How does it work?
French students in England: 04 July to 18 July 2024
English students in France: 21 July to 04 August 2024
The exchange is organised by the Association Bordeaux Aquitaine Bristol, 13, Quai de la Monnaie, 33800 BORDEAUX, France. This association is acknowledged as respecting educational and safety requirements by the Rectorat (School Education Board for the Bordeaux and Aquitaine region).
The exchange is intended for school children between the ages of 14 and 18. Academies and schools from Bristol and the surrounding area can take part in the exchange as can schools in Bordeaux and Aquitaine; applicants from Arcachon, Bayonne and the Landes are eligible too, hence the name of the exchange – Echanges Scolaires Bordeaux-Aquitaine-Bristol.
Application forms and information can be downloaded directly from our website: www.bordeaux-bristol.fr – Look for the tab “Exchanges/ Apply here”. The forms should ideally be completed directly online for greater clarity. Parents and children are asked to read all categories with the utmost care. Once you have completed the application (see How to fill in an application form), print it, sign it and give it to your French teacher or Head of Department for a comment and signature.
- Once signed, you should send all the requested documents to our local coordinator: Mrs Eleanor Dand, before 31 December 2023 for us to start the pairing.
- Girls exchange with girls, boys with boys.
If you know in advance, do tell us if your child will be away from home, a couple of days or so, on activities without his/her French partner (on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for example).
Two meetings will take place before the period of exchange for parents and students. One after the pairing and one before the summer stays to meet the accompanying staff as well as our coordinator in Bristol, Eleanor Dand, firstname.lastname@example.org and the exchange director who can be contacted via email at: email@example.com
It is, of course, highly recommended you attend these meetings with your child. You will be informed when the place and time are set up.
Details concerning the trip itself, information relating to the stay and useful recommendations will be given to families, along with the accompanying teachers’ names and contact details.
Note that parents on both sides are asked to provide a DBS check (= Extrait du casierjudiciaire) and that we complete a full risk assessment.
Bristol schools may have their own requirements, but all see the educational benefits of the exchange
French teachers from Bristol schools and its area will be in charge of a group of students each. They remain available to parents and students at all times. They can be called whenever a problem occurs and are there, as interpreters in case of communication problems. They are either current or former teachers and they do their best to come to the information meeting.
Similarly, French teachers stay in Bristol while the French are in Bristol, entrusted with the same duties.
You may request a home visit if needed.
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