French teacher Susan Rose recently announced a trip to France that is available to all SG students; it will be taking place during the spring break of 2020. This 10 day tour will take students to Paris, Biarritz, Provence, Nimes, and French Riviera in France, and San Sebastian in Spain.
“I am just so excited to give our students the opportunity to see and experience France in person,” Rose said. “We can talk about France and teach it in pictures and on videos, but until you are there [to] experience it, you really don’t know what it’s all about.”
During the trip, students will be immersed in French life, including the fashion, culture, architecture, and language. Many students are particularly interested in trying authentic French cuisine.
“The foods that I am most eager [to try] are ratatouille and cassoulet,” junior Julieann Truong said. “Growing up, I’ve seen those dishes in movies, and I’ve always wondered [how] they taste like.”
The trip costs $3,545 and is all-inclusive, meaning that it covers airfare, on-tour transportation, hotels, meals, attraction tickets, 24-hour emergency assistance, and a tour director. Passport and Visa fees, personal purchases on souvenirs and other extraneous items, and tips are not considered into the set price.
“The trip is worth it, because you can learn a lot of things and it’s definitely cheaper than if you were to plan it yourself,” junior Daisy Ma said.
Although some students are hesitant about traveling without their friends and family, many are confident that they will bond with the people traveling with them, especially since they all share a common interest: a love for France.
“None of my friends that I know of are going yet,” sophomore Fabian Lua said, “but hopefully I’ll make new friends from Mark Keppel or from other schools. I’m sure I will have a lot of fun.”
Sign ups are available to all SG students, but spots are limited. Rose encourages students to consider signing up, because “international travel is so mind broadening.”
“Voyager, c’est ouvrir son esprit au monde entier!” Rose said. “To travel is to open your mind to the entire world!”