High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

We talked to our daugther yesterday and she was so happy! She loves it in Rodez-the town, the school, the school staff and the Nacel staff.  She also said she has girls to sit with at lunch and that everyone has been so nice to her. She also said that she is speaking French more and her understanding gets better every day. The experience she is having now is what she expected from the program so I think this is a good match for her. 

Thank you again for all you and the team have done to help with this transition

P. Mother of Kennedy (15)
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
High School Abroad > International High School in the USA

"Greetings and thank you for making difference by giving my son and my family an excellent service to complete his experience in the United States. St. Paul College in Minnesota was recommended to us by a colleague and we believe that this program is right for our son. Right now we can confirm you that we have received  all documents for the visa application. Thank you very much to you , for your kindness , willingness and professionalism'' Carlos and Patricia from Chile

Carlos y Patricia
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School in Japan

“From a year ago, my world has steadily become bigger. At first I was a selfish person who didn’t care able the feelings of others. Because I did not open my heart, I had a lot of difficult experiences.  There was also a time where I thought about returning home, but then I realized that this experience is not only my experience, so I decide to stay until the end. I decided this thanks to my host family and the local coordinators that are always by my side. Because my teachers and my schoolmates all watch over me, I have not really gotten home sick. I apologize because I think I am always being taken care of and causing the people around me trouble. Because of everyone I have met and all the experiences I have, I was able to grow up. I am very grateful for them. I returned home, but I will not say goodbye. I have made a family here, so someday I want to come back. This year has been an irreplaceable time and I will never forget it. I hope everyone the best. Thank you and take care!” Andra, from Romania  

Andra
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
High School Abroad > International High School in the USA

“A school year at Nacel is one that you will never ever forget!!! The best thing is that you make everlasting friendship with students from all around the world, and you get an interesting view of their life and culture. The international environment always brings the best out of you, and the cultural diversity is fascinating. The staff and teachers give their best, so they can get you ready not only for college, but for the life that lies ahead of you. So, if you want to have the best year of your life, come and join Nacel's big family from all around the world!” Katinka, from Hungary.

Katinka
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > International High School in the USA

“From having a year exchange experience in a public high school, attending several Chinese public schools, and then switching to St. Paul Preparatory School my senior year, my mind has been enriched with global culture. The coolest thing at SPP is that I make friends from all over the world! Having friendly students around me, I no longer use stereotypes to judge people around me. The nice and experienced teachers have not only gotten me ready for college but also taught me life lessons. Teachers and staff here are willing to help me whenever I have a problem. The friendly international environment at SPP has made my life brighter than ever. So if you want your life to be wonderful, come and be part of the SPP family!” Teng, from China.

Teng
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > International High School in the USA

"This school has taught me so much about America, the world, and myself. It is a truly unique place with wonderful teachers that I consider friends as well as instructors. It is so much more than High School." Martin, from Ecuador.

Martin
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > International High School in the USA

“The lyrics of the school song basically describe the atmosphere at Nacel (St. Paul Prep): "Here I am ...young and all by myself...but friendship is what makes it all easier, even though we are different".. The song reminds me of the rewarding time @ Nacel (SPP): Nacel (SPP) was my 1st multi-dimensional learning experience… it was quite over-whelming at first. When I say multi-dimensional, I mean, learning to be away from your family and friends, absorb the local culture, improve your language (EN), get along with international bunch of people who each deal with the same problems, study in a foreign language, get used to a new academic approach, and also, get along with your host-family... That's a lot of things to make work at the same time, for 17-18 years old. The Nacel (St. Paul Prep) experience has shaped us on the inside and out, and remains a part of who we are today. As for me, the NIS (SPP) experience started my path of becoming a <<third culture kid>>.Today, I am not a Slovak anymore but I am not an American either. I live and understand both cultures, and I live in a subspace between the cultures. My native language got worse, and English is almost like my native language but not really, as I still have an accent. My friends come from all over the world and live all over the world, while still having those 2-3 childhood friends in Slovakia. I have been educated in the kind of environment (formerly Nacel, now Macalester College that I attended as a result of Nacel), where words like "multi-culturalism", "sustainability", "world peace" do not constitute clichés, but something is actually done about them. My close international friends have volunteered in Africas and Southeast Asia, educating those in need. Nacel (St. Paul Prep) has transformed my life. The Nacel (St. Paul Prep) experience taught me the virtue of living side-by-side with people from all around the globe, I improved my English tremendously, and it prepared me for one of the best Liberal Arts Colleges in the country.” Sona, from Slovakia.

Sona
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
High School Abroad > International High School in the USA

 “I attended Nacel for a year in 2004/2005 and graduated in 2005. I went on to attend Hamline University from 2005-2009 where I majored in International Management and minored in Economics. Nacel (St. Paul Prep) helped me most by giving me access to teachers of quality far beyond most high schools I've gotten acquainted with in one way or another. Teachers were always there for me for any questions I had about the material covered in class, and, in many cases, beyond regular high school coursework. For example, I used the school principal's experience and knowledge in 2005 when I built my first company. Thanks to the small class size and great students from diverse backgrounds, class never got boring and kept me engaged. My year at Nacel (St. Paul Prep) has resulted in life-long friendships with students from all over the world and I attribute the success I enjoy today to my time at Nacel (St. Paul Prep) and its teachers and staff.” Jan, from Germany

Jan
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School exchange in England

 “This city is a great place to study as it is much safer and quieter than a city, and as well as having its own shops, it doesn’t take very long to get to other cities. I have travelled to many places around UK since I lived here.”

Eric
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School exchange in England

“The facilities are really good; everything is all in one place. The tutors and classmates are really helpful and friendly. Living at the Hall of Residence, I have met lots of people from different cultures and have experienced different ways of life. Living in the Hall of Residence has been a great way to meet new friends. I like cooking with my flatmates and sharing the different foods from our home countries.

Ariel
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
High School Abroad > High School exchange in England

“I chose this College as it is a much better selection of subjects to choose from than other colleges. You can also combine A-Levels and BTECS, which is great!”

Imanol
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School exchange in England

“I decided to live in the Hall of Residence because I wanted to be more independent. I have a room all to myself but I still get to live with friends, which is great. The free internet allows me to keep in touch with my family and friends at any time.”

Alan (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in South Africa

“During the first half-year of 2013 I made an exchange program in Cape Town, South Africa. It is not normal for a Colombian to go to South Africa, and I thought it was going to be a nice and different experience. And actually it was the best experience I could ever had. I learnt much more than I expected.

I lived in an amazing host family, and they taught me a lot about their culture and about their ways of living, that actually weren´t that different to my hometown. They opened their doors for me, and they made me feel part of the family. Beside my host family I met a lot of nice people at school, where I went during the exchange. I made stronger friendships in six months than I could ever had made here in a lifetime. I met people I will never forget and I was in places I would always remember.

