Mathilde Pogu, 17, a high school student from France, is in the San Francisco Bay Area for three weeks to practice her English, and to experience Californian lifestyle, culture and food.
Mathilde is one of ten students from France, who are part of a foreign exchange program organized by the Center for Cultural-Interchange ("CCI"), a non-profit group based in Chicago, with a local coordinator in Danville.
All ten students are being hosted by families in Alamo, Danville, Diablo and San Ramon. Mathilde is a special guest in the home of Adriana and William Chong, who are first time host parents in the program.
"Mathilde is a beautiful, bright young lady, and we are very happy to be her host parents in California for three weeks," said Adriana.
CCI is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding and academic development. It was recognized by the U.S. Department of State as an official exchange visit program sponsor. CCI organizes high school exchanges, short-term group homestays, internships, work, travel and language study programs in the United States and more than 30 other countries around the world.
To learn more about the CCI program, please visit www.cci-exchange.com or call Gulya Gehring at (925) 200-8959.