While in France I hoped to see the beautiful beaches of the Azure Coast and experience daily life in a French town. After my first couple days in France in addition to wanting to improve my language skills and experience French culture, I also began to have the urge to create a bond with not only the fellow students, but also with my host family.
What has surprised me most about the Abbey Road home-stay program is the lasting impression that the trip has made on me and I seriously consider this program to have been a life-changing experience. Considering that my French has greatly improved, my cultural awareness has exponentially increased I’m confident that this will positively affect my academic performance.
I’ve also established what I hope will be lasting friendships with several of the Abbey Road teens and I remain in close contact with my host family. For me personally, the St. Laurent-du-Var cultural immersion program was a pivotal experience. I arrived home to New York feeling confident, independent and with a newfound wish to explore the world around me.
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