"I enjoyed my experience in France. I thought it was so cool learning about the French culture by staying with a family. Limoges was fun for me because I enjoyed seeing the everyday life of people my age. I loved Paris because it was interesting to see the difference of French people and culture in contrast to that of Limoges. I liked the hustle and bustle of Paris and loved the metro. Seeing all of the famous monuments, museums, gardens, and chateaus was almost unreal to me. I loved everything we did even though my feet hurt at times."
"Walking around Paris is kind of just like walking around a fully functional museum."
~ Lily Littrell, DSHA '24
"I feel better about my abilities after being able to hold conversations. This experience has encouraged me to learn more languages so I can speak to people and experience different cultures all around the world."
~ Maddie Lund, DSHA '24
"The experience I had living with a French family was a once in a lifetime experience and I learned a lot about a new culture/language. I also leanred a lot about myself and grew as a person while I was here. I learned how to be more independent and navigate a foreign culture/environment."
~ Mia McBurney, DSHA '23
"With my host family, I got to experience their daily life and activities, traditions, interactions with family and friends, meals, things that are important to them, their favorite things, and so much more. The family time allowed for authenticity and deep connections as I got to jump right into the family and get to know them well. I also enjoyed Paris and being a tourist for a little as it is such a contrast to typical, everyday life in France."
~ Emma Kate Porter, DSHA '24
"I absolutely loved this trip! I was so nervous that I would not be able to speak any French. However, I loved the exchange! I met so many incredibly nice people and my French got so much better. I learned so much about French culture too; even after all the amazing experiences in Limoges, I got to go to Paris. Thank you, Madame, for the best spring break."
~ Greta Rehmann, DSHA '24
"These past two weeks have been the most amazing of my life. France literally changed my life. My host family welcomed me with such open arms and experiencing everyday life with them was fascinating. I loved seeing the differences in customs and traditions between her French family and my American family, but I also loved seeing the similarities that showed the universality of family. The biggest take away I have from this trip, however, is how difficult a language barrier truly can be. There were so many instances where I struggled to find the words to express my feelings. It made me feel for all those people I know from school or church or people I just bump into on the street whose first language isn’t English. Even when people seem to know what they are saying, it doesn’t count for the exhausting constant translating and conjugating and simply searching for words they are likely doing internally. It also made me realize another obstacle of refugees leaving war torn countries only to find themselves incapable of asking for help."
~ Janie Retzer, DSHA '23
"I met the kindest, most loving people during my time in Limoges. I got to know a lot of the French culture but I also learned a lot about myself. I learned a lesson to be more grateful for the things I might take for granted like waking up later or spending time with my parents."
~ Yaleska Sosa, DSHA '23