Villefranche Adventures

The students had another exciting day in Villefranche, a nearby commune with beautiful beaches! The students were able to swim in the sandy beaches and explore the old city, to get away from the sun! At the same time, some students also enjoyed an interesting photography class back on campus. For dinner, the students ate pasta with bolognese sauce and fruit salad for dessert! Enjoy the photos!


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More Parasailing and Segway Tour!

Yesterday was once again filled with many fun activities! The day started off with french class followed by another trip to the beach to parasail! Then later on in the afternoon, the students went on a guided Segway Tour of the city. Finally after dinner, one of our french teachers, René led a cheese tasting. The students were able to taste cheese from all over France!


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Fourth of July in Nice

Yesterday, the students celebrated the Fourth of July in Nice! The day started with morning classes followed by smoothies at So Green then parasailing!  Some students also made delicious pastries under the guidance of internationally recognized chef, Jean Montegard! Students celebrated with a BBQ hosted by the lycée, where they ate delicious foods and finally, we went bowling at the Acropolis. Emma was the night’s winner!


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First day of classes

Yesterday, was the first day of classes for the students! After a brief French placement test,  the students were able to explore the old city for lunch. We led trips to Monoprix and FNAC and then after the students did some shopping. The students had their afternoon courses and then we all went to dinner for cheeseburgers and apple pie! We ended the day with a scavenger hunt around town!



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Arrival Day

Most of the students have arrived in Nice! After getting settled in, we played some non cheesy ice breaker games, including a tower building contest . Abi, Sofia, Lilly, Daniela, and Syd were the lucky winners of a bag filled with candy! After the games, we took a tour of the lycee and then a tour of Nice on ‘Le Petit Train’. After the tourist train, the kids were allowed to explore the old city for dinner in groups. We ended with the first of many ice creams at Fenocchio! First day of classes today and all the kids are super excited! IMG_1298[2]IMG_1285[1]IMG_1279[1]IMG_1278[1]IMG_1290[1]IMG_1283[1]IMG_1286[1]IMG_1278[2]IMG_1293[1]


Bonjour Summerfuel 2017!

In just a little over a week, Kenny and I will arrive at the lycée Masséna to begin preparing for the best summer ever! Along with Makalah, we are ready to show you everything that the French Riviera has to offer! Check out some pictures below, read about the staff, and get pumped!

 Lycée Masséna

 Nice and Villefranche-sur-mer

(Villefranche is a city near Nice that we will visit!)

 Meet the Staff

Ashleighblog (Director): Bonjour tout le monde! This is my 9th summer with Summerfuel and my second     year as Director of Summerfuel Nice. I can’t wait to show you everything I love about this amazing city. I   live in Vermont and teach high school French. I love to travel, read, and spend time outside with my doggies.

Kenny (Assistant Director): My name is Kenny and I will be the Assistant Director. This will be my third Summer in Nice. I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology and French. I am currently doing a Masters degree in Economics and Businesblog1s at Sciences Politiques in Paris. During my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and cooking. Looking forward to meeting everyone!


Makalah (Resident Adviser): Hi, my name is Makalah and I’m from Springfield, Massachusetts. This is my second year as a Summerfuel RA.  After graduating from Salem State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Theater and French in 2016, I woSummerfuel Staff Picturerked at Summerfuel Boston before participating in the Teaching Assistant Program in France. During the program, I worked and lived in Northern France for seven months. I’m excited to be back in France again, and of course to meet everyone this year!

Summerfuel Language and Cultural Immersion Programs

Summerfuel’s Immersion Programs Deliver Amazing Experiences

It’s no secret that learning another language is difficult. The subtle nuances, dialects, and slang of a language are often hard to capture in a classroom setting and, because of this, students may feel that they are not learning a language as well as they could be. Luckily, Summerfuel language and cultural immersion programs are available to provide students with a summer study abroad trip that will not only help to develop their chosen language skill, but will also help them to experience the cultural aspects of the language that they are studying. In today’s post, we wanted to go into some more detail about our summer study abroad programs in order to give you, the reader, a better idea of what you or your child can expect from these programs. Continue reading below to learn more!

Study Spanish in Bustling Barcelona

One of our most popular study abroad trips brings students to the beautiful city of Barcelona located in the northwest region of Spain near the French border. Barcelona is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, boasting some of the finest architecture and cuisine that the continent has to offer while also enjoying a temperate climate thanks to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. During this summer study abroad program, students will be given three weeks of Spanish language immersion instruction from ESADE, Spain’s top ranked private university, in an urban environment to better provide them with the language skills that they need to effectively communicate with native Spanish speakers. Before the program begins, students are placed in groups based upon their proficiency with Spanish language, however, it is not necessary for a student to be able to speak Spanish in order to enroll in the program. Supplementing the academic aspect of the program, students are also given ample opportunities to explore the city of Barcelona and experience a unique twist on traditional Spanish culture. For those individuals looking to experience the Spanish language in a new way, our Barcelona program is the perfect choice.

Immerse Yourself in Nice, France

Located along the pristine coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice, France is the perfect place to study the French language in a natural, urban setting. During this program, students are able to enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities to combine their academic knowledge of the French language with day-to-day life in France, improving their comprehension of the language while simultaneously experiencing the culture that birthed it. Under the tutorage of professors from the University of Nice, students are able to perfect their French language skills in a dynamic learning environment geared toward the study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary as well as focussing on improving student’s listening and speaking skills. Like all of our language immersion programs, students are divided into groups based upon their personal skill level with the French language and it is not necessary for a student to be fluent in French before signing up. To supplement their language classes, students are able to pick between four separate electives during the program including International Relations, Art History, Photography, or fashion Design. In addition to all of this, multiple excursions are available to students, allowing them to explore the rich historical and cultural offerings that the city of Nice has to offer. This program not only increases students’ proficiency levels in the French language, but also allows them to experience French culture, architecture, and cuisine.

Experience Authentic Spanish Culture With a Homestay Program

The last summer study abroad program that we offer for our high school level students looking to increase their Spanish language skills is also one of the most rewarding programs that we offer. Over the past 30 years, Summerfuel has diligently worked to develop relationships with carefully selected homestay families to provide students with an experience unlike any other. The two towns selected for this program, Cádiz and Conil, are located in the Andalusian area of Spain along the country’s southern Atlantic Coast. Both of these towns can trace their heritage all the way back to the 5th century and offer students a fun, unfiltered way to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. During this program, students will stay with a preselected family and attend daily Spanish classes with a focus on grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. In addition to daily classes, students are offered specialized workshops that are held one to two times a week and focus on either Community Service, Spanish Cooking, Soccer, Surfing, Watercolor Painting, or Photography. Supplementing the academic workload, daily excursions are planned to allow students the opportunity to experience the surrounding beauty of the Spanish countryside. If you or your child are looking for an authentic Spanish study abroad program, this program is the perfect choice.

If you would like to learn more about our summer study abroad programs, please do not hesitate to contact us today or visit our website. At Summerfuel, we leverage our decades of experience to provide high school students with study programs that help improve their academic performance while also providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Contact us today and let’s get started!

More pictures from our final diner

Everyone is now on their way home! I want to thank you so very much for all of your support this summer. What an amazing group of kids! Be well!

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