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Dec 19
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Student Exchange to the Netherlands

There is still space for students interested in traveling to the Netherlands during spring break as part of the Opus/Roeper Exchange program. Students with have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture, challenge themselves by adapting to a foreign environment and experience life through a new global perspective.  They will live with host families, attend a school that was modeled on Roeper’s philosophies and travel around the country. Submissions are open to students in grades 8 – 12. Priority will be given to upper school applicants. There is some financial aid available to assist families for travel, if necessary.  If you are interested in learning more about this unique experience or are able to host a Dutch student during their stay in Michigan, please contact Tessa Stein at tessa.stein@roeper.org

Dates of Exchange:  Opus Students visit Roeper:   March 8 – March 15, 201

Roeper to The Netherlands:  April 4 – April 13, 2014

 

Dutch Exchange Program

In May 2010, Roeper hosted a group of 11 teachers from OlympusCollege, Arnhem, The Netherlands.  They came to observe and interact with Roeper teachers, parents and students.   After many visits and conversations with Roeper, OlympusCollege developed a gifted program within its school called the Opus program. This program is based upon the writings and teachings of Annemarie and George Roeper.  Although this is a fairly new school, it is growing each year to accommodate the gifted population.  Many students travel great distances from other coutries including Germany, to attend the school.

A strong partnership between our schools continues to flourish and grow. As a result of this affiliation an exciting exchange program for our students has been in place since 2011.  The first group of Roeper students travelled to the Netherlands in March 2012 to live with host families and attended Opus school.  During their stay, they biked and travelled around exploring the picturesque Dutch countryside. Included in their travels were visits to towns such as Delft, Nijmengen, The Hook of Holland and Amsterdam.  Students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture, challenge themselves by adapting to a foreign environment and experience life through a new global perspective. In 2013, our second group of Roeper students followed a similar itinerary with the Opus School Exchange.During the week of the Roeper/Opus 2014 Exchange, five European countries will be sending students to OlympusCollege as part of a European International Exchange week. Our students will have the opportunity to interact with all visiting students, making this year’s exchange a truly enriching global experience for everyone involved.

“My experience in the Netherlands was life changing. This was the first time I had an opportunity to be thrown into someone else’s lifestyle. I will cherish this trip forever because it gave me the chance to spend quality time with an amazing group of people. Everyone should be given this chance and if you can take it, please do so.” – Sophia Savas 9th grade

“Going to the Netherlands was definitely an eye-opener for me. There were so many differences between America and the Netherlands that I had no idea even existed. It was just very interesting to compare and contrast those things. I really enjoyed how we stayed in a host family home. It gave a personal perspective of the culture that I just wouldn’t have gotten if I had been staying in a hotel.”  Rachel Keteyian 9th grade

Although the trip is a reciprocal exchange, hosting a Dutch student is not mandatory.  We understand that some families, for various reasons, are unable to do this. There is some financial aid available to assist families for travel, if necessary.

Submissions are open to students in grades 8 – 12. Priority will be given to upper school applicants. All interested students will need to go through an application process to be eligible to participate.

Approximate cost for the trip is $2,300.

Dates of Exchange:  Opus Students visit Roeper:   March 8 – March 15, 2014

Roeper to The Netherlands:  April 4 – April 13, 2014

 

If you are interested in learning more about the exchange, please contact Tessa Stein at tessa.stein@roeper.org

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