Week 1: Met Maria Belgae
We started our week with breakfast with myself, Avril, Christina and Nina. We then had our first lecture with Paavo Wiro. Our class is combined with students from USA and Canada so we have met some wonderful people. Homework and groups assigned case study to present Tuesday morning. After lunch we spent the afternoon with our French teacher, Phillip Oguet learning French language and culture.
On Tuesday the last of the Australian students arrived, now a total 5, American students 5 and one Canadian student makes up our summer school class. Wednesday morning we had a lecture with Serena Rovai before spending the afternoon free for exploring!
On Thursday we had our first company visit to Jeanne M in Fouras, a skin care company, where we met the owner whom has made her company into a luxury brand and will be manufacturing every month as she has signed with distributors recently. Previously manufacturing once per year! We had a second site visit on Friday to Matlama in La Rochelle, where we met the owner and creator of bags, primarily using materials with water base. Pool covers, sails, oyster pots! Unusual for sure. Saturday Walking tour with guide to showcase La Rochelle, even visiting German bunker museum. Evening, 4th July we enjoyed the American and Canadian hospitality celebrating Independence Day.
Week 2: All work, no play
We have had an amazingly busy week with lots of reports, field trips, lecturers, etc, etc
Our French is definitely improving, with all students engaged in French language and culture classes, and living in France we are forced to adapt ourselves to using our French skills all of the time.
We have been blessed with another amazing week of warm weather, not as hot or humid as our first week or, we are acclimatising.
Tomorrow, Saturday our class heads to Paris for the weekend, we have visits for and homework for our school work to present and completed for submission on Monday morning 9.00 analysing the weekends attractions, as I said no rest, all work.
"This experience changed me, as I came back much more confident in my ability to face challenges. I faced many fears on my exchange, such as my fear of heights when I went on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or my fear of flying through my many plane rides, and I am now much more confident in my choices and willing to face my fears head-on. And I would definitely do it all over again!"