Even though the culture is not so different as the culture in Colombia, I had a completely different life there. I went to the school walking and I lived near to the beach. I used public transport, while in Colombia I am used to get everywhere with the car. It was amazing to take the train and the taxi. It helped me to become more independent.

Cape Town is a beautiful and huge city. At the beginning I never thought I could ever be able to get to any place alone. But actually it was very easy to take the public transport and I had the opportunity to see beautiful places by my own.

Sometimes it is sad to look back and think about the amazing people I met and left there. But I am lucky to have those beautiful memories, and I would never change this experience for anything.

Someone told me once that everyone who goes to South Africa leaves a part of their hearts there. I thought he was exaggerating, but at the moment I left South Africa I knew he was right, and a part of my heart was left behind.

Isabel G.
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in the USA

“I left Italy with my parents on the 18 of August. When I arrived to Washington DC we drove down to Leonard town where we took a room in a Best Western hotel. When I finally moved to my host family it was like a dream, the house was on the river and there were many activities to do on the water such as wakeboarding, canoeing, fishing, boating... My new brother was two years younger than me, he was very friendly. My English understanding was quite good with adults but not with teenagers, I couldn't understand their slang immediately; I also had many troubles with my Italian accent even if girls loved it.

My classes were: British literature, American government, trigonometry, physics, world cultures, sacraments and business math. I had no difficulties to study in the English language. As sport activity I chose sailing, it was very nice to spend hours after school on the water. After the first month I started to understand all the school system and I was able to speak with teenagers easily. My daily routine was: wake up at 6 am, one hour of bus riding to school, school till 2.30 with lunch included, 2 hours of sailing, go back home by car or bus, study, have dinner around 7pm and turn off the lights at midnight.

My host parents were fine, they worked a lot so sometimes they were stressed but it wasn't a big problem, my host mother helped me a lot in understanding the school system and speaking with teachers to give me some pieces of advice.

I liked a lot the school system without any book but with only the ipad, it was easier to organize stuff. Classes were easier compared to my school in Italy; my final grades were all positive except for sacraments.

At the end of the semester in the US I could understand perfectly the English language and I improved my speaking skills.

The thing I enjoyed the most at school were the open space, every time you end a class you go outside and have a walk to go to the next class. I liked a lot this experience and I suggest it to everyone.” Francesco, from Italy

Francesco (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Ireland

“Hi, My name is Luis, I am 18 years old. I`m from Portugal and right now I am living in Killarney, Ireland! I came one year to Killarney to learn English in order to have one more language and also because I wish to study in England next year! Since August, it has been a great experience to live in such a different culture and facing all the problems of living my normal days in a different language! Killarney is very beautiful and small town! After one month I was walking in the street saying hello to everyone because this town is like family. Everyone knows everyone! Normally in Ireland is raining but when you get a little bit of a shiny day It is one of the most beautiful places to be! We have the National Park, mountains and waterfalls to visit! There is a lot of footpath through the mountains with unbelievable landscapes! In my school the teachers are very nice and they understand quickly that you a foreign student offering help if you want! There is a lot of sports to do and also a big gym where everyone goes to spend some time swimming or in the Jacuzzi after a cold day in Ireland! I am enjoying a lot, verynice people interested in make this a great experience for you, not only for the English but also to have Fun! “ 

Luis, from Portugal

Luis (18)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Ireland

“Thinking about my experience in Ireland I can spend few words describing it as a very nice trip that changed my life. That’s cause I spent six months far away from my house learning more about a new country and a new culture. My host family was very nice and friendly, they helped me every time and in every situation and I never felt alone. The school was good too and all the friends th at I made were lovely.” Lorenzo, form Italy

Lorenzo (0) (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Ireland

"My daughter attended to the High School Program in Monagham in Ireland for her 10th grade year. She was 15.  Erin has wanted to be an exchange student since she was little and we decided this was the best year, before she got too swamped with College readiness. The school is relatively small and is able to provide more personalized attention.  Erin has done well is all of her classes.  She had some difficulty in adjusting to the grading scale which tends to make A’s very difficult to obtain.  But I think the challenge has done her well. She has really enjoyed getting to travel around Ireland and spend time with the other exchange students. Overall, we have been very pleased with the program and with the support from Nacel.  Nacel checks in with Erin, the school and me to insure things are going smoothly" Keli R. from The USA

Keli R. (15)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Ecuador

“For potential exchange students considering going to a Spanishspeaking country, I definitely think that Ecuador should be taken into consideration. For a young person to experience a full cultural exchange, Ecuador is perfect. The system in which the majority of the high schools are arranged is ideal for an exchange student to meet many new friends in such a way that it is almost impossible to be left without any. As far as actual cultural aspects, Ecuador has much to offer. The first things that come to mind are the music, food, festivities, the indigenous presence, and the functioning of the families The food is also a nice cultural aspect in Ecuador. There is almost always rice integrated in with whatever type of food that is being served. In Ecuador, the main meal of the day is lunch. In Ecuador, I find that there are many holidays and festivities that I had never heard of before and with every one of them there is some kind of traditional activity that is always fun to take part in. Also one of the things that I have found very interesting is the presence of the indigenous or native population. They are seen in all parts and it appears that they have a very beautiful culture with many rich ethnic aspects. I think that taking all these aspects into account, a student considering going to a Spanish – speaking country as an exchange student should definitely have Ecuador in mind.” Florian, Germany.

Florian
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School in Japan

“Hello! I am Nandinzul from Mongolia. My Japanese name is Nami-chan. I lived in Japan for about one year. My host family, school, and the local coordinator were the most important things to me. I had two older host sisters and one younger host brother in my family. In my family in Mongolia I also have two older sisters and one younger brother, so it was very normal and comfortable for me. Of course from the start my host family was kind and happy. I didn’t understand Japanese well, so I didn’t talk much with my host father and brother, and my host sister Nonchan was busy with college and my host sister Kacchan was in France. So every day I was asked many things, for example “how was school today”, Mongolia culture, or various things, my host mom though it was really important to speak Japanese. Also every day without realizing my Japanese gradually got better and now I can speak with my family normally. When my host sister returned from her yearlong in France, we could talk about our similar experiences. It was great! There was not a lot of difficulties between me and my host family. I did have one difficulty during my stay, I caught a bad cold. My host mom took me to the doctor and bought medicine for me. With together my host mom we have cooked together, we gone out to eat at many places (because I like meat), she’s dressed me up in a Kimono, and took me to the ocean. Through these things we steadily became closer. I am thankful for this time we spent together. Of course I don’t want to thank only my family, but also my host family’s relatives (grandma and grandpa) and the local coordinator. I am super lucky that I got to meet such nice and warm people.

