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The College Cevenol is located in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small town west of Lyon, in the Massif Central region of France. A multicultural, internationalist boarding school, the College Cevenol also serves as a center for refugee families from around the globe.
Each summer for the past 66 years the AFCC has run a work-study program at Le College Cevenol. For half the day (Monday-Friday ), students work on service-learning projects - i.e., repairing roads, painting walls, fixing up sports facilities, beautifying the campus, etc. The second half of the day is devoted to educational activities - i.e., learning French, studying cuisine, interacting with local villagers, and, depending on the year, developing friendships with asylum-seeking families. Each day work campers experience a special aspect of the French culture. Weekends are devoted to field trips; in 2008 & 2010 students visited nearby villages to watch the Tour de France. Every year weather permitting students will hike to the apex of an ancient volcano and visit the historic city of Le Puy. In 2010, campers made a 2 day excursion trip to nearby Annecy. The work, refugee friendships and field trips make for the summer of a lifetime.
Over the 66 years our program has been in existence many of our camp visitors and camp directors have taken photos of their stay. We like to share our memories with you and your families. Please take a moment and view the rich history of le College Cevenol and many of our alumni. View Our Photos Now!
The American Friends of College Cevenol (the "AFCC") is a volunteer 501(c)3 organization founded in 1952. Its primary function it to provide general support to le College Cevenol, a school founded by two local pastors, Eduoard Theis and André Trocmé, who during World War 2 inspired the Huguenots in 12 villages to save approximately five thousand refugees, including over 3,000 Jews, during the Holocaust. To remember the courageous actions of the Huguenots, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem planted over 70 trees in the memory of the "Righteous Gentiles" of the plateau.