One of the unique advantages of attending a Sacred Heart school is that students are automatically part of a global network of over 150 schools. Qualifying Grade 8 and Grade 10 students have the opportunity to travel to one of these schools, living with a host family and later hosting a Sacred Heart student in their home and at Academy of the Sacred Heart. Students benefit from experiencing a Sacred Heart education from a different perspective, while being immersed in the local culture and language. Being a truly 1:1 reciprocal program, participating host families build a trusting relationship that crosses borders, rooted in their common desire for their children to expand their worldview and deepen their cultural awareness and empathy.
I got to travel to Hamburg, Germany and live right in the city for three weeks. I went to school with my exchange sister at Sophie Barat Schule and immersed myself in the German culture ... I also got to bike around Berlin and ride horses at the family’s country home near the Baltic Sea. This was an unbelievable, life-changing experience ... my exchange sister, Maria, turned into a lifelong friend. Ava '19