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Dear students, parents, host parents, school principals, teachers and local coordinators As you may be aware, on the 11th of May 2021 the Coalition Government announced the 2021-2022 Federal Budget, based on the forecast of Australia’s international borders gradually reopening from mid-2022 onwards. Even though such forecast is open to changes with the progress of the vaccine rollout in Australia and overseas, international programs remain at a very high risk of cancellation for the remainder of this year and the first semester of the coming year. The delivery of both our inbound and outbound student exchange programs requires months of preparation and organisation, allowing a very small timeframe to make a decision on upcoming student departures and intakes. Over our 20 years of operations in Australia, WEP’s priority has always been to deliver high quality services to all stakeholders. As we cannot guarantee such level of quality by reducing the timeframe of our production cycles, we at WEP Australia have made the difficult decision to cancel all international student exchange programs up to and including June 2022.
Applications for Australian students to go on exchange from August 2022 onwards are open.We greatly appreciate the trust and support you have shown to our organisation since the start of the global pandemic and hope that you will understand our decision. We will remain available for any information you may require and will continue to update you with any changes to our position. We look forward to resuming our programs and bringing wonderful opportunities for cultural exchange back to the Australian and international youth and community. Yours sincerely,
The ever changing border updates are sure keeping us all on our toes. Don't we all itch to finally go overseas! To put some facts into ocean of mixed messages regarding the future of student exchange, we invite you to tune into our next Zoom info session! We will answer questions such as: 🤨 When should you apply for your dream exchange program? 🧐 Is it safe...? What is WEP’s Covid refund policy? 👍 What countries are currently offering exchange programs? We will also ensure to cover all general exchange related topics, such as, if you can sign up with a friend, choose a host school or family, inclusions, eligibility and so on.
The past year has not been a walk in the park for people in our industry... But regardless and yet again, our efforts have been recognised! WEP Australia has just been awarded by Corporate Vision with the BEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE ORGANISATION - AUSTRALIA award. 👏A big THANK YOU to the whole WEP Australia Team! 🥳 So if you are thinking about going on exchange once borders reopen, don't settle for the second best provider, especially in uncertain times. Reserve a spots now by kicking off your application for exchange in 2022! You can apply with a peace of mind, because at WEP we have a 100% refund policy, should your program not go ahead due to border restrictions. Want o find out more about exchange with WEP? You can call us, email or register here for an online info session. [gravityform id="17" title="true" description="true"]
📯Great news for all high schoolers who live in Melbourne! You've probably heard by now about Voce Viva, WEP's Italian immersion camp. The camp is held in the Melbourne CBD, so if you live near by or have suitable accommodation in the area, you can now sign up for a day version of this program and save big! So what are you waiting for? Book now and spend part of your next school holidays eating pasta and learning Italian with the ability to return home in the afternoon. The Voce Viva day program costs only $990 (that's a saving of $1,360!)
HURRY! Applications close on the 8th of June
- July school holidays: 23 April, 2021.
- September school holidays: 19 July, 2021.
Another week, another exciting NEW PROGRAM announcement from WEP! Say ‘ciao' to Voce Viva, an immersive Italian language and culture camp in the heart of Melbourne. Voce Viva is developed by extraordinary Italian teachers and facilitated by everyone’s favourite exchange organisation, WEP! Join us during the school holidays for an Italian adventure right here, at home. Voce Viva is open to all levels of Italian learners, from beginners to seniors! 🙋♂️ Who can participate? Students must be between 13-17 years of age when they begin Voce Viva. Students must be physically and emotionally healthy and able to participate in Voce Viva activities. 💲 What does it cost? $2,350 There’s a $500 Early Bird Special available! 🕐 When is it happening? Voce Viva will run for seven days during the July and September school holidays. 🇭🇺 The curriculum: The Voce Viva curriculum caters to beginner, intermediate and senior levels of language ability. The curriculum will provide students with 15 hours of intensive language immersion, complemented by cultural excursions. 🍕 How do I book? You can start your booking below! Spots are limited so don’t delay. [gravityform id="91" title="true" description="true"]
Tune into a WEP Returnee Q&A and have all your student exchange questions answered! You'll hear from a panel of returned WEP exchange students who will share their experiences and answer questions about what exchange is REALLY like. They'll have their cameras and mic on, but we won't be able to hear or see you guys, so you can watch over dinner!
