Student Exchanges Offer Cultural Immersion


“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Travel can be a powerful form of education, one that we believe is a valuable extension to the experience SMUS offers in its classrooms. Service trips, cultural travel and athletics tours give students a brief window of exploration of the world around them and, in most cases, is the spark that ignites a lifelong curiosity about other places, other cultures, other lives.

The most immersive form of travel SMUS offers is the student exchange. Ranging from four weeks to a full year, an exchange not only gives you the opportunity to experience another culture, but to study and live as part of that culture. The SMUS Review has published many reports from students who have arrived home and have had the opportunity to ponder their experiences and draw lessons from them.

SMUS student Zach Zwicky is currently spending the first semester of his Grade 10 year at Woodstock School in India. He’s also keeping a blog about his experience, which gives us a glimpse into the education that is unfolding for him.

“I’ve been in India for two and a bit weeks now, and it is by far one of the better experiences of my life. I’ve already felt homesick a couple times, but most of the time I’m too busy doing new and exciting (and sometimes boring) things and really have no time to be homesick” – Zach in India

Are you curious about how a student exchange might enrich your education and your life? Learn more on our website and mark your calendar for the Exchange Information Evening in February (February 18, 2015). You can also take a look at the video below.

Photo by Zach Zwicky. Video by Lumera Productions


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