- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - In French high schools, students can leave campus throughout the day, cafeteria food is strikingly fresh and there’s no such thing as a substitute teacher.

At least, that’s what Trumond Best, a rising junior at Jefferson High School, learned from participating in the school’s first French exchange program.

“Their school lunch food was incredible,” Best said. Meals included chicken cordon bleu, salmon and baguettes. Most importantly, everything was made fresh, he said.

Best was one of eight Jefferson and Harrison high school students who spent about two weeks with host families in France recently, the culmination of an exchange that began when their French peers visited Lafayette in October, according to Christi Branstetter, the Jefferson French teacher who organized the exchange.

Branstetter has led several school trips to France in the past, but this is the first exchange program the school has offered. Students paid $2,400 to participate in the trip.

“The other times we were just tourists and every day we would be in a new hotel in a new place,” Branstetter said. This time, they stayed in one town - Romilly-sur-Seine - for days, experiencing real French culture. “The kids became so close to their families.”

Most days, the students accompanied their hosts to school, sitting in on classes. The French high school they attended offers more freedom to students, operating like a small community college, Best said. There are regular free periods, and when a teacher is out, students are responsible for filling their own time, he said.

“At the same time, the opportunities offered at the school itself were a lot more limited. For example, they have very, very little music at the school,” he said. “They don’t have sports teams in French schools. That’s all privatized clubs in France.”

At night, the students ate dinner with their host families, practicing their language skills and exploring new foods, including frog legs, escargot and rabbit, Branstetter said.

The family that hosted Best never made escargot, but one night they did serve pork intestine.

“I did try it. And let me tell you, it looked, tasted and smelled like it was still inside the pig,” he said. “Never again.”

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Source: (Lafayette) Journal & Courier, https://on.jconline.com/1N2bPwn

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com


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