About the exchange
The New Zealand Switzerland Exchange is a non profit organisation which allows Year 12 students of French to experience life and school in French speaking Switzerland for a period of eight weeks at a relatively low cost.
Take a look at our past participants’ testimonials to find our why the exchange is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students and their families!
My trip to Switzerland was an amazing experience. One that I will keep with me always. I made many friends and memories during the 2 months I was there. I felt like I was a part of their family and will always keep in touch. It was definitely worth all the hard work and effort. I went to some incredible cities and saw some amazing buildings as well. I can't wait to go back in a few years to see my second family.
The days leading up to when your host partner is scheduled to arrive at the airport are filled with both excitement and nervousness. You question if you will get on and what they will be like, but pretty soon your mind is put at ease. Of course, the first couple of days are awkward but once you are comfortable with each other it is like having a new sibling but also a best friend. You get to spend three months together and share incredible memories and experiences that you will treasure forever. Even now, one year later, I still look back at the photos from my exchange and smile at the small things and remember all my different ‘first times’. It’s an unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever.
If you are considering doing the Swiss Exchange - JUST DO IT! It was a great option for me as I was desperate to do an exchange but didn’t want to miss out on Yr 13 - something to consider when looking at exchanges. Happy travelling everyone!
(I am) very happy to recommend the benefits of the exchange programme. There were many benefits; the obvious of providing an opportunity to make new friends for the individual students and develop their language skills. Also, to develop an awareness of other cultures and countries, grow independence and form lasting relationships with the host families. The exchange was organized from start to finish with care and consideration to ensure a positive experience for all. We loved hosting and liaising with the family in Switzerland whilst our daughter was there. Our daughter has a confirmed friend in Leila who we all enjoy staying in touch with, thanks mostly to social media.
Before flying back to New Zealand, we organise a four day trip to Paris.
Find out more
Related documents about the New Zealand Switzerland Exchange.
What is expected of the students while they are with their host family?
Frequently asked questions - Hosting a Swiss student and life in Switzerland.
Frequently asked questions - General.
Apply online or download the application form.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.