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WEP Programs and COVID-19
Covid-19 is a phenomenon unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. It has caused havoc across the globe and halted international travel. While the impact on WEP programs has been significant, our team is optimistically looking towards future outtakes and intakes of WEP students.
WEP Australia is constantly monitoring COVID-19 around the world and taking careful note of all government restrictions and official advice. Until we know more about when Australian borders re-open and travel becomes an option once again, we are in a holding pattern.
WEP remains hopeful that programs departing in 2021 will continue as planned. Our overseas partner organisations, coordinators and host families around the world are looking forward to welcoming the next generation of WEP students.
The WEP team is passionate about student exchange and the opportunities it affords participants. The goal of student exchange is to enable young people to learn and share culture and language “in the hope that students may broaden their horizons, develop tolerance and understanding of cultural differences, gain life-long friends and advance harmony across communities”. Once COVID-19 has passed, we know that this goal will be more important than ever before.
Can I still apply for a WEP student exchange?
Yes, we are accepting applications. You can start yours here.
Will I lose money if I apply and my WEP student exchange can’t go ahead?
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 you have paid.
Can I postpone my program if I’m worried about COVID-19?
Yes, you can.
Will I be charged a fee to postpone?
No, due to the unusual situation we find ourselves in and if consistent with the polices of each international partner organisation, WEP will be waiving our usual postponement conditions, but WEP reserves the right, according to the Fees, Cancellations and Refunds agreement (available here), to pass on airline fuel surcharges, increases in airfare taxes, insurance and adverse fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
If I postpone, will I have to submit another application?
That depends on the commencement date of the postponed program. You may have to resubmit elements of your original application, like up-to-date school transcripts. We always expect you to keep us informed about changes to personal information, school or medical details that occur following submission of your application, e.g. address, contact details, change of school, change in health, change in family circumstances, etc.
I already have my host family placement, if I postpone can I still go to my current host family?
If you decide to postpone, we will liaise with our overseas partner organisation to see if your host family and host school are in a position to host you at a later date.
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.
Can I pause my program payments if I’m worried about the program going ahead?
Payments need to be made as per WEP’s Fees, Cancellations and Refunds terms (available here). As a not-for-profit organisation, highly regulated by state authorities, outbound exchange program fees are well scrutinised to ensure they are reasonable and take into account only essential program components. To be able to process your application, the required fees will need to be paid on time.
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.