© WEP 2020
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!
It has been nine months since I stepped off the plane at noon on the first of February in Madrid. That feels like such a long time ago, however at the same time it doesn't! This has been what I can only describe as an amazing, life-changing experience. Throughout the course of this year I have developed a strong bond with my host family and met some amazing people. This experience has come with its own set of challenges: the language, making friends, settling in etc. I'm not going to lie, it isn't an easy thing to do, but trust me when I say it is more than worth it. Whether you are deciding if you are going to go on exchange, or you are already out there abroad, I encourage you to embrace the experience. It is a lot easier said than done. I was very timid and nervous when I arrived, I was very quiet in school and didn't say much. I partially blame that on my language skills but it was mostly because I was scared to put myself out there. For that reason I had a little trouble making friends and interacting with other people outside of my host family. What I really want to say is, DON'T BE SHY. If there is any useful advice I could give to any future or new exchange students, that would be it! Despite the fact that I was very reserved at the start of the year it was still an amazing experience. Not only is exchange an amazing opportunity to experience another culture, create strong bonds and amazing friendships with other people, but for me especially, it has been an amazing opportunity to build character and learn from all the challenges/opportunities exchange has to offer. This year so far has been amazing. It has kind of been like a really, really long roller coaster; it has its ups and it has its downs and it's pretty crazy and scary at some points. But don't close your eyes, because if you do you might get off and wish that you had kept them open, except you can't get back on this roller coaster, so live it to the fullest! All-in-all exchange is amazing. I am very privileged to have had the opportunity to spend 2016 in Spain and if you have the opportunity to travel abroad I totally recommend it.