Who is the exchange for?
This exchange is for students in grades 9 - 12 next year who want to experience another culture. Students will host a Chinese student at the end of January/beginning of February 2019 for a minimum of 10 days and then will travel to China during Spring Break of 2019 and be hosted by that student's family while staying in Shanghai.
A maximum of 30 students will get to go on this trip and we are looking to have participants finalized by the beginning of May this year.
Comox Valley Homestay for the Chinese Students
While the Chinese students are in the Comox Valley, it is expected that the homestay family will welcome them and give them local experiences (for example: Tofino, Qualicum/Parksville, Mt Washington, etc.). The Chinese students will stay with families each night while they are here. During the school week while the Isfeld students are in school, the Chinese students will participate in day trips that may include (Mt Washington, Victoria overnight trip, Cathedral Grove, Deep Bay Marine Station, Komox Band/Big House, etc).
Families who are hosting a Chinese student as part of this exchange will need to fill out a Homestay Application.
Plans while in China
While in Shanghai, students will spend a day or so at the school with their host student and then experience several day trips as well as an overnight trip to Beijing. This trip may include a visit to the pearl market and a viewing of the Chinese acrobat show. Many of these day activities will be planned in the upcoming months so we will let you know when we have a solid itinerary.
This is an estimated cost for the trip. It could be a little less but we do not know yet as we are still in the early stages of planning. Please remember that the cost of all flights, hotels and experiences in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as all day trips are included in this cost. Some additional costs for meals and optional activities may be incurred by the students. Spending money will also be needed.
A deposit will be needed to secure your spot on the trip. We are looking at a deposit of $1000 that will be required by the end of May, 2018.
Passports and Documentation
You will need a passport that will not expire within six (6) months of the trip.
You will also fill in detailed permission slips, a parent consent form which will need to be notarized, a medical form and a standard letter giving the sponsor teachers permission to take you on international travel.
If your parents are divorced / separated you must make sure BOTH sets of parents fill out all of these documents.
If you need any more information, please contact Karma Taiji at firstname.lastname@example.org