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A note to parents
Parents hope their children will be happy, healthy and successful in life. Preparing teenagers for the social, political, technological and economic realities of the 21st century is challenging. Forces driving rapid changes in all disciplines, economies and industries include emerging markets, disruptive innovations and new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological. These developments and others will transform the way we live and work.
One of the most valuable things to give teenagers is the gift of global experience.
For almost a century, student exchange programs have produced innovators, leaders and influential people across all sectors. Exchange students develop sophisticated ways of looking at the world, respect for other cultures, sensitivity to different cultural, political and economic systems and mindfulness towards the welfare of the planet and its people.
Workers capable of performing tasks which automation cannot will become pivotal. As change occurs, so will the complexity of real-world problems. Abilities and traits sought by employers in unpredictable and rapidly developing times include technology coupled with a mix of social and emotional skills.
Often referred to as ‘soft’ skills, social and emotional skills are developed and enhanced throughout the course of exchange programs. The evolution of noble character traits such as emotional intelligence, civility and integrity is fundamental to student exchange.
Further competencies developed by successful exchange students are in communication, collaboration and cooperation, strategic and creative thinking, leadership, networking skills, deductive reasoning, problem solving and resourcefulness, fluency of ideas and judgement and decision making.
Diverse and original thinking, now already heavily rewarded, are positive outcomes for exchange students. The future will not be about students being able to solve any one problem but being able to solve any problem.
WEP student exchange programs offer international educational experiences that provide the challenge and inspiration many teenagers seek, create greater interest in global events and cultures and develop a broad array of accomplishments.
If your child is considering a student exchange program, this brochure provides information covering many of the important aspects of student exchange. As it’s a significant step and major commitment to send your child overseas on exchange, we hope this information will help you make an informed, confident decision.