Let’s get to know Loic, our ‘dad to the over 50s’ and this very special programme.
The programme is open to adults over 50. Over the course of a fortnight, they alternate French lessons with excursions around the Côte d’Azur. I try to help them learn about our culture and discover Provence. It’s a genuine immersion. The over 50s are a little like my children.
With the over 50s, a true group dynamic develops. It’s really lovely to see people of different nationalities and of a certain age having fun together. And, as I’ve already said, the over 50s are like my children... So I love it when they refer to me as ‘dad’.
My favourite memory is also associated with this programme. It was two or three years ago, when we had an American student, Ruth, a lady who was more than 85 years old and passionate about travel!
I’ve worked at the school since summer 2008. I started out as a supervisor. I then became Lead Supervisor at one of the campuses, then Campus Director. My studies meant that I was able to shift my focus to teaching, and for the last few years, I have also been a teacher. I have remained loyal to the CIA throughout this time. Indeed, I even met my wife here!
I think students come here for several reasons. As I see it, the main two are the weather and our scenery, beaches and mountains. The Côte d’Azur is renowned for its sunshine and pleasant temperatures. In winter, you can even ski then, at the end of the day, enjoy an aperitif by the sea! And don’t forget the celebrities... There’s always a chance you might run into someone famous! I’m serious – in Antibes, I’ve personally seen Rihanna, Beyoncé and Jay-Z!!
Human contact and cultural exchange are both extremely important to me. They allow you to be open to the world and to other people.