Monday, May 27, 2019

Hosting our new Amity Intern - Mouhamed Ly

We are excited to announce that Roosevelt will have another French speaking Educational Intern this fall for the full 2019-20 school year, Mouhamed Ly. He currently studies Post-Colonial literature in Senegal, and he aspires to be an English teacher. 

These are some of Mouhamed's aspirations for his experience at Roosevelt: As an informal ambassador for my home country, I would present my country’s language and culture by sharing it with young Americans students. I would want to teach my language (Fulani) and show American people what is my culture through its behaviors, clothes, local meals, sports events, dances and songs. I will show them how wrestling matches are done with all the details to live good moments of Fulani wrestling matches. Fulani wrestling is an old traditional sport in Senegal.

Mouhamed's words to his future host families:  Living with a host family is a honor to me because my culture taught me that « one can never pay the family or person who welcomes him ». So, I will share household duties and take part to every activity. I will wash the dish, clean the house, participate in cooking. I will play with the children. I will do as in my own family because for me, life should be taken positively so that good memories will be hold when time comes to go.

Mouhamed's words about fitting in: I am a kind of person who can adapt easily.  I traveled outside my country and found out that their customs and foods are not the same as mine but I loved and adapted with theirs rapidly. For me it is normal and fascinating that customs and foods change in a foreign country, and to better learn, many times, one needs to discover things different from his own culture.

Hosting our intern is a key factor in the programs success. The host families play a key role in shaping our intern's views on American family life and education here (they are all studying to become teachers). They also become short-term family members who can become lifelong French / Francophone native friends. This year we will need 3 host families to volunteer to host an intern for about 12 weeks, but longer stay is a possibility if it suits the family. This is an exciting opportunity to have your children really connect on a daily basis with a native French speaker and learn more about a Francophone culture (Senegal, this year)! All interns have excellent English skills so communication with non-French fluent families will not be a problem.
If you are interested in hosting our new intern, please read the information about the Amity Intern Program and requirements below. Email me ( if you have any questions or would like to put your name on the list to reserve a specific intern time period (Fall Term: Sept-Dec, Winter: Jan-March, Spring: April-June). Thank you for supporting a strong educational experience at Roosevelt.

HOST FAMILIES (from the Amity website):
Host Families play a vital role in the success of an assignment. By welcoming an intern from another country into their home, volunteer host families gain friendship, understanding, knowledge and a connection to the world. They will experience new tastes and customs, and have the chance to practice their intern's language. Their children will learn about different parts of the world from the intern, and may receive extra help with their own language studies. Long-lasting relationships that may develop between the family and intern can lead to an ongoing exchange of friendship and hospitality. Children may also benefit from having an international friend and a foreign pen pal. Learning about another culture may create new interests in travel and international issues. Hosts may also gain a new perspective of Americans and American culture as seen through the intern's eyes, leading, perhaps, to broadening their own opinions, beliefs and values. HOST FAMILIES PROVIDE: A private room. Three meals a day, including a sack lunch on school days.  Transportation to & from school if school is not walking distance or accessible by public transportation. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Ashley Franckowiak with America Discovery presented his program this morning. If you are interested in hosting a French teenager (age 13-17) for a few weeks this summer, please contact him. His organization provides activities during the day, and you provide room, board and an authentic American family experience.

Students from Spain come from June 29th to July 24th

Students from Spain come from July 1st to July 26th

Students from France come from July 12th to August 1st

Students from France come from July 13th to July 31st

Students from France come from July 30th to August 16th

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Monday, March 18, 2019

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