Two students from ACG Strathallan have won scholarships to study abroad through Your Education – a New Zealand-based high school student exchange provider.
Kiran Morar, 17, is heading to Italy for two months to hone his language skills, experience a different culture and people, and gain some independence.
Kiran chose a summer programme in Italy to immerse himself in classic and modern art and architecture, without interrupting his schooling in New Zealand.
“I feel that the trip itself will provide a lot of self-growth and adventure which sounds like the ideal summer,” he said.
Christian Whyte, in Year 12, will spend six months in Sweden. Keeping warm and expanding his horizons are just two of the challenges the 16-year-old is looking forward to.
“Sweden really stuck out to me as it has some of the most environmentally friendly policies in the world, arguably leading the world into a ‘greener’ future,” he said.
“I want to expand my horizons, taking one of the most forward-thinking countries as my exemplar. Hopefully I can endure the extremely low temperatures long enough to possibly see Aurora Borealis!”
Having attended the initial meeting about student exchanges together, Kiran and Christian say it’s a comfort that a friend will be through a similar experience a long way from home.
“It’s great to know that a close friend is also doing an exchange, going to a foreign place where we know no one, can barely speak the language and are going to be out of contact with our families and friends.”
ACG Strathallan Deputy Principal Robyn Pryor said that in today’s increasingly globalised society, it is important that young people understand and experience other cultures.
“This experience will provide an opportunity for the boys to challenge themselves and to gain insight and understanding on other ways of living,” she added.