WEPisode #6: Molly In Italy

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Applications deadlines for January WEP student exchanges to the USA close on September 25. Don't delay, places are limited, start your application ASAP. Choose between a semester or year program and make 2019 a year filled with adventure and memories that will last a lifetime. Here are our top reasons why you should choose the USA for your WEP exchange: 1. The People It's true, everyday Americans have got to be amongst the most welcoming people on earth. Get ready to be embraced as the new Aussie celebrity in town! 2. The Food America gets a bad wrap with all those fast food chains. But remember, Americans pioneered salad as a meal and perfected 'soul food'! 3. The Traditions From school traditions like prom and homecoming to national holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, America throws a good celebration! 4. Its Diversity America is massively multicultural and you're bound to learn about cultures and histories you never thought you would! 5. The Scenery City skylines, a massive coastline, small towns, farmland, this gigantic nation offers every photo opp you could ever want! Remember, your FULL application needs to be submitted by the September 25 deadline, so get started ASAP. Follow WEP Australia on Instagram for a photo celebration of the USA!

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Spots are limited, so don't delay, start your application ASAP by clicking here. ..................................

Bridie in Italy

Hi WEP! It's three weeks today that I've been in this beautiful country, experiencing something new everyday. I think the main thing that's shocked me is how much my Italian has improved in such a short period of time but also how obvious it has become that I have so much further to go! These past few weeks have been intense, from walking through the beautiful streets of Rome to being thrown into life here in Malnate, north of Milano. My host family have been wonderful, giving me nothing but care and assistance whenever they can. I can already feel myself building a life here! Full of family, friends, activities, education and travel, the things I had back home but in such a different more exciting way! It has definitely been difficult at times, accepting the sudden reality of my new life, but it's been really thrilling too! I'm off to Milan this weekend with other exchange students, and I'm hoping to go on short trips to many other beautiful cities which I'm so lucky to have so close by. School is really interesting because it's so different from back home and the people are all really friendly and helpful, I was firstly so surprised by the amount of people! I'm at a science school so a lot of the time it's difficult to understand, but the teachers have been really helpful in arranging a special timetable for me. I feel really cared for and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me here and how my perspective on the world is going to change because of it. It’s like exchange is the difference between living in a fishbowl and swimming in the ocean, I have the comfort of life back home and experience of the wider world. I honestly just feel extremely grateful for all of this. Click here for more information and to apply for your own Italian adventure.  

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Find out more about a WEP student exchange at a free, public information session. RSVP and we'll save you a seat. So, you've requested your free information pack, you've read it from cover to cover and you're itching to find out more about your student exchange options! The next step is to RSVP to an info session! At a WEP info session you'll hear from WEP staff who will cover everything you (and your parents) need to know about exchange including eligibility, program choices, travel, insurance, fees, scholarships/specials and support. You'll also hear from returned WEP students who will provide insight into their own exchange experiences and answer questions. This August, WEP is holding info sessions around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, so wherever you live, it's likely we'll be at a venue near you! And, if we're not, don't panic, let's Skype instead! You can RSVP to a Skype session here! So, RSVP ASAP and don't forget to invite your travel-obsesses friends along too, we've got a Bestie Discount! See you there!

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Is a short term student exchange right for me? a. you are in year nine, 10 or 11 b. you can’t miss much Australian schooling! On a short term WEP exchange you'll depart in November or December and return in January for the new school year! Short term programs are awesome because:

  • they're less than 90 days, so they provide a fantastic taste of student exchange
  • you'll get to experience Christmas overseas
  • your Christmas might involve snow
  • you'll make memories and skills for life!
Most WEP destinations offer short term exchange programs. Some of our favourites are:
  • Italy (because there's no language requirement, the food is incredible and Italian Christmas traditions extend until early January!)
  • France (because you can choose between a traditional exchange or an area option)
  • Norway (because this European gem has got to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth!)
Application deadlines for programs commencing this November/December are already beginning to close! Given that it takes three weeks to complete an application you better get a wriggle on! Start your application by clicking here.

