The exchange program gives students the opportunity to visit another Sacred Heart school around the world. It is a reciprocal exchange which provides educational, social and cultural enrichment for both the individual student, as well as the host school and host family. The opportunity to live in another country, allows the student to develop independence and cultural awareness. An example of Goals 1 and 5, the program encourages personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom, while building community and advancing intellectual values. The hope is that participants in our exchange program will become increasingly informed, responsible and active members of the Sacred Heart community and greater world.
Students have to take part in the exchange while the visiting school is in session. Normally a student travels around March break adding one or two weeks to the two weeks break. Students who choose to exchange with our sister schools in Australia, New Zealand, or Taiwan, will use the summer months to go on exchange.
Typically, exchanges last from 3 to 4 weeks, but length is flexible.
The host family is responsible for transportation to and from the airport, upon arrival and departure. The host family offers room and board, and has the same expectations as for their own daughter while living in the home.
While it is nice to offer to show the visiting student the surrounding area and city, it is NOT a requirement to make the experience a continuing tourist adventure.
The host family will also work with the school on transportation to and from school each day. If busing is used, the host family is advised to contact the school district about the possibility of the exchange student to use the bus.
There are over 150 Sacred Heart schools in over forty countries around the world; however, not all schools are involved in exchanges. Since ours is a reciprocal exchange, there needs to be a student/family in the selected school who is interested in visiting SHG and who is willing to host our students.
In the past students from SHG has gone on exchange to the following schools and countries:
Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, Auckland, New Zealand
Colegio Particular Sagrado Corazon Sophianum, Lima, Peru
Colegio Santa María del Valle, Sevilla, Spain
Kincoppal Rose Bay Sydney, Australia
Istituto Sacro Cuore Rome, Italy
La Perverie Sacré-Coeur, Nantes, France
Mount Anville Secondary School Dublin, Ireland
Sacre Coeur Melbourne, Australia
Sacré Coeur de la Perverie, Nantes, France
Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Madrid, Spain
Sagrat Cor Sarria, Barcelona, Spain
Stuartholme Brisbane, Australia
Sacred Heart High School for Girls, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Sacre Coeur Wien Vienna, Austria
Sacré Coeur, Melbourne, Australia
Sophie Barat Schule, Hamburg, Germany
More questions about the program?
The coordinator, Mrs. Montserrat García, is available by email, and phone appointment to discuss any and all questions about this program. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 532 – 3588.