My first day of school, I thought that this high school was wonderful. We wore uniforms and I was happy I could experience a real Japanese girl’s high school life. It was difficult to make friends but I was able to learn interesting things from my teachers, I joined a club (I played the clarinet), and joined the school festival. At the festival I participated in various ball sports and singing. Also, the Japanese my principle taught me was fun. I am happy I came to Japan and met everyone. I was able to meet exchange students from various countries. The twelve of us only met once every three months but from the beginning we were always together and seemed like we were always good friends. We improved our Japanese together and did our best. I have made a lot of friends and now I want to visit a lot of different countries. At first, I didn’t understand anything, but I thought it was important to be with everyone every hour, minute, and second.  So from then on I tried harder and harder to speak in order to become a diplomat. For this year, for helping me open up my future, to my host family, school, thank you so very much!”

 Nandinzul, from Mongolia

Nandinzul
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Argentina

"Living in a different country has given me opportunities to immerse myself in another family, culture, and life. I have grown so much as a person and realized that every day is what I make of it. Every day brings a new challenge and a new memory. I will never be able to forget the friends that I´ve met and the memories I´ve made. A part of me will always stay in Argentina".

Ellen, American student.

Ellen
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Chile

 “I am Martin, an exchange student, I am 17 years old, I come from Germany, my stay in Chile is for 5 months, from January until June 2008. My first impression of the country of my dreams was very good because my new family received me very warmly and also the representatives of my organization were very friendly. People in Chile are very friendly and especially very warm. For me it was strange at first, but as time went by I really liked it and enjoyed it. My stay here has made me develop very loving ties to the people and to the country besides having many good experiences. That is it is very difficult for me to think there is very little time left before I leave for Germany. To summarize this wonderful trip, I can tell everyone that doing something like this would be one of the best decisions that an individual can take.”

Martin (17)
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Chile

“Hi my name is Tristan and I am 17 years old and I am participating in an exchange in Chile. Until now I can only say this has been the best year of my life. If I had any problems at the beginning it is because a change in cultures is not so easy but with the help of my Chilean family I was able to know Chile, its culture and they never let me feel like a stranger but as part of the family. I think that Chile is an extraordinary country, its people, locations and all the possibilities. I am very happy to have chosen Chile and hope that my last 5 months are as much fun as this past time.

Tristan (17)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Chile

 “My time in Chile is very good. My family is very warm and nice. They help me in many things and are a second family to me. I like school very much since the first day I have friends and had no problem in getting used to it. The language is learnt fast in a country like Chile, everyone wants to talk with you and they all invite you, I will never forget my family and the people and I am sure I will return to Chile.” Torge, Germany 

Torge (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Chile

 “I learned that my city Angol is a very closely knit community. The people are so friendly and everybody knows everybody. It was one of the best experiences of my life, I was able to learn Spanish in 6 months, that was my goal, I made sooooo many friends, and have another family now.” Rachel, Australia 

Rachel
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School exchange in England

The following is a testimonial from one of our students in our educational travel program in the United Kingdom.  

First, I would like to review the service provided by my agency - D&D team, which was on a very high level, hence I was really satisfied from that. They provided me with good information, what to do and how to handle myself there. Regarding Brockenhurst college - I was absolutely surprised about it, in a positive way. The school was completely different like schools in my country, in every single aspect. School food, facilities, service for international students by International Department was provided very professionally, and mostly - the school teaching. Lessons there were pretty interesting, based on equal relationships between exchange students and English speaking students, moreover between teachers and students.I have learned a lot of new things, which I will definitely use in a future. The third important point was my host family. Sandra and Peter Fairbank. They were really nice and kind and I had very good relationship with them. We could speak about anything and they were there for me when I needed some help. I was really satisfied with the family and I will never forget them. To sum up, I would rate my staying absolutely positive, I enjoyed it there and met lots of new friends.I would strongly recommend this exchange to everyone. Juraj H.


Juraj H (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
High School Abroad > High School in Auckland

I studied in a New Zealand High School for about 1 year and I really had a good experience and nice time. First, about classes I took, classes were very interesting, because each class was not just listening to our teachers story but had a time to do some kind of activities such as, solve questions by myself, watch video or do some group work. In Japan, classes sometimes have a time to solve questions but usually students just listen to the teacher and I felt sleepy and boring many times. However here in New Zealand, I didn´t become sleepy. I also felt surprise because the classes I took were really interesting and I thought I want to know more about this topic! It was the first time that I thought I want to study more. Second, about my friends. At first when I arrived in New Zealand, I was thinking that I would only meet KIWI students. But in fact, there were huge number of KIWI students, also many other international students from all over the world. It was a little surprise for me. However, talking with other students from other country, not only for KIWI, was very good experience for me. I never thought I become friends from other country such as the Philippines or Chile in New Zealand. But if I was staying in Japan, I couldnt meet with them. So I am feeling I was really lucky because I could come and study in a High School in New Zealand. Of course I also could make friend with KIWIs.   At first time talking with everyone, I became extremely nervous. I still remember what I say first in my first class. However, when I talk with them, everyone was so kind and I was surprised, I thought Was talking with other person such an easy thing to do. I am now really feeling thank you because now in Japan, I can talk with other people more bravely and relaxing. Now, when I think about New Zealand, I feel that my High School was a very kind and relaxing place. I am remembering that many people helped me with smile. It was really comfortable place for me and now I am feeling thank you to my class teacher, international teacher, KIWI friends, international friends, my host family, and all people I met in New Zealand. If I have a chance, I am thinking that I want to go back to New Zealand someday.

Katsumi Sakai


Katsumi Sakai (16)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Program in England

Greetings from Martin Derco - short term academic program in Hampshire England is an interesting country and for me it was extremely exciting and fascinating to become familiar with daily life here. Spring/summer must be ideal for staying here, by the sea. Speaking of school - Hampshire is a nice and friendly place to study, with many facilities and a wide range of enrichment programs. The British education system is definitely much more individual and suitable for everyone's needs than the Czech one, however the school seems to be much easier in general. I met here many new friends especially from the international department (eg. from Germany, Chile, Poland etc.) but some UK students too. Best, Martin D.

Martin Derco (16)
 
 
 

    

Andres is participating in our Study and Volunteer program in Australia.
This program offers students from ages 21-30 to learn a new language and support a local nonprofit organization.
"I wanted to let you know I am having such an amazing time here in Australia. I love the school and I am very happy with the host family. One of the bosses of Nacel was here a few weeks ago and I also communicated with him that I was very happy. I have done a bit of traveling so far. I have been twice in Sydney and I am traveling to Melbourne over Easter with Cristina and more people. I would like, then, to share a few photos with you in case you want to post them on your social networks. Please find attached some of these. Also, I would like to let you know I would be very happy to extend my stay if you can still do something in that regard. Cristina has mentioned a few times that it would be possible to extend it -since the school holds a visa agreement for three years now- but that it would depend on how things would go. I can say I am working really hard and doing my best to impress both her and the family. As a matter of fact, I am looking at starting a teaching career in Australia in the future and I have already got in touch with the education department so that they set me in the right directions. Accordingly, a whole year of experience in Australia would be more than great.

