© WEP 2021
A message from Muriel Scheid, CEO of WEP Australia
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.