Next month, 10 students from France will spend two weeks living with local families and visiting classes at Sonoma Valley High School, and this summer, nine Sonoma students will in turn visit France.

This French/American cultural exchange program is organized by Sonoma Valley High French teacher Devin Daly. He organized the exchange program last year with the help of two teachers living in Aix-en-Provence who had been part of such exchanges with Petaluma High School and Casa Grande High School in the past.

When he heard about their efforts, he believed SVHS students should have the same opportunity for a French-American exchange program, and he took the initiative to organize it.

Currently, more than 70 students at Sonoma Valley High School take French I, French II, or French III with Daly. French and Spanish are the two foreign languages offered as electives at the high school. Nine students have signed up to be part of the 2014 exchange this year. Students interested in participating in 2015 should see Daly for more information.

Daly said, “The program provides an authentic cultural and linguistic experience by having each student live in and become part of his or her host family in France.” Daly donates his time and insists on student fundraising in order to keep the $2,200 trip to France affordable for families.