 Kind regards Andres"

Andres (21)
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain

Marie is a French student aged 26. She decided to study in Nacel's language school in Granada for 4 weeks. Afterwards, she accepted to give us a short interview to speak about her experience. If you plan to study Spanish in Granada with us, this is a must-read!

  1. Why did you choose to participate in such a program (language school) and what were your main objectives? I chose to participate in this program because I wanted to improve my Spanish quickly. I have a diploma of International and European Law, and knowing foreign languages is important for what I'm doing, and I especially like Spanish. My objectives were to study again what I already knew and to reinforce my Spanish level. I found the application procedure well done and simple, the only problem was that it was in English (nb: Marie is not a native English speaker).  

  2. Do you think you have reached your goals? I think I have reached my goals. 

  3. Speak about the school! Regarding the school, I'm very happy, courses were of my level, teachers really competent, really attentive, really open. Teaching's method was different with each teacher but adapted to students, and we were few in each class. The school was very well located since it is in Granada's center, and was less than 5 minutes away from my accommodation. The team was very warm, timetables well done. All in all, very good! 

  4.  Speak about the accommodation! The accommodation was nice, well located. The only negative point is that I was living with two American students who spoke a lot of English and very few Spanish. Also, their accommodation option was different since the landowner came twice a day to cook for them, which was not really enjoyable. I think it would have been more enjoyable to put people with same accommodation option, and not 2 people of same citizenship in a flat shared by 3. 

  5. How was the student's life in Granada? The school organizes several activities a week. Each time, at least one teacher accompanied us. For example, visits of the city, rutas de tapas o las teterrias. I really liked that a lot, especially the Albaycin district. Since we were not too many, it was easy to hit it off with other students, and I'm still in contact with almost all the persons I've met there.  

  6. How was Granada? I already knew Granada before going to that school and I really had a crush on the city, that's why I asked for this destination. This city is really enjoyable. In my opinion, you really must not miss Albaycin district visit, see a Flamenco show, and visit as Alpujarras. 

  7. How were Spanish people there? Spanish people at school were very welcoming. I did not really suceed in meeting Spanish people outside of the school, furthermore I only stayed for a month. I really love the tradition of drinking a glass at night while eating tapas, which is cheaper than having to cook, and it is much more convivial. 

  8. How do you consider this experience? For me, it was a very positive experience. I would advise this program to others because I think that it is a really nurturing experience, on the cultural side, apart from the fact of learning or improving language skills. I'm only waiting for one thing: go back to Granada, maybe with this type of program!  

  9. Do you have tips for future participants? Only one advice: have a careful look at where the accommodation is located, because even if Granada is a small town, you don't see that first, and I personally spend some time finding my accommodation. You really should not relieve on bus drivers, because they aren't helpful at all (even school teachers have confirmed this). 

Thank you Marie for your testimonial!

Marie (26)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > International Boarding School in Shanghai China

When I was first presented with this opportunity I was really unsure if I it was going to be good for me or if I was going to enjoy it. I am glad I decided to take the leap and go to SPAS because by far it has been one of the greatest things that have happened to me. The experience in general was great I visited one of the most develop cities in the world, learned a lot of Chinese, made lots of friends, experienced and learned new things I never thought I will, and was so fascinated from the new culture I had never experienced. The feeling of living in a dorm, waking up by myself, going to breakfast start school is exciting because it teaches you to be a better more responsible person and become self-sufficient which is one of the best values this journey left for me. The environment is awesome because the school is beautiful, the people are really friendly and super nice, the classes are fun and the teachers are too. Everybody is there for you and will help you with anything. The best part for me was visiting the city, every time they took us out or if I went by myself or with friends to the city, it was exciting to think what new things I was going to do. One of the most unforgettable moments was the time we went to Huangshan which is home to the one of the most beautiful mountains in China, the Yellow Mountain, and beside that I we visited the city and tried local food and even learned a bit of history in the old towns. Beside the great experience at school you can go in a trip, in the few times we had holidays I went to Beijing which was absolutely the best part of the journey and then Hong Kong. In general everything was great I loved the experience, it was one of the best journeys of my life and it taught and left tons of knowledge and skills which is something I am really happy to think about. 

Jose David Ortiz ( Costa Rican ) (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France

Here is Ababacar's testimonial. Ababacar, a young 26 years old French student, is currently participating in the Work and Study program in Canada. The Work and Study program in Canada allows students to learn English in a carefully selected language school in Vancouver, and then to get some professional experience by working in a Canadian resort. The Work and Study program is a 6 or 12 months program, and includes 6 or 12 weeks of in school language study, plus evening classes.  This is the perfect program for anyone wishing to discover Canada, but also wanting to get real work field experience! When we interviewed Ababacar, he was beginning his Work and Study program in Canada, and was still attending courses in the language school in Vancouver!

  • Ababacar, would you agree to answer a few questions about your program? It is with a great pleasure that I agree to participate to your interview. The school is cool, people are cool, the family is more or less cool, and I'm living with a Brazilian. This is a really great town, I'm having a crush! 

  • Why did you choose to participate at this type of program (work and study)? Why did you want to improve your English? What were your objectives before departure? I would lie if I'd say I have chosen this program only for the courses. I choose it because it would allow me to get money in addition to the courses. Regarding my objectives, before leaving France I wanted to do a theater school. I really want to be an actor, and now I want to stay in Canada to keep on studying there. 

  • Speak about the school! Courses are good. You are feeling at your ease upon your arrival, even if you're shy. There are people from all over the world, a lot of Brazilians. Teachers are great, sometimes they speak quickly, but one, which I consider the best: Mr Hyde, I really want people to know he is the best, I succeed in understanding all the things he says, and I'm not the only one! Nothing to say about the school's location, it is in the heart of the city, many shops. Courses are not boring! Why? There are a lot of breaks, and during these breaks you keep on learning since you speak English!
Ababaca (26)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > International Boarding School in Shanghai China

I am a 17-year-old costarican student that had the privilege to travel and study in Shanghai, China for the good part of a year. This was undoubtedly the best experience in my life so far. The opportunity I had gave me the chance to expand my view on the world, grow and learn about new cultures, and make friends from around the globe, not to mention the fact that I also learned a new language. Every aspect of living and studying on my had huge impact on my personal and educational growth, I grew to become a mature young adult, learned about things I would have never experienced in Costa Rica. I attended Saint Paul American High School-Shanghai, the education I received was superb and it thoroughly surpassed my expectations. When I look back and think about key moments and things, I realize that there was something I never considered important before embarking on this journey, this was the chance to travel on my own and visit some of the most culturally rich places in the world. Looking back on this journey all I can say is Wow!, this experience has definitely marked my life and I will be forever grateful to everyone who made this possible.

