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Our Mission for Understanding
Experiment is a non-profit organization based in Bonn, Germany, with a focus on the international exchange of people of all cultures, religions, and age groups. Our goals are to enhance mutual understanding between societies and to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of various cultures by making it possible for people of different origins to live together.
Our work has been developed on the basis of volunteerism and support from the non-profit community. Nationwide, around 800 former participants volunteer their time and energy to support us in carrying out our programs. They are, for example, active in conducting seminars for participants and in taking care of German host families and their international guests. In addition, around 1,000 association members contribute financially to help advance our mission.
Explore. Exchange. Experience.
What we offer
With over 90 years of experience, Experiment is the oldest non-profit exchange organization in Germany. We offer a broad variety of programs in Germany and around the world for all age groups and interests.
Academic Year Abroad Programs
Experiment organizes an Academic Year Abroad program in a variety of countries. We offer numerous scholarships, along with our partners, for a number of these countries. We currently offer the following destinations for German students: Africa (South Africa), Asia and the Pacific (Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand), Europe (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Irland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden), North and South America (Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, U.S.).
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers German and American students a fully-funded academic year abroad.
Experiment organizes volunteering experiences abroad. Participants are welcomed by host families and get involved in social projects as volunteers. Depending on the assigned field, different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are addressed and worked towards.
European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
Experiment is an accredited volunteer exchange organization for this scholarship program funded by the European Union and has been sending volunteers abroad for the past 20 years. The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) provides full scholarships for young Europeans, who will gain cross-cultural experience, thereby helping to form a common European consciousness by volunteering abroad.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development uses "weltwärts" to support developmental voluntary services for participants between the ages of 18 and 28. Participants can volunteer for nine to twelve months. The projects have to be accredited by the ministry.
Flexible volunteer service programs
In addition to the funded volunteer service programs, Experiment organizes flexible volunteering experiences worldwide in the following destinations: Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East.
To benefit from the positive effects of a stay abroad, you do not necessarily have to invest a whole year. At Experiment, students can choose from a wide range of holiday programs where they can gain valuable international and intercultural experience even within a few weeks.
Experiment offers programs including short-term school visits, language programs, summer camps and ranch- or farmstays. Depending on the program, participants live with a host family, stay on a University campus or at hostels.
Work & Explore programs are aimed at young people over 18 who want to gain experience abroad and improve their language skills. Short-term programs are possible all year round. Another option is to spend an entire gap year abroad, for example as a demi pair.
Experiment offers internships abroad, host family stays, various working experiences on ranches or out in the wild, or Work & Travel packages. Participants who want a deeper integration with a host family can participate in demi-pair programs. Here, the participant works half-time with the host family and helps with household chores and childcare, while also receiving excellent language tutoring.
In cooperation with various partners abroad, Experiment offers group programs and cultural trips for different target groups. The participants have the opportunity to discuss their individual experiences and impressions directly with others and to exchange ideas.
Whether for school and college students, adults or seniors, we would be happy to organize a customized program for your group.
In cooperation with our international partners, we organize student exchanges for international students in Germany. We facilitate the successful placement of these students in host families, as well as oversee their care and supervision during their exchange. These students stay between three and ten months, attend a local high school and receive support from a local coordinator.
Participants are placed in a host family and will share everyday life with their host family. The individual homestay can be organized up to three weeks. Although Experiment cannot guarantee a certain location, participants may express regional preferences, which we will try to consider.
Homestay for Foreign Students in Germany
Are you a student at a German university or college? Would you like to discover a completely different side of Germany by staying with a host family for two weeks ?
If you are a refugee and you are enrolled in a course at a German university or you study at "Kiron Open Higher Education" you can also apply for the homestay program.
Students are eligible to combine a host family stay with a short-term school visit. Participants must be between 14 and 18 years old and will stay with a host family during the program, which can last up to three weeks. At the same time, they will visit a German school (grammar school, integrated school, or secondary school) Monday through Friday.
Germany provides many opportunities for groups from all over the world to experience the numerous aspects of this captivating country in a safe and engaging environment .
We can organize programs (from 1-6 weeks) in different areas of Germany including interesting and stimulating social and cultural activities. For 90 years Experiment has organized group programs in Germany for groups from around the globe. We organize various programs in big as well as small cities across every year. Feel free to contact us with your ideas and we will do our best to facilitate it and provide your participants with a positive and remarkable experience in our country.
Quality and Cooperation
The Experiment in International Living
In 1932, Donald B. Watt founded The Experiment in International Living in the USA. Through his experiences with international summer camps for teenagers, he was convinced that true understanding between cultures is only possible by means of individual homestays. Experiment has been registered as a non-profit organization in Germany since 1952. The Federation The Experiment in International Living has more than 15 member organizations around the world.
Experiment is an original member of the umbrella organization AJA, a committee of non-profit youth exchange organizations in Germany, and also a member of the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. The goal of our membership in these committees is the establishment of quality standards for student exchange programs. Among those is an obligatory preparation seminar in Germany that lasts several days. In addition, we also cooperate with various public and private institutions such as the Federal Foreign Office, the German Parliament, the Goethe Institute and many others.
Get in touch!
If you need any more information on our programs or partners, or wish a free consultation with us, just give us a call or send us an e-mail.
The team at our head office in Bonn is always happy to help and advise you!