© WEP 2020
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.
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!
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!
- Norway doesn’t have a language requirement
- Exchanges to Norway departing in January and August include a two-night orientation in Copenhagen or Oslo (numbers permitting)
- Gorgeous views, snowy mountains, fjords.
Peek into the world of a WEP exchange student in Norway, Alyssa.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, I'm already having the time of my life and it hasn't even been a month yet. -Laura, Norway.
- 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.
- Always say YES to new experiences! Try that that new food or even just go to Walmart with your host mom if she asks!
- 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.
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.
Application deadlines for WEP’s August* 2020 student exchange programs will start to close in early 2020. Don’t miss your chance to participate! These programs are some of our favourites, here’s why: 🙋♂️ Incredible orientations available for many countries, including in New York, Rome and Paris! ✅ Choose a semester or year exchange and experience Christmas and New Years overseas (plus Halloween and Thanksgiving in the USA)! ✈️ Choose a short term or semester program and return in time for the start of the Australian school year. ❄️ The possibility of seeing snow! *August programs depart between July-September. Apply now!
Complete a full WEP student exchange application before midnight on 30 November 2019 and save $500 on your program fee with our Early Bird Special. This offer is for students in years 9 to 12* and can be applied to a semester or year program departing between July-September 2020 to any of the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, or the USA! Simply submit your full application online before midnight on 30 November 2019. To request access to WEP’s full online application, please click here. Don’t miss out!
*The fine print:
Application deadlines for the USA's January 2020 semester and year programs are closing in less than two weeks! Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Now's the time to apply! 🇺🇸 Chase the American dream ✅ High school is like the movies 🖥 Home of Netflix 🍔 Burgers, fries, they’re American 🎈Prom, Halloween, Thanksgiving, 4th July ❗Deadline September 24 It’s prom time in the USA! My exchange is going amazingly! I just had my school prom, which was an amazing experience. We got all dressed up in tuxedos and the girls wore beautiful dresses and we went to Mall of America (MOA) which is one of the biggest malls in America. We danced until 12am and then got to go on the rides of Nickelodeon Universe until 2am. I had such a great time! Overall the last few weeks have been crazy awesome and I'm enjoying it over here so much! -Luke [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw9JtYB3_f0[/embedyt]