Each year, selected students from our Educational Outreach Program enjoy « un bon voyage » to France and the Concordia Language Villages!
“It seemed to me that people in Paris are happier when they aren’t working and depressed when they are working…
It just goes to show that Parisians have their priorities straight.”
“Once I got past my jet lag, I was excited to explore Paris’s deep history. It’s like a huge museum.”
“My friends and I went to watch a World Cup game in front of the Eiffel Tower at the FIFA Fan Fest, but first we decided to play a bit. A group of French teenagers asked to join. While playing, we were able to talk and learn about each other’s cultures. The French are very passionate about soccer.”
“I loved the stained glass of the Notre Dame Cathedral. I couldn’t help thinking about Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I understood why Hugo felt that the cathedral was a ‘symphony set in stone.'”
“Traveling to another country without my family gave me a sense of responsibility and maturity. And I feel like the luckiest person to have been able to be travel to France for a week with my friends.”
At the Musée d’Orsay, I was able to see Monet’s work in person at long last. I was brought to tears at how a man almost blind could create such beauty."
“I am surprised as to how much Lac du Bois has helped me grow as a person: I arrived scared of speaking French and preoccupied with my own culture, and returned with eyes open to all the different cultures in this world.”
“Lac du Bois is so much fun! It’s really cool to be surrounded by so much French. I find myself speaking it all the time… I’ve become “superfrançais,” as they say here!”
“I am a firm believer that being immersed in a language is the best way to learn it. Not only did I learn more about French language and culture, I learned about being a global citizen. I loved the feeling when all the villages came together on International Day.
Being at Lac du Bois helped nudge me towards the direction I’m headed for college; I’m now interested in majoring in International Relations.”