The CRIJ is organiizing this exchange together with Cachan and Wolfenbüttel schools and our pupils are spending a full week in a german family.
Then the german kids will later spend a week in a Cachan family as well.
This trip does not require any specific language knowledge, and includes discovery of interesting sites in the area, and leisure activities together with their german counterparts.
The CRIJ is happy to offer our kids the opportunity to discover a very beautiful area of Germany and a new way of life for them.
Since more than 15 years, about 30 kids aged 11-12 from Cachan schools visit in april each year their counterparts from small towns of Wolfenbüttel district in Germany.
The german pupils complete this exchange by their visit to Cachan in the following june.
Long time after their trip, all kids keep a delicious memory of this experience.
In 2015: young kids from Cachan will visit Germany from April 18th to 25th.
Their young german counterparts will come to Cachan from June 27th to Juli 3rd.
The CRIJ works hard right now together with our
german partners to prepare this exchange !
the detailed program will come soon
and will be displayed here.
No knowledge of the language is required. Our german partners can speak some french, and the CRIJ personnal being there, no problem may occur.
However the CRIJ arranges
some initiation to the german language, for the fun of it, if families wish their kid to participate.
Let me tell you the story of a discovery trip
That was the 2013 visit to Germany.
Our 10~11 kids have had again the opportunity to discover life within a german family, to make friends of their age with german kids living in a totally different environment, but also to visit the beautiful spots of Wolfenbüttel area.
In the programme, recreational activities at school and outdoor games facilitated the contacts between french and german kids, despite their different languages, but also exccursions to the most typical places around like Serengeti animal park close to Hannover, the wonderful hills and forests of the 'Harz', and of course the splendid architecture of the old city Wolfenbüttel, so different from our Paris suburbs.
You may also make a virtual visit of Wolfenbüttel available at the Twinning page of this site
But now let Christine Rescoussié, vice-president of the CRIJ and in charge, at the french side, of the kids exchange with our german friends, tell you the story of this discovery trip :
'Let me tell how we spent this beautiful week of april
We were in Wolfenbüttel fromapril 27th to may 4th. 34 people of whiich 30 kids aged 10 to 11 from several Cachan schools and 4 adults taking care.
Saturday Trip to Wolfenbüttel
after our flight Paris-Hannover, we reached Wolfenbüttel at about 5.pm
Welcome from german families, and kids both nationalities have met for the first time, playing inside as
unhappily it was a rainy day !!
Sunday Activities with the german families
Monday Beautiful day in the touristic area of Harz
close to Wolfenbüttel
In the morning kids played various games outside (football, golf and mini-golf), then cable cars took us to the top and we could enjoy summer luge the whole afternoon. Kids loved it, adults too !!!
Thuesday Morning at school
2 schools (Remlingen and Sickte) organized activities (games, cooking, whitches and wizards suits etc…)
We met again at 7 pm for a special evening « The night of whitches ». A local tale tells that in the Harz, during the night of april 30th whitches meet and party !!!
It was a lot of fun !!!!
Wednesday Activities with german families
Thursday Tour at Serengeti Park
Morning was a safari, and after lunch, kids could enjoy the attractions !!!!!
Friday Wolfenbüttel visit
a safari photo gave us the opportunity to discover the beatiful old cityWolfenbüttel !!!! then shopping
Saturday Return trip to Cachan - Beautiful memory !!
Beginning of june, Cachan families welcomed the young germans with a heavy programme of discovery of the Paris city and area :
Asterix Park, Eiffel tower, bateau-mouche cruise, Vaux le Vicomte Palace, Stade de France and Montmartre were included in the programme as a welcome to the german kids.
Crossed Internships France-Germany
Most universities and high schools have now included internships in their programme while more and more companies are getting international, and that international trade offers more and more employement opportunities.
Then an intership abroad is an excellent choice, and it was an idea shared by schools teachers at the Cachan University Institute of Technology, at the 'lycée' Maximilien Sorre and as well at the professioal education school Carl-Gotthard-Langhans in Wolfenbüttel.
Three Cachan students in International Trade made a 2 months internship in Germany, that country which has 'invented' apprenticeship as a major initiation to professionnal life, while 6 german students came and discovered french companies.
A final meeting took place in Wolfenbüttel with german and french students, teachers involved in this project, representatives of the german companies who accepted to employ the french students, as well as local authorities, especially M. Jorg Röhmann, president of the district council, and all wished the continuity of such a practice.
The CRIJ, the articles of which specify that the economic field belongs also to its missions of international relationships development, is very enthusiastic about such a project which involves both education and business.
The CRIJ supports as well Cachan secon-dary schools in their international projects of all kinds :
- school exchange
- discovery trip
- study tours
- students internship
As an english speaking school, interested in creating a relationship with a french school, you may contact us !
Crossed internships France-Spain
Lycée Maximilien Sorre organized since 2010 crossed-internships with the lycée Provençana in Barcelona, within the european NETINVET network, and within a european project the target of which is to develop students mobility
About 15 spanish students went into a 10 weeks internship at companies of the Orly airport freight zone, and practiced import and export process. During this internship they lived in the CROUS students home of Cachan.
About 15 french students had a similar internship of business development and customer follow-up at companies of Barcelona area, supervised by company tutors.
The comment of the companies involved was extremely positive, regarding the level of knowledge of the students, as well as their motivation.