Augusta Prep is fortunate to have several wonderful global exchange partner schools. Currently we are in partnership with St. Denis International School
in Loches France, St. Margaret's Anglican School
in Brisbane Australia, and starting in 2023-24 The Tietgenskolen
in Odense, Denmark. These partner exchanges can last anywhere from two or three weeks up to ten weeks. Additionally, we assist in helping to set up longer-term study abroads, generally encompassing most or all of a school semester.
Our first student to venture away was Nacha Ramanathan. Nacha spent a term in fall 2022 in Adelaide Australia at a school where she and her family share ties, St. Johns Grammar School,
in Adelaide Australia. Prep was able to help the Ramanathan's arrange an extended study abroad for Nacha at St. John's. Nacha said of her experience: "...One of the many things I learned from Australian culture was that relaxing and taking time for yourself is just as important as working hard...Studying abroad in Australia was a great opportunity to meet new people, many of whom have become life- long friends."
Our partnership with St. Margaret's in Brisbane Australia was a very special one for six young ladies. In October we welcomed Lexi, Pixie, and Gardi to America and to Augusta Prep. They had amazing experiences staying with three of our families, the Loos, the Geoffroys, and the Macdonalds. Friendships were made and our three visitors got a great taste of life in America! In the winter, our girls, Ashley Loo, Sam Geoffroy, and Charlotte Macdonald, traveled TO Brisbane and joined the student body at St. Margaret's for a term. They had a blast and learned so much about themselves, about others, and of course, about their "home" in Australia. Charlotte said she is already planning her return to Australia!
Our partnership with St. Denis also made for some very special experiences. In Late January 2023, three Prep families played host to three lovely French students. The Greer family welcomed Hortense, the Monnig family welcomed Augustin, and the Clapp family welcomed Izel. We are so glad that they were "ours" for a few weeks. In exchange, three of our kids, Abby Watson, Grace Greer, and Masa Iwanski, went to Loches and attended st. Denis, honing their French skills and immersing themselves in French life. They stayed with lovely families and saw amazing things during their time in France. Masa said "...although I am not very fluent in French, I have definitely gotten better at understanding, which I struggled with." and Grace said "...I have definitely grown in my comprehension and I can understand a lot and can communicate... I am so grateful to Mr. Devos (Prep French teacher) he is phenomenal and has prepared me."
We are so proud of the students who participated in these programs, expanding their horizons, meeting new people, trying new things, and deepening their knowledge of new subjects. For some, this included honing their language skills, for others it was about setting out on a great adventure and absorbing so many new experiences, and for some it was simply the brave act of getting out of their comfort zone and leaving home for an extended period of time.
We are also thankful for the Prep families who hosted exchange students. It is an incredibly generous thing to open your home and hearts to students from afar. Thank you families for being an important part of our Global Program!!