Before we dive into this blog, we’d first like to thank and acknowledge all mothers and mother figures in all shapes and forms, without them (you) there would be no us! Mothers -including host mothers- play a massive part in the lives of the young people around them, as they ultimately start making decisions that will shape the rest of their lives which can feel so rewarding. 

Take it from us, we’re ex-exchange students and still hold our host families and host mothers dear after all these years. The memories we treasure, lessons we learned and our passion for our work is all thanks to the wonderful experience we had as students taking a scary but exciting step and being welcomed with open arms by families and people just like you. 

Host families are not all the same cookie-cutter, nuclear families – they all look different and there is no limit to what a host family can be! We’ve outlined below just how easy it is and how much fun it can be! Or read the testimonials for yourself in a previous blog we’ve posted here! 

There are only 3 basic duties to perform as a host famliy 

  1. Provide the student an adequate place to sleep – A room with a clean bed and enough space to move around comfortably (mint on pillow and towel origami animals optional)  
  1. Safe transport to/from school (don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ve signed up to be a private car service) – this usually looks like catching the bus/train with your child or providing the student with the tools they’d need to make the journey 
  1. 2-3 meals a day – The student will eat with you/your family; Breakfast and Dinner every day and also Lunch on weekends/non-school days. No need to call Grodon Ramsy, an extra plate of whatever you’re having is more than adequate 

The optional extras of being a host family 

Non-optional extras of being a host family 

While this experience may or may not result in them packing their bags and moving halfway around the globe, it will definitely change their persepective of the world, the people in it, the kinds of places they may want to take their lives and the journeys they will look forward to embarking on.  

Thank you to all of our wonderful host-mothers who have already provided all of this and more to many, many students. We encourage you to become a host mum and wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day! 

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We’re launching a culinary tour around Italy with chef Antonio Sabia (click me to learn more)! Below are some of our favourite recipes to get your mouths watering before booking your tour! Keep reading for Risotto Milanese, Homemade Cavatelli and Traditional Pasta Bolognese recipes. Download the recipes below!

Risotto Milanese – Laura’s favourite 

Risotto alla Milanese is a creamy saffron risotto that’s possibly Milan’s most famous dish. It comes together easily and never fails to impress, it’s both light and comforting – perfect for every season! Serve alongside roast meat such as osso bucco in keeping with tradition or let the golden rice shine as a main course with a simple side salad. Download this recipe here to keep and impress any crowd! 

Serves 6 as a side, or 4 as a main 

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Pour the broth into a medium saucepan and warm it over medium heat until it is almost at a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan to keep the broth warm. 
  1. Place the saffron in a small bowl and pour about ½ cup hot broth over it. Let sit for at least 20 minutes, stirring a few times to dissolve. 
  1. Meanwhile, measure the olive oil into a deep skillet or heavy-bottomed sauté pan. Add the onion and set on medium-low. Cook, stirring, until the onion is soft and pale gold, about 8 minutes. 
  1. Stir in the rice, toasting it and coating it well with oil. Continue stirring until it is pearly and translucent and you start to hear it crackle, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt (unless your broth is already salted). 
  1. Pour in the wine and let it bubble briefly, stirring until it is absorbed. Add a ladleful (¾ cup) of hot broth and keep stirring until it is completely absorbed. Then add another ladleful, stirring regularly and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more. 
  1. After about 15 minutes, pour the dissolved saffron into the pot with the rice and stir until fully incorporated and all the rice has turned golden. 
  1. Continue adding broth as needed and stirring until the risotto is creamy and al dente. Add a final splash of broth to give the risotto its signature “wavy” or “flowing” consistency; it should be slightly runny but still spoonable. 
  1. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the cheese and butter and stir vigorously until they're fully incorporated. Spoon the risotto into bowls and sprinkle a little more cheese on top. Serve while still hot and creamy. 

