After two difficult years in which the exchange has twice been organised and then not happened with all the administrative and financial difficulties, not to mention frustration and exhaustion, that entails, we have decided to take a year out in 2022 to rest, recover and recoup our forces.

The Covid-19 situation is still not entirely clear and the measures we usually take in June, July and August to plan and publicise the following year’s exchange have not been put in place. So that is why no announcement has been made and why Heads of MFL across our region have not heard from us as they usually do.

We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause but are sure our many supporters will understand and will look forward to our relaunch in the summer of 2022 for the following year.

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the twinning so although the usual exchange will not take place we do have some special events up our sleeves and many surprises planned.


Covid-19 Information

Dear parents,

THANK YOU a thousand times for your understanding and your messages of support concerning the exchanges of your children which this Covid-19 has disrupted but which will only make it a greater human success! My warmest thanks to the generosity of some who, unable to continue, have understood and made their tickets and/or administrative fees available to the service of the most deprived young people in Bristol who will benefit from the exchanges.  Thank you again for your trust, which has supported us in our educational and twinning efforts since 1947 and allows us to face , Bordeaux and Bristol together, hand in hand!

Bordeaux-Bristol Association

2021 : How does it work?

French students in Bristol: 9th – 20th July 2021

English students in Bordeaux: 24th July – 3rd August 2021

The organisation

The exchange is organised by the Association Bordeaux Aquitaine Bristol, 13, Quai de la Monnaie, 33800 BORDEAUX, France. The Association is recognised by the Rectorat de l’Académie de Bordeaux as operating within educational and safety guidelines.

The exchange is aimed at all school children between the ages of 14 and 18 (Year 9 – Year 13) from Bristol and the surrounding area. French applicants are drawn from Bordeaux itself and from Arcachon, Bayonne and the Landes, hence the name of the exchange – Echanges Scolaires Bordeaux-Aquitaine- Bristol.

Information and application forms may be downloaded directly from our website –

www.bordeaux-bristol.fr – section “Exchanges/ Apply here”.

Complete the forms online if possible for greater clarity. Parents and children are requested to read all sections with the utmost care. Once you have completed them, print and sign the application 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 (see How to fill in an application form) before the deadline of 30th January 2021 for us to start the pairing.

Girls exchange with girls, boys with boys. There are no mixed exchanges

If you know in advance that your child will be unavoidably away from home for a day or so without his/her French partner (e.g. for Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme) please let us know.

Our aim is to match applicants as well as we possibly can. Once the pairing is complete, the result is sent out to families and we book the flights with a travel agent. Then the exchange starts; the students make contact with each other and so do their parents. Next,there will be an initial video meeting in Bordeaux and in Bristol to convey the spirit of the exchange and explain how it works. A physical meeting will take place in Bristol in the summer, before the exchange itself for parents and students to meet the accompanying staff, our coordinator in Bristol, Eleanor Dand, and the exchange director, Maggy Léglise. It is essential that you attend these meetings with your child. At any other time you can contact the exchange team, Maggy Léglise and Valy Fabre, preferably by email, on echanges@bordeaux-bristol.fr or Mrs Dand on dandrichards7@gmail.com

Before the exchange starts you will be sent all the details about flights, your French partner’s stay here and your stay in France, along with names and contact details of both the French and the English accompanying teachers and contacts for the organisers in France.

Note that host parents on both sides are asked to provide a DBS check (= Extrait du casier judiciaire) and that we carry out a full risk assessment.

Accompanying teachers

The accompanying teachers are all current or retired language teachers. Each is responsible for a group of students and they can be contacted by students, parents and host families. They will call you near the start of the stay to check that all is going well and you can call them if ever you have a problem. They are available for both students and families and you should not hesitate to contact them if you have a worry or are struggling to explain something.

You may request a home visit if needed


Due dates:

Dead lines:

Application: all the required documents along with
the first instalment (€280) or full payment (€580) mentioning the name of the applicant

30th January 2021

Result of pairing

By the end of February

2nd instalment after pairing (except if full payment was made before)

31th March 2021

Now read the section Apply here for practical information and the application form.

Updated: 2021/10/21