Today was another gorgeous day, weather wise. The students worked hard for their second day in their respective classrooms. We hope you like the pictures of all eight of them!
Tomorrow we head to Paris via train. We’re going to keep them busy – the main events tomorrow will be the Louvre Museum and the Bâteaux Mouches, for a scenic boat ride on the Seine.
Monday, March 9
First day at school. We were so busy getting the students settled today that we came back without any photos. We’ll take some tomorrow. Everyone is doing fine!! Each student was in their own classroom, helping out one teacher at a time, filling in and doing whatever the teacher needed them to do. Today’s schedule looked a lot like tomorrow’s:
before 8:00 – arrive at Lycée Kastler, school of host siblings.
8:00 – arrive at service site (work work work)
11:30 – leave for lunch (in cafeteria of Lycée, with host siblings)
1:30 – return to service site (work work work)
3:45 – leave service site to go back to Lycée
4:00 – some students attend classes with their siblings
5:00 – return home with siblings
8:00 – ish – dinner!
Happy International Women’s Day!
Our students spent the day doing various activities mostly alone with the families. I’ve included pictures from yesterday’s visit to Strasbourg, which almost all of our students did. Today, I strolled with my family in nearby vineyards, where dozens of French families also spent the afternoon in the 60 degree weather. Tomorrow is our first of six days of service in the schools! Watch for more pics! Continue reading
Saturday, March 7
A gorgeous day today, about 50 degrees, mostly blue skies. Most of the students went to Strasbourg with their host siblings, although Simone was busy elsewhere with her family. They walked all over the city, about 45 minutes from their homes. Some visited the Cathedral, some tried to take a boat ride but alas, the locks were not functioning properly at that time. They ate well, their host families advising them about all the Alsacian specialties, one of which is the Tarte Alsacienne, a thin crusted pizza-like dish with mostly onions, bits of ham and cheese (see photo). Others may have had a choucroutte (sauerkraut with pork garnishes).
Tomorrow they will spend another day with their family.
We saw all the kids today (except for Simone), just by chance, because it was not planned that we the leaders meet them in Strasbourg – we just happened to meet them there! Hope you like the pics. (Brian is not in the photos – he was not around when we took them!)
We had an excellent flight after a slow and snowy ride to the airport. We left Newark around 11:30 p.m. and arrived in Heathrow around 10:30 a.m. local time, with three hours of free time for lunch and snacks before our seventy-five minute flight to Basel. It was fun to walk around the airport checking out the deals, and the food was actually pretty good!
Once we arrived in Basel around 4:15 p.m., we went through customs (getting our Swiss stamp at customs!) then we waited a long time for all the luggage. Magically, as we left the area, we rolled our luggage into the crowds, finding our families anxiously awaiting us!! It was so cool, and we exchanged many “bises” on the cheeks. After all these weeks of messaging, we finally got to meet our host families. It felt so good to meet them – they were smiling and super excited to greet us. Now, it’s FRENCH for the next few days!!
We will spend the entire weekend with our host family on our own and meet up with one another on Monday morning at the high school, where we will depart for our service projects. It’s great weather (50 degrees) here and blue skies.
All is good. Vive l’Alsace!!
Cheri and Marie-Laure
Bon voyage, friends! The participants in the France service trip have completed the first leg of their journey and made it safely to the airport despite the snowy weather. Updates will be posted when they are available!
This year George School students will be participating in a number of service trips throughout the world. This spring trips will go to Brazil, France, Mississippi, Nicaragua, and Washington DC. This summer groups will travel to Vietnam, Costa Rica, and Arizona. More information about each trip is below. Continue reading