Each year students at Esquimalt High School participate in at least two of many international student exchanges. Students and staff appreciate the many opportunities for cultural and linguistic enrichment these exchanges provide for the students who participate directly and for the rest of the school community.
Currently three Esquimalt High students are on exchange in Europe from February until the end of April and another student is on exchange in Sweden until August.
The most common international student exchange programs Esquimalt High School students participate in are those sponsored by:
OSEF (Organisme de Séjours Educatifs Français) promotes linguistic and cultural exchanges between France, Belgium, Spain and Luxembourg, and English speaking provinces in Canada.
Esquimalt High students are currently participating in exchanges near Brussels, Belgium, Grenoble, France and Madrid, Spain. Some of these students are keeping blogs:
Rotary Youth Exchange students spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Students learn a new way of living, about themselves, and maybe even a new language. Students become ambassadors, teaching people about their countries, cultures, and ideas.
Esquimalt High student Karine Hack is currently participating as a Rotary Exchange student in Gothenburg, Sweden. Karine blogs at learningtocookswedishmeatballs.blogspot.ca