Heemstede – At the end of August, dozens of exchange students from all over the world make their dream come true by being immersed in Dutch culture, language and traditions for a period of three to ten months. The students live with Dutch host families and attend high school. Will you become a host family for one of these students and offer them a warm home? Students are welcome at the youth programs in Heemstede, but also in Haarlem, where internationalization is becoming an increasingly important theme.
A cultural exchange is not only an adventure for the foreign student, the host family also learns about the culture that a foreign student brings! So you don’t have to travel far to discover the world. You can bring the world into your home with a Brazilian or French-speaking Belgian exchange student or perhaps a student from Thailand or Germany would suit you better.
Exchange to the Netherlands
The Netherlands seems to be becoming more and more popular as a ‘high school’ destination. The Netherlands is seen as a safe and hospitable country. The High School Holland program is growing, for a number of students coming to the Netherlands at the end of August, we are still looking for an enthusiastic host family who can offer these students a warm home for three, five or ten months. You can become a host family for a short period, but also for the whole school year. Would you like to go on this amazing adventure with an exchange student?
Who are the international students?
Exchange students from all over the world come to the Netherlands, from no fewer than twenty different countries. So is the Italian Aisling. She is very sporty because she has been doing gymnastics since she was five. She also likes to swim, dive and in the winter she can often be found in the mountains skiing.
The German Michael is also coming to the Netherlands. He is an ambitious boy, loves to cook and bake and later wants to study medicine to become a surgeon.
The Thai Cza is very curious about the Dutch language, cuisine and culture. Staying with a nice host family for a while should make her dream come true. Are you going to explore our country with one of them, or have you become curious about the other foreign students? Visit the website to meet all students coming to the Netherlands this summer.
Many host families have already gone before you in this adventure. Like, for example, the Rengs family, they were the host family for the Brazilian João Pedro. “We are happy to give someone the opportunity to embark on this adventure. We saw this as a good opportunity for the children. They can learn a lot from this cultural exchange.”
Mexican Milton (third from right) lived with the van der Locht family for a year.
Who offers an international exchange student a home? Young or old, single or a family with children? Anyone with the right intentions can be a host family in Travel Active’s eyes.
During the exchange, the host family and the student are supervised by a local coordinator. This guide is the mainstay for school children and host families. The local coordinator also helps to familiarize oneself with Dutch culture, for example by arranging local tours. Travel Active organizes events for students and host families so that they can get to know each other and exchange experiences. It is voluntary to be a host family for a foreign student. The host family provides food and accommodation. The other costs are for the student’s account or Travel Active.
Have you become curious about the other foreign students and/or the High School Holland program? For more information, please contact the High School Holland team via firstname.lastname@example.org, call 085 222 4810 or visit the website: https://www.travelactive.nl/high-school-holland/hoe-kansen-we-help -you-best/.
Photos provided by High School Holland.