SHARE YOUR HOME WITH A FRENCH STUDENT THIS SUMMER?
The Alexandria/Caen Sister City Program is offering a unique chance to experience the world without leaving your home. We are seeking families to host a French student from Caen, ages 14-17, for two weeks June 21-July 6th.
Host families are the foundation of the Sister City Program. Whether you are going to Caen this year or plan to go abroad in the future, this experience will enrich your life as you learn about the French culture and share American customs.
Responsibilities: One of the most important requirements is the desire to open your home. You should enjoy taking your student through your daily schedule. Sharing meals, sharing activities, and sharing our culture are important. Your guest will be a teenager so providing supervision is also necessary.
Things that are useful:
A single bed in a private room or a shared room with a teenager;
Access to television, Internet and a safe environment;
Round trip to the airport for pick-up and drop-off; (There is room for others to do that if needed.)
Provide meals and entrance fees to family activities
Supervising French teen as you do your American teen
Apply: If you are interested in hosting a student for the summer, contact kittymontie_at_comcast_dot_net.
HOST FAMILY APPLICATION
ALEXANDRIA/CAEN SISTER CITY
JUNE 21-JULY 6, 2013
LAST NAMES: ______________________________
FIRST NAMES OF ALL FAMILY MEMBERS: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
STREET ADDRESS: ____________________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: HOME: _________________________
WORK: ____________________; CELL: ___________________
NUMBER OF FAMILY MEMBERS AND AGES:
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: ____________________________
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE HOME: ___________________
DO ANY MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD SMOKE? _______
DO YOU HAVE PETS IN THE HOME: ____________________
WHICH IS THE CLOSEST METRO STOP TO YOUR HOME? ________________________
CAN YOU WALK THERE? ______________________________
PLEASE INDICATE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE:
City Hall has asked the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee to help identify two students/individuals to participate in a program at the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace; applications are due by APRIL 15th.
The program is 2 weeks from June 30th to July 7th,2013. The student will be responsible for their own airfare but the University will cover housing, food and registration costs. Details are below.
- At least 20 years old
- Have a minimum 3 year degree in law, social sciences, politics, geography, or French
- Have a command of the French language
If you are interested, please contact the committee or the Mayor’s office.
Summer Internship in France
The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee (ACSCC) is accepting applications from college students for a summer internship in Caen, France—one of Alexandria’s four sister cities. The intern will spend the month of July working as a tour guide in the Caen City Hall. A stipend of 1,100 euros and dormitory housing will be provided. Applicants must have completed one year of college by July; be proficient in French; be residents of the City of Alexandria; and be able to pay for their own airfare, local travel, meals, and incidental expenses. To receive an application, please email James Lewis at james.calvin.lewis_AT_gmail_DOT_com. Applications are due by March 10, 2013. NOTE: This internship is contingent on the availability of funding from the City of Alexandria and the City of Caen. All candidates are given equal preference and consideration.
Alexandria Remembers D-Day
Speakers and screening mark 68 years since Normandy invasions.
By Montie Martin
Alexandria — On June 6, 1944, American and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and began operations that would eventually lead to the liberation of France and the rest of Europe. The scars of the invasion can be felt 68 years on.
The Alexandria/Caen Sister City Committee plans to mark D-Day on Wednesdy, June 6, with an evening of commemorative speakers, as well as a screening of the documentary “A Hero’s Welcome.”
“The film expresses how relevant the France and American connection still is,” said Jennie Reading, vice-chair of the ACSCC. “School children annually take flowers out to the American cemetery, it’s very much a living history there.”
The gratitude of the French is all the more startling as liberation also meant near total destruction. “Caen was on the main road through France, and it was hoped to cut the supply line,” said Redding. “It was an important and strategic move.”
When the city could not be taken by force, the decision was made to have it carpet-bombed. Nearly 70 years of peace has brought change to Caen and Normandy.
The relationship between Alexandria and Caen took shape under the stewardship of Mayor Charles Beatley, who first visited the city as a pilot in the 1970s. Today the sister city committee looks to foster closer ties by promoting awareness of important cultural relations.
“We’ve flagged D-Day as our signature event, and moving forward we’re hoping to grow it. Ideas for next year that are being passed around are city-wide capture the flag or paintball,” said James Lewis, a spokesman for the ACSCC. “Whatever we do, it will maintain the reverence due to D-Day.”
Commemorative D-Day Movie Screening
“A Hero’s Welcome:
A Story of Friendship, Gratitude, and Remembrance”
Wednesday, June 6th
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum
201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Presented by the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
Please join the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee (ACSCC) in its second annual D-Day celebration and memorial featuring the acclaimed documentary film, “A Hero’s Welcome.” The film explores the impact of D-Day, sixty years later, on the Franco-American relationship through interviews with veterans, French citizens and American visitors to Normandy.
Alexandria’s sister city, Caen, was the most important inland objective of the D-Day invasion as Caen controlled a road junction with direct highway to Paris. Today, Caen is the key city in France for visits to the Normandy landing beaches and D-Day sites.
This film screening is part of the ACSCC’s ongoing effort to increase knowledge about and interest in the trans-Atlantic relationship between Alexandria and its sister city in Caen.
The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is planning to send a delegation of approximately six students to Caen and Paris June 20-30.
The students will be hosted by a French family for the week in Caen. The following October the students and their family will host a visiting student (Oct 27 – Nov 4.)
Students must be a resident of Alexandria, be in 10th or 11th grade and be enrolled in French classes.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and attend the interest meeting at Shirlington Library on April 16th at 7pm.