High School Abroad

Study abroad in high school and gain confidence, independence, and a global perspective. This is your year to start your travel adventure!

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Ready to have a life changing academic adventure abroad?

Studying abroad in high school is a chance to stand out on your college applications while exploring a new country and culture, make international friends and learn about yourself and the world around you. Let us help you get started on choosing the right program for you!

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    • Name : Hope Pavich
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    • Role : High School and Short-Term Programs Director
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    • Name : Jessica Wedge
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    • Role : High School Abroad Advisor
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    • Name : Megan Arzbaecher
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    • Role : Senior Program Manager for Short-Term & High School Abroad Programs
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      Greenheart Travel Discounts and Deadlines:

      Greenheart Travel’s high school abroad programs have program application deadlines and discounts that vary by destination. Read on to learn more about upcoming application deadlines and discounts.

      Spring Break Discount:

      Apply by March 3rd to study abroad in Costa Rica and get $1,000 off any 2017 program length!

      Early Bird Application Discount:

      Apply for a Trimester, Semester or Academic Year high school abroad program and receive $300 or $500 off depending on the length of your stay.

      Deadline to apply for a:

      • Early Bird Fall Program Discount: Feb. 2, 2017
      • Early Bird Spring Program Discount: June 24, 2017

      CCI Greenheart Host Family Discount:

      Families who have hosted a student through CCI Greenheart in the United States are eligible for the following program discounts. Programs must start within 12 months of the last date of hosting a student.

      • Hosted one semester or less: $300 discount on a High School Abroad Program
      • Hosted one full semester or longer: $500 discount on a High School Abroad Program

       

      High School Program Deadlines:

      Spring 2017 High School Abroad Application Deadlines for a program starting in January or February of 2017:

      Sept. 15, 2016

      Argentina | Austria | Belgium | Brazil | Costa Rica | Finland | France | Italy | Ireland | Japan | New Zealand | Netherlands | Norway | Sweden | U.K.

      Oct. 15, 2016

      Germany | Spain

      Nov. 15, 2016

      Australia

       

      Fall 2107 High School Abroad Application Deadlines for a program starting in late July, August or September of 2017:

      March 15, 2017

      Argentina | Finland | France | Italy | Japan | Norway

      April 15, 2017

      Austria | Belgium | Brazil | Germany | Ireland | Sweden

      May 15, 2017

      Australia | Costa Rica | Netherlands | New Zealand | Spain | U.K.

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      The decision to send your teenager abroad can be difficult and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! For us, it is important that parents be involved in the decision from day one.

      We want to make the process of studying abroad as fun and painless as possible for you and your child, while also ensuring that it is a successful and life-changing adventure! You can learn more about our values and the services we provide to you and your child here.

      Below are some of the common questions we get from parents as they consider our study abroad program:

      What does it mean to be in good mental health?

      Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to a well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long-term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of all high school abroad applicants.

      Therefore, we cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

      These include, but are not limited to:

      • Depression
      • Obsessive compulsive disorder
      • Debilitating anxiety
      • Eating disorders

      If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.

       

      What kind of assistance will my child receive while abroad?

      There is a strong network of people working together to ensure your child’s time abroad is successful. This includes the Greenheart Travel program manager in the U.S., the natural parents, the local coordinator abroad in country, the host school, and the host family. Immediate assistance will be provided by the local coordinator and/or host family according to a robust chain of communication, explained prior to departure.

       

      Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?

      Yes. Every year we offer various scholarships for select high school program destinations. There are two Early Bird Deadline discounts offered each year as well. See our Discounts and Deadlines section for more information. If you have hosted a student for CCI Greenheart, you are also eligible for a Greenheart Host Family discount.

       

      My child’s school requires service learning in order to graduate. How will they do that abroad?

      Greenheart Travel is proud to offer the Greenheart Club for all of our students. The Greenheart Club challenges our participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism. As a member of the Greenheart Club, your child will receive guidance in strategizing creative ways to give back to their community, have access to tools for tracking their impact and receive incentives for their efforts as a global leader. This is a great chance for your child to get to know the local community outside of the classroom while they study abroad.

       

      Can friends study abroad together?

      Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together in the same host town. Don’t worry though; making friends in the new host country will happen quickly!

       

      Can my child come home to visit or can we visit them while abroad?

      No. Visits are not allowed during the high school program. If your family wishes to visit, you should plan to meet your child after your program is completed. In this instance, Greenheart Travel’s National office and international partner office should be informed of your family’s plans.

       

      Does my child need to be fluent in another language?

      No. One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while living overseas. The host family and school will not expect your child to be fluent when they first arrive and will help them improve their language skills. As long as your child tries their best, they’ll pick up the language sooner than you might think!

       

      Can my child take the SATs while abroad?

      You child will not be able to take the SAT’s while abroad.  We highly recommend taking the SAT’s prior to or after the program.

       

      My child has already graduated, are they still eligible?

      On a case by case basis, we can accept graduated students for Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

       

      Can we speak to current high school students or alumni?

