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Africa: Myth and Reality

 Students who take Dr. Yewah’s First Year Experience Seminar, Africa: Myth and Reality, travel to Batchingou, Cameroon. Batchingou is the village in which Dr. Yewah grew up. Because of his relationship to the village, the students he brings to visit are immediately welcomed into the community and are allowed to meet the villagers as they live day to day. Along with dinners hosted by Chief Andre Flaubert Nana, students spend time with local school children and share a bit of their American culture with them. Activities include, but are not limited to, exploring the Museum of Civilization, shopping at the Handicraft Center in Dschang, touring the interior of Cameroon, driving to the coast, and visiting a chocolate factory.

Cameroon Trip 2018

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Cameroon Trip 2016

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20th Anniversary of the Sister-City Relationship with Noisy-le-Roi/ Bailly, France

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To learn more about the Sister-City Delegation and the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Sister-City relationship, click the links below:

Albion’s Sister Cities

French Cinema Festival at Albion's Historic Bohm Theater

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In November of 2017, to encourage our educational and cultural relationship with our Sister Cities in France (Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly), we screened French Cinema and French-related films at the historic Bohm Theater in Albion.  The matinees were free and open to the public.

International Students Show Their Support After the Paris Attacks on Friday, November 13th.

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Big Read Kickoff

French students in cooperation with the French Sister City Committee participated in the Big Read Kickoff. There was the Eiffel Tower in the parade, then lessons on making French magic wands, or "Baguettes magiques." In spite of the rain, wind and cold, the day was very amusant!!

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Kids at Hope

Students in advanced French courses step outside of the classroom to teach kids in the community French. 

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More First-Year Experiences with French

The Nwagni Project
Albion College students launched The Nwagni Project, which builds schools in Cameroon.

2012 Cameroon Trip Challenges First-Year Students' Thoughts About Africa

To France and Back First-Year Experience Student Blogs

Read more about First-Year Experience seminars that have been offered by professors of French in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department.

The Nwagni Project

Visit the Project blog to learn how Albion College students launched the effort in Cameroon and pdfread a recent newsletter.

Students from Noisy le Roi and Bailly Visit Campus

Students from Albion’s Sister Cities, Noisy le Roi and Bailly, France arrived in town for the 8th Annual Albion College Piano Festival, October 30 – November 1, 2015. The festival is a competition PianoFestival2014hosted by the Music Department. Early beginners up to advanced players and piano duos can win cash prizes. But for the participants, the Festival is equally about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists.

In between practicing and lessons, our young French guests spent a day visiting Dr. Dianne Guenin-Lelle’s and Dr. Emmanuel Yewah’s French classes. They shared what life is like for them in France, they ate in Lower Baldwin, played Bocce on the Campus Quad, and attended a Goûters at Fiske House, home of the international living and learning program.