WEPisode #6: Molly In Italy

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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!

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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!

Save $500 on your WEP student exchange program with WEP's Early Bird Special! Apply now for your semester or year WEP student exchange program departing between July-September 2019 and you'll save $500 when you submit your full application by November 30 2018. Here’s the lowdown Who's eligible? Students currently in years 9-12 in QLD and 9-11 in VIC/NSW When's it for? Semester and year programs departing between July-September 2019 Which WEP countries are participating? Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Thailand or the USA. How can I apply? Submit your full application before 30 November 2018! You can start your application here. Got questions about our Early Bird Special? Submit an enquiry here. We can't wait to hear from you!

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  

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Bridie in Italy

Hi WEP! It's three weeks today that I've been in this beautiful country, experiencing something new everyday. I think the main thing that's shocked me is how much my Italian has improved in such a short period of time but also how obvious it has become that I have so much further to go! These past few weeks have been intense, from walking through the beautiful streets of Rome to being thrown into life here in Malnate, north of Milano. My host family have been wonderful, giving me nothing but care and assistance whenever they can. I can already feel myself building a life here! Full of family, friends, activities, education and travel, the things I had back home but in such a different more exciting way! It has definitely been difficult at times, accepting the sudden reality of my new life, but it's been really thrilling too! I'm off to Milan this weekend with other exchange students, and I'm hoping to go on short trips to many other beautiful cities which I'm so lucky to have so close by. School is really interesting because it's so different from back home and the people are all really friendly and helpful, I was firstly so surprised by the amount of people! I'm at a science school so a lot of the time it's difficult to understand, but the teachers have been really helpful in arranging a special timetable for me. I feel really cared for and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me here and how my perspective on the world is going to change because of it. It’s like exchange is the difference between living in a fishbowl and swimming in the ocean, I have the comfort of life back home and experience of the wider world. I honestly just feel extremely grateful for all of this. Click here for more information and to apply for your own Italian adventure.