Hanover-Joigny French Exchange 2018


As many of you know, the town of Joigny, in the Burgundy region of France, is one of Hanover’s sister cities. For more than 20 years, the Hanover Joigny Exchange and its French counterpart, the Cercle d’amitié franco-américain, have sponsored and organized a number of cultural exchange trips to deepen the ties between the two towns. In the spring of 2018, the Hanover Joigny Exchange and the Cercle d’amitié franco-américain will host an exchange trip for the students of Hanover High School and Joigny’s Lycée. The exchange will begin in April, when Hanover High students and their families host French students from Joigny for two weeks, and continue in early July, when Hanover students stay with families in Joigny for the same amount of time.

Participant Eligibility
The trip is open to Hanover High School juniors and sophomores currently enrolled in French. If space is still available after November 13, freshmen will be allowed to enroll in the program. Seniors, unfortunately, are not eligible to participate, since they will no longer be students at the time of the July portion of the exchange. All students, however, are encouraged to participate in activities organized for the French students during their stay in Hanover.

The cost of the trip is approximately $1,500, which covers the round-trip airfare to France. All food, lodging, and other travel-related expenses are covered by the French families and the Cercle Franco-Américain in Joigny, France. By the same token, American host families are expected to cover their guests’ food and lodging for the duration of their stay here in the U.S. Scholarships are available to help families pay for the cost involved in traveling to France. Please see Mr. Cochran if financial help is needed. All requests will remain confidential.

Hosting Responsibilities
Families and students who wish to participate in the exchange must be willing and, more importantly, must be available to host a French student for approximately two weeks in April. The French students’ visit will overlap with our April break. The dates for the trip have not been finalized, but we expect the French students to be here around April 7, and the Americans to be in Joigny on or about July 5-20. Hosting a student doesn’t mean that parents need to take time off work. The exchange committee organizes a number of activities to keep the French students busy during their stay in the Upper Valley. What the committee does expect is that families welcome the students into their homes, commit to helping out with a scheduled activity or two, and guarantee that at least one parent be present overnight during our French guests' stay. As for the hosting students, it is imperative that your schedule allow you to spend part of each day with your French guest. If you anticipate that your spring schedule will be unusually busy with studies, sports, theater etc., then this program may not be for you.

The trip is popular and space will be limited to 10-15 HHS students. To be considered for the trip, students must fill out and submit an application available on line here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 10, 2017. Once enrollment is complete, an organizational meeting will be held in early December for families and students participating in the exchange. If you have any questions before then, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thomas Cochran
603-643-3431 x 2607