The John Jay Grenoble exchange

mardi 12 juin 2007
par  Marie-Line Bouhatous

Un article écrit par Jo Ann Banks(in charge of the exchange programme) and co

The John Jay Grenoble Exchange was started in 1980 by a group of parents and teachers who were interested in promoting the exchange of cultural education between the students of John Jay Middle and High Schools who were studying French and students from the Lycée Campollion and Lycée Pablo Neruda Schools in Grenoble, France. Students who are selected for the program have the opportunity to host a French student in their home for two weeks. The following year, that student is eligible to participate in the outbound portion of the exchange.
The program was suspended during the aftermath of 9/11 for a few years, but resumed again in 2004.
As hosts, we arrange culturally rich activities such as visits to famous New York City landmarks, local historical sights, art and science museums, theatres, parks, educational programs at our schools and other activities. The visitors enjoy a truly unique American experience by sharing in the life of their host families and the community.
In France, our students see local Grenoble sights, the French schools, historical sights in southern French medieval towns, the Alps, and spend several days in Paris.
A total cultural and language immersion is experienced by living in a foreign household. Both here and in France, the traveling students are chaperoned by a small group of language teachers and/or parents.
In the US., general oversight of the program is by volunteer parent coordinators. In France, it is overseen by English language and other teachers. The program is self-sustaining, and planning and execution of the program is accomplished by volunteers, specifically the parents of the students involved with additional support from teachers and administrators of the Katonah-Lewisboro school district









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