Cavatelli Pasta – Rachela’s favourite 

This is a traditional eggless pasta that uses just two ingredients and can be made quickly and easily plus you don't need any special equipment! Cavatelli are firm to the bite and slightly dense making it the ideal pasta for more robust sauces – great for the colder months or simple light recipes – great for the warmer months. The shape holds all the flavours of whatever you choose to pair it with and looks beautifully rustic – just like Nonna makes! Download this delicious recipe here! 

Serves 6 

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Place the semolina flour on a work surface (or in a bowl), make a well in the middle, and sprinkle with salt. Add most of the water into the well in the centre of the semolina flour. 
  1. Start combining water with the semolina flour using your fingers or a fork, pulling in the flour and forming a dough. Add more water, if needed or more flour if the dough is too sticky. The dough should feel soft and supple, a bit like playdough. 
  1. Knead well for 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic then form into a ball. If you began the cavatelli dough in a bowl, scrape it out onto a work surface to knead. 
  1. Wrap with plastic and set aside for 30 minutes to rest. This rest will make all the difference! After 30 minutes, cut off ¼ of the dough. Rewrap the remaining dough. 
  1. Roll the smaller portion of dough into a sausage shape. You shouldn't need any extra semolina/flour but if you do, use it sparingly. 
  1. Continue rolling until you have a long rope about 1cm in diameter. Be sure to roll the rope to this thin otherwise, it will be too thick to cook properly. It may be easier to cut it in half and keep rolling to achieve this thickness. Cut the rope into 2-2.5cm length pieces. 
  1. Using two fingers (the index and the middle finger), press firmly onto each piece of dough and drag toward you creating a curl and an indentation. It's important to press firmly enough to thin the dough and create a curled pasta. This might take a little practice. 
  1. Place in a single layer and not touching on baking paper that has been dusted with semolina and repeat with the remaining dough. 
  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. When boiling, add one heaped tablespoon of salt then add the cavatelli to the pot and cook for 8-10 minutes. This will depend on the size of the cavatelli. Taste after 5 minutes and cook longer if needed. Cooking may be even longer than 10 minutes if you have made larger cavatelli. 
  1. Serve with your favourite sauce – try a traditional tomato sauce, Pesto or Authentic Bolognese Ragu! 

Traditional Bolognese sauce (Ragù alla Bolognese) – Bella’s favourite 

Bolognese sauce is famous all over the world, there are many variations even in Bologna but most of the versions around the globe are far from a true authentic Bolognese sauce. In 1982, the official recipe was submitted to the Bologna Chamber of Commerce by Delegazione di Bologna dell’Accademia Italiana della Cucina. We’ve dug through the archives and found the verified, authentic recipe to share with you! You can read the official recipe and view acceptable variations here

Serves 6 

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. In a heavy non-stick 10-inch (24-26cm) casserole (aluminium or enamelled cast-iron (Dutch oven) or terracotta saucepans can be used), melt the ground or chopped pancetta with olive oil. 
  1. Using a chef’s or chopping knife, finely chop the onion, celery, and carrot (do not use a food processor); add the vegetables to the oil and pancetta and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until softened but not browned. 
  1. Raise the heat to medium and add the meat, break it up, then cook for about ten minutes, always stirring, until it sizzles and browns. 
  1. Add the wine; cook over medium heat until it has completely evaporated. Add the tomato paste and purée. Mix well; add a cup of boiling stock (or water) and simmer, covered, for about 2 hours (or 3 depending on preference and type of meat), adding hot broth (or water) as needed.  
  1. Add any milk (traditionally used) half way through the cooking; allow to evaporate completely.  
  1. Season with salt and pepper before serving. When ready the sauce will be a rich maroon hue, thick and glossy. 

We hope you enjoy these dishes as much as we do! For more information about our new culinary tour of Italy, click here! Don't miss a thing, follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@exchangeme.tours)!

With the Alliance Française French Film Festival on for its 35th season (now - until 9th April), how could we not take this opportunity to talk about France’s influence on the performing arts?  

