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Africa: Myth and Reality

Cameroon Students who take Dr. Yewah's First Year Experience Seminar, Africa: Myth and Reality, travel to Batchingou, Cameroon. Batchingou is the village in which Dr. Yewah grew up. Because of his relationship to the village, the students he brings to visit are immediately welcomed into the community and are allowed to meet the villagers as they live day to day. Along with dinners hosted by Chief Andre Flaubert Nana, students spend time with local school children and share a bit of their American culture with them. Activities include, but are not limited to, exploring the Museum of Civilization, shopping at the Handicraft Center in Dschang, touring the interior of Cameroon, driving to the coast, and visiting a chocolate factory.

Cameroon Trip 2018

French students in Cameroon eating together at a table.

French students in Cameroon posing with the city behind them.

Students saying hello  to the local children.

A student with a child on her hip.

A student posing with children, one of the children is giving two peace signs.

Students walk down a rural road.

Cameroon Trip 2016

Students posing with each other for a photo.

Students stand at the base of a very large tree.

Students on the steps of a building with local children.

Students standing on a rock that has been decorated to look like a face.

Students sit on the top of a hill overlooking the town.

Students posing with a local family.

20th Anniversary of the Sister-City Relationship with Noisy-le-Roi/ Bailly, France

A flyer advertising the Sister City Barbecue event on September 18, 2016.

Albion residence serve barbecue at the Sister City Barbecue in Victory Park in Albion.

A sign reading 'Square D' Albion (Michigan)' with buttons and literature laid out.

Residents of Albion enjoying barbecue in an office on Albion College's campus.

Albion residents sit with students in a classroom.

To learn more about the Sister-City Delegation and the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Sister-City relationship, click the links below:

Albion's Sister Cities

French Cinema Festival at Albion's Historic Bohm Theater

A picture of Paris with the word Bienvenue! (Welcome in French).

In November of 2017, to encourage our educational and cultural relationship with our Sister Cities in France (Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly), we screened French Cinema and French-related films at the historic Bohm Theater in Albion. The matinees were free and open to the public.

International Students Show Their Support After the Paris Attacks on Friday, November 13th.

A candlelight vigil at Albion's rock. The rock is painted black with a silver Eiffel tower/peace sign.

Albion's rock painted black reads 'Pray for Humanity' in white. International flags have been painted on it's base.

Big Read Kickoff

French students in cooperation with the French Sister City Committee participated in the Big Read Kickoff. There was the Eiffel Tower in the parade, then lessons on making French magic wands, or "Baguettes magiques." In spite of the rain, wind and cold, the day was very amusant!!

Students showing off their Bagutte Magiques.

A Eiffel Tower float for the Big Read Kickoff parade.

Student's in purple witch hats, holding wands.

Kids at Hope

Students in advanced French courses step outside of the classroom to teach kids in the community French.

Albion College students teaching French kids in their classroom.

Albion College students sitting at a round table with local French children.

More First-Year Experiences with French

The Nwagni Project
Albion College students launched The Nwagni Project, which builds schools in Cameroon.

2012 Cameroon Trip Challenges First-Year Students' Thoughts About Africa

To France and Back First-Year Experience Student Blogs

Read more about First-Year Experience seminars that have been offered by professors of French in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department.

The Nwagni Project

Visit the Project blog to learn how Albion College students launched the effort in Cameroon and pdfread a recent newsletter.

Students from Noisy le Roi and Bailly Visit Campus

Students from Albion's Sister Cities, Noisy le Roi and Bailly, France arrived in town for the 8th Annual Albion College Piano Festival, October 30 – November 1, 2015. The festival is a competition PianoFestival2014hosted by the Music Department. Early beginners up to advanced players and piano duos can win cash prizes. But for the participants, the Festival is equally about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists.

In between practicing and lessons, our young French guests spent a day visiting Dr. Dianne Guenin-Lelle's and Dr. Emmanuel Yewah's French classes. They shared what life is like for them in France, they ate in Lower Baldwin, played Bocce on the Campus Quad, and attended a Goûters at Fiske House, home of the international living and learning program.