Daily Archives: January 13, 2018

What are we up to this weekend?

Our group is doing some pretty great things today! I asked students to share what they were up to and here are some texts I got:

“I’ll be watching my host sister’s orchestra concert and then we’re gonna go out to lunch, and later visit the planetarium together.”

“Spending time with my host sister’s family and going to Saint-Malo.”

‘We’re having lunch in the Ville today, and tomorrow going to Saint-Malo.”

“We’re going to the museum and the park today, and tomorrow we will go to Saint-Malo”

“I played badminton today, and tomorrow we will be going to St-Malo aussi!”

“I’m eating some amazing specialties this weekend (I made a galette!) ”

“I am at the Republique with m host family, and we just had galette, too! We are doing some shopping next.”

“We went to the planetarium and the Museum de Bretagne, and probably le ciné”

“I’m having dinner with my host’s friends and we are going to the shore tomorrow. My host sister took me to a graveyard for photography class today!”


Weekend Student Reflection

This weekend we’ll be hearing from different students as they share the wonderful things they are up to with their host sisters and host families. Check back for an updated post later today!

Today Gabby A. shares:

Today was pretty amazing. It’s my first part of the weekend with our host families! We began our day by going to a small farmers market in Pacé. We bought some chicken and food for lunch. There were so many stands with fruits and veggies, fish, meat, and flowers. We then returned home to cook up some lunch. After, we went to Cancale to explore the coastline. It was absolutely beautiful! Here, we bought 12 oysters to eat for dinner. I also bought a specialty of Brittany which is a bowl with ones name on it. After that, we went to St. Malo. We walked around and found ourselves at a crêperie! We ran into Mathilde and Annabel, too! We bought some more pastries to eat after dinner tonight. We currently have 2 Galette Frangipane and 2 Kouign Aman to eat! Overall, it was an amazing day discovering Bretagne! I am so thankful for such a wonderful host family.


Ready for the weekend

It is finally the weekend! After a very full first week, students now get to spend some quality down time with families. Each day this weekend, students will share some aspect of their experience in France. Today, we will first hear from Selina C. Later today we will hear from Lilli A. and Gabby A.

Selina shares:

As an American exchange student with a chinese background in Rennes, it has been a fascinating experience for me to navigate between the three very distinct cultures. On Thursday, we went to classes with the French students for the first time. I was amazed to find that there were a lot more similarities between the French school system and the system back in Taiwan and that the dynamic in a classroom at Lycée Saint Martin is really different than a class at Porter’s. At Porter’s, we are encouraged to learn through questioning and critical analysis, whereas at Lycée Saint Martin, classes are more exams-oriented like schools in Taiwan. It is so interesting to compare and contrast the French culture that I am newly exposed to with the two cultures that I am from.


I will be spending my first weekend in Rennes with my host family. On Saturday morning, my host sister has invited me to go with her to an event similar to our college fair, where she will get to know more about the schools she is interested in and the various opportunities that are offered. She told me that in a month, they would have to decide which field out of the three, literature, science, and economics, they want to specialize in. This is also similar to high schools in Taiwan, where in the second year of high school, everyone decides whether they will study in the field of liberal arts or field of science. On Sunday, I will be having a family dinner with my host sister’s cousins and her grandparents. I was told that they only come to Rennes once a year for this reunion, so I feel very lucky to be able to attend this occasion with them!