Not only has France held the world's most prestigious film gathering, The Festival de Cannes, for the past 77 years. Which has become an international marketplace for producers and distributors to exchange ideas, view films, and sign contracts – changing and growing the cinematic experience for people all over the world. French theatre has undoubtedly had a significant effect around the world also.  

The works of French playwrights have been translated and performed in theatres for decades, influencing the development of theatre globally. Think musicals like Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables and Notre Dame de Paris, cabaret at Moulin Rouge, circus shows like Cirque Bormann Moreno, and plays as famous as Waiting for Godot and The Maids.  

In and amongst the fun-filled list of afternoon excursions and activities, our French Immersion program in Normandy offers students theatre play activities – the next Samuel Beckett may be born right there during their exchange trip! 

French arts and productions are very helpful for students, watching French films or listening to French music has proven to be an effective studying tool for French language learners to better understand how the language is used in various settings and assist with pronunciation.  

We at Exchange Me, prioritize education which is why we are offering the chance to win $100 voucher to use at the French Film Festival in Leichhardt! All you need to do is submit your student booking form to our French Immersion Program by the 29th of March 2024 for a chance to win! 

Laura (our wonderful Director and founder) recently took a trip to Italy to arrange some exciting new plans for Exchange Me’s Italian immersion programs which will take place in December. We sat down with her to answer some questions about the new look program: 

How has the Italian Immersion program changed? 

After listening to students’ feedback (which we take seriously to ensure a fun and educational experience), we discovered that they preferred structured lessons rather than sitting in regular classes and not being able to follow the lessons at the local school with their host brother/sister. The Italian school year runs a little differently to the Australian and the students are still preparing for and taking their end-of-year exams. Australian exchange students will now attend a language school which will focus more on their own learning of the language and provide a more stimulating experience. 

What are the benefits of this change? 

Students will meet other students from other countries whilst in class, they will learn more and partake in engaging activities away from their desks are organised every afternoon with the class as a group. 

Which cities can I travel to in the Italian immersion program? 

We have Language schools in Rome, Florence, Perugia and Reggio Calabria – having schools in multiple locations around the country provides students with unique experiences. 

How are the lessons structured? 

All students will do an online assessment prior to arriving in Italy, this will give the schools the ability to place each student in a class based on their level of the language. 

How many hours will students spend at Italian school? 

Generally, the hours are from 9:00am – 1:00 pm, then afternoon activities with the school (both in-house and excursions) 

Will students receive lots of homework? 

Not really, homework is minimal if at all, all work is done during the school time. 

How much time will students spend with their host family? 

Students will spend the evenings with their host family as well as Saturdays and Sundays, there are often optional excursions that they can participate on the weekends as well. 

Who can take part in the program? 

High school students wanting to expand their horizons and improve their language skills are our most common exchange students. 

Sound like something you or someone you know would enjoy? We are now taking submissions for our 3 and 4 week programs in December! 

3 week program: 29th November – 22nd December  
4 week program: 29th November – 29th December 

Submit your request here or download the info sheet here 

Have any other questions? Contact us here 

A little peak at how women have changed the world

Our team is all about supporting all the amazing things women do around us. We wanted to share our top 3 picks of inspirational women in travel and their extraordinary little-known stories  We hope you get inspired by the amazing achievements in their stories and start planning your next travel adventures with us. 

  1. Jeanne Baret - the first woman known to circumnavigate the globe 
    Born: 27 July 1740, Burgundy, France | Died: 5 August 1807, Saint-Aulaye, France 

Although she grew up poor, Jeanne was intelligent and determined, she made it out of her tiny village to a nearby town and began her escape from a life of rural poverty. She became a housekeeper for Philibert Commerson and began to assist him in his botanical work. After moving to Paris together, in 1766 French navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville invited Commerson to serve as a botanist on the French navy vessel the Étoile. Commerson requested that Jeanne accompany him as his scientific assistant and to care for him as his health declined.  

