WHAT IS STUDENT EXCHANGE?
In practical terms student exchange means that you will go and live in another country for a chosen period of time during which you attend a local high school and live with a host family. The time frame can be anything from two weeks to a year, or in some cases even longer. Basically you live your normal everyday life like you do here in New Zealand - you go to school, you catch up with friends and you help out with keeping your room tidy (right?). Except in the case of student exchange you do all of this in another country - possibly learning a new language, living with a new family and hanging out with new friends. Doesn't sound too bad, eh?
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN EXCHANGE STUDENT WITH YOUR EDUCATION?
Right. Who are we looking for then? What makes a successful exchange student? Who should even consider? The basic qualities that we are looking for are as follows:
Does this sound like you? If you think you are ready to push the boundaries and experience something truly unique then an exchange with Your Education might be just what you're looking for! Our exchanges allow you to experience life in another country, make friends from around the world and see some famous sites.
Your Education offers a range of exchanges with something to suit everyone. From short-term programmes lasting from just two weeks, to two to three months through to full-year exchanges, we can design just the right adventure for you. Our short-term exchanges give you the chance to jet off straight after your NCEA exams to explore a new country and culture. You can do all of this without interrupting your schooling in New Zealand.
WHY SHOULD I DO IT?
WHY CHOOSE YOUR EDUCATION?
Stand out from the crowd
An exchange with Your Education will provide you with valuable skills and experiences that will benefit your future academic and professional career. You’ll become more confident and independent – important traits that universities and employers are looking for.
Become fluent in a foreign language
Student exchange is your chance to improve your foreign language skills by speaking daily to your new host family and friends. Although hard work at first, in a few months you will notice that you have attained a new valuable skill for the rest of your life.
Create lifelong friendships
You will make a lot of important connections during your exchange. Your host family will welcome you into their home and community. Pretty soon you will feel like part of the family! You’ll also make loads of friends at school, many of whom may become lifelong friends. Also, exchange students will end up meeting other exchange students from around the world which will give you the opportunity to make international friends and connections.
Experience a different way of traveling
Visiting a country as a tourist often gives you a superficial idea of the culture and customs of a country, but actually living with a family for an extended period of time - and getting on with your daily life as in back home - will give you a much more profound insight into what the country and its people are really like. Exchange is a great way to start travelling independently.
New Zealand owned and operated
Your Education is New Zealand owned and operated, providing genuine care and warmth worldwide. Our Director, Kurt van Zyl, has managed successful exchange programmes for over ten years and in five countries. We are based in Auckland with representatives throughout the country and in ten countries around the world. Click here to see testimonials for Your Education from people that we work with.
With our extensive experience in the exchange industry, Your Education knows what is required to ensure a positive and memorable exchange for our students.
We also strongly support regulatory and code of practice requirements. Your Education is a member of the New Zealand Council for Intercultural Education and adheres to the Council’s principles of good practice. We are also a signatory to the New Zealand Ministry of Education Code of Practice.
Preparation and Support
We understand what a big decision it is to go on an exchange and how important it is to fit it into your New Zealand schooling. We will ensure that you are well prepared for your exchange. Our experienced team will help you with all your questions about going overseas and becoming an exchange student.
Find out more about our scholarship programme here.
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