Ravens Abroad - Julia H. '25 Shares Her Sacred Heart Network Exchange Experience
Julia H. 25


Schools within Sacred Heart Network offer programs of both domestic and international exchange to its students. The Sacred Heart exchange program has existed for over 40 years and has engaged more than 2,500 students from 25 Sacred Heart Schools in Canada and the United States along with a multitude of international students. Students in grade 8 can participate in domestic exchange, and students in grades 9-12 can participate in domestic and international exchange.

This summer, Julia H. ’25, traveled nearly halfway around the world to Brisbane, Australia on exchange. Read on to hear her first-hand account of her experience as an exchange student abroad.

When I first heard about the Sacred Heart exchange program, and then learned it was an option to travel around the world to Australia, I knew that I wanted to participate. I have always loved traveling, meeting new people, and learning about new places and cultures, and it seemed like this experience would combine all of those things into one experience.

For my exchange, I was paired with a girl named Izzy from Stuart Holme Academy in Brisbane, Australia. After reading her exchange bio I was thrilled we had so much in common, and I couldn’t wait to meet her. Once in Australia I had a blast (just as I knew I would). My host sister and family were so welcoming and kind. I loved having meals with them and learning more about Australia and getting to tell them all about Seattle and Forest Ridge.

At school, the girls were all so amazing and wanted to show me everything about their school and country. Girls from the school would come up with things my exchange sister just had to show me so I could get the “authentic” Australian experience. While in Australia I got to go the Australian countryside, see many rugby games, go to a barbeque, meet so many new people, and learn all about a new country. One of my favorite moments from my time in Australia was getting to go to Nusa Beach with my host family and riding jet skis together. One thing that really surprised me was the unique and beautiful wildlife.

The memories I made on exchange, and the people I met, are some I know will last me a lifetime. I am so excited to show my exchange sister around Seattle and Forest Ridge when she comes and visits in December!

Are you or your daughter interested in learning more about Sacred Heart Network Exchange? If so, please email Meg Black, Sacred Heart Exchange Coordinator.