I am part of the host families of Afar17 since 2016 and I have been hosting two students. I decided to get involved in this association to share my culture, my values and to learn from others. This really makes it possible to enrich myself on lots of different subjects but also to show France to these foreign students! We spend a lot of time talking with them and organizing outings to show them the area.
I wanted to learn french with native speakers by studying a semester in France. I think I learned french far better than I would have in an international dorm. My family was so kind with me. They cared that I learned the french language while also enjoying my time in France
I chose afar17 because I wanted to meet local people and learn french outside of class. Thanks to this stay, I became much better in french and much more independant. My french family was very nice and welcoming, and I felt very comfortable with them.
I attended the College of Charleston for my undergraduate studies and our school had a program set up with L’Université de La Rochelle and so sent a group to La Rochelle each year. This allowed me to transfer all credits back to Charleston and earn my minor in French. I formed a great group of friends who were not only French but also German, Norwegian, Moroccan, and Venezuelan, to name a few. La Rochelle was the perfect sized city for us, as we really immersed ourselves in the French culture. I very much enjoyed that the teachers did not speak English as it forced us to speak French constantly. We had to find a different path to explain something if we did not have the requisite vocabulary. I stayed with Nicole Chevalier and I could not have asked for a better host. Nicole and I got on very well as she knew a great deal of English vocabulary and, while we did speak French together, she would often help me when I did not know certain terms. I think back very fondly on my stay with Nicole and I highly recommend her to anyone who mentions they might join the La Rochelle program. Today I am finishing up my Masters in Accounting degree at Wake Forest University and will be moving to Boston in January to start my career. My company is international and has its headquarters in London so I am hoping to move to London or possibly Paris down the line for an abroad work experience for a couple of years