Group Leaders

Update: The summer 2014 group leader application is now closed.

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Each Experiment group is accompanied by two trained adult leaders. Maximizing the safety and health of all participants is each group leader’s top priority.


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Welcome to The Experiment in International Living’s (The Experiment’s) summer abroad leadership opportunities. Group leadership is a chance for you to share your knowledge of and interest in other cultures with an exceptional group of young people.

The Experiment is looking for individuals who have demonstrated interest in intercultural and experiential learning, in-depth experience living abroad, competency in the language of the host culture, and experience working with young people. Experiment group leaders are dynamic, responsible, emotionally mature adults who support Experimenters in a number of ways. First and foremost, they maximize the well-being of all participants so that participants can have a meaningful and memorable learning experience. Leaders also represent The Experiment abroad and manage in-country relationships with integrity and professionalism. 

Ongoing Support—From Program Start to Finish

Participants at the Cape of Good Hope.Experimenters are met by their two group leaders at a specific meeting location in the designated port of departure in the US. Group leaders immediately start engaging students in conversations and ice-breaker activities. Right away — and continuing throughout the in-country orientation — leaders work with Experimenters to increase their knowledge of the host country and culture, develop communication skills, and cultivate new attitudes and awareness.

During the course of the program, group leaders keep in close contact with homestay families, conduct group excursions, and guide students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences.

At the end of the program, leaders help students evaluate their experiences and assist them in considering how they can integrate what they learned about themselves and the world into their lives moving forward.

Group Leader Qualifications

Experiment group leaders are chosen for their leadership skills, particularly in working with young people, and their cross-cultural experience and language competence. The Experiment selects group leaders who have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Leadership experience working with high school students
  • Experience studying and living overseas
  • Competence in the language of the host country

Group leaders are responsible adults who support Experimenters in a number of ways.