French naval regulations outlawed the presence of women aboard naval ships, so Baret disguised herself as a man and shortened her name to “Jean.” She was certainly not the first male impersonator in the 18th century, and under her new identity, collected samples of more than 6,000 plant specimens from around the world. Commerson’s frailty left Baret to undertake most of the scientific labour and advance the field of Botany. Though many of Baret’s contributions to science were overlooked or attributed to Commerson, her legacy has survived nevertheless. In 2012 a species of vine, Solanum Baretiae, was named after her. (Yay!) 

  1. Bessie Coleman – the first African American aviator, star of early aviation exhibitions & air shows 
    Born: 26 January 1892, Atlanta, Texas, U.S. | Died: 30 April 1926, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. 

One of 13 children, Bessie grew up in Texas, where her mathematical aptitude freed her from working in the cotton fields and allowed her to attend college. At 27 years old, now living in segregated Chicago, sick of life working in beauty salons, and after conversations with her brother, a World War I veteran, she was determined to become a pilot. Discrimination crushed Bessie’s attempts to do so in the US so she studied French and in 1920 was accepted into the Caudron Brothers School of Aviation in Le Crotoy, France – a very well-respected flight school at the time. In 1921, she became the first American woman to obtain an international pilot’s license and did it in just 7 months!  

After further training in France, she specialized in stunt flying & parachuting and staged the first public flight by an African-American woman in America on Labor Day, (3 September) 1922. She also raised money for a school of her own to train black aviators. Before this dream could become reality, however, during a rehearsal for an aerial show, the co-piloted plane carrying Bessie spun out of control, resulting in her untimely death. The Bessie Coleman Aero Club was then formed to promote aviation awareness in the black community. Both men and women were welcome to apply. 

  1. Eileen Collins - the first woman to pilot and, later, to command a U.S. space shuttle 
    Born: 19 November 1956, Elmira, New York, U.S. 

From when she was a child, Eileen loved airplanes and flying. Proving that shooting for the stars was not out of reach, at 19 years old she saved money earned from part-time jobs and began taking flying lessons. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics in 1978 and became one of four women admitted to Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. In 1979 she became the Air Force’s first female flight instructor and for the next 11 years taught both flying and maths. She continued her training at the Air Force’s Institute of Technology and was one of the first women to attend Air Force Test Pilot School. She eventually achieved the Air Force rank of colonel and earned her Masters in both operations research and space systems management. 

Selected as an astronaut in 1990, Collins became the first woman pilot of a U.S. space shuttle in 1995, before becoming the first woman to command a shuttle mission in 1999. She has logged over 6,751 hours in 30 different types of aircraft and performed maneuvers previously unmastered by other pilots. Eileen retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 and from NASA in 2006 but continues to inspire many through her hard work and determination. 

We hope these three women inspired you to start planning your next travel adventure with us. Build the courage like they did to be the first in their fields. Our popular Language Immersion Programs are the best way to start your travel adventures. Embrace the culture of the country, whilst improving your language skills significantly. We travel to ITALY, SPAIN, GREECE, FRANCE, AND GERMANY 

We are taking Immersion submissions today, don’t wait!

Let's be honest the thought of planning an overseas excursion for a class can seem very overwhelming. Working out where to begin can be the hardest part. Especially if the School hasn't done an overseas excursion before.  

We are here to help you guide your way through planning a tour with some key simple steps. Let's take the pressure away from the planning, so keep continue reading.  

A little bit about our company, we are known for tailor making student tours overseas. Covering a range of subjects and sports codes. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we are confident we know the ins and outs. Our role in the beginning process is to work closely with the organizer which is usually the class teacher, coach, or subject Co-Ordinator.   

Step ONE

We begin with the DATES. This is an important part to get in early. When we know dates well in advance the flight availability and price is a lot more desirable which allows the tour to be a great price for students. We normally work within the School holiday period. Early is key. We normally begin planning a school tour a year in advance.  

