than 20 years ago. He said we could share his letter with you. We hope every teacher who reads this letter is reminded of what an important job you do and how you all are changing the lives of your students.

2023 Traveler Update

Xperitas publishes its 2023 Covid-19 protocols for travel for leaders, participants and parent review. Protocols ensure the safety of the individual traveler, the student group, host families and other individuals that travelers will come into contact with while abroad.  In addition, the protocol is in place so that the group completes the itinerary as designed without interruption, delay or cancellation.

Much More Than a “Trip”

At Xperitas, we aren’t in the business of sending students on “trips”.  Our mission is to transform lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning.   What does it take for travel abroad to be transformational?  It needs to be an experience that pushes students beyond their comfort zone, challenges them to confront their assumptions about the world and allows them to see themselves and others from a different perspective.

Connecting People & Culture

Board Member, Jan Ditewig, grew up in a small town in Washington and was always drawn to languages. When the family across the street hosted a French exchange student, she seemed exotic and fascinating to Jane. Read about her language immersion experiences and journey to becoming a language teacher.

Celebrating Fifty Years of Immersion Travel

On May 31,1972, language teachers Jim Phelan and Bob and Edeltraud Green formed the nonprofit corporation that today, 50 years later, is known as Xperitas. This organization has faced many situations that have interrupted international travel over the past five decades.

Our partner in Latin America

Xperitas has long-standing relationships with its partners. We want you to get to know the amazing people that we work with. Meet Rocio Madrigal, a guide for us in Costa Rica. Rocio has a passion for sharing the culture and history of her country, and is always there there to help with the nuances of Spanish language dialects spoken in this beautiful Latin American country.

2022 Travel, Be Proactive

Executive Director, Leslie Gale, discusses the “new normal” of a post-COVID language immersion experience. She provides important information on a still evolving international travel environment.

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Share Your Language Immersion Experience

Whether you have traveled recently or long ago, your perspective is valuable to the Xperitas family of language and cultural immersion explorers. We travel for the love of language, but it is the connections we make along the way that stay within our hearts and minds. Send us your story today.