Frequently Asked Questions
We're sure you have loads of questions about the South Pacific Exchange! Here are some of the most frequent one's we get asked. If you're question isn't on the list - no problem! Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
+ How long is the exchange for?
That's up to you. We offer exchanges from 3, 6, 12 to 18 months. Intake is during the months of January, April and July to align with the school terms.
+ How old do I have to be to do the exchange?
There is a minimum age requirement of 13 years old. Our exchange is primarily suited for High School Students.
+ How do you provide support as an agency?
Our agency offers support, advice and recommendations outside of the international department at school and the host family. We (Ralf and Uli Schwinn) permanently live in New Zealand and can be contacted at any time. Because we are German as well, you do not have to worry about a language barrier. Using our own experience, we can help guide you through any differences you may find between the German and Kiwi cultures. See our 'About Us' section for more information.
+ Are there any special requirements for being selected for the exchange?
There are no special requirements! So long as you are open minded, willing to learn new things, are flexible and are excited by the idea of being on the other side of the world, then you'll love the South Pacific Exchange.
+ Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Be sure to ask us about this in your interview.
+ How long does it take from registration/preparation to my arrival in New Zealand?
Depending on when you register, the process can take anywhere between 4 weeks and 6 months. Factors that can influence the timeframe include school terms, scholarship applications, flight costs and the availability of schools and host families. See the 'Our Service' page to find out more about our registration process.
+ How much will this exchange cost?
South Pacific Exchange fees range from 500-1200€ (see our 'Pricing' page for more info). However, the cost of the overall exchange varies from student to student, depending on their choice of school and participation in sporting and recreatinal activities. Some host families may offer some great tourist opportunities that might require some extra pocket money.
+ How do I know what school to choose?
South Pacific Exchange have this under control. After getting to know you through your interview and application process, we will shortlist school options that we think will be a good fit for you. Take a look at some of our recommended schools in the 'Resources' section.
+ How will the exchange impact my German education?
The New Zealand Schooling system is highly ranked internationally, so you can be confident that your learning and education will be in safe hands. We have provided some helpful links in our 'Resources' section, which will explain in detail the New Zealand schooling system and the benefits you can expect from studying here.
+ What is the weather like in New Zealand?
New Zealand has quite a varied climate as the landscape is very diverse around the country. The North Island (where we are based) is usually a lot warmer than the South Island. Because everywhere in New Zealand is close to the coast, you can expect mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and lots of sunshine. The temperatures across the country range between -10°C and 30°C depending on the season and the part of the country you are in.
+ What should I pack?
We think the Four Corners website have summed this up pretty accurately - take a look at http://www.fourcorners.co.nz/new-zealand/what-to-wear/ for a great packing list.