ISP Buddy Exchange Programme

ISP Buddy Exchange Programme

learning area

Cultural immersion

Age Range

14 -17

Dates

Sept 2022 onwards

Participants per school

TBC

Format

Overseas trip

Living in another country is known to be the best way to be culturally immersed and embark on a journey of remarkable personal growth; ISP advocates these important life skills with the Buddy Exchange Programme!

The BEP enables reciprocal learning exchanges between ISP students for a period of one month. Buddies have the unique opportunity to live in the daily life of a fellow ISP student connecting with their people, their culture, and their world.

The real-world learning skills and greater independence that BEP students gain is phenomenal as they plan and prepare for a trip across the world, live in a new home with a new ISP family and have the chance to thrive in a new learning environment in another ISP school.

Students are meticulously paired according to their age, gender, interests, and hobbies to ensure they build their friendship even before they travel, become close friends during the exchanges, and go on to nurture their relationship beyond their time together.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, exchanges will not be able to go ahead in 2021-22. However, once it is safe to travel internationally again, we will open registrations for exchanges to take place from September 2022 onwards.

Learning objectives

  • Improve problem-solving and maths skills
  • Motivate students and foster a positive attitude towards maths and problem‑solving
  • Apply maths in interesting contexts outside of the formal curriculum
  • Combine maths skills with other important skills like collaboration and creativity

Students learn a new way to live. From a personal point of view, it’s an amazing way to grow, because they experience being away from home in a different culture, and obviously it enhances their language skills

The 2019 Programme

50 students from 20 ISP Schools had the eye-opening opportunity of taking part in the BEP in 2019. This unique programme has enabled some students to go on to consider themselves to have another family abroad. Let’s hope that travel restrictions are eased, and more families can be formed from September 2022 onwards.

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