Great Lakes


This eight-week programme will allow you to experience the best of US high school spirit and share the Christmas and New Year celebrations with your new host family. Based in typical Midwestern cities near Lake Michigan, you will get to experience snow sports and maybe even a white Christmas. Imagine spending your holidays ice skating, snow tubing and tobogganing. If indoor activities are more for you these locations offer plenty of culture and shopping, from huge malls to exciting museums.


  • Known for farmland and Indianapolis 500 (the famous car race)

  • Home of Chicago and Indianapolis

  • Typical Midwestern experience

  • American heartland

  • Experience the Mid-Western winter

  • Largest city in the state is Detroit



departure times
  • Anytime except July-August

visa requirements
  • ESTA visa online

  • San Diego in California

  • ​Trips available

host family
  • ​Short-term Programme: Receives contribution.



* Programme pricing is valid for departures from December 2022 up to and including January 2024. Application fee of $50 when applying. Price Guarantee: We reserve the right to increase the prices at any time, but once you have been accepted to the programme and have paid your $1,000 deposit you will secure the published price and be exempt from any subsequent increases.

Programme fee includes

  • Return-trip economy flights with recognised airlines departing from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to final destination.

  • Comprehensive insurance while on your exchange.

  • Pre-departure orientation meeting prior to departure for all students and parents.

  • Airport supervision on departure in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. 

  • Host family and high school placement.   

  • Meet and greet at final airport, with transfers to your host family.

  • Full professional support both in New Zealand and abroad.

  • Preparation materials.

  • Advice from Returnees. 

  • 24-hour emergency phone support.

Programme fee does not include

  • Passport and visa costs. 

  • Pocket money (approx. 500NZD per month).

  • School set up costs. Varies per destination but may include transport, uniform and school books. 

  • Transport to pre-departure orientation in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin.

  • Transport to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch for departure.

  • Optional Tours and Travel Expenses. 

  • Any documents that require official Notarising or Apostilling.