WEPisode #6: Molly In Italy

Save

Save

Save

Close

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!

  1. Norway doesn’t have a language requirement
  2. Exchanges to Norway departing in January and August include a two-night orientation in Copenhagen or Oslo (numbers permitting)
  3. Gorgeous views, snowy mountains, fjords.
Applications are closing soon for August 2020 programs to Norway. Start your application now by clicking here.

Peek into the world of a WEP exchange student in Norway, Alyssa.

(more…)

Posted in Students

Hi, I'm Ashleigh and I recently returned from my USA WEP exchange!   I was placed in a small country town called Point Pleasant, West Virginia, with a small population of about 4000. It was a very conservative area compared to what I was used to back home, which took some time to adjust to but was a great way to learn a new perspective but even still, the people were so kind and welcoming which I think comes from the small town community!   The first few weeks of my WEP exchange were very exciting yet scary. I was just trying to find my feet in a new place and get to know my host family, especially my host sister who I was very close to. I started school and went to the Mason County Fair which was really great. I also joined the school cheer leading team with my sister which lead to my very first American friends!   My three top tips for anyone going on exchange to the USA are:
  1.  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.
  2. Always say YES to new experiences! Try that that new food or even just go to Walmart with your host mom if she asks!
  3. 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.
  If you are planning to go on a WEP exchange to the USA, I wish you good luck and I hope you love it because I definitely did!   Oh and one last thing, try the s’mores flavored Pop Tarts!
  Start your application for the USA!

Posted in Parents,Students

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!

Posted in Students

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]

Posted in Students

PSA! Italy, France and Canada deadlines still open! Are you keen to discover the world in 2019?! Hurry up and get your WEP student exchange application in for a short term program departing this Nov/Dec! Here's how:
  1. Complete this form and pay your $100 deposit
  2. Submit your full app by the application deadline for your destination
  3. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime!
Got questions, email us ASAP at info@wep.org.au.

Posted in Parents,Students

I embarked on my exchange experience wide-eyed and bushy-tailed at age 15 in November 2015. I was to spend three glorious and mind-boggling months in the snowy magnificence of eastern Canada. I had never travelled on a plane before, never been away from my family and never pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone. If I could say something to my younger self, it’d be “wise choice kiddo,” it is one of the proudest decisions of my life. Now, at age 18 and a new University student, I can’t imagine the person I would have become instead. The nostalgic fondness I possess is thanks to the gifts my exchange program snuck me under the table; independence, persistence, spontaneity, vision. I learnt to discard my introverted tendencies which held me back and to say yes to more. Passport documents, visas, forms galore, bring it on, I’ve seen it all now. I felt snow for the first time, I found comfort and happiness in a new home, I found out what it’s like to miss someone, what French sounds like. If I didn’t appreciate these things back then, I sure do now. My day-to-day in Canada included attending school, which played a massive role in making new friends and discovering what it’s like living as a Canadian teen. I was picked up by one of those big yellow school buses and loved every second of it, I even made friends with the bus driver, Ricki, as I was first on the route. My subjects included advanced science (I was a total klutz and asked to be moved to gym class). Ohhh good old gym class...when it was below freezing outside we ran laps in the corridors until we were trained enough to run 5km on the track outside. To be fair I’m not the most physically privileged but my suffering was worth the bragging rights. I attended the school semi-formal and had a blast listening to country music and learning how to line dance, which I never quite got the hang of honestly. Country music is still not my preferred genre but that’s one of the things I learnt to appreciate about the culture I was immersed in. The food, oh my gosh the food! Beaver tails make me salivate just thinking about them, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, maple syrup frozen on snow, poutine! The list goes on and on and I was in food heaven. I had the opportunity to go skiing for the first time ever and I may or may not have taken a black diamond course and caused excruciating internal bruising on my knee, leaving me on crutches. Another life lesson: to know your limits and to be responsible. I could go on and on about my experiences but I feel they’re of greater value to my nostalgia than to potential exchange students. Hence, I’m giving advice to those who are considering becoming future exchange students, and maybe in particular those wanting to travel to the Great White North!

