Whistler Waldorf School supports students to expand their horizons and venture out into the world through international exchange. By immersing themselves in a new environment, students begin to take on expanded responsibilities, engage with new cultures, and develop new friendships. On exchange, students live with a host family and immerse themselves in daily life through another language and culture while continuing their education at their host’s local Waldorf School. Throughout their experience, students gain new insights and perspectives on themselves and the world the around them, returning home having grown as global citizens.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
Students are eligible to apply for a three to four-month exchange between September and Spring Break of their Grade 10 year. Applications for the following school year are due in April of the Grade 9 year. Exchanges take place at Waldorf Schools throughout the world and families are encouraged to develop relationships with potential host families through the Waldorf School online exchange portal. As part of the exchange program, students also host their exchange partner during their time in Whistler. Students interested in going on exchange are invited to begin the process by downloading and printing the Student Exchange Application Forms below.
Being able to experience a small amount of a completely different life in a completely different country with completely new people has been so incredible and has opened my mind up to so many things I didn’t even know my mind could be opened to! I’ve made many new lifelong friends, seen amazing and monumental sights, learned, laughed and have been amazed at how much a place can have to offer if you are there long enough. Berlin is so interesting, with many different faces, and my exchange family has been as welcoming as my own. I’m really lucky to have had such an incredible time that I know I will remember forever.
Here in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor we live in a small bubble cast by the mountains that shield us from the outside world and it is funny how small a perspective can be when not exposed to differing environments. This simple exchange made me open my eyes to the amount of diversity of all kinds we live with in this world. From making new friends to arguing the rights and wrongs of the Death Penalty in a foreign language, I had an incredible experience on my exchange which I remember fondly all the time.