International Program Overview
International Program Goals
The Blue Lake International Exchange Program seeks to cultivate international understanding among our youth. It is our goal to help broaden a student’s scope of the global community by demonstrating that we are more alike than not. With the expectation of fostering new friendships through common ground, we aim to create future leaders in all aspects of our society who can help promote peace through a broader appreciation of the world. On an individual level, the International Exchange Program offers students an opportunity to grow in maturity through international travel. Participants often enjoy many new experiences while traveling internationally, and each one creates a deeper appreciation for one’s sense of individuality, self-confidence, and independence.
Opportunities for Exchange
The Blue Lake International Exchange Program annually visits approximately thirty communities in many countries across Europe. In return for their generous hospitality, each European hosting community receives several scholarships to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to share with their young artists. The following year, our participants’ families have the opportunity to serve as host families for these special European campers when they visit the U.S. to attend camp. In addition, European arts organizations which have hosted Blue Lake are invited to tour Michigan and the Midwest with a performance itinerary arranged through the Blue Lake International office. In many instances, these visiting European groups travel and perform in communities where our own Blue Lake participants reside and who often help host. The opportunities for lifelong friendships abound through this unique exchange program.