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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?

Posted in Parents,Students

Tune in! WEP is running a Zoom info session on September 15 at 6pm (5:30pm in South Australia). The session will run for about 45 minutes and cover everything we think you need to know before embarking on this journey with WEP! It's one way, as in you'll see us but we won't see you. So, pop it on while you're scoffing dinner. We'll also have a live Q&A available!

Posted in Parents,Students

Register for WEP's returnee Q&A sesh! It's our first one ever 🎈🎉🌍 We’ve organised a Zoom panel of returned WEP students to answer all your student exchange questions. Join us online!

September 3 (next Thursday) 6pm BYO questions, parents and pre-dinner snacks. The session is one-way, so you’ll be able to see and hear our panel, but we won’t be able to see or hear you. Zoom's Q&A function will be open for questions and we’ll answer live! Returned students have experienced a WEP exchange firsthand, so they’re great at answering questions about their experiences overseas: what school is like, how they coped with a language barrier, what to pack, etc. But, if you’ve got general questions about flights, insurance, dates and other program elements, head to our FAQ or tune into WEP’s next information session.

Posted in Students

Big big news for WEP Australia! We have introduced WEP+ options for the USA! What does this mean? You can now nominate preferences from the following location options for your August 2021 USA exchange: 📍 State Select: Pick from 30 incredible states! 🙋‍♂️ 30K: We’ll place you in an area of over 30,000 people. 🏙 Metro Area: Choose from 15 cities. ☀️ Sunny States: California, Hawaii or Florida. Applications are now open for August 2021 and spots on our WEP+ programs will fill up quickly. Get started now! Want more information? Click here! "My exchange has made me think about things and the world from a different standpoint and I've gained a wealth of knowledge from my time here. I never want it to end! Exchange has been a lifetime in just six months and I am so thankful for all the things I've been lucky enough to experience!" -Aleisha, USA

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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Hi, I'm Ashleigh and I recently returned from my USA WEP exchange!   I was placed in a small country town called Point Pleasant, West Virginia, with a small population of about 4000. It was a very conservative area compared to what I was used to back home, which took some time to adjust to but was a great way to learn a new perspective but even still, the people were so kind and welcoming which I think comes from the small town community!   The first few weeks of my WEP exchange were very exciting yet scary. I was just trying to find my feet in a new place and get to know my host family, especially my host sister who I was very close to. I started school and went to the Mason County Fair which was really great. I also joined the school cheer leading team with my sister which lead to my very first American friends!   My three top tips for anyone going on exchange to the USA are:
  1.  Take advantage of all of the activities that your school provides Join a club or a sports team, maybe the choir or theatre program because you will meet lots of friends there.
  2. Always say YES to new experiences! Try that that new food or even just go to Walmart with your host mom if she asks!
  3. Don’t make too many expectations for your exchange to look like the movies. Sometimes it can, but by making expectations about what your school may be like, it may lead to some disappointment and a bad start.
  If you are planning to go on a WEP exchange to the USA, I wish you good luck and I hope you love it because I definitely did!   Oh and one last thing, try the s’mores flavored Pop Tarts!
  Start your application for the USA!

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.