Please join us as we look back on an impactful year of experiential learning, empowering growth, and extraordinary impact among the people and programs of World Learning, School for International Training, and The Experiment in International Living.
Experiential learning is the cycle that brings learning full circle through experience, research, reflection, and reconsideration. It was the motivation for our founding program The Experiment in International Living in 1932. Today, it is still the thread that connects our programs, people, partners, and communities around the globe, from STEM education in Algeria to climate change research in Zanzibar.
This renewable cycle of teaching and learning empowers us all to think broadly about the world’s most critical global issues, to approach solutions with knowledge and creativity, and to strive to be extraordinary people and partners in the world.
World Learning is committed to the belief that human connections and education are some of the most effective and powerful ways to address our world’s most complex issues.
Through experiential learning, cultural immersion, and intercultural understanding, World Learning’s programs create a global network of learners who are empowered to cultivate new relationships, understand other cultures, and strive to make extraordinary change in their communities and in the world.
With three robust branches, World Learning Inc. holds a unique position as both a global nonprofit and an accredited academic institution. We are comprised of World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit organization; The Experiment in International Living, a pioneer of abroad and virtual youth exchange programs since 1932; and School for International Training, a global university offering accredited undergraduate study abroad programs and globally focused graduate degrees and certificates.
Our mission is to work globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world.
The principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA+) are reflected in our core values and are embedded across our organization’s global programs and operations.
By offering the best of theory and practice, World Learning aims to serve individuals who become empowered to create extraordinary change in the world. We strive to help others foster understanding, develop confidence, and activate change in their lives. Our programs provide opportunities to explore diverse backgrounds and cultures, consider new ways of thinking, collaborate with other changemakers, learn new skills, and share best practices.
“We are thankful to have been able to maintain our unwavering commitment to empowering Algerian individuals and communities with life-changing experiences and positive outcomes for so many.”
Program Director, World Learning Algeria
In 2022, World Learning Algeria celebrated its 10th year of providing programming in English education, STEAM, workforce development and entrepreneurship, and exchange projects.
From employment workshops for transgender people in Nepal, to power grid equity in New England, to advancing the decolonization of international education in the Global South, SIT’s extraordinary impact spanned the globe this past year. These stories are a snapshot of the countless ways that SIT’s experiential learning empowers faculty and students and contributes to our host communities and partners.
“Listening leaders allow the collective knowledge in the room to lead and solve the somber problems facing our world by driving innovation, fostering creativity, and creating sustainable change.”
2023 Commencement Student Speaker
Master's in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
The Experiment in International Living provides high school students the chance to step outside their comfort zones and immerse themselves in new cultures. In the process, they not only learn new skills, languages, and ideas, they learn more about themselves. These stories demonstrate how experiential learning empowers their growth and deepens their understanding of the world and its possibilities.
"The Experiment Digital was a wonderful experience for me where I learned a lot of skills. I was very shy in my community, but when I got to learn, I got to know more people, people from other countries.”
Participant of The Experiment Digital from Algeria
For more than 90 years, World Learning has worked to help empower people through education, sustainable development, and exchange programs. We envision a world in which students, professionals, and citizens everywhere are capable of driving extraordinary change in their communities.
“Bringing refugees into Vermont to stay on [SIT’s] campus made it easier for us to start building a community right away among them. The campus has been a goldmine for us in a way, and we really appreciate the partnership.”
Director of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Southern Vermont
The Ethiopian Community Development Council is a national refugee resettlement agency that partners with World Learning to resettle refugees in Vermont.
World Learning, School for International Training, and The Experiment in International Living strive to provide extraordinary educational and intercultural programming. We are proud of several awards won this year that recognize the efforts of our faculty and staff to make a positive impact in our world.
Community Choice Awards: Fun & Safety
Awarded to The Experiment in International LivingREAD MORE
Innovative Research in International Education Award
Awarded to SIT Assistant Professor Melissa WhatleyREAD MORE
Experiential. Empowering. Extraordinary.
Experiential learning—the renewable cycle of teaching and learning—is the common thread that connects the programs of World Learning, School for International Training, and The Experiment in International Living.
It’s what empowers our students, participants, alumni, and partners to seek out solutions to today’s most critical global issues and strive to be extraordinary citizens of the world.
This impact is only possible thanks to the support of our donors. Your generosity enables us to expand and improve our program offerings, pursue initiatives in additional countries, provide vital financial support for learners, and more.
Thank you for making a gift to World Learning today. Your contribution will enable us to continue creating experiential learning opportunities that empower growth and create even more extraordinary change.
World Learning's Board of Trustees represents The Experiment in International Living, School for International Training, and World Learning’s global development and exchange programs.
Our board and senior leadership are made up of a diverse group of individuals, each with a strong record of leadership and an array of skills that help strengthen the organization.
All are passionate about and committed to making a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world through education, development, and exchange.