Home' Brochure : 2016 Brochure Contents Q: What is expected of me?
A: Taking yourself out of your comfort zone means being
responsible and making decisions for yourself – within the context
of the rules and regulations of the program. You will mature while
adapting to life in another country. You are expected to live as
a local and it will be up to you to make adjustments in order to
integrate into your new host family and community. You will need to
be open-minded and non-judgemental, patient and fair. Being an
exchange student is a fantastic opportunity to grow.
Q: Can I work part-time when on exchange?
A: That depends on a few factors. First, your host country may
have laws which govern whether teenagers can work. Second,
you’ll need to take into consideration your responsibilities at school
and with your host family and friends. The aim of the exchange is
to experience life as a teenager overseas and to contribute to your
host family and school environment. If part-time work prevents
you from achieving these aims then it is not such a good idea.
However, if your peers in your host country have part-time jobs and
doing so is a normal part of that community, then it is highly likely
that you will find the opportunity to earn a little pocket money.
Q: Can I go to more than one country?
A: If you wish to apply for a semester in one country and a
semester in another country we are happy to make the necessary
arrangements. But please be aware that there are visa and cost
Q: Can I speak to a former exchange student?
A: Of course. We are happy to connect you with one of our
Returned Student Advisors, who are former exchange students
that have participated on an exchange in your host country. They
are happy to share their experiences with you and can provide
advice on all manner of detail regarding being an exchange student
to your destination.
A: You’re probably too old for our high school programs, but we
have some great Gap year options for you to consider.
Check out our website for details.
A: 1. A $500 deposit is payable on application, which is fully
refundable if your application is not successful.
2. The balance of the program fee is payable in instalments
commencing on acceptance to the program.
Q: What does ISO 9001 certification mean?
A: ISO 9001 (Quality Management System). is an internationally
recognised quality management standard which provides
assurance that Student Exchange Australia New Zealand has
the type of management systems in place to deliver a quality
experience to all our students. Student Exchange Australia New
Zealand Ltd is the first and only secondary student exchange
organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO
9001 (Quality Management System). The certificate is available to
download from our website.
Q: Where does the money go?
A: Student Exchange Australia
New Zealand Ltd is a ‘not-for-profit’
organisation which means there are
no shareholders to whom profits
can be distributed. We are ‘fee for
service’ which means that program
fees are used to cover the costs of
providing the program, both here and
abroad. As a rough guide program
costs break down as follows:
• 25% of program costs occur before you leave and go toward the
recruitment and selection of students for their overseas experience.
These include professional staff in Australia and New Zealand,
processing of applications, student and family interviews, resource
materials, orientation and assistance with visas and a contribution
to general overheads.
• 27% of program costs go toward getting students to and
from their destination. These include domestic and international
airfares with recognised airlines, airport transfers, insurance and
processing of tickets.
• 48% of program costs arise in the hosting country and go
toward the care and support of students. These include full time
professional support staff, recruitment and selection of volunteer
host families, recruitment and selection of local coordinators,
provision of arrival orientations, development of resource materials
and facilitation of school enrolments, etc.
A couple of relevant studies for Australia1 and New Zealand2 have
identified the costs of keeping a teenager at home. In Australia
it is estimated to be up to A$717/week. In New Zealand it is
estimated to be over NZ$1000 per week, depending on the
number of children in the household. Compare this to the cost of
our participation fee and the value of our programs is immediately
clear. A student exchange program is an investment for life.
Experience is everythingTM
1. AMP NATSEM Income and Wealth Report May 2013 conducted by the National
Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (Australia) 2. Costs of Raising Children
March 2010 conducted by Inland Revenue, Te Tari Taake (New Zealand)
& from their
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studentexchange.org.au | studentexchange.org.nz
if your application
is not successful
Early Bird Discount &
all other applicants
6 x monthly
3 x monthly
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