Maret in France

Students will live and travel together for a month to improve their language skills, deepen their cultural understandings, make personal connections and grow as independent travelers and community members. Students will experience residing with host families, staying in various hotels, attending a summer youth camp and living in a rural country house. They will visit Nantes and its surrounding region, Bordeaux and the Atlantic Coast, the Dordogne region and Paris.

Quick Overview

  • What: Maret Linguo-Cultural Program in France
  • Date: approx dates: June 11- July 11, 2019
  • Where: Nantes, Bordeaux, Dordogne/Périgord Region, Paris
  • Participants: Open to all Upper School French students + a few students from France
  • Leaders: Mme Eiff (with assistant teacher from France)
  • Program Fee: ~ $6500 (depending on number of participants)
  • Academic Credit: 1 language credit

Important Dates

  • Registration Form w/ $500 non-refundable deposit due date: December 16, 2018
  • Information Night: Monday, November 12, 7pm, Upper School Atrium
  • Payment Schedule: 3 installments
  • Pre-trip Parent/Student meeting 1: release forms and contracts due (Spring 2019, TBA)
  • Pre-trip Parent/Student meeting 2: packing lists and travel tips (end of May, TBA)

Contact

Mme Catherine Eiff
[email protected]
202.939.9101 ext. 4023

Program Description

Students will live and travel together for a month to improve their language skills, deepen their cultural understandings, make personal connections and grow as independent travelers and community members.

Proposed Program Itinerary:

  • 2 nights at hotel in Nantes to tour city and connect with local students at the Lycée Loquidy
  • 4 nights hosted by families and students from Lycée-Collège St. Louis in St. Nazaire to explore school and surrounding attractions
  • 2 nights in a youth hostel around Tour to visit several Châteaux in the Loire Valley
  • 2 nights at a summer youth camp (UCPA) on the Atlantic Coast near Bordeaux w/ sailing, biking and ropes course
  • 1 night at hotel in Bordeaux, Cité du Vin
  • 2 weeks in a “gîte rural” (converted farm), where students will be immersed in daily living activities andexplore the surrounding historical and cultural attractions
  • 3-4 hotel nights in Paris

Student Responsibilities

In order to receive 1 language credit, the student will have to:

  • seek out opportunities to use French to improve language skills and cultural knowledge by integrating into the local community and communicating with invited guests
  • actively participate in the program activities
  • keep a daily journal (written/oral) with self-generated and/or assigned topics. (Journals will be collected and evaluated based on their use of language, creativity and evidence of reflection)
  • submit a final project related to their experience in France
  • do their own laundry and clean up of rooms as required
  • participate in food shopping and meal preparation as required

Food Accommodations

  • All meals will be provided throughout the trip. Students will eat restaurant meals, picnics, or home cooked meals.
  • Food accommodations will always be made for students with certain food restrictions/allergies.

Program Fee Includes

~$6500 Program Fee Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare Washington-Paris
  • 3 meals/day and all lodging
  • language instruction
  • all excursion and activity fees
  • all local transportation
    • Additional fees:
      • personal expenses (snacks, souvenirs, personal supplies)


Past Trips

France - 2017

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France - 2016

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France - 2012

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