Step TWO

Important Inclusions. We are well known for our tailor-made programs and tours. We work closely with the organizers to ensure we include exactly what they are looking for in the tours. We always ask if there are any important inclusions to consider when putting together the quote. For example, if an Italian language group is heading to Rome the organizer may ask us to include a visit to the St Peters Square. There may be a link to the teaching in the class that is important. Make note of any important visits to include and then we can do the rest! Now don't stress if there aren’t any specific inclusions, we can send many sample itineraries to work from 😊  

Step THREE

Homestay or lessons only. This step only applies to any language tours we arrange. We allow the organizers to decide whether the students will be participating in a homestay with our local or language schools or just language lessons. We believe this is an important step in the planning because homestay arrangements require time to find host families for the students and we like to touch base with our schools as early as possible.  

Step FOUR

Number of Students and Teachers. When we begin to provide a quote for the organizer, ideally, we have an estimated number of the group to work with. This allows us to ensure flight availability, accommodation availability, or host families. When we create the quote of the estimated numbers we assist the organizer with promoting the tour to the class and parents. We can offer flyers, posters, presentations, and even an information night where the parents are allowed to meet us and ask as many questions as possible.  

Step FIVE

Let the booking process begin. We have an online booking process that we work closely with the organizer. We request student booking forms to be submitted followed by deposits for the group. When we get closer to the departure we arrange a departure meeting. We come to the school or host it ourselves. This is where we run through the final itinerary in detail, hand out any required documents for the group, along question time with us.  

We always assist the process right from the beginning providing great resources and knowledge of the industry. We are confident if you break down the process into our 5 steps we believe the thought of planning an overseas tour won't be so overwhelming.  

Because we love to provide as many resources as we can to help, click the button below to download a FREE planning tour checklist! 

The excitement of participating on our Language Immersion programs can start really high but some students can start to experience homesickness in the first few days. Which is completely normal for the students to experience this even if the students are well travelled. The emotions of missing family and friends can be trigged by a message from back home. The time of year can also play a factor too. 

Please don't worry too much as we find it can only last a couple of days into the program. Once the students have settled into their host families and the environment their program schedules will keep them super busy! 

To help ease the homesickness emotions we have put together our top 4 tips for our students: 

1) Keep in touch – We live in a world now where WIFI is everywhere and easily accessible. Along with our mobile phone technology. Which makes keeping in touch with family and friends a lot easier. We encourage our students to make contact with their families as soon as they have landed at their homestay destination. Also to touch base regularly throughout the program, especially with platforms like Facetime or Skype. We believe seeing familiar faces in the first few days allows the students to feel connected back home and not so far away.  

2 ) Meet host family before travelling – We aim for at least 3 weeks prior to the students departing to share their host family details. This is a great way to get to know the host brother/sister and their family before getting there. The friendship bond can start to develop and all those initial nerves can be avoided. Which will of course avoid those homesickness emotions on arrival.  

3) Embrace the culture and language – The biggest reason for our Immersion programs is to better the student's language skills in preparing for the final years of School and life beyond school. As we know learning a language can open up more employment opportunities and life benefits. Make sure to read our blog all about the benefits of learning a language. It is a good idea for the students to start getting familiar with what is happening in the country they will be travelling to. Watch a local TV show (YouTube is great for this) as well as listen to the top charting songs of the city. Not only will this get the students practicing the language but it will also keep the students up to date with the current pop culture which can then be a great conversation starter with their host brother/sister.  

4) Group Support – Each Language Immersion program will have a group of Australian students travelling together. They can be from the same School or different. We strongly encourage these students to form a group chat together either via What's App or similar. Before the Immersion students leave we arrange a pre - departure night to run through the program together and hand out important documents. It is a great opportunity for the students who don't each other to meet and exchange details. Having other students in the same position will certainly help tackle any homesickness emotions.  

Remember all these emotions are completely normal for everybody. We are always here to help in any way we can to ensure the students get the most out of their Immersion program.  

We would love to hear from any students who have experience some type of homesickness and how they tackled it. Leave a comment below.