Diego Sasso (17)
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

Just wanted to say thank you - Victoria had a wonderful experience on her exchange in France. It’s been really worthwhile!

Victoria R (16)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School exchange in England

Our daughters have enjoyed the program, met very friendly students, increased their English skills and appreciated a different culture. Thanks for everything. Regards 

Juan (17)
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

I know Katherine has had a FANTASTIC experience made so good by her host family - we were so very very lucky to end up with the Barriendos family, they have treated Katherine as one of their own and shown her so much.  School has been fabulous, the teachers so very kind and Katherine has made many new friends.  Her host sister has been simply amazing!  And most importantly, and the reason for her travel, Katherine's French has improved beyond expectations. Thank you again. 

Bisika F. (16)
 
 
 

    
Junior Language Courses > English courses in Dublin with activities Homestay

It was a unique experience being in Ireland for a month. It is an experience that without doubting it, I will repeat it again. It is an experience that isn´t only to learn a new language but to know other cultures at the same time. Besides learning about Irish culture, you get to learn about other countries cultures because there are exchange students from other countries too. The friendships that we make, the new places we get to know and the independence developed, for me were the best parts of the trip. The school has amazing teachers that are always willing to help the student and they do their best to try to make the class adjust to every student. The program counts with amazing host families that make you feel at home. Our English improves a lot because we have to practice it daily with our host families, teachers and even with the other exchange students because our native languages are different. Anyway, it is an experience that I recommend 100% to any student that wants to improve their English.

 

Maria Paula B. (5)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

Dear all. Everything is lovely. I don’t understand everything in school but it’s only my first week. The food in the canteen is really good. You get a starter, main, dessert and extra cheese and bread! Everybody is really nice to me and they try to show and explain everything to me. I am right in the mountains, which means you can go skiing. Even for just an afternoon. We went on Wednesday and it was really fun. I’ve been to the next big city which is really nice. It has lots of little roads and shops. I went there with my host parents and we went to the cinema and afterwards we had dinner in a Thai restaurant. It was really nice. I take the bus to school which is very easy and only takes about 5 min! 

Sophia B. (15)
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
Homestay Programs > Homestay and School Integration in Chile

Everything is good here! Thank you for asking! Although I don’t really understand a lot in the classes, I’ve made many friends, and I definitely am very happy here. My host family and my classmates are both amazing. Yes, I have actually started my Spanish classes yesterday. My teacher is someone who speaks mandarin and English, so that definitely helps. Thank you so much!

Henry (16)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > International Boarding School in Shanghai China

I wanted to inform you and the Nacel group that, unfortunately, I will not be able to attend school in Shanghai any longer. I just got an opportunity to be enrolled in a program for high-school student that concentrate on leadership and changing world. Therefore, I will be taking a gap year, however still be taking online-schooling classes. I am extremely thankful to Nacel and to you for such a great opportunity to have my education in China. Thank you so much for helping me from the very first day of my email to you. Your help and work changed my life and gave me opportunity from where I learned more than from anywhere before. Thank you. Zhenya

Zhenya
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
High School Abroad > International Boarding School in Paris

I appreciate very much knowing that Sean has such wonderful support from both the admission team & academic faculty available should he need any assistance settling into his new home life & school life. It is quite an adjustment for any young child to make moving so far away from home & all that is familiar. Sean is an outgoing & curious child who makes friends very easily, so I am confident his transition will go smoothly

Mrs. B (16)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School in Andalusia

After only 3-4 days of adjustment, Cameron has been doing very well. The entire process of arriving and having someone meet him in Seville and drive him to Cadiz was fantastic and much appreciated. The first few days was by Cameron’s own admission were difficult. Adjusting to a new culture, new language and maybe second guessing the decision - I am sure is all very normal and something you see regularly. I can’t say how important it was that Alejandro his local coordinator was there to assist, advise and guide.

Cameron’s host family has been fantastic. I am so pleased that he is with such an engaging and loving family. His host mom sends me pictures and videos occasionally and I really enjoy and appreciate it!  He is becoming quite good friends with his host brother that is now in college in Seville.

It took only a few days after arrival for Cameron to become actively involved in all that Cadiz, his family, school and Alejandro had to offer. Alejandro has helped Cameron with his school and classes, getting him  involved with surfing, arranging the Spanish classes and tutoring and overall being a fantastic mentor and friend. He has also kept me informed which has been nice as well.

For Cameron, it has been Alejandro that has been instrumental in making the program a success so far.

Cameron is now taking an intense Spanish course and we both feel the timing of this class will be perfect. We feel that he is making good progress.

I am happy to say that Cameron is really having a great time. He has met friends, learning a new language, become part of a loving family and is taking full  advantage of this amazing opportunity.  I am very pleased with everything Nacel and your team has done to get him to this great place.

I will keep you posted throughout the year.  Please let me know if you have any parents that need a reference or even advice during the preparation and deciding process of doing the Nacel program in Cadiz

Mrs. E (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

I appreciate hearing this positive feedback. I have also heard from Ella that she is very happy and really likes her host family. She gets along very well with all, including her host sister. She is enjoying participating with them in their family life. She is also playing in a local soccer club, and her family helps facilitate this. We are very grateful to NACEL for choosing such a great fit for Ella for a host family.

I also appreciate that one of your representatives went to meet the family and talk to Ella. Ella also said that it is getting easier to understand French spoken in her class, and she is doing above average in her grades. She has also made friends at school.

I have had some email communication with Christelle, Ella’s host mom, and she is also very positive. I like her very much. Thank you again for your efforts.

Mrs N. (16)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > Loire Valley Boarding Schools

Thank you very much for Paula's information. I'm really happy and so is Paula. Thank you very much for all the support of Nacel ! 

Mrs. C (17)
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia

A good atmosphere at the University of Bournemouth. The city is vibrant and more welcoming than London. The classes are alive and the teacher is excellent!

Corentin L.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > Spanish school in Alicante

A few words to congratulate you on the organisation of Matthieu's stay in Alicante: a very pleasant family, tailor-made courses, a perfect transfer. You are at the level of your commitments.

Antoine R.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > Spanish school in Madrid

Very good stay, we were able to do everything we had planned. The tests determined our level well and the courses were very interesting. Madrid is a beautiful city.

Marine G.
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
Language Schools > Spanish school in Barcelona

Excellent weeks in Barcelona and at school. Super nice family

Antoine R.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > German school in Munich

School well and family very nice and who talks a lot to their residents.

