Student exchange program connects France and Bakersfield

ByLavinia E. Smith

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A team of French teenagers will spend three months in Bakersfield starting July 8.

“That way, they can actually expertise what the real American lifetime is and not just what you see on [television],” claimed Caroline Texier.

Caroline is the CEO of the pupil exchange program Horizons du Monde.

She said the learners array from ages 14 to 17. The purpose is to absolutely immerse them in the lifetime of an American loved ones. They’ve currently examined the English language for various yrs but this makes it possible for them to definitely apply, and the host families get to find out about France

“When men and women simply cannot journey to France, then obtaining the French occur to continue to be in your household is France coming to you,” claimed Caroline.

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

“I adore agriculture and I appreciate that we feed the entire world, [so] for them to be ready to come listed here and see what is that like and expertise [where] all the food items comes from, I think that that’s heading to be big for me to share that with them,” reported Holly.

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

Regional Supervisor Mayde Hurley reported the pupils will also get concerned with nonprofits.

“[My] beloved is [giving] again to the community, heading to [volunteer] at Ronald McDonald House, checking out the Bakersfield Visitor Center,” said Mayde.

Caroline mentioned the system builds lifelong associations, with host family members and college students even browsing just about every other decades later. She hopes it provides a sense of unity throughout the world.

“We’re all diverse nationalities and appear from distinctive cultures, but we’re all human beings and it’s fantastic to have people today link and get alongside one another and know that we’re significantly aside but we’re extremely shut, and that provides understanding of the environment and of the folks that compose it,” said Caroline.

All over again, they require 10 family members to host pupils July 8-28.

To turn out to be a host spouse and children, there is an application procedure and a number of demands to meet up with. If you’d like to master much more or apply to be a host family, phone (661) 808-8453 or click right here.

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