French Exchange Trip Educational and Fun

French Exchange Trip Educational and Fun
Photo: Group of students and adults at the airport who were involved in the French Exchange programPhotos courtesy of Ms. Teri DelGiudice

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District is pleased to share they had a very successful exchange visit with our partner school, Lycée Amiral de Grasse. 

We were warmly welcomed at our partner school, located in Grasse (France), with an assembly and breakfast. PV Students attended classes daily with their French counterparts, and were treated to lunch each day in their cafeteria. 

Photo of PV students with their French counterparts participating in class in France

The host families were extremely hospitable and also traveled with the American students to various locations of the French Riviera. The French and American students shared their languages and cultures, while creating long-lasting friendships.

Photo of PV Students while traveling in France

Below, please find the English translation of an article about the exchange program that was published in a far-reaching southern French newspaper, Nice Matin.

We are proud of our students and of the World Language department for continuing to reach beyond borders to extend their educational experiences.

English Translation of the Article in Nice Martin:

For five years, the Lycee Amiral de Grace has been connected to Valley, in Hillsdale in the United States.  (May 25, 2018)

For five years, the Lycée Amiral de Grace has been connected to Valley, in Hillsdale in the United States. Thanks to the educational website, My Trans-Atlantic school, the two schools were able to get in touch and enable their students to correspond with a student overseas. And even to go and meet them.


Also, since 2014, they alternate between trips and hosting the correspondents.

The site Edmodo, a collaborative and educational platform, permits these students to maintain communication, thanks to videoconferences before this trip at the end of the year.

The English teacher, Virginie Monnier, in charge of the exchange, sees a significant educational interest. “The linguistic and cultural benefits are immense. All of the students, without exception, have very notably improved their level of English. For the teachers, it also the opportunity to have a very enriching immersion with a foreign school system.”

The students also approach the stereotypes and ideas gathered in their respective countries, in order to see how to overcome them.  This week, the young Grasse residents welcome six American students: Anna, Bianca, Lindsey, Meghan, Madison, and Emily. Accompanied by their French teacher, Teresa DelGiudice, they are hosted by their partners’ families.

Having arrived last Saturday, they return to the United States this Sunday, May 27, time to attend a week of courses at Lycée Amiral.

On the schedule, the workshops dedicated to gastronomy and perfumes to discover the local culture, but also a visit to Grasse, Cannes, a group or with the host families, everyone takes part in the exchange.

“It is an intense happiness and an incredible enthusiasm that the American and French students share.  The hosts and their families, as the other high school students join in the festivities. We receive messages everyday from our students who thank us.”

* Nice-Matin is a regional daily French newspaper with a readership of more than 250,000 and serves Nice and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeastern France.  

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