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WEP Programs and COVID-19
A message from Muriel Scheid, CEO of WEP Australia
Dear students, parents, host parents, school principals, teachers and local coordinators,
WEP Australia is thrilled to have fully reopened our inbound and outbound international programs. Our first international students since before the global pandemic have just landed and joined their host communities in all corners of Australia, which we hope will be enriched by their presence. The first WEP outbound students will soon be on their way to Europe, the Americas or Asia to live out their student exchange dream and portray the Australian values and culture overseas.
We greatly appreciate the trust and support you have shown to our organisation over the years. We look forward to continuing to do our best to make a difference, now and well into the future, by helping young people of different cultures gain insight and understanding about other ways of life and worldviews.
Can I apply for a WEP student exchange?
Yes! All of our state regulators have re-opened our exchange programs. We have students departing in August this year, and applications are open for our November 2022 and January 2023 programs (please check application deadlines here). All WEP destinations are on offer!
Will I lose money if I apply and my WEP student exchange can’t go ahead?
If programs cannot go ahead due to restrictions enforced by the Australian Government and/or our State Regulators, students will be able to choose another program (pending application deadlines), postpone their program to a later departure date or receive a full refund.
As per WEP's Fees, Cancellations and Refunds terms (available here), if WEP Australia cancels your exchange program, you can choose between an alternative program or a refund of the fees.
What if I decide to cancel my WEP student exchange application?
If you choose to withdraw your application, it will be as per the standard Fees, Cancellations and Refunds terms (available here) apply.
What if I get COVID-19 while I’m overseas?
Medical costs associated with COVID-19 will be covered by your insurance, included in the WEP program fee.