The Year 10 Global Exchange Program at Whitsunday Anglican School is seen as an important addition to our academic program. Participation in exchange broadens the horizons of our students as well as helping them to grow as individuals, develop new global awareness and make new friends.
Whitsunday Anglican School has a number of international partner schools in Canada, France, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United States of America and South Africa. Students can participate in either a cultural or language exchange.
Becoming an exchange student means living in the host state/country and attending a host school as a member of that community. Having to integrate into someone else’s family necessitates students confront challenges outside familiar support networks, thereby increasing self-awareness and leading to greater resilience, enhanced self-confidence and strong self-esteem. A tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion may also encourage students to develop more independent opinions and strive to attain fresh goals.
Although each exchange is negotiated on an individual basis, there are some general guidelines.
- Student will generally be sent in pairs. This provides support while travelling and at the destination.
- The exchange is reciprocal, so in agreeing to take part in the program, a family is agreeing to host a student in return.
- Most exchanges will be for around 4-8 weeks.
- As this is a valued school-based activity, you will not be disadvantaged academically by taking part in any exchange.
What can you expect to gain from an exchange?
- An enriching experience of another culture
- An experience in independence
- A new and different friendship group
- The chance to develop new life-long friendships
- Development of your global awareness
- A new sense of self-confidence
- In the case of language exchanges, improved language skills
Where can I go?
Global Partner School Interactive Map
- Waikato Diocesan Girls School, New Zealand
- The Perse School, United Kingdom
- St Mary’s DSG, South Africa
- Somerset College, South Africa
- Trafalgar Castle School, Canada
- Trinity Valley School, United States of America
- Oak House School, Spain
- Seirinkan High School, Japan
- Centre International de Valbonne, France
The amount of money you will need to cover living expenses while you are on exchange will depend on:
- your destination
- the value of the Australian dollar at the time of your exchange
- your own spending habits
What is covered in your exchange?
- Tuition fees (you do not owe tuition fees to your host school)
Costs may vary depending on your destination; however, you may need to budget for:
- Passport application (your passport must be valid for at least six months longer than the duration of your exchange)
- Student visa (if required)
- Travel/health insurance
- Additional travel (buses to/from school)
- Incidental expenses
- Any trips whilst on your exchange
- Any costs associated with hosting an exchange student
NOTE: You remain liable for tuition fees at Whitsunday Anglican School as you remain enrolled while on exchange.
We encourage all Year 10 students to strongly consider participating in this worthwhile program.
For more information, please contact the following:
Mr Matt Hodge
Head of Service & Global Learning
Ph: +61 7 4969 2093
Mrs Sarah Wright
Head of Senior School
Japanese Exchange Coordinator
Ph: +61 7 4969 2023