“Some of the highlights of my exchange to France were trying new activities like Judo and high ropes courses. Also, I really loved the city of Aix with its narrow streets lined with cafés and shops. The best part for me, was the food. The typical French diet and the dishes from the southwest region of France were delicious.”

Zack Poirier, ’12
Exchange – École Georges Duby, France

“During my exchange to South Africa, I especially enjoyed hot air ballooning, tubing down rapids, seeing and understanding different animals, painting the pediatric ward of a local hospital, taking part in the schools a cappella group, trying field hockey for the first time, meeting some of the most amazing people I have ever met, and attending a very different but very great school!”

Megan O’Kelly, ’09
Exchange - Stanford Lake College, South Africa

“During my exchange in Spain, I especially enjoyed touring the city of Madrid during the weekends as well as a tour with the history class. Another highlight was the actual classes and being able to talk and interact and practice my Spanish.”

Teagan Telesnicki, ’11
Exchange - Colegio Nuestra Señora Santa María, Spain

“Boarding at Appleby is truly a unique experience. At Appleby, you are exposed to an incredibly rich and diverse community. Students from Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and all over the world come together to form a ‘family’, one that is always ready to lend a helping hand. We are a global family. That is what life is like at Appleby.”

Dylan Marshall ’11
International Prefect

“My International service project in Peru helped me gain a new perspective on the world. Engaging with the children was the highlight of my trip because we learned that happiness can be universal.”

David Wilson ’12
Peru Service Project

“Going to Guatemala on an international service project was the most enriching experience I have ever had. It is a sensational feeling to be working for and with citizens who, even in the most dire situations, would never ask for sympathy. Our group had the privilege of building a basketball court at the community school and teaching lessons to the local children, but I can honestly say that they taught me so much more about myself and what I want to do with my life than I could have imagined. I’m so grateful for this and the global education Appleby College has provided me with.”

Brendan Meagher ’11
Guatemala Service Project

“Ethiopia has been one of my favourite service trips with Appleby so far. The connections we made with the children at the orphanage are everlasting and the memories we made with the kids will always be with us. Our experiences from this trip have shaped our lives and made us realize how the gift of service to one another is so special.”

Alisa Jiwani ’11
Ethiopia Service Project

“My hope is that the issues of health and education in the developing world will come to the foreground. This in turn might incite the minds of Appleby students, faculty and alumni alike and spark necessary discussions about vast topics.”

Alannah Delahunty, Appleby ’02
Founder of Reach Out To Humanity For Health

“The world is becoming smaller in the sense that borders, whether they be geographic, cultural or financial, are disappearing. Business is no longer confined to certain countries, time-zones or to physical offices. At the same time, language, cultural and community differences do remain and will continue to do so. One of the main reasons why many companies fail in a foreign market is due to their management’s ignorance of local market conditions. One needs to learn to manage the cultural differences and not let them manage you. Understanding and adapting to these differences is what will give the competitive edge to future leaders, whether in business, politics or in the area of social responsibility.”

Christopher K. Wood, Appleby ’78
SVP, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

“It is becoming easier to communicate across borders but harder to hear, because we don’t always know what to listen for. To be a good listener you have to understand where the other person is coming from. Building that understanding requires education plus enthusiasm and effort. The world does not lack technology but we do lack communication that builds trust and builds understanding of our shared future.”

William Crosbie, Appleby ’74
Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan

“My trip to India was a huge experience for me. I learned so much. I met so many great people on my trip and got such a great introduction to India. The experience added on to who I am as a person and how I view the world.”

Rachel Prat, S1

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