August 15, 2022

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Student exchange program connects France and Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A team of French teenagers will devote a few weeks in Bakersfield commencing July 8.

“That way, they can actually knowledge what the real American daily life is and not just what you see on [television],” mentioned Caroline Texier.

Caroline is the CEO of the student trade program Horizons du Monde.

She said the college students variety from ages 14 to 17. The intention is to completely immerse them in the lifestyle of an American household. They’ve now analyzed the English language for numerous many years but this enables them to genuinely follow, and the host people get to master about France

“When men and women just can’t journey to France, then obtaining the French appear to keep in your dwelling is France coming to you,” claimed Caroline.

Holly Kuntz is the application coordinator for Bakersfield. She’s thrilled to welcome the learners to Kern County.

“I love agriculture and I adore that we feed the entire world, [so] for them to be equipped to come in this article and see what is that like and practical experience [where] all the food stuff comes from, I think that that is going to be big for me to share that with them,” said Holly.

The college students will go on excursions to area sites like Buck Owens Crystal Palace and Tehachapi, and regional places like Six Flags and Hollywood.

Regional Supervisor Mayde Hurley said the students will also get associated with nonprofits.

“[My] favored is [giving] back again to the group, heading to [volunteer] at Ronald McDonald Dwelling, traveling to the Bakersfield Customer Center,” stated Mayde.

Caroline explained the method builds lifelong relationships, with host family members and pupils even viewing each and every other yrs later on. She hopes it offers a perception of unity across the globe.

“We’re all distinct nationalities and appear from different cultures, but we’re all human beings and it really is amazing to have folks link and get jointly and recognize that we’re much aside but we’re very shut, and that provides knowledge of the entire world and of the persons that compose it,” said Caroline.

Once more, they want ten people to host college students July 8-28.

To become a host loved ones, there is an software procedure and numerous demands to meet. If you’d like to find out extra or implement to be a host household, simply call (661) 808-8453 or simply click in this article.

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