Our students live in an increasingly globalised world with many chances, but also responsibilities. The mission of our Student Exchange Program is to prepare our students for citizenship, service and leadership in a global society.
A maximum number of 25 Year 7-9 students are selected to participate in the program, which runs for approximately one month during Term 2. An Al-Taqwa College staff member accompanies the students on their trip. Many schools worldwide run such programs, and we are fortunate to have a sister school in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The students return home with a more advanced knowledge of their studies, they are more mature, and they have a deeper understanding of their host culture as well as their own.
The Student Exchange Program complements the student’s formal education in an important and exciting way. Our Jakarta sister school follows our curriculum; therefore the students do not miss out on their studies. The students live in the school’s onsite boarding house and are looked after by the supervisor. The students live like the locals and become immersed in the Indonesian culture. They learn the language and gain valuable international experience. Students often learn a lot about themselves during the exchange.
Being an exchange student is a challenging, rewarding and fun experience. The students are not tourists or guests. They live in the host country as a member of that community.
Student exchange programs promote tolerance, maturity and independence. They also encourage an international perspective. In a very competitive world these are highly sought after qualities.
Student exchange is an investment for life. The experience can be beneficial in many different and valuable ways.
- Learn another language and open career doors you did not know existed.
- Get to know how others live and see the world from another perspective.
- Test themselves and acquire independence and maturity.
- Make new friends and appreciate old ones even more.
- Gain experience and judgment.
- Learn about the world first hand.
Long after the student returns home, their exchange experience influences and informs their lives. It provides them with a substantial backdrop from which to make future study and career choices. Employers are increasingly alert to the benefits of student exchange. Their experience will set them apart from the crowd and mark them as someone who has proven themselves in challenging circumstances. Experience is everything!
The school bears the cost of boarding, meals, transport and medical insurance. Families are asked to pay for the airfare and visa.
For further information please contact the Curriculum and Islamic Studies Coordinator.