Hello Ozzie friends,
Today I got a phone call from a friend of mine, who asked me to help him. His daughter is in her final year, heading towards the exams and doesn't want to start studying yet. A leap year, year out, whatever you want to call it, not as common in the Netherlands as in some other countries yet, but she liked the idea of going away for a year. She is considering doing a year in Australia. Having done so myself, I obviously recommended her to do so. The thing is, she is fairly young to go backpacking on her own though (17 at the moment). They have been looking into some exchange programs and decided against them. Not only are they very expensive, but most of all they do not give you the freedom to do your own thing. Choice out of 2 schools, counsellors everywhere, it would almost be like going to school back home.
But she would like to go to school. The idea is to find a school and a host family somewhere near it, where she could pass either half a year or a whole school year. They asked me if I had any contacts. Hence this letter. I do not have the contacts myself, but I do know several people in Australia. Somebody must have an idea what to do next, how to go about arranging things. This is where you come in. Does anybody have a clue or can lead me to one. Do you know high schools that can arrange this sort of thing? Do you know families who have had someone from overseas for a while? Do you know any local organisations they could contact?
Any help would be welcome, any reactions brilliant. Phone numbers, websites, e-mail addresses, whatever could lead them to their goal. Hopefully this will lead to her leaving the Netherlands for down under in half a year's time, in our summer, your winter. Thanx in advance for your help!
Have a great last day of the year and an even better 2002!