BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In November, Bridgewater-Raritan High School students shared the most American of traditions, the Thanksgiving dinner, with students from France – and in November of this year, they will learn about French culture as part of the high school’s French Exchange Program.
An every two-year program, the French Exchange has been going on at BRHS for about 20 years, through a partnership with La Trinité, a school in Lyon, France.
“Every two years, our students travel to Lyon and are hosted by French families in Lyon,” said Shilpa Wakde, teacher at the school. “In Lyon, American students usually follow their correspondent’s school schedules to learn about the French education system.”
In Lyon, Wakde said, students eat lunch in the French cafeterias at school and experience French teen culture.
“Moreover, the American students stay for 10 days with the French families and learn about their culture up close, their daily lives, family values and expectations,” she said.
Want to know more about the exchange program and the students' experiences? Check out the June issue of The BReeze, hitting mailboxes this week!