We launched the ISP Buddy Exchange Programme (BEP) in autumn 2018 with the first student exchanges taking place from February 2019 onwards.
The programme quickly defined itself as our flagship programme for our students’ international learning opportunities and some of the words used by our students to describe their experience of the programme include: “Life-changing”; “Educational”; “Unique”; “Unforgettable”; “Enjoyable”; and “Amazing”.
The BEP enables reciprocal learning exchanges between ISP schools for a period of one month for students aged between 14 –17 years of age. It gives our students the unique opportunity to connect with other people, other cultures and other countries and provide another truly collaborative learning experience.
The programme offers our students amazing and diverse learning opportunities within a safe and secure environment. Buddy exchange students gain real-world learning skills and greater independence. They plan and prepare for a trip across the world, live in a new home with a new, supportive family, have the chance to thrive in a new learning environment with projects and assignments aimed at the student’s level of learning and understanding and they receive daily support and guidance from colleagues and other students in their new school. Students enjoy a memorable international and cultural learning experience to develop their language skills, communicate ideas in a different way, share good practice and create long-term friendships across the world.
Due to the postponement of our International Learning Opportunities because of the COVID -19 outbreak, we were excited to be able to launch the ISP Virtual Buddy Exchange Programme (VBEP).
Despite the temporary closure of our school buildings and the current restrictions in place around the world due to COVID-19, learning and teaching continued through our distance learning approaches across ISP. The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families remains our top priority and with both these factors in mind, we decided to launch the new virtual programme for our students. This programme is a follow on to the ISP Buddy Exchange Programme (BEP) which had to be postponed.
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