      Yes! Check out our blog or your child can join our exclusive teen  programs Facebook group to talk to current and past students.

       

      If there is a class I must take in order to graduate, can you guarantee that I will be able to take it abroad?

      There are no guarantees that you can take certain classes at your host school. Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in your host country; however, in most cases you will not be able to sign up for specific courses until AFTER you have arrived in your host country.

       

      What are my chances of being accepted into the High School Study Abroad Program?

      If you have two years of foreign language experience, at least a 2.75 GPA, and a true passion for discovering new cultures you will have an increased chance of being accepted. If you are not accepted, we will refund your deposit minus a $75 application fee.

       

      Can I choose where I will be placed with my host family?
      No. You can choose your destination country, but you must be flexible about where you are placed within that country. We make it a priority to place students with host families that closely match your interests and personality. For this reason we work first to find a suitable family rather than a destination preference. We can never guarantee placements in any specific city or region, and we match based on compatibility with the host family. 

       

      I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is that possible?

      This is possible as long as we have a support network in the family’s host community and there is an available nearby host school.

       

      Will I be placed in a city?

      No. It is very unlikely you will be placed in a city. A majority of our families live in small to medium sized towns outside of major cities, and it is important you be open-minded to small town life.

      Will I have a host sibling my age?

      There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home. Regardless of the age of your host siblings, they’ll be excited to welcome into the family!

       

      What if I don’t like my host family? Can I request a new one?

      No. We do not change host families based on preferences or location. However, if issues arise once you are on the program, we will handle them on a case-by-case basis and may make changes if necessary.

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      Does your high school require you to volunteer to meet graduation requirements? Are you applying to top colleges that are asking for your service learning experience? As a Greenheart Travel student, you will become eligible to join our Greenheart Club which can help you accomplish both of these goals!

      The Greenheart Club challenges our participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism. It is also a great way to:

      • Receive resources to help you find projects in your host country
      • Track and present all your service-learning hours during your program
      • Earn rewards and project grants based on the number of service learning hours you record
      • Explore you host community, meet international friends and make a positive impact

      Once you are accepted on your Greenheart Travel high school abroad program, we’ll help you get started! In the meantime, get inspired by our alumni stories on our blog. 

      What do alumni say about the Greenheart Club?

      “It is a great feeling to know that I am able to make a difference. I have also had students tell me that I’ve made them realize how important studying in school and learning English is. I’m glad I was able to help these students and show them how much potential they have if they apply themselves. They are amazing people and I will miss them all when I return to the U.S.” Diana Freedman, Greenheart Travel alumna in Italy

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      There are a so many factors to consider when committing to a high school abroad program. Below are a few ways Greenheart Travel can help make this planning process as stress-free as possible, and help make sure this is a successful and life-changing adventure! 

      Cultural Immersion

      Greenheart Travel high school students live with a local host family and receive a full cultural and language immersion experience. 

      Unique Programs Around the World

      Whether it’s studying abroad in Costa Rica, Spain, or the U.K., Greenheart Travel programs will give you an authentic glimpse into the many facets of life abroad. Where are dreaming to traveling? We can help you get there with a diverse list of program destinations.

      Flexible and Affordable Programs

      Traveling abroad doesn’t have to interfere with the school curriculum or your child’s graduation timeline. Greenheart Travel offers summer and winter break programs, as well as trimester, semester and academic yearlong study abroad opportunities around the world. 

      Service Learning Opportunities While Abroad

      Need to meet service learning requirements to graduate, we will help you find volunteer and service learning projects in your host community during your time overseas through our Greenheart Club.

      Personal Program Manager for Every Student

      Greenheart Travel has a personal program manager for each student traveling abroad, offering support from the time you or your child inquires to the time they return home, by someone you know by name.

      Academic Development

      Greenheart Travel alumni are provided with the guidance and tools they need to translate their impactful experiences abroad into tangible skills that can be highlighted on their college applications. Through our Alumni network, your child will have a chance to connect with like-minded students, and mentor future participants.

      CSIET Accreditation

      Greenheart Travel is annually audited by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET), which acts to ensure that we offer quality programs for our participants. To learn more about their process and standards you can find information on their site.

      Greenheart Travel’s Commitment to Helping You Prepare for Your Program

      Our high school abroad program managers care about each student’s experience abroad. To help facilitate a successful and life-changing program we offer each student TWO in-depth pre-departure orientation, as well as in-country orientations upon arrival.

      Pre-departure Preparation and Orientations

      “Everything was well organized and I was prepared for my experience and received a great host family and area to live in.”  Kailey, Greenheart Travel high school alumna in Italy 

      The most important part of a study abroad program is having realistic expectations about what the experience will entail. Most importantly, students need to have the tools to deal with the challenges and successes they’ll face while abroad. Whether through regular phone conversations, e-mails, or Skype meetings, students will have the necessary information to make sure they are getting all they can out of their international experience.

      Unlike other organizations, Greenheart Travel conducts not one, but two pre-departure orientations. These sessions offer best practices to get the most out of the full immersion program and offers a full picture of what to expect as an exchange student.

