Since 1980, the Fredericksburg Sister City Association has participated in a student exchange with our Sister City, Fréjus, France. We continue this tradition each July by providing students the opportunity to visit our historic Sister City in odd years and host visiting students for approximately two weeks in even years. Learn more about Fréjus by visiting the Gallery and About pages on this website.
In years when students go to France, they spend approximately 12 days in Fréjus participating in various excursions in and around the city, then 3 to 4 days in Paris. In Fréjus students have participated in sports days, swimming at the beach, canoeing, and learning how to play different sports. Students have visited nearby cities like Nice, Cannes, and the island Saint Tropez. Previous groups have been to visit Fragonard Perfumery to learn about making perfume, or visit local chocolatiers to learn how they make their delicious treats. Students attend local celebrations and festivals and tour the local historic sites. In Paris, students visit various museums and tourist locations.
In the alternate years we host students for approximately 12 days in and around Fredericksburg attending different conducted by the organization. In past years students have visited Washington D.C., Monticello, and Kings Dominion. We take students on a tour of historic Downtown. Students have participated in days tubing down the Rappahannock, playing at Lake Anna, hiking and learning a new sport.
Our student exchange improves the students’ comprehension and speaking of French. The students are introduced to attitudes, daily habits, and customs differing from their own as they live with a French family. They develop a new appreciation for the rich and fascinating history of France as they visit places they may have only read about. As hosts, students learn to appreciate their own culture and history. Students learn valuable skills by overcoming language barriers and sharing new and different cultures with different people throughout the exchange program.
For more information about participating in the student exchange program, please contact Kristin Moeller at firstname.lastname@example.org