The US Experiment at World Learning is very excited to welcome its new team in Brattleboro, Vermont. Jessika Macias (program coordinator), Maura Walsh (group leadership coordinator), and Aaron Morehouse (executive director) are based in Brattleboro, Vermont, and are at work planning and developing 2014–2015 programs, recruiting group leaders, and growing The Experiment’s scholarship program.
Both Jessika and Maura led programs last summer, in France and Australia respectively. Both have led numerous experiential summer programs in the past and have a strong background in international affairs and experiential education.
New Executive Director, Aaron Morehouse, was previously head of Gorge Discovery School in Hood River, Oregon, and also served as executive director of the Oregon-based Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute. Aaron is a leading expert in cultural immersion, experiential education, and student programming in critical global issues.
Christina Thomas continues in Washington, DC, managing The Experiment’s operations and program development while building linkages with the inbound international youth portfolio. Additionally, The Experiment now has two full-time admissions officers, Ashley Langdon and Peter Plass, located on the West and East Coasts, who are working hard to promote The Experiment’s programs in new and existing locations throughout the United States.
This coming summer The Experiment will be offering new programs to Brazil and to Nicaragua and Cuba, in addition to offering two new cooking programs for three and four weeks in France. Projections for 2014 look good as they focus on new program development ideas and leadership models for 2015 with an emphasis on thematic programming and global issues–a growing area of interest for high school students in the US.