These students (pictured above) have just had the experience of a lifetime!

Chris De Baets, Madison Ueland, Harry McIntyre and Emlyn Bilbie have just returned from an amazing stay in Le VŽsinet, France – a beautiful garden suburb, 30 minutes from the centre of Paris.

There they enjoyed six weeks of immersion in the French language and culture, staying with a French family and attending a French high school.

Highlights of their stay included a segway tour of Paris, a panoramic view from the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, visits to famous museums and a trip to Versailles.

This was part of the Hunters Hill – Le VŽsinet Student Exchange Program, where students from in and around Hunters Hill, who are studying French at school, can take part in a reciprocal student exchange.

The Australians travel over to Le VŽsinet in December and January and in return receive their French students for six weeks in June and July.

Over the years many Sydney schools have welcomed these French students and play an important part by allowing the French students to attend with their host student.

The Exchange Program is run under the auspices of the Hunters Hill council by a group of volunteers.

It was set up 28 yeas ago after a friendship pact was signed between the two councils to honour the French origins of Hunters Hill and to promote friendship and cultural understanding between the two towns.

Over the years hundreds of students have enjoyed this exchange and we hope to continue into the future.

An Information Night will be held Wednesday May 3 in Hunters Hill Town Hall at 7pm.

Anyone interested in learning more about the exchange is welcome to attend. For further details email: info@huntershill-levesinet.org.au or check website : www.huntershill-levesinet.org.au