CISV Atlanta Newsletter – Spring 2005
Bonjour mes amies! (Hello my friends) Parlez vous a’ francais? (Do you speak French?) If you can’t speak it now, there is a perfect opportunity to learn among many new friends. They’re off to Paris, France. And for 4 whole weeks.
What am I to do and how am I to remain calm and not worry. These are the first questions that I am asked by many family members and friends. Many wonder, how can I let my son, Michael, go so far away for so long. I mean, he is only 11 years old and just completing elementary school. Well I say, “Why not and how could I keep him from such a wonderful cultural enriching experience because of my own fears. Michael is excited, happy and confident about participating in the summer village to Paris. He has already
begun to study more about the culture and trends of Paris. He can’t wait to go. Believe me when I say that this is a dream that is becoming a reality.
CISV is truly a blessing to Michael and me. We have never been out of the country before. This will be his first international experience and without MOM. The truth is that I think that I am too excited and happy to be scared.
Becoming an annual member of CISV has been positive and one of my best decisions in life. I have made many new friends and Michael will get to meet many new people, make new friends, and learn new cultures and traditions. And that’s not all. Michael will also get to grow and develop socially in an environment with other children from all over the world. All with similar interests, but unique styles.
Because of the CISV Program, my son has a great opportunity to have an experience that most children his age don’t even think about. Many adults like me can only dream about spending a summer in Paris with peers. I am just thrilled that Michael will one day tell a story about his wonderful summer village experience in Paris instead of dreaming about visiting it one day.
Because of the CISV Atlanta Chapter, Michael will be able to tell other students and friends about his memorable cultural experience of bonding with people from all over the world. Anybody who has an interest in traveling, making new friends and having a positive long-lasting influence on your family should join today.