A WORD FROM THE PARENTS
Last summer, Sophia was invited to visit her friend in Mont Saint Michel (France) and now Adele is planning to visit with us in New York in May 2015. It is absolutely an incredible experience for both girls and for our families. Sending my daughter to VSF was the best decision that I have ever made. Thank you Valerie once again for the unique program, for this wonderful opportunity and life changing experience!
Valerie takes personal care in every child and cares about each and every camper. The immersion experience was great for my daughter, she returned with fluency and confidence in French and exceeded the expectations. She also had a lot of fun and made great friends.
VSF is safe and fun place for kids, we are definitely coming back!
Thank you to the VSF Team and camp team once again for all your attention and for making this summer’s experience one of the best Summers for my daughter.
Oscar does not yet like to write stories all that much, although his writing is progressing in English and Dutch. But, you may definitely put us on your Reference List for 2014, and use this note from us:
Our son had only just turned 6 when he went to L’Ecole des Chevallier with VSF. He had been learning French from his Parisian nanny for 1.5 years, and he had been taught some French at school for 2 years.
His understanding of French had progressed significantly, but the lionshare of his response was still in English. Just ten days of activities among French children has changed that.
Our son is now responding to our nanny in French, with every French word at his disposal. And, most importantly, he has much enjoyed the camp, and wants to go to a French camp again next summer.
My wife and I had been quite unsure about a suitable age for the first residential camp abroad. We had a good call with your program director, and she reassured us that 6 years is a suitable age for many children. Nevertheless, we spent considerable time preparing our son (.. and ourselves !!! ). We brought our son to a London day camp for a few weeks during the preceding summer. And, to a Parisian day camp for a few days in spring. We also brought him to an equestrian center in France, to ride among French children under the guidance of French instructors. And, finally, he went to a 5-day residential camp in England, just a few weeks before he went to France with VSF.
After all this preparation, our son could really comprehend what he was going to encounter in France, and we could bring him to L’Ecole des Chevaliers without much concern.
It has been a great success! We look forward to hearing from you about next summer’s program.
Have a good end of the summer, .
I am writing to thank you for all the personal attention you gave Mae this summer. She was quite young (9) to be jetting off alone to a foreign country but, since this was my third child participating in VSF, I was at ease knowing you and your staff would be there waiting for her.
She considers the entire experience a grand adventure and speaks of it often.... watching the storms move in over the mountains from the chalet balcony, gliding through the trees on "accrobranche", camping out with new friends, and cooking, cooking, cooking...her favorite thing in the world to do!
Two days after she arrived home, she was preparing a ganache for chocolate truffles, which she proudly served at a family birthday party (and which were delicious by the way) and she also made us a yogurt cake with mango sorbet. She learned so many things, in addition to improving her French (songs, camping skills, cooking, gardening, farming). All in all, it was a fantastic and life changing experience for her. Thank you!
The first days were very challenging for Caterina, due to the full immersion in French and with people so different from her. After 5 days, she started to connect with other people and make new friends, that helped to overcome the homesickeness. Time went fast an after finishing the experience, Caterina feels proud to have made it!
The classes were great and the new friends she made enriched her life, they all came from different backrounds but shared a strong bond. She truly enjoyed the final show since all the children took part in creating the choreografies, the lyrics and the script. The end result was magic! After going through this experience we strongly recommend VSF. It was such a rewarding experience for our daughter. Sincerely
As a parent I want to let you know that I was extremely impressed with the Pre-camp information package, the communication during the camp stay and the photo / info blog site. I appreciated very much the personal update you sent to us every week. All in all it was a fantastic camp experience which will be repeated for sure next year! Best Regards,
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