Happy travelling 😊

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Did you know we are the exclusive Australian and New Zealand partners of the wonderful AIL Espanol Language School in Spain? We are extremely proud that AIL Espanol choose us for this role recently. We thought we would share how this all came about.

As we noticed the rise in popularity of learning Spanish in Australia, it came quickly to our attention that our Spanish Immersion Program was going to skyrocket. We really wanted to create a memorable experience for our students as well as the sole purpose of our programs to improve their language skills dramatically.

We recently sat down with Laura our CEO and Director of Exchange Me to learn how this working relationship began.

1) How did you find this language school ? 

In Australia, we identified a demand among students for Spanish language programs. Both I and our Operations Supervisor, Vicki Vogiatzis, conducted research and were highly impressed by the favourable feedback from students who had attended AIL MADRID. Consequently, I journeyed to Madrid to personally meet with the staff and owner, a standard practice for us when initiating collaborations with new schools. 

2) When and who was your first group that went to AIL Espanol ?

The initial group we arranged to send to AIL MADRID consisted of 16 students from Newington College in Sydney during the December/January period of 2018. The feedback we received was positive, prompting us to organize a second group from Newington the following year, in addition to involving students from other schools. 

3) What did you like the most about this language school? 

I observed their team to be attentive, professional, and deeply passionate about their work. Their ability to effectively communicate with students of various levels and age groups left a strong impression on me, as I consider this a crucial factor in ensuring the success and positivity of such exchanges. 

4) How has your relationship grown since you started working with AIL Espanol ?

The partnership exhibited positivity from the outset and continues to develop both professionally and personally. Both organizations share the same objectives and align on ethical work practices and a strong commitment to student well-being. 

We are so grateful for Laura's time as she is a busy bee. We thought this would give an insight into our working relationship with our Spanish school partners.

Discover our Facebook clip of the AIL Espanol Language School. Look into what the language school offers.

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2022 Exchange Me wrap up

We have had such a busy year this year, which we are beyond grateful for post-Covid. We open our computers to work each morning smiling, filled with such joy that we can continue doing what we love the most. That is creating student exchange experiences all around the world. We are a small team although our favourite part of any tour and program we do is to see the students at the end of each experience. If we see lots of tears between the host families, we know it was successful and truly warms our hearts.

Term ONE

We opened our latest Language Immersion program in Singapore. The feedback to study the language Mandarin became overwhelming this year. We noticed many more schools are broadening their language offerings, which is great. We built a great relationship with a local language School in Singapore that we are so excited to be working with and our students to experience a great time this December. We can’t wait to hear about their experiences. If you are studying or teaching Mandarin, learn more about our Immersion programs here. Remember to take the learning outside the classroom!

Term TWO

We watched our first exchange student make her way to a city called Pomezie in Rome! This was our first international exchange since Covid. We were beyond excited. Grace took part in an individual 4-week program, living with two different host families over her time. Grace attended the local School Blaise Pascale, our friends 😊. Grace had a wonderful and fulfilling experience that she and her parents couldn’t speak highly about.

My 14-year-old daughter, Grace, recently participated in a homestay program organised through Exchange Me. This was her first time being overseas without her family, and her first time doing a homestay. From the moment we contacted Exchange Me, as her parents, we felt confident in the organisation of the program and could see that all aspects of the trip were covered. The professionalism of Exchange Me was very comforting and impressive; everything was perfectly organised, from flights, transfers, and insurance, to SIM cards for use in Italy and necessary COVID documentation for flights. Since arriving back in Australia, Grace has been ‘homesick’ for Italy and misses her family there. They have stayed in contact, and she is looking forward to returning to Italy at the next opportunity. This wonderful experience is to the credit of Exchange Me, and we are grateful that Grace came away from this with a greater passion for all things Italy and that the experience has made her determined to learn more Italian and, indeed, see more of the world. We cannot thank Exchange Me enough, and highly recommend this homestay program!”

