Paris, France

One of the most progressive cities in the world, with plans to make its city center “100 percent bicycle,” you can find yourself sipping a café under a famed open terrace one minute and then viewing classic works of art the next.  

Sustainability with a French Flair



Session 1
Sept 3 - 30, 2022


  • Excursion to the Loire Valley, the “Garden of France"

  • Learn about preservation efforts in the city that heralded them

  • Explore the implications of social integration

  • Stay with a French host family

  • Field visits to prolific water operators

This experiential module consists of a series of visits and discussions that explore most of the UN SDG’s. The experience begins with an exploration of the colonial history of Paris and discusses social integration through visiting many of the diverse communities and neighborhoods. You will experience the historical highlights of this great city alongside many of the progressive initiatives that preserve the city and guarantee a future for all moving forward. Visit to places like Aqua Publica Europea (APE), the European Association of Public Water Operators. It unites publicly owned water and sanitation services and other stakeholders working to promote public water management at both European and international level. We will discuss the Paris Agreement, the landmark agreement in the multilateral climate change process bringing all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. You will hear from historians, industry leaders, activists and artists and have plenty of time for reflection.  

Castle in the Loire Valley in Paris France

Included Excursion: The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France due to its lush vineyards, orchards, and gardens. You’ll have the chance to see some of the many châteaux scattered throughout the scenic countryside, such as Chambord and Chenonceau, then stay overnight in the historical city of Tours.

Street Scene in Paris with orange, yellow, and tan row houses.


For a fully immersive experience, you’ll live with a Parisian family. Each host family has been carefully selected by WorldStrides resident staff to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week and laundry service once a week. You’ll typically share a room with another GAP student (roommates are of the same gender).

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