There are many opportunities for students who want to experience education beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom. Experiential educational opportunities like student exchanges, trips or camp experiences that deliver Ontario curriculum-based credits or gap year activities fall outside of the regular school program and independent providers are responsible for informing parents and students about all aspects related to the experience, including eligibility, registration and documentation of student credits. Sometimes there is no better teacher in life than a real-life experience!
Parents and students interested in exploring these types of opportunities may be interested to learn that there are multiple opportunities within Simcoe County to earn credits outside of the classroom while benefiting from the independent learning associated with real life experience and travel.
Experiential Educational Opportunities
Students in local secondary schools have the opportunity to earn credits through travel during the March and summer breaks. The SCDSB Adult and Continuing Education department, in partnership with EduTravel, is offering credits in International Business Fundamentals, The World of Fashion, Civics and Careers, English and Biology studies through travel to Ottawa, Montreal, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. or Fiji. Visit the EduTravel website for more details about the trips, costs, timing and requirements.
Youth Exchange Programs
For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.
Students can spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Rotary offers long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs.
YES Canada provides study abroad programs for students in grades 9-12 to France, Australia, England, Japan and over 15 other destinations worldwide. Students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a brand new culture, language and environment while living with a host family and attending a host high school in their country of choice. Scholarships and promotions are available to help students manage the program. Visit www.youthedservices.ca for more information.
International Student Exchange - Ontario (ISE-Ontario)
International Student Exchange - Ontario offers well organized, safe, and affordable educational exchange programs for Ontario elementary and secondary students. ISE ONTARIO's programs provide the opportunity for students to discover and explore exciting places and cultures, improve or develop new language skills, and make lifelong friendships.
Throughout the province organizations provide Ontario curriculum credit bearing experiences for students. Student may earn a variety of different kinds of credits including, but not limited to, peer support/leadership, outdoor leadership, science, physical education, interdisciplinary studies and others. To find these opportunities, try searching the web using these search terms:
- Secondary credits at camp
- Outdoor education credits
- Summer Credits
- Student Educational travel
For more information about the programs above, please contact Amanda Hickling, International Education Program Coordinator, at 705-734-6363 Ext. 11258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.