Melba College’s commitment to producing world-ready young people includes providing a range of outstanding international experiences.
- language learning
- cultural understanding
- the development of friendships and partnerships
- personal growth - independence, maturity, problem solving
- community development
German Exchange Program
This annual extended immersion experience is offered to Year 11 VCE German language students. It runs on a reciprocal home stay basis with families from our German sister school Wilma-Rudolph-Schule in beautiful Charlottenburg in Berlin. The aim of the exchange is to promote language skills, cultural interest and historical understanding. It includes:
- a 3 week stay in Berlin usually mid-November till mid-December
- attendance at classes with host-partners during school time
- a 4-day tour and stay in a youth hostel in Munich in Southern Germany
- day trips to Bremen, Rothenburg ob der Taube and Dresden
- excursions to museums and sights in and around the German capital, Berlin.
The Japanese Exchange Program
Melba College also offers a long-standing Japanese exchange program to senior students who study Japanese and can demonstrate their passion to learn about Japanese language and culture. Students are accommodated on a reciprocal home stay basis with families from our Japanese sister school Sasayama Homei Senior High School in Hyogo (near Osaka). The purpose of this exchange program is to develop language skills, and cultural, historical and geographical understanding. It includes:
- a 2-week stay in Sasayama in November
- school activities in class and in the wider school community
- Excursions than may go to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe
Additional itinerary items for 2017 include; 2 nights stay in Tokyo to visit major sights. A trip on the shinkansen to travel to the west with the possibility of seeing Fuji San from the window of the bullet train if the weather is clear.
World Challenge Program
This bi-annual team-building program sees students embark on a challenging expedition and community project in South-East Asia. The experience involves:
- life skill development in communication, teamwork, risk management, negotiation, delegation and money management
- 4 major components: acclimatisation, trekking, a community project, rest and recreation
Melba College Instrumental Band Tour
- National and international tours are planned on a regular basis.
- Wind Symphony and Concert Band members of required playing standard can apply.
- Tours include a wide variety of performances and sightseeing activities.
- In April 2014 the Band toured the west coast of the United States. Other tours have included far north Queensland and New Zealand.
- These tours are run in partnership with the Healesville High School Bands.