Anne-Gaëlle G.
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
Language Schools > German school in Berlin

The language school seemed very professional to me. My accommodation was comfortable and the atmosphere on campus was friendly and serious. I had a very good stay.

Caroline A.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English School in Vancouver

My stay was excellent. I didn't expect to enjoy Vancouver so much. Thank you all, I'll be back soon!

Aurélien H.
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
Language Schools > English School in Toronto

Unforgettable stay, you have met my expectations well: good school and very friendly host family. Thank you for everything!

Carole A.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English school in Brighton

This school is really excellent with great attention paid to each student.

Edgar A.
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
Language Schools > English school in Los Angeles

The school is very good, there is a wide distribution of nationalities in the classroom which encourages to speak only English. I am completely satisfied with my stay. Thank you Nacel!

Yassine B.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English school in Miami

A superb school, professional and friendly. Located in the heart of the city, I was able to enjoy Miami and outings while being perfectly autonomous. That's exactly the formula I wanted!

Jonathan R.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English school in New York

The quality of the courses is remarkable as the students learn not only from the teacher but also from each other.

Jean-François M.
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
Language Schools > English School in Sydney

It was a very good experience in a very beautiful country and a good school.

Julie G.
 
 
 

    

It was a very good experience in a very beautiful country and a good school.

Julie G.
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
Language Schools > English school in Dublin

It was very rewarding to be with all these students from differents nationalities. This experience allowed me to make impressive progress! Thank you! 

Alexia R.
 
 
 

    

A great stay! Both at school and in the host family!

Fabien R.
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
Language Schools > English school in San Diego

I really liked San Diego, the location of the school is incredible, you can reach the two most beautiful beaches of San Diego in ten minutes. The school is well organized and the team is very friendly and professional!

David F.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > Spanish school in Valencia

My family was really friendly and warm. The method and content of the courses were very satisfying.

Alexandre C.
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
Summer Camps > English and Sport summer camp in Ipswich

The Ipswich campus is incredible above all sports fields.

Damien
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Brazil

Last year I had spent a year in Brazil ! I had a father, mother, brother and sister in Brazil – they treated me like a real son and brother. When I first arrived I did not know anything in Portuguese, just “ Hi, bye, sorry mother, father” ( oi, tchau, desculpa, mãe, pai ) so having a conversation with my host Family and friends was so difficult. But my host Family and friends helped me a lot – so I think I have learned Portuguese really quickly ( everyone: THANKS VERY MUCH ) I thank you all ! Brazilian people are wonderfull, they are friendly, fun ... I was in a good mood every single day ! We danced, laughed, travelled; last year I have done so many things ! The year went by so fast – passed away so quickly. At first I did not know how to speak and write in Portuguese, now back in Japan I can write and talk in Portuguese and another thing I have learned is to be GRATEFULLNESS – I believe that every day in Brazil I said the word “obrigado” because everyone helped me, so I repeated “thanks” all the time ... before in Japan I did not say thanks a lot, but now I say thanks all the time as well. This program is really good – I grew a lot in the past 10 months. It is not easy and also there are difficulties but just to make me stronger There are no barriers in the language of the world ! Now I know , every human being are friends 

Daiki (19)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Brazil

Saying good bye to my parents was difficult; I mean I was not going to see them in a long time and I kept wondering how was it going to be to get up in another house and say “good morning” to a family that wasn’t my family. That really scared me a lot. When I cross the gate of the plane, I looked into myself and notice that I was going to experience a huge change. I was not going to be a teenager anymore that relies on his parent´s to get everything that I need and also most importantly, I realized that I needed to start to make my own life. When I arrived to Brazil something strange happened. I was no longer afraid, it was like something changed in me and made me feel that everything was going to be fine. When I first met my Brazilian father I knew that this experience was going to be incredible and when I met my Brazilian mother I felt happy and secure. Suddenly I felt that a needed to know this lovely country from the top to the bottom and did my thing. Brazil it’s a country full of contradictions, on one hand it’s a growing economy with a first class growing economy and population; on the other hand they have also people that lives in extreme poverty. That reminded me of Mexico a lot, and also made me thought, what it´s going wrong in the world? I mean, how aren’t people realizing what it´s going on? They live like they’re in a bubble that cover´s them from the reality that their living? I got very angry with myself, because I had to go to another country to realized that Mexico it´s in a very bad situation too. I guess that the big difference about Brazil and Mexico it´s that Brazil wants to make a change and the ones that are searching for it are the young ones. I saw how the teenager´s wanted the best for their future and how they were searching for ways to improve the economy, health and most importantly the education. They are doing it and Brazil it´s changing because of them. I really didn’t know why I chose Brazil to make my academic exchange, but something inside me told me that Brazil had a lot to show me and teach me. My feeling weren’t wrong at all. Now I have tons of new ideas and a new sense of change and I don’t know how, but I would like to share these with my family, friends and the entire world. So now I know why I chose Brazil, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I really would have loved to stay a little bit more and without a doubt I would love to go back, mainly to visit my Brazilian family and also my new friends that I really love and also consider them part of my family and why not to dance a little bit of samba.

David
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Argentina

I arrived in Argentina on Wednesday, February 17th. I spent 5 days in Cordoba with the local coordinator and with 2 girls from Germany and another girl from Norway. We had Spanish lessons and we learnt differences between Spanish from Spain and Spanish people talk in Argentina. We also played games in order to learn vocabularies. With the local coordinator, we visited the city of Cordoba, DownTown, Shopping Center... They were always very kind with us and they taught us about Argentine culture: mate, empanadas, asado... It was very useful to spend few days with them, because most of people from this association went to exchange. That is to say that they knew how we felt and what would probably be different from our country and how to behave with these differences.

Chloé
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Argentina

My experience with the Nacel program in Rosario, Argentina was nothing short of fantastic. Not only did my Spanish improve dramatically, but also I had the opportunity to meet amazing people and make lifelong friends. I will never forget the day I met my gracious host family – my new “mom” and “dad,” as well as my “brother” and “sister,” each gave me a customary Argentine kiss on the cheek, followed by an enthusiastic tour of their home. By the end of my first day, I felt like part of the family. Learning a second language is challenging, but doing so in a Spanish-speaking environment is an incredible experience. The immersion nature of the program has no strings attached – I attended classes, participated in family life, and made friends – all in Spanish. My family and the program coordinators were extremely helpful – they gave me the support I needed as an exchange student and helped me with the process of language acquisition. Every time I talk with one of my Argentinean friends, I am reminded that my experience has taught me more than a foreign language and culture. As an exchange student, I developed independence, confidence, problem solving skills, and the ability to connect with people who do not necessarily share my cultural background. I encourage anyone who is interested in the Spanish language or Latin American culture to seriously consider Nacel’s program – I know from experience that it will be one of the best adventures of your life.“ Danny, American student This past year has been a once in a lifetime experience and has given me different perspectives on my life and the world. My year has been full of new experiences, new views on the world, and new friends. I have become part of a family, which is one of the best things that we can appreciate in Argentina. Family life here is so different! Above all I have improved my Spanish and experienced the Latino culture. I'm happy I enrolled for this program with Nacel! I had full support, affection and my rep was available every time I needed her. An unforgettable year!!! 

