WEPisode #6: Molly In Italy

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This little pocket of the world is home to some of WEP’s favourite student exchange destinations, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Denmark! The region is famous for its high standard of living (+ amazing views, snowy mountains, fjords). Applications are now open for mid to late-2021 departures! Did you know that Norwegians celebrate the end of the week with Taco Friday or tacofredag? This alone is a pretty fantastic reason to choose Norway for your WEP student exchange, but there are plenty more!

Finland

Finland is the #1 happiest country in the world! They can also boast the Northern Lights, more saunas than cars and Santa Claus! We reckon it’s a pretty amazing place to spend your exchange!

Estonia

They invented Skype, they have the highest number of meteorite craters, over 2222 islands and a huge concentration of super models! Have you met one of WEP’s newest destinations, Estonia?

Kia Ora, New Zealand, you're our 28th destination and we're already in 💚. WEP Australia is super excited to announce that we are launching programs to our favourite neighbour this October! Need to knows:

  • You'll study full-time at a high school in Auckland!
  • You'll live with a local Kiwi family!
  • This is a short term program, starting in October 2020 and returning in December 2020.
  • The program fee is $6,900. For a list of WEP program inclusions, click here.
  • Your full application must be submitted by 4 August, 2020!
  • You can start your application here.
So, why choose NZ as your WEP Study Abroad destination? There are a stack of reasons, here are just a few: ⛰️ They have fjords! 😊 You'll get to legitimately use words like 'chilly bin' and 'jandals'. ✅ Plus the people are friendly, the landscapes are varied and the culture is unique! Got questions about a program to NZ? Give us a bell on 1300 884 733 or tune into a WEP info session (online). Register here.

Physical distancing doesn’t need to mean social isolation! With WEP’s Social Action Scholarship, we’re asking what you do to improve your community. Show us how you volunteer,  advocate, educate, donate, participate or organise. Apply for this scholarship and you could win $1,500 towards your semester or year WEP student exchange program. With two scholarships available, you’ve got double the chances of a win! WEP’s Social Action Scholarship is applicable to semester and year student exchange and WEP+ programs departing between January and March 2021 to the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Korea and the USA. Click here for more information and to apply.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc around the world. WEP Australia’s programming decisions are based on advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the World Health Organisation. We have unfortunately suspended August 2020 exchange programs to China and South Korea. Our hope is that programs to other countries departing later in 2020 (August and November) and early 2021 (January) will go ahead as planned. Applications are still open!

We're here and we'll continue to be here to offer incredible overseas opportunities to Australian high schoolers. We can’t wait to send many young adventurers overseas as soon as the world returns to normal.

Did you know that Norwegians celebrate the end of the week with Taco Friday or tacofredag? This alone is a pretty fantastic reason to choose this little gem of a country for your WEP student exchange, but there are plenty more!

  1. Norway doesn’t have a language requirement
  2. Exchanges to Norway departing in January and August include a two-night orientation in Copenhagen or Oslo (numbers permitting)
  3. Gorgeous views, snowy mountains, fjords.
Applications are closing soon for August 2020 programs to Norway. Start your application now by clicking here.

Peek into the world of a WEP exchange student in Norway, Alyssa.

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Oh my gosh, happy new decade! To celebrate the 2020s and WEP’s increased commitment to going green, we’re announcing 5 x $1,000 Going Green Scholarships. These snazzy new scholarships cover semester and year WEP Student Exchange and WEP+ programs departing between July and August 2020 to the below countries. Eligible countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, South Korea, Spain and the USA. To apply, create a three-minute video addressing the scholarship question: What single policy do you think would have the biggest impact on fighting climate change? Submit your video here by midnight 16 February 2020. This year, WEP Australia will continue to champion climate action and take further steps to reduce our impact on the planet. We will reduce printing, postage and courier services, using recycled paper, offering electronic alternatives to program material, improving our office recycling systems, going solar and choosing airlines that have fleets of more fuel efficient aircraft. WEP also supports climate-smart politics and encourages politicians to support progressive climate policy.

Apply for WEP’s #Goals Scholarship and you could win a $1,000 discount on your semester or year student exchange departing between July and August 2020! With two scholarships available, you’ve got double the chances of a win! This scholarship is open to students currently in years 9-11 in QLD/VIC/NSW who meet WEP program eligibility requirements. Eligible countries are: Argentina, Belgium, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, South Korea and the USA. So, what do you need to do? To enter, create a three-minute video addressing the scholarship question: How will a WEP student exchange complement your career goals? Click here for more information and to apply.

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Got questions about a WEP student exchange? With (almost) monthly online information sessions now available, we'll have them all answered and you on your way to the adventure of a lifetime!

WEP's new online info sessions are super easy to tune into, all you need to do is click here and register.

At each online information session you'll be able to send through your questions while we cover everything you and your parents need to know about a WEP student exchange, from choosing your destination to getting on the plane!

Click here to register and we'll see you online!


Save $500 on your WEP student exchange program with WEP's Early Bird Special! Apply now for your semester or year WEP student exchange program departing between July-September 2019 and you'll save $500 when you submit your full application by November 30 2018. Here’s the lowdown Who's eligible? Students currently in years 9-12 in QLD and 9-11 in VIC/NSW When's it for? Semester and year programs departing between July-September 2019 Which WEP countries are participating? Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Thailand or the USA. How can I apply? Submit your full application before 30 November 2018! You can start your application here. Got questions about our Early Bird Special? Submit an enquiry here. We can't wait to hear from you!

Ciao! It's primavera or Spring in Italia! And, it's moments like riding bikes with my host sisters through the many fruit trees my host dad grows on his farm that has me continuously amazed by how beautiful Italy is! My name is Erin and I’ve now been here in the north of Italy for two months. I’ve loved my time here so far and it’s all thanks to my host family! I have four host sisters who are just amazing and have helped me settle in very nicely. They’ve been very helpful while I learn the language by giving me tests after dinner, writing some little lessons for me to do at school and talking very slowly so it’s easier for me to understand. I feel very lucky to have made such a special bond with my siblings already! My host mum is an amazing cook and my favourite part of the day is coming home from school at 12:45 in the afternoon and eating the best home cooked lunch! My host dad is a farmer and grows apples, peaches and kiwis so here we are always eating fruit which I love. School was hard at the beginning and it takes awhile to adapt to the differences but once you start to understand the language it’s a lot easier. The best thing for me has been watching movies in Italian during the classes I don’t understand - with permission of course! For Easter we went to my host family's beach house in Bordighera which is such a beautiful town and the sea is a very pretty blue. On the Sunday we travelled from Italy into France, then Monaco, to walk around the city of Monte Carlo. It’s very bizarre for me being able to drive into three different counties in one day and not need my passport! My Easter holidays were fantastic and I’m so excited for future adventures I will get up to with my family before leaving in December!