OCENET Tip Sheet #4:

OCENET Tip Sheet #4: International Student & Teacher Exchanges/Teach Abroad

International Student
Teacher Exchanges/
Teach Abroad


An international student exchange provides opportunities for students to visit another country as much more than a tourist. Students live with a host family from 2 months to one year and attend a local school in the host country. OCDSB students can find out more information by visiting the websites of the non-profit student exchange organizations listed below or by contacting Constantine Ioannou, Program Director, Ottawa International Projects and Exchanges.

Speak in person with representatives of the student exchange organizations at the OCENET International Education Info-Fair on April 12 at 440 Albert Street. Register at www.ocenet.ca after February 15.


 Kaitlyn (far right) with her Swedish host family

Kaitlyn in Sweden, Fall 2013
“Being able to have gone on my exchange to Sweden not only let me have an awesome experience, but opens doors to so many other opportunities going forward. Meeting new people, staying with a host family, going new places and learning so much, both independently and with others, made this experience so valuable to me. “



 Susanna (second from right) with Austrian friends

Susanna in Austria, Fall 2013
“Even though I am in Grade 10, I applied for this special scholarship because I wanted to see what another part of the world is like. My experience in Austria showed me an environment very different than what I first expected. It was so peaceful and the people were so friendly and kind. I felt safe, well looked after, and the whole time was fun.”

An international teaching exchange or a teach abroad experience can be a highlight of a teaching career. Many OCDSB teachers have taught overseas at various stages of their teaching careers and will be glad to share their stories. Attend a presentation on teaching abroad at the OCENET International Education Info-Fair on April 12 at 440 Albert Street. Register at www.ocenet.ca after February 15.

Information on international teaching exchanges and teach abroad opportunities are available at the following links:

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