March 2 6pm (AEDT) Click here to register!Sinead Sinead went to Canada in 2018. Here's a flashback: So the last few months have been full of fun activities! In December I had a Winter Ball at my school which was so much fun, and was something I hadn’t experienced back in Australia. I then went to Quebec City with the other exchange students in my area. I’m Quebec we visited the Chataeu Frontaic, the Christmas markets and Old Quebec City. It was amazing to be able to see a different part of Quebec and the city was beautiful. Then for the Christmas break I went to St Jaques with my host family to stay at the grandparents' house over Christmas. Then for New Years I hung out with friends and just enjoyed their company. It’s hard to believe that I only have 3 weeks left and I know I’ll definitely have to come back and visit! Alice Alice went to Germany in 2018. Here's a flashback: I'm having a great time and can't wait to see what the next six months have in store. Liebe Grüße Jacqueline Jacqueline went to France in 2018. Here's a flashback: I had a great festive season in France. I spent Christmas with my host family and my host grandparents. The ‘reveillon’ (Christmas Eve) is one of the most celebrated parts of the holiday in France. On Christmas Eve we dressed up in our dinner outfits, ate a lovely 4 course meal including Bûche de Noël (traditional French Christmas cake) for dessert and waited until midnight so we could open the presents just as it turned to Christmas Day. Matilda Matilda went to Italy in 2016. Here's a flashback: Ciao! So I have officially participated in an Italian monte ore! For three days this week the students controlled what classes they did, I chose to do dance along with some of my new Italian friends. We learnt many Indian and Spanish dances with occasionally a few American dances. The dances we learnt this week we shall perform in our schools student based production called "Russels got talent". The people I have met through this have such culture and history behind them, each dance is performed with such passion and enthusiasm. Each dance has a purpose, it's a way of explaining a situation. My schools monte ore was a mess, it was absolutely bliss. I have made many wonderful memories and friendships from just three days at school!
WEP Australia is super excited to be able to bring you our annual Christmas video. This year we’ve looked back at WEP students through the generations. 2021 marks our 20th year facilitating student exchange programs! The WEP team can’t wait for 2021. We’re looking forward to sending the next generation of WEP exchange students abroad! Now’s a great time to get your exchange application started, here! Stay safe, enjoy the holidays and bring on 2021! [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syMDEtKgIHs[/embedyt]
Guess who introduced salmon sushi to Japan? Norway! Who would have thought? The more we learn about Norway, the more we love it. Have you considered this incredible country for your 2021 WEP student exchange? You should! Here’s why: 🇳🇴 Norway has no language requirement and what a cool language to learn ✈️ Copenhagen or Oslo orientation ✨ The northern lights 🏔 Gorgeous views, snowy mountains, fjords! Applications are now open for August 2021 programs. Start your application now!
Hey WEP! The first three weeks in Norway have been amazing and I cannot wait to see what the future months hold for me. I am loving school and have made a really nice group of friends. My first day in Norway was a beautiful day and the sun was shining, so my host family took me on the boat and showed me around the fjord and the Opera House and City Hall from the water along with much more. It was truly amazing! Yesterday my friends took me sightseeing around the city. We went to Karl Johans Gate, the Royal Castle and the Opera House. It was so much fun to be able to spend time with a really nice group of girls and to feel so included. Last weekend my host family took me to their cabin in the mountains and we hiked up Skogshorn. It took a fair few hours and it was exhausting but when we got to the top we sat and drank hot chocolate whilst having lunch, it felt so rewarding, especially being able to look out at the beautiful view. My host family have been wonderful. I couldn't be more grateful for everything they have done for me so far. I have loved every moment of my exchange in Norway, I'm already having the time of my life and it hasn't even been a month yet. -Laura, Norway.
WEPisode: Alyssa in Norway!