A Chance for High School Students to Travel to France

(Jan. 8, 2019) — Are you a high school student in grades 11 or 12 in Connecticut? Are you interested in history? According to their website, “Digging Into History will bring 15 Connecticut high school students on a community service trip to Seicheprey, France July 6-25, 2019. The students will spend July 7-20 in the village of Seicheprey where they will work with local historians to restore a section of trench last occupied by Connecticut soldiers. The goal of this work is to create a historic site where visitors can learn about this important battle and American (and Connecticut) contributions to the war.”

A local historian Phillipe Dourthe, will lead the work. Students will clear the area, excavate, and build the revetments using period materials, just as Connecticut soldiers would have done. Some archaeological excavation is expected. While the work will be focused on the trench restoration, during their free time students will also have the opportunity to interact with French students who will be working with them as well as to immerse themselves in French culture. The local community has planned a series of cultural enrichment activities for the students during their two week stay.

At the end of their stay, students will present their work to the community, then head to Paris for four days where they will see the sights and take a special trip to the Asembleé Nationale and the Senat with representatives from the Seicheprey community.

The cost is $3406 (a limited number of scholarships will be available). The online application, essay, and two recommendations are due by January 20, 2019. For more information, see this WEBSITE.

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