      General pre-departure orientation

      This orientation covers essential logistical information about the student’s program. It is conducted by a local coordinator in your area when possible, or by a Greenheart Travel staff member.

      Pre-departure orientation covers topics like:

      • Packing
      • Lines of Communication
      • Communication while abroad
      • Money (how much to bring, what to expect)
      • Insurance/Healthcare
      • Risk Factors and Tips
      • Emergency Procedures
      • Program Rules
      • Program Evaluations
      • Recommended Reading Material

      Both students and parents attend this (online) orientation to prepare logistically for their high school abroad program. They also learn the practices and procedures for communicating questions and concerns while a student is abroad.

      Cultural Pre-departure Orientation
      Understanding the basics of culture shock is very important, and understanding the intricacies of a completely different and unique culture is essential. Our Greenheart Travel cultural pre-departure orientations go over the basics of the host country’s culture where a student will be studying, and gives insight into what will be the most exciting and challenging component of the program. This particular orientation has proved invaluable to both parents and students, making the ‘unknown’ known.

      Cultural pre-departure topics include:

      • Recommended questions to ask the host family when the student first arrives
      • Conversation starters to ‘break the ice’ with new host family members and friends
      • Suggestions on how to show appreciation to a host family
      • Potential issues related to cultural differences and how to avoid them or how to handle them if they do occur
      • Basic phrases and lingo of the host country’s language
      • Information on the 5 stages of culture shock
      • Tips on how to handle culture shock and homesickness
      • Social Integration
      • Typical meals (cuisine, meal times, etc)
      • How to acclimate to the host country’s culture before departure (i.e. begin taking shorter showers (Ireland), begin using chopsticks (Japan, etc.
      • Little known aspects of host country’s culture (i.e, In most Spanish homes, people are expected to wear house shoes)
      • Group participation with fellow students studying in the same country about this upcoming adventure!

      The cultural session is conducted via Skype by a Greenheart Travel staff person in the national office. All participants and their parents are asked to attend the session pertinent to their host country destination.

      Continued Support During and After a High School Abroad Program

      Once a student has started their study abroad program, Greenheart Travel program managers continue to support both the parents and the students during their time abroad.

       

      Even after a student has returned home, their program manager will do a follow up call and check in on if they are experience reverse culture shock and introduce them to our Greenheart Travel alumni community and opportunities.

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      Committing to studying abroad can feel daunting, but we are here every step of the way to make the application process as simple as possible. Below are the 4 steps you’ll need to take to be accepted on a high school abroad program.

      Step 1:

      Click the APPLY NOW button. Once the short form is complete, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager.

      The program manager will speak with you and a parent on the phone to go over the finer details of the program, discuss the entire application process, and ensure everyone is committed and ready to move forward.

      Step 2: Approximately 10 Minutes

      After talking with a program manager, you will be emailed a unique link to your application.

      Part 1 of this online application form will provide general information about yourself. Once complete, you will receive a link in your email for the next part of your application.

      Step 3: Approximately 10 Minutes 

      After we receive the completed Part 1 of your application, you will be asked to sign the Terms and Conditions of the program, showing you understand and agree to the requirements and details of the program.

      Along with the signed Terms and Conditions, you will need to submit your $1000 deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.

      Step 4: Approximately 90 Minutes

      Once we receive the signed Terms and Conditions and program deposit confirming your commitment to the program, we will send you the link to the final part of the application.

      This is the most in-depth part of the application process as it helps us get to know you and assess the best match for your host family abroad. You will need to provide detailed information about yourself, why you want to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience.

      Required Documents

      In addition to completing an application, you will also be required to submit documents. You can be collecting the documents during the application process, but all documents will be due 14 days after you submit your deposit.

      The following documents will be required for all destinations:

      • Letter of Recommendation (from a teacher, coach or guidance counselor)
      • Transcript
      • Dear Family Letter (one written by student, one by a parent)
      • Parent Questionnaire
      • Medical Form
      • Copy of your passport

      There may be additional paperwork required for specific destinations. Your program manager will inform you of what those documents are during the application process.

      Payments

      For payments, a $1,000 non-refundable deposit will be due with your submitted application (step 3 of the process). This is a deposit, not an application fee, and will be deducted from your overall program cost. If your application is submitted after the deadline, the deposit will be $2000.

      Once you are accepted onto the program, a $3,000 commitment deposit will be due within 7 days.  Remaining balance is due on June 1st for fall departures and November 1st for spring departures.

      Review your Application

      Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule a time to speak about the next steps in the application and acceptance process.

      What are my chances of being accepted into the High School Study Abroad Program?

      If you have two years of foreign language experience, at least a 2.75 GPA, and a true passion for discovering new cultures you will have an increased chance of being accepted. If you are not accepted, we will refund your deposit minus a $75 application fee.

      You’ve Been Accepted, Now What?

      Once the deposit, general profile, and signed polices are submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad. You will have 2-3 weeks to submit any additional remaining documents needed for your chosen program destination. Your program manager will be able to help you with visas and additional paperwork.