Amanda
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Argentina

Living in a different country has given me opportunities to immerse myself in another family, culture, and life. I have grown so much as a person and realized that every day is what I make of it. Every day brings a new challenge and a new memory. I will never be able to forget the friends that I´ve met and the memories I´ve made. A part of me will always stay in Argentina.

Marie
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in the USA

Leane came home safely. With a heavy heart, certainly, after the wonderful year she just spent in Smithfield! The next few days may be difficult. A superb experience made of beautiful encounters, a generous family, a new culture, a year rich in discoveries and autonomy, and above all a desire to travel and travel around the world! Thanks again to Nacel for this flawless organization. Impeccable management from every point of view, which means that we too have experienced the separation perfectly well.


Mother of Léane
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in the USA

I went to the USA during the 2017/2018 school year. My host family lived in a small town (Smithfield) in North Carolina. I LOVED my year there: the sports I played (baseball, basketball, softball), the trips I took (Washington DC and Universal Studios in Florida), American life and going to school... It was the best experience of my life! I loved living this American experience with a wonderful host family! Future exchange students, take full advantage of your unique experience, because time passes extremely quickly!


Léane
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > German school in Berlin

Pleasant teachers and a very well located and well maintained campus.

Claire B.
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
Homestay Programs > Homestay in Mexico

At first, I didn't want to go to Mexico alone. But it was all ok. I was inspired because my host family was charming and introduced me to many aspects of their lives.

Cathy
 
 
 

    
Summer Camps > Spanish and Surf summer camp in Santander Spain

I loved surfing with this program and especially I feel much more comfortable in Spanish.

Flore
 
 
 

    

Granada is a splendid city, with many influences, remnants of its history. And besides, the inhabitants are very friendly.

Nadine
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
Language Schools > English School in Sydney

The school, the host family, the beaches... everything was at its best!

Victor
 
 
 

    
Junior Language Courses > English courses in Canada with activities Homestay

This program of English courses in Canada was a very good experience. My Tutor for the classes was very good in the morning and the afternoon activities very different. I had three very good weeks.

Benoit
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
Language Schools > English School in Toronto

Toronto where the crossroads between European, American, Canadian and Asian cultures are located. Fabulous

Christina
 
 
 

    
Homestay Programs > Homestay in the USA

I think it's the greatest country I've ever seen in my life!

Lilian
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
Language Schools > English school in Cambridge

An exceptional stay in all aspects: interesting courses, impeccable accommodation, various activities and a caring staff.

Benedicte L.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English school in London

This program is fantastic! I had been to London a few times before but thanks to this program I was able to really discover the history and culture of this great city. I feel so much more comfortable speaking English. I will come back next year, the teachers are really very, very good.

Edera B.
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
Language Schools > Italian school in Rome

A very good teacher who has been able to motivate and federate a group of very heterogeneous origin.


Xavier R.
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English school in Malta

I loved the temples of Gozo and the sea is never far away!

Julien
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > English school in London
My experience in London was the best thing that ever happened to me! I enjoyed every moment and learned a lot at Nacel. I was delighted to be able to talk to people of various nationalities and share with them on so many occasions. Those 3 weeks were filled with many emotions, adventures and it is something I will always remember. I hope to have the opportunity to study at Nacel again and even at another destination, as the attention and teachers were excellent from the moment I arrived until the last day! 100% recommended!
Diana M (17)
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

I just wanted to give some great feedback on the experience so far for Ella staying with the Martin family. They are giving her the MOST wonderful time, embracing her as a part of their family , plus taking her all over France to incredible places and going out of their way to make sure she sees and experiences so much of the culture and lifestyle....The mum Isabelle sends me emails at least every other day- which I know she is not obligated to do at all! - and includes amazing photos of the things Ella is doing... Not just the sightseeing parts (which is lovely to see too) but everyday things like her teaching Ella to cook 'Boeuf Borguignon' from scratch, and playing boardgames at the kitchen table with the family.. The family are being incredibly hospitable and generous and just all round embracing of Ella. She is having the experiences of a lifetime!  A HUGE THANK YOU NACEL for facilitating all of this. We are very thankful she is with such a beautiful, hospitable family... Kind regards

Claire K. (14)
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > West of France Boarding school

I love cooking, I would like to be a chef someday. So living here in France, the country of gastronomy, is great!

Guilherme E. (16)
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
Language Schools > French School in Montpellier

I loved this experience I was able to make many friends, get to know many places and different cultures. The lady I had only spoke French that helped me to improve faster. The first week was difficult to communicate but after a week in I.L.A. I was able to talk to her better. The first month I was alone, but the second month I had a roommate with her and I was able to practice French even more. The cultural differences are that almost everyone smokes, you walk around the squares you use a lot of bicycles or trains, you hardly use cars, at night everything lights up and in the south of France you greet each other with three kisses, everyone I met was very nice. Learning French in Montpellier was very convenient because you can visit incredible cities, you can also go to Spain. I improved a lot learning the language in France and now I can speak with more confidence. I liked that my friends taught me some words in their languages. Montpellier is a city of students, that makes it easy to make friends and practice the language.

Susana CH.
 
 
 

    
Junior Language Courses > Summer English Courses in London

This Summer Programme is great! I can’t believe how much I have learnt in such a short time! My favourite lesson was at the Bank of England, as it was so interesting. I also loved seeing the Royal Family at Madame Tussauds. I stayed with a host family who were so friendly and helpful. I feel really happy. 

Kanami M.
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Ireland

My knowledge of English was not sufficient so, with my father, I decided to study in Ireland. My feelings and expectations before departure from Slovakia were clear: to learn the language, get to know a new culture and learn how to be independent.……When I first met my host family, I was properly nervous...Today, after five months with them I have to say that a better host family I could not even ask for…”

Erik T.
 
 
 

    
Homestay Programs > Homestay and High School in Germany

I traveled to Germany to improve the language. This experience helped me to mature and most importantly to know a new culture and make friends that I hope will be for all my life. The early days were a bit hard but the welcome from my host family was so good it helped me to adapt quickly. At school my mates were always special and we even could agree to go to school by bike. I sincerely hope someday to return.