  1. Have a strong mental mindset. Travelling across the world on your own personal journey is not for the faint of heart, ask me, the 15 year old who broke down and cried in the middle of Vancouver Airport because she couldn’t find her ticket. Even if you’re timid and unsure, always know that if you reach out, someone will help you.
  2. Communication is key and you’ll find this is true in many aspects of life, being able to talk openly and freely with someone is quite cathartic and will most likely leave you feeling better. If you’re feeling isolated and alone, you’re only perpetuating it by wallowing in your sorrows, wishing you were somewhere else. Your host family has opened their arms to accept you like one of their own, take advantage of their kindness and talk to them!
  3. Push yourself! I cannot begin to express how worse off you’d be if you were too shy to introduce yourself to new people! Students at your school may be unaware of how to approach you too, so be that icebreaker! Australians have a cool aura about them that foreigners like, there’s something about being Australian that makes people think we’re mega cool, so take advantage of that too!
  4. Have photos of your home and memories in Australia to show your fellow classmates and host family. There’s nothing more interesting than learning about the new exchange kid from exotic Australia. I was asked if Australia was all beach, if we had Xbox here, are kangaroos just roaming the streets, do we have cities? The people around me were super intrigued to hear about me and my home. Also, bring some Australian money just to show too!
  5. Bring small gifts for your host family. It shows good etiquette to give your host family Australian gifts upon arrival. I didn’t buy much or go too out of my way, just simple novelties like an Aussie rules footy, a eucalyptus candle, Vegemite and other small souvenirs.
That about wraps up all I have to say, or else you’ll be reading what seems like a novel! I just want to leave with saying; there’s a whole world out there, go explore it. Find it’s beauty, it’s woes, it’s ups and lows while you still can. Have fun! -Bridget

Posted in Students

Dreaming of living overseas? Us too!

Get your full WEP student exchange application to us by 31 May 2019 and score WEP's Early Bird Special saving you $500 and bringing your dream that little bit closer!

That's $500 you can hang onto for extra gelato!

Our Early Bird Special is open to students in years 9 to 12 in Queensland and students in years 9 to 11 in Victoria and New South Wales. The discount applies to semester and year programs departing between January and March 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 31 Mar 2019. To get your application in on time, get started ASAP by clicking here.

Don't miss out!

*WEP's Early Bird Special is not available in conjunction with any other offer or scholarship.


Posted in Parents

WEP is offering two lucky students a $1,000 discount on their semester or year WEP student exchange program departing between July and September 2019! This is available to all WEP’s countries. To enter our If Not Now, When Scholarship create a three to four-minute video showing us how you demonstrate three traits that are essential to stellar exchange students: open mindedness, enthusiasm and the desire to embrace every opportunity that comes your way! Please note, you can apply for the scholarship even if you haven’t started your student exchange application. This scholarship is open to students currently in years 9-11 in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. More more information and to apply, click here.

Posted in Parents,Students

Everything here, in Norway, is great! I can't believe how fast this year is going and that I only have a month and a half left here.   I had an amazing summer and did so many things, like a five day mountain hiking trip, a road trip around the south and west of Norway with my host family and I also visited an exchange friend in Germany for a week. In between all this I relaxed a lot! This year was the hottest summer Norway has had in years, so I did a lot of swimming in lakes and the fjord. I hung out with my friends and host family, played beach handball, explored a lot and also got to celebrate my first birthday in summer!   Last weekend I met lots of new exchange students living around the Oslo area which was fun and I got to give them lots of advice. Recently I took part in a obstacle course race with my host sisters, which was challenging but so fun. This weekend I had a sleepover with five of my friends and had a great time.   Now I've been back at school for four weeks and it's great to be back into the swing of things, even though I'm really busy with homework. It's so nice to be back at school and socialising everyday, I really love the Norwegian culture and the school system.   Autumn is here and it's starting to get colder, but it's really nice and cosy to be inside with candles lit and watching movies with my host family.   I absolutely love it here and feel so lucky to have this opportunity. This has been the best year of my life.   Alyssa  

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJFg25hNPM4[/embedyt]

Posted in Students

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.)