Bonjour et bienvenue!

Greetings from your Aix-en-Provence Trip Leader!

Bonjour students and parents! My name is Marion Phillips and I will be your trip leader in Aix-en-Provence. This will be my fifth summer working with American high school students in France, and my third summer leading a France trip for ECI. I fell in love with France during my junior year abroad in Paris, and returned there to do an M.A. I then spent three wonderful years teaching French at Lawrence Academy, a boarding school in Groton, Massachusetts. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in French Literature at UC Berkeley.


There is no better place to be than the south of France for the summer. We will be visiting historic sites and cities, taking in breathtaking views of Provence and the Mediterranean, and sampling delicious French cuisine. Students will be able to take their French language skills from the classroom to the marchés, cafés, and musées of beautiful Aix-en-Provence before having the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in French language and culture with host families in Hyères. Finally, we will get to know Paris, my adopted hometown. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing this wonderful experience!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at

À bientôt,

– Marion Phillips, Trip Leader, Aix-en-Provence 2012

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