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American in Montpellier

Rosalie Simonitch left Santa Rosa, California in the US at the end of August 2003 to embark on a new experience as an Au Pair in Montpellier. Rosalie spent 26 hours travelling in order to get to Montpellier and six of those hours were spent waiting for a connection in Houston, Texas. From there, she flew on to Paris and finally arrived in Montpellier.

She was met at Baggage Reclaim at Montpellier Airport by the family she has spent the last three months working for. Mum, Dad, two children and a visiting cousin. Rosalie's responsibilities have been as Nanny for the 11 year old daughter in the family, Mathilde. She has had to make sure that Mathilde's room was tidy and that her laundry was done as well as helping her with her homework and her English and picking her up from school. Rosalie also helped with meals and the tidying up afterwards as the whole family did.

We asked Rosalie what her worst and best times have been with her host family and here is what she said :

« I think the worst time would have to have been when I first arrived and was being shown round the house and having my areas of responsibility pointed out to me. I was still kind of culture shocked and was still trying to get to grips with the language so I missed some of the things that were being said to me and missed some of the instructions that were being given, so over the next few days, Madam would say, 'I thought I told you to do this or that' but when you are trying to take in so much at once it really is very confusing. »

« As for the best times, I think I would have to say Sundays. On Sundays, the family has an early dinner and then the kids plug microphones in to the radio and they sing and dance. The little boy plays the guitar and it is just a real family moment. »

We also asked Rosalie what she found the biggest differences were to her life at home :

« Cheese ! After every meal, the family has a cheese course, which we don't have in the States so when I arrived I was given an introduction to cheese and advised that to get the best from the flavour of the different cheeses and to be able to appreciate them better I should start with the lighter ones and work my way up to the stronger ones. That was an education ! »

Rosalie has been told about the Au Pair experience by a teacher of her's in school who had taken part in an Au Pair programme in Paris and who had really enjoyed it and recommended it to Rosalie. So Rosalie, interested in learning more about the French language and culture, got on the internet and started looking for information on being an Au Pair in France. Luckily for her she found the French American Center website and got the information she was looking for. The French American Center sent her all the information she needed, Rosalie filled out the forms, went along to the French Consulate and spent the day sorting out her Visa which was granted within half an hour and then started preparing to leave for France.

And now, three months later, it's all over and Rosalie is on her way home to California.

When asked to summarise her experience here in France and her plans for the future Rosalie said :

« It's been a great experience and I wish I could stay but I'm sure that I will come back because I really like the culture and the people. It's really great here! »

Says it all really!!

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  • Parents' Coffee Morning
    Mercredi 14 mars 2018 à 11h30 au French American Center
    Pour les parents des enfants inscrits au Kids' School.
  • St. Patrick’s Day
    Jeudi 15 Mars 2018 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Présentation de l’histoire de la Saint Patrick avec des jeux typiques, quiz et apéritif. N’oubliez pas de porter un vêtement verts
  • Easter Potluck Party
    Jeudi 22 Mars 2018 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Venez découvrir ce que les cloches ont apportées au French-American Center. Préparez et partagez votre plat préféré et présentez-nous votre recette en anglais !
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  • Kid’s Easter Workshop
    Mercredi 6 Avril 2018 de 12h15 à 13h30 au French American Center
    Ateliers de travaux manuels pour les enfants autour du thème de Pâques et déjeuner.
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  • Murder Mystery
    Mercredi 11 Avril à 19h au French American Center
    Come and try to figure out who murdered Lady Stanford's husband by listening to the suspects, and discussing possible motives. Enjoy some snacks as you put together the details and reveal the killer!
    Venez resoudre le mystère avec nous pour découvrir qui a tué le mari de Lady Stanford!! Nous allons entendre les témoignages des suspects, et discuter leurs motivations possible! ?Prenez l'apéro en essayant de résoudre le mystère - en Anglais of course!
  • Soirée Mexicaine
    Mercredi 9 Mai 2018 à 19h au French American Center
    Venez découvrir l'histoire des relations entre le Mexique et les États-Unis, participer à un quiz et dégustation des spécialités mexicaines. Graçe à sa popularité de l'année dernière, le Food Truck El Cactus est de retour pour la soirée. Don't miss it!
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  • Apéritif Party: "Share your Favorite Wine And Cheese"
    Mardi 22 Mai 19h au French American Center
    Découverte les combinaisons pour déguster les vins ou les fromages. Venez nous faire partager votre fromage ou vin préféré en anglais.
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  • Rencontre Littéraire avec R.J Ellory
    Jeudi 7 Juin 2018 à 18h30 à l'auditorium du Musée Fabre, animée et traduite par Jeanette Franklin
  • Apéritif Party: "American Photo Exibibition"
    Mercredi Juin 13 2018 à 19h au French American Center
    Venez partager vos photos vos souvenirs votre voyage aux Etats-Unis.
    Partager vos expériences et recommandations des destinations à visiter.
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  • Spectacle des enfants du Kids’ School
    Mercredi 27 Juin 2018 à 17h au French American Center
    Spectacle de fin d'année des enfants du Kids' School.
  • Fourth July Party
    Mercredi 4 Juillet 2018 à 19h au French American Center
    Apéritif typique, Jeux et présentation.
    Partager un moment conviviale pour fêter le jour de l’indépendance ensemble.
  • Welcome to The French American Center !
    Jeudi 13 Septembre 2018 à 19h au French American Center
    Venez nombreux à notre soirée de Bienvenue pour la rentrée 2018.
    Nous vous proposons des petites conversations "Speed Talking" pour échanger en anglais et en français.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    Jeudi 22 Novembre 2018 à 19h00 RV pour l'apéro au French American Center
    Apéro et Présentation Sur Thanksgiving suivi d'un repas traditionnel gourmet chez Bonobo, jeux et quiz.
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  • Fermeture annuel du 4 au 19 août 2018 inclus
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