Term THREE

This term we were staying in Australia and welcoming our dearest friends from Blaise Pascale in Pomezia Rome! It has been a long time since we welcomed our Italian students back to Australia, so we had to make their experience extra special this year. Their Australian journey started in Melbourne with lots of site seeing famous churches and prisons. We quickly learnt their cool Italian pose for any and every group shot they took. Check it out!

It soon became their trademark. We couldn’t get enough! Once they had discovered what Melbourne had to offer, they made their way up to Canberra. Learning all things, politics and more of their trademark pose! We finally met the group here in Sydney where they met their Australian host families for the first time. The Italian students begin to live like their Australian host brother or sister. They attend School together where they truly immerse themselves in Australian School life. Friendships and bonds were quickly formed between the group. This became evident when it was time to say goodbye. There was not a dry eye in sight! Check out how it all went below

Term FOUR

This term we are preparing our students for their long-term Immersion programs. The countries students are travelling to are: Spain, Singapore, Italy and France! This marks our first Immersion program since Covid. There are a lot of smiles from our end things are starting to go back to normal for travelling. The students participate in a 4-week program through December attending a local school in Italy and language schools in other countries. They also are assigned host families to live the culture. This experience allows the students to truly immerse themselves into not only the language they study to better their studies but also the culture. Opening their eyes to how students of similar ages live and learn around the world. Beautiful friendships are made, which is personally my favourite part. We can’t wait to see pictures on their return. Learn more about our Immersion programs here.

And that is a WRAP of 2022! We want to say a huge thank you to all we have worked with this year. To our returning Teachers and associates who believe in our business. We are truly grateful for all the support you have shown us. We wouldn’t be here today without the support, so thank you. We are so excited for 2023. With already school tours locked in and many more to come. We always said during the pandemic after the storm there will be sun and here, we are 😊 Keep shining, Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

There is something unique about learning a second language. Especially if you like to travel around the world! Imagine applying for the job of your dreams and you are the only one that has on your resume that you speak a second language out of 10 other applicants. Your confidence in securing your dream job has shot to the roof. That is only one of the reasons why I personally love being able to speak a second language. Speaking a second language will allow you to view the world through other cultures. Below are my top reasons why you should go ahead and learn a second language. If taking this step has been on your mind for a while and it’s crunch time to make your choice, keep reading to help you say YES!

1) Employment Prospects It is a great to be able to include on your resume you speak a second language as many large corporations expand their business overseas. Wouldn’t be a great opportunity to travel and earn money as well? Set yourself apart from other applicants that are after the same job as you. You will be recognised with more skills and a higher level of learning.

2) Boost your Brain Study after study demonstrate the cognitive benefits of learning a second language. Going between reading, writing, and listening in different languages will make you a better multi tasker, improve your memory and attention span. Which by the way are great skills to have! The cognitive benefits also have long term greatness. Decreasing your chances of many of those ugly brain deceases.

3) Connect Friendships Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to connect to any friendships you made in your last travels on a deeper level? Being able to speak in the same language will allow your friendship to grow and get stronger! If there was ever that language barrier, there will be no more.

4) Connect with Family Roots Imagine being able to understand your family when there are conversing in their native language. Being able to contribute back with your family will deepen your connection and enhance your appreciation for when it was their time to learn English. If you are lucky enough to have family members still in their country it will open an opportunity for you to travel and meet with them with the confidence you will be able to speak the language with ease!

5) Challenge yourself Maybe you enjoy the challenge of learning foreign languages or of learning a particularly difficult language. Learning a language certainly does makes you a better learner.

6) Student Exchange Being a part of a student exchange program is an experience in a life time. You will never get a better learning of a language and a culture unless you completely immerse yourself in that life and country. A lot of Schools present you with this exact opportunity.

So, what have we learnt? Well these are my personal top points into why learning a second language will benefit you in life. From employment prospects, friendships, family roots, a challenge and exchange programs learning a language should not be underestimated. Do you currently study a language and looking to challenge yourself further? Discover our Immersion programs that take place at the end of the year. It is a simple as a click.

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