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Valley Families Open Homes To French Exchange Students

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Posted: August 3, 2013

Age: 16 Hometown: Cergy (outside Paris) Host family: Wells family of Harrisonburg Previous travels: South Africa, Vietnam Reason for visiting: to “discover a new culture, speak a little [English] and for fun!” Things she enjoyed: King’s Dominion Things she didn’t: “Teenagers have been too shy to approach us” Surprised by: peanut butter — “It is really good!” (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
Age: 17 Hometown: Lyon (central France) Host family: Strite family of Broadway Previous travels: Egypt, Italy, Spain, Canada, Serbia and England Reason for visiting: “To have a good time.” Things he enjoyed: making donuts with his host family Things he didn’t: The strict rules at American swimming pools Surprised by: nothing (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
Age: 16 Hometown: Thiais (outside Paris) Host family: Chavez family of Harrisonburg Previous travels: Italy, Germany and Spain Reason for visiting: to practice her English Things she enjoyed: American-style breakfasts, Dr. Pepper and King’s Dominion Things she didn’t: peanut butter Surprised by: how early Americans eat, “We usually eat at 8 or 9 p.m.” (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
Age: 16 Hometown: Brittany (northwestern France) Host family: Hearne family of Bridgewater Reason for visiting: to improve his English Things he enjoyed: fast food Things he didn’t: museums Surprised by: the lack of public transportation. “There are no buses, this surprised me!” (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
Age: 16 Hometown: Toulouse (southern France) Host family: Martlock family of Augusta Co. Previous travels: England, Spain, Sri Lanka and the west coast of America Reason for visiting: “To improve my English and to know another culture.” Things she enjoyed: riding horses Surprised by: some American foods, such as corn on the cob and peanut butter (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
Age: 14 Hometown: Strasbourg (near Germany) Host family: Covington family of Harrisonburg Reason for visiting: to tour Washington, D.C. Things he enjoyed: group trip to Washington, D.C., and seeing the White House Things he didn’t: camping Surprised by: the American countryside, “When you think America, you think cities.” (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
This summer, a group of French teenagers visited the Valley through an exchange program facilitated by Horizons du Monde. (Photo by Katie King / DN-R)
In early 2012, when Weyers Cave local Candace Farthing heard a group of French students traveling with the organization Horizons du Monde were in need of host families, her motherly instincts kicked…

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