WEP International Programs

High School • Summer programs • Groups • Internships • Farmstays & more !

 AGE : 
  min. 14 max. 18 years old upon arrival

  1 academic year
1 academic semester
1 term (12 weeks)

  year, semester or term : end of August, beginning of September 
or beginning of January

  volunteer host family

  French or Dutch (participants can choose)

The country
Belgium is where Europe comes together. Belgium is a compact country nestled between Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the North Sea. The cosmopolitan nature of Brussels, capital of the European community, has created a tolerant and welcoming attitude towards foreigners. Belgians are known for being humble and welcoming, with a great sense of humour. There is more to Belgium than chocolate and waffles, it is the scene of a very rich cultural past (painting, architecture) and thrilling present day artistic creativity (exhibitions, music, fashion, comic books, theatre…).

School Life

The Belgian educational system is one of the most thorough in the world. Expectations are high towards the students. Participants will follow classes in a local school from Monday to Friday. Those classes include French/Dutch, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language (Dutch /French or English)… and optional classes include Economics or a third Foreign Language. The school year runs from September to June.

School day
> 8.30am to 4.00pm or later
> Wednesday afternoon free

Participants will live with a Belgian family. Like family members they will share the family’s everyday life, participate in activities and adapt to the family rules as if it were their own.

Terms of participation
- be min. 14 and max. 18 upon arrival
- Have good academic results
- Have a minimum of 1 year of French lessons (not necessary if participants choose the Dutch language)
- Have travel insurance covering sickness, accidents, repatriation and third party liability

Financial Terms
Included: host family search, screening and placement process - accommodation as described - school registration - transfer on arrival - 24 hours emergency support - coordinator assistance & progress reports - mandatory orientation - WEP support to obtain the permit of stay - administrative costs.

Not included: return transportation - local transportation - school costs -  lunch if taken at school - personal expenses - travel insurance - passport & visa fee - optional Brussels orientation.


“Ma très chère Belgique, Quel beau séjour! C’était vraiment un plaisir de faire ta connaissance, tu étais une ami de la sorte la plus merveilleuse. Tu m’as appris tes langues, m’as montré pleins des choses, m’as fait rencontrer des gens gentils et quand j’étais triste tu m’as nourri de gaufres et de chocolat. Je fais mes valises, mais t’inquiète, ce n’est certainement pas pour toujours ! Tu vas beaucoup me manquer, et je te remercie pour la meilleure expérience de ma vie!! Gros bisous.” 
Caitlin (Australia) / PARTICIPANT