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Georges P. Vanier Secondary
Cultural Exchange Program

The Italian Cultural Exchange will occur during the 2019-2020 school year. In September of 2019, students and teachers from Verbania, Italy will arrive in the Comox Valley for approximately 14 days. As part of the exchange, students who have registered to go to Italy will host these visitors in their homes as guests. In return, students from Vanier will be hosted by these same students in Verbania when they travel there over spring break of 2020. 
In addition to Verbania, the exchange will take Vanier students to Rome, Florence and Venice. The purposes of a cultural exchange such as this one includes the following benefits for participating students:

Become immersed in the culture – family, language & school

Lessons in history, geography, politics and language

Outings to experience local culture and environment

Students and families who are interested in the exchange will need to take note of the following information and dates

A parent meeting will take place on April 17th in Room 163 @ 6:30 PM 

May 22ndDeadline for Student Applications & Home Stay Applications (Online)

May 25thSuccessful Student Applicants announced (approx. 30)

May 27th & 28thItalian Students paired with Home Stay families – pre-trip contact


*An initial deposit of $500.00 will be due for students going to Italy on June 1st. ​

2019-2020 Italy Cultural Exchange.pptx