High School Abroad, High School France

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Preparing for High School Abroad in France

By Holly Herzfeld, CCI/Greenheart Travel High School Abroad Participant in France

This is the final countdown! Five months have flown by so quickly from when I first sent in my application to CCI. In those five months I have filled out uncountable forms, gone through multiple interviews and have gone to the French Embassy in Washington, DC to get my VISA. Honestly, I’ve been loving every moment of it! And everyone has been so helpful.

Next year, I will be spending my fall semester in the south of France, studying abroad as a junior. I am placed in a town south of Nimes, near Arles. My uncle and his family lived in Arles for two years, so they are very excited for me! I currently live in Washington, DC.

When I was first told about where I was going to stay, I felt so overwhelmed and a little freaked out. But after about two months, I am so confident and every day I get more and more excited, because I know this trip will be enchanting and unforgettable.

I’ve been going through my closet, picking the right clothes and shoes to bring! I keep writing lists of what to bring, and then I’ll get frustrated and write a new one! I don’t want to bring too much, but then again what if I don’t bring enough?

Two weeks away from being in France and I can’t stop thinking about it. I have been getting together with my family and friends to say goodbye. Everything is going by so quickly and I want time to slow down, but at the same time I don’t! It’s all very contradictory.

This trip will challenge me, and that is exactly what I am looking for. I want to broaden my horizons and I want to become fluent in French. I want to bond with another family that will soon become so close to me. Every aspect of this journey makes me happier. I cannot wait!



About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.



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