6 months away can’t be measured in days alone. You’ll only be gone for 6 months, but the experience will enrich the rest of your life. Living in another country while attending high school is something most people never have the opportunity to do. You’ll return with new knowledge, cultural understanding, maturity and lifelong friends from your host country. The hardest part will be leaving your WOSAB host family. They will have shared in your adventure and learned from you, as you will have from them.
Your 6 Months abroad may cost no more than 6 months at home. Believe it or not, that’s true. WOSAB programs are offered to you at cost. Your host family does not receive a fee or reimbursement for expenses. Your WOSAB host family will provide your meals and lodging; all they ask in return is that you participate as a responsible member of the family, assuming your fair share of chores around the house and sharing in family activities.
As a International High School applicant, you must be able to prove that you are:
1. Able to function in an English-speaking society (both in a living and host company environment)
3. Must be 15-20years or older (at the time of USA, Australia or Canada arrival)
4. Able to arrive in the USA, Australia or Canada before your Trainee Program begins
5. Able to stay in the United States, Australia or Canada for the duration of your program
6. Must be able to prove sufficient funds for the entire program period
7. Capable of performing the duties and tasks outlined in your training plan
8.All applicants must also undergo an interview and screening process conducted by a WOSAB staff member.
Adjusting to Life in the USA,Australia or Canada
After traveling across the globe and arriving in the US, Australia or Canada, it is natural to have feelings of shock. This is commonly known as Culture Shock. Culture Shock is common in most overseas travelers and can last anywhere from one day to three weeks for participants.
When you land in the US, Australia or Canada, you should follow your arrival instruction sheet that you received 2-3 weeks before arrival via email. If you have not received this email prior to home country departure, please contact our office!You should not travel to the USA, Australia or Canada if you do not know what to do and where to go upon arrival! Be sure that you collect all of your baggage and file any missing baggage claimsbefore you leave the airport.
Please try to call home, eat a good meal and get a good night’s sleep as soon as possible! And don’t worry – after the initial adjustment period, it’s hard not to have a good time in America, Australia or Canada. Our staff is available 24-7 for any major issues or emergencies. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Always remember that the United States, Australia or Canada are melting pots of different nationalities from around the world. Please be patient as your adjustment will take time. A good way to begin your program is to visit a tourist attraction in the city where you are working and living. A national park, amusement park, national landmark, city center or museum is a great way to quickly learn about your area and experience the same feelings as other tourists that are visiting the USA, Australia or Canada.
The WOSAB Programs requires a deposit at the point of Registration This is for many reasons: there is limited space and we have to ensure that applicants are eligible to participate.