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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
The Red Deer Public School District offers a variety of programs for its students to participate in exchanges and travel at the national and international level. Red Deer High School students interested in this program need to contact their school for more information.
We have established twin schools in the following countries:
Student Exchanges-Alberta Education
Are you an Alberta High School student studying a second language and interested in travelling to experience another culture first hand?
Alberta Education offers student exchange programs for high school students studying second languages. In these programs Alberta students alternate between hosting partners in their homes and schools, and travelling to live with their partners, experiencing their homes, and becoming active participants at their schools.
While the focus is on developing language skills, living in a culture and lifestyle different to the one they are used to in Alberta develops coping and interpersonal skills--skills which last a lifetime and are particularly useful for living in our rapidly changing world and workforce.
Alberta Education Exchange Website
In addition, student travel programs exist in Canada as well.
Red Deer/Japan Exchange Opportunity
Catherine Ford, a recent graduate from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, recently spent a semester on exchange in Osaka, Japan. Read about her experiences.
Red Deer/France Exchange Opportunity
Annika Sudlow spent a semester studying in Mulhouse, France. Read about her time in France.
Alberta Rotary Ambassadorial Cultural Scholar
Jamie Schafer, a graduate of Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer, Alberta is Rotary Ambassadorial Cultural Scholar studying French at the Baobab Centre in Dakar, Senegal for 6 months beginning in January 2009. One of the main goals of the Ambassadorial program is to promote international understanding and friendships. To that end, she looks forward to learning more about Senegal and to providing information about Canada. Visit her blog.
Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations.