If we had classes most of the day, the Cross-Cultural program is also about having fun and discovering the United States of America.
For instance, for the first two week we participated to the “boys and girls club”. This refers to an organization which aims at planning fun activities for kids who cannot afford to travel during summer vacation. After lunch, we would go there and play with kids from 5 to 10 years old. For some it was a good way to improve their English, for others it was a good way to meet and see how American kids interact. But overall it was mostly a good way to improve our stamina! American kids have a lot of energy, turns out.
If every Sunday was mostly free time, we usually had something scheduled on Saturday. The purpose was mostly to visit a bit more Virginia or learn more about the United States of America in general. For instance, the second weekend of this one-month program we went camping. At least that what it was first scheduled, but as rain poured, we only spent an afternoon getting lost in a hike and enjoying the swimming pool. For a bit more sensation, we all went to Kings Dominion the next week. This roller coaster park was full of sensational rides and a water park. Very useful during the summer season!
My favorite trip of this program remains our Washington weekend. We stayed there for almost 3 days and it was enough to see most of Washington city. The visit to the National Mall with all these museums was very interesting! I would recommend visiting the African American and Indian American museums which were very fascinating. The plus of this trip was the fact that we had a lot of free time to build our own schedule. And other such as the Shenandoah cavern visit and Monticello!
Instructive, interesting and fun: those activities were strengthening our brand-new friendships. Actually, I would say that the best thing about this trip is the people I have met. I have built such a connection with them that I have now places to stay in different continents.