Jose Pablo B.
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Mexico

I decided to go on an exchange almost as soon as I returned from a 2 week trip to Colombia with my school. I knew I wanted to go to a spanish speaking country and I was intrigued by the culture of Latin America. I had many options, but the more I studied and researched each country the more clear my answer became. For me, that answer was Mexico. A historically rich and culture filled country that is what many consider to be the heart of Latin America, Mexico was the perfect choice. Now came the time to choose what part of Mexico I would be doing my exchange in. I wanted to go to the heart of Mexico and what better place than the capital, Mexico City. I was all set, anxiously counting down to the day I left my home in Kentucky and started a new life in Mexico City. Being one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, I was a little overwhelmed at the size of this place when I arrived. I was warmly greeted by my new host family and my coordinator at the airport. Then I was introduced to my new home and began to try to settle in. I was nervous for my 1st day of school. I had no idea what to expect. I soon realized there was nothing to be nervous about as I was made welcome by my new classmates and teachers. It seemed that everyone was eager to talk with me and get to know me so it was not hard to meet new people and make new friends. The people here have been very accepting of me as well as very kind and open. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Mexico City has everything that you could need and plenty of things to do. From the historic district in El Centro, to the modern city buzz of Reforma, to the “town within a city” feel of Coyoacan, it was all here. Not to mention the delicious foods that can be found on every corner. I have no regrets about my decision to come to Mexico City and have done nothing but made good memories and new friends since I arrived. I have always felt welcome and integrated into the community as if I was one of their own. I can honestly Mexico City will always have a place in my life and a this experience has been something that I will not soon forget.

Jadon
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange in Germany

Next week i go home, it was a very nice experience, which i can't forget anymore. I've learned a lot, improved the language, and done things I've wanted to do since I was little, like fencing. I met a lot of nice people who helped me, with whom I had a lot of fun and had this experience. In school it was difficult to understand the teaching well, but nevertheless I discovered a new teaching method and it was very interesting for me because everything is different in school in Italy.

I liked living here very much and I hope I can have another finite experience like this. The city is also very nice, and where I live right now is a multicultural neighborhood, with many shops and restaurants of people coming from other countries, and I have tried new interesting dishes coming from Spain, Turkey, China. During this time I was breathe in Munich in order to

to visit my sister, I drove alone with the bus for 10 hours, but I

I don't think I would have done that before, so I think I'm more independent and enterprising. I hope that I will still be able to interact with the people I met here and hopefully come here. Many greetings

Anna P.
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > High School Exchange program in France

“Hellooo! Thank you very much for all the help you all gave us! Fernanda is back home, very very happy with great experiences! It was a wonderful time she had at the school in France! Thanks, thanks, thanks. Tania 

Tania C
 
 
 

    
High school in the USA
High school in Spain
High School Abroad > International Boarding School in Shanghai China

There are no words to thank, all the love, the dedication they had with the kids especially with Sergio.

It was a wonderful year full of experiences, of growth, of sharing, a school full of opportunities. A thousand and thousand thanks for everything, for your concern, for being attentive to the needs of the boys. God bless you and grant you many more years in this wonderful work to continue taking children to a wonderful world.

Thank you Nacel!

Claudia H.
 
 
 

    
Junior Language Courses > Summer English Courses in London

This summer course enabled me to meet and speak English with many people, which really improved my confidence. It’s a very practical course, and I learnt a lot of new vocabulary and grammatical structures; not only in the classroom, but also outside the classroom visiting London. I got to visit the famous sights of London, learn about the history of the city, and practise my English. I was able to see London from a different perspective! It has been great fun, I really enjoyed it! 

Maria Dolores L.
 
 
 

    
High school in Germany
High school in France
High School Abroad > International Boarding School in Shanghai China

I really want to thanks for your hospitality and support provided to my daughter Abril B. all these months at St. Paul American School – Gezhi in Shanghai where she met wonderful people and she learned so much not only in the classroom with excellent teachers but also in different aspects of life. I am sure she will go back to China in a near future to live a new experience and remember these good times. My best regards.

Javier B.
 
 
 

    
High School Abroad > West of France Boarding school

For me, the first few moments were difficult because I couldn't speak French very well . But I never regretted coming to France. I love my host family very much. I like living in Cholet.

Montserrat G. (18)
 
 
 

    
High school in France
High school in China
High School Abroad > West of France Boarding school

The raclette and tartiflette, it is a delight, I love it. Beyond that, I think people are nice in France. They say hello to you, talk to you, even if they don't know you. It's surprising, but pleasant. And then I made friends in high school, real friends. We built something. It will be very difficult the day of departure. Now it's going very well. I love it.


Paulina C. (16)
 
 
 

    
Summer Camps > French and Sports summer camp in France

The experience as a whole was fantastic, what I enjoyed most was all the new people I got to meet.

Elise (17)
 
 
 

    
High school in Russia
Homestay Programs > Homestay and High School in Ireland

My experience in Ireland will be something I always remember. I can say that I was a bit afraid to travel so far and leave my family behind, I was facing a new adventure. As the days passed, I overcame these fears. At first it took me some time to understand the accent and I have to tune my ear, after a few days I could understand the accent, I was able to improve my English and meet many people.

The people in Ireland are very kind, my family behaved very well with me, they made me feel at home, I discover amazing places with my family, the time I was here I had fun. I knew and learn a lot, in the school, I took very different subjects from the ones I received at my school in my country which made me not get bored. This experience helped me to grow and discover another culture. I would definitely like to come back.

Valeria R. (16)
 
 
 

    
Language Schools > French School in Lyon

Just when I graduate from school, I started the best experience I had in my entire life for many reasons. I traveled to Lyon for 6 months before going to the university with my best friend. This trip taught me a lot, starting because I learned to live with other people from other cultures completely different from mine. I feel like I matures in many ways, I learned to manage my money independently and the responsibilities of living alone, such as cleaning and cooking.  Living without the parents at such an early age opens your eyes a lot and I began to realize that not everything is so easy, one begins to be more careful with personal administrations. When I went to Lyon, I had taken a three-month course in French, but when I realized that I did know anything. At first I thought, I will never manage to have a fluent conversation in this language, but without thinking it after a while I had no problems talking French. In my opinion, going to a country where the language one is learning is spoken is the best technique to begin to master the language, in 6 months I can say that I already speak good French and this is thanks to having lived there. It´s amazing how many friends you make from so many different countries and even though only has lived with them for six months, they are part of one of the most important memories of my life. 

Jimena G. A. (18)
 
 
 

    
Homestay Programs > Homestay in the USA
I stayed with Nacel in Houston, Texas, in 1985, 32 years ago! You celebrate your 60 years, I take this opportunity to send you a photo of me and my host family from Texas, taken in July 1985. I stayed for a month in their home as an exchange student. I have unforgettable memories. I went back to see them several times after and I'm still in touch with them! We send greetings to Christmas and exchange by e-mail. I was 17, my host family had 3 children: a 23 year old boy, who has since had a daughter who came to visit us several years ago in France. And two girls of 18 and 22 years.
Vincent (17)
 
 
 

    
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