Webb embraces the world with a student body from many
different countries and regions. Cultural exchange allows Webb to "go to the world" and study the language and culture of France and Spain.
Travel and Family Stay in France
Students who study French at Webb know they can have the enriching experience of forming
international friendships with a French teenager while living in the French culture and being able
to communicate in French. This meaningful intercultural opportunity occurs via Webb's short
term travel and family stay program abroad. Webb French students travel to France during
Spring Break for a family stay and short term travel that allows them to live the personal
experience of being immersed in language while learning firsthand about French culture and
building a friendship during the family stay. Each Webb student is received by a host family in
France, who provides the homestay experience, works to fulfill the Webb student's interests, and encourages language communication in "real time."
Recent family stays have been to Strasbourg, Vire (Normandy), and Lyon. Depending on the
area, students have been on day trips to see the European Parliament building, the DDay
Beaches, or a French World II Resistance museum. Of course, each trip finds a bit of time to
see the Eiffel Tower in Paris (like Sawney Webb did in the year the Tower was inaugurated!) and enjoy “the City of Lights.”
An added feature to Webb's travel to France is the possibility to host a French teen during the
summer. Often the students invite their French friend from the spring, and summer hosting
allows any Webb student and family to welcome someone from France into their home. Webb
teachers organize the travel and home stays in France and the U.S. through the invaluable work
of Language and Friendship, whose motto reflects the key philosophy: "use the language, build
a friendship.” Webb students enthusiastically agree:
“Being an exchange student is so much more fun than just pure traveling. I get to meet and
hang out with lots of French teenagers and we have become friends with each other. My host
family is super nice. They make me delicious French food and care about me.”
Vivian Wu '14
Spain Program Transitions To Exchange
In previous years, Webb students have traveled to Salamanca, Spain, and to Costa Rica to
pursue Spanish language study and to discover the rich Spanish culture and that of Costa Rica.
With the positive experiences and tangible benefits of the French program, Webb Spanish
students will embark on a similar family stay and short term language study the next time they
travel to Spain.
In addition to being received as a new member of a Spanish family, the day trips to Avila,
Segovia, El Escorial, or to a soccer match or cathedral these are all things to look forward to as
Webb prepares to add Spain as an exchange destination.
Beyond France and Spain to China?
Webb has been blessed to partner with Language and Friendship in its exchange endeavors. To imagine holding an international flight in Chicago while your flight from Nashville arrives an hour late, will tell why we at Webb value their expertise.
Language and Friendship does not yet go to China, but by the time Webb students are ready to
go, we will make an exchange happen! We look forward to seeing how this will work out.