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!

It's a pretty great time of the year; chocolate is everywhere and, better yet, we've announced the details of WEP's 2019 exchange program scholarships! Scholarships are a fantastic way to save some $ on the adventure of a lifetime. It's money you can put towards gelato (Italy), snow boots (Canada), burgers (USA), night-vision goggles (Norway), a beret (France), etc. etc.! There are four scholarships available! All require you to submit a video, be creative and think outside the box! Here are the basics: 2 x scholarships available each worth $2,000 Available for year programs departing between January-March, 2019 Open to students currently in years 9-12 in QLD and 9-11 in VIC/NSW Deadline is midnight April 29, 2018 More info here.

If Not Now, When? Scholarship

2 x scholarships available each worth $1,000 Available for semester and year programs departing between July-September, 2019 Open to students currently in years 9-11 in QLD/VIC/NSW. Deadline is midnight October 14, 2018 More info here. Don't forget to read the description of each scholarship carefully to make sure you qualify. Please note, you can submit your scholarship video before you apply for an exchange. Good luck!

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Ok, so you’re: Adventurous (we know because you’re reading about a WEP student exchange) Looking for the experience of a lifetime Ready to make 2018 a year to remember! So, what's next? Application deadlines for programs departing in August this year are closing VERY SOON, so start your application now by clicking here.   August student exchange programs are fantastic because you get to participate in some wonderful included orientation programs! In Italy, there's a four-night orientation in gorgeous Rome, in France there's a three-night orientation in Paris (oui oui) and in the USA there's a three-night mini tour of #NYC (with a speedboat ride on the harbour, shopping on Fifth Avenue and so much more)! Don't miss out, start your application ASAP!  

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Happy New Year, WEPPERS! What are your goals for #2018? What's on your inspiration board? Here, at WEP, we're 100% sure that this year is going to be a big one! We'll be sending students from Australia all over the world, including to our new destination, Estonia! (We can't have favourites, but if we could, Estonia would be up there!) Did you know that most of Estonia is covered by forest, public transport in Tallinn is free and literacy is second highest in the world? Go Estonia! WEP'll also be welcoming some brilliant students to Australia from all sorts of countries like Italy, Chile, Norway, France, Belgium and stacks more. Hosting one of these students is a fantastic way to discover a new culture and share yours. Start by checking out the profiles of students on our website and remember, there are many more students available! Anyway, to celebrate #2018 we're kicking off with a School Holiday Discount! Apply before February 14 and save $250 on your short term program departing in November to either Italy, France, Belgium or Canada! Nägemist! (That’s 'bye' in Estonian.)

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Oh hey 2018 - you're just around the corner!!! Have you got big plans for the new year? Make them bigger and better still with a WEP student exchange program! "But how do I get started?" You ask. The first step on your student exchange journey is to RSVP to a free school holiday info session. At a WEP info session you'll meet WEP staff, our wonderful returned students and have all your questions answered! Don't live in Melbourne? That's OK! In 2018 we'll be announcing info sessions all over the country! We'll be visiting Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns, T'Ville, Newcastle, Sale, Albury and SO MANY MORE! Stay tuned on FB for details! Also, you can Skype us whenever you want - request a Skype session here! With 26 countries on offer (Estonia is our new addition), WEP has the experience for you, whether you dream of eating croissants in France, walking the iconic halls of an American high school, discovering beautiful Italy or Australia's cooler cousin, Canada! See you there!

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So, you've requested your free information pack, you've read it from cover to cover and you're itching to find out more about your student exchange options! The next step is to RSVP to an info session! WEP holds info sessions around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, so wherever you live, it's likely we'll be at a venue near you! And, if we're not, that's OK, let's Skype instead! You can RSVP to a Skype session here! Info sessions are a fantastic opportunity to meet WEP staff, chat with returned students from your area and ask all the questions you've got! They're also fun! So, RSVP ASAP and don't forget to invite your travel-obsesses besties along too, we've got a Bestie Discount! See you there!