San Francisco

Yesterday, students went to San Francisco! They were able to see Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, as well as Ghirardelli Square and China Town. Students also enjoyed ice cream at Dreyer’s, the seals on the bay, a scary dungeon tour, and the famous In and Out Burgers. Check out the photos!



Downtime before the Second Diagnostic Test

Yesterday, students enjoyed games and a trip to the cinema in order to relax before the big day–their second SAT Diagnostic Test. This weekend, we will be taking trips to San Francisco! Stay tuned for those photos.


Second day of classes and trip to Cream!

Students have continued trudging along through the SAT Prep! Today students had their first Essay Writing course. Teachers Kate and Katie helped them through the SAT Essay section. We played board games in the lounge and took the kids on a trip to Cream in Downtown Berkeley for ice cream. Students then had their evening College Counseling session.

Sundays are for Fun at Summerfuel Tufts!

This past Sunday meant lots of different activities for Summerfuel students, while our new International Relations program began their orientation.

Students had the opportunity to visit downtown Boston, and explore all that the city has to offer. Many students chose to go to Newbury Street for a day of shopping, but others opted to stay and explore Quincy Market. Other travel options included Fenway, The New England Aquarium, The Museum of Fine Arts, and walking the Freedom Trail.

Your Tufts RA’s chose to visit Modern Pastry for cannoli and tiramisu, trying anything to beat the heat.

The weather did not slow us down! And the residents had a memorable day in Boston. After they returned from the trip, the evening offered a program-wide birthday party for anyone who will be celebrating a birthday throughout the week or month.


UC Berkeley Tour

Today was another action packed day! Students woke up fresh and early for breakfast followed by a SAT Diagnostic Exam. The exam lasted more than three hours! Following this, students went to lunch then went on a tour of UC-Berkeley. We got to learn the history behind the seal, the bell tower, and even the nickname “Cal” Berkeley has adopted over the years. Afternoon activities included a bookstore visit and sports in the quad.


Summerfuel Nice Says Goodbye for 2019

Today, students in Nice gave their goodbyes to staff and one another, finishing out the 2019 Summerfuel program. These full final days offered yet further memorable opportunities for students to experience their adopted city before continuing safely on to their next summer destinations.

Summerfuel Nice students share one final group dinner at the restaurant, Le Comptoir du Marché, in Nice’s Old Town.


Students share a pizza party on the second-to-last night of the Nice Summerfuel program.


Goodbyes prepare an individual to depart a space while they are still in it. Over the past 3 days, this special group of students thoroughly engaged in the “goodbye” process. They had farewell dinners (see photos above). Nice Summerfuelers also gave thoughtful and personally-tailored parting gifts as a class to their beloved language teachers, René and Nya.

“Do you see what I have to deal with?,” jokingly asks French teacher, René, as students prepare to pose for a group photo. Summerfuelers say they will deeply miss having him as an instructor.


Students can’t help but smile as their light-hearted instructor makes a joke mid-photo.


Students pose with dedicated and energetic French teacher, Nya, before giving her a final goodbye for the summer.


In addition to saying goodbye to staff and sharing final parting meals with one another, Summerfuelers had a wonderful time enjoying the family-friendly Nice Jazz Festival before leaving. The headlining artists that night? The BLACK EYED PEAS!


The high-energy performance from this American pop group included funny and relatable live moments. A student with family origins in the Philippines felt honored that one Black Eyed Peas member, Apl.De.Ap, spoke a few words in Tagalog. Further, the band’s limited and intentionally comedic attempts to speak French reminded students of how far they have progressed in their language skills. Before the night ended, Summerfuelers had fully participated in the dynamic fist-pumping and dancing that the band members encouraged. As one student punnily, but truthfully, summarized, “I had the time of my life!”


As of the writing of this final post, students from the Summerfuel Nice program have officially departed our shared residence and are now living out the finality implied in the word “goodbye.” This staff member hears the sound of their absence in the hallways. As she thinks of them, she wishes each one the very best that life has to offer.


From all of the staff and instructors at Summerfuel Nice, we send our kind thanks (see photo below). Thank you students, parents, caretakers, teachers, and agents for entrusting us with your time and confidence. It has been our pleasure to welcome and get to know each Summerfueler. Students, we sincerely hope that you continue your French studies, as well as further develop the openness to others and new experiences that you have worked on throughout your time with us in Nice. We look forward to hearing of your wonderful successes!

Summerfuel Nice 2019 staff. From left to right: Nya, Michel, Ashley, Sabrina, Ashleigh, and René.


In words inspired by our lovely Resident Advisor, Sabrina, “Go on and be free, butterflies!” Go on and do wonderful things with the opportunities that life post-Summerfuel offers each of you. We trust you will make greatness happen.

Museums of London (and, The Boys of Lady Margaret Hall Meet an NBA Player in Harrods)

Cyle here, with a very full cup. Let me explain. My great uncle was a successful commercial illustrator who, when I was a kid, told me that everyone has a proverbial “cup”. Into that cup goes many things: stories, art, books, movies, friendships, experiences, etc. Out of that cup comes our “work”- the things we put our energy into. I say this because, after today, everyone’s cup- students and staff alike- is very full. We spent all day in London and saw some amazing things: a Narwal’s tusk! 15th Century Persian Porcelain! Marble sculptures by Rodin! Original sketches by Christian Dior!

Oh, and an NBA player in Harrod’s.

Students were given the option to visit one of three museums based upon their interests: the Museum of Natural History (self explanatory), Victoria and Albert Museum (fine art), and the Science Museum (also self explanatory). I was fortunate enough to lead a group to the Museum of Natural History, a building that, to put it quite mildly, is pretty impressive.

And housed some pretty impressive things, including a full skeleton of Earth’s largest mammal: the blue whale.

(It’s so large, I couldn’t fit it in the frame!)

Later in the day, several students went to see Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre- but not before getting themselves some fancy ice cream.


Oh, I almost forgot! I’m going to tell the story as it was told to me: Some of our male students went through Harrod’s and saw an extremely tall man perusing the newest Apple gear. They suspected that the man in question was Clint Capela, who plays for the Houston Rockets, and did a quick Google Images search to prove or disprove their suspicion. One of the students (The bravest among them? You decide.) ventured up to the man, asking, “Clint?”

“Who?” the man replied.

“Oh, we just- my friends and I thought you were Clint Capela.”

“No, I don’t know that guy.”


“No, I’m kidding. I’m his brother.”


“No, I’m kidding. It’s me.”

Or, at least, that’s how I imagined it went.

Elective Courses and Afternoon Activities Continue as Summer Comes to a Close

Though the Nice program for summer 2019 nears its final day, Summerfuel students continue to make the most of everyday French classes, but also elective courses and afternoon activities.

This week’s elective course, Cooking, provided students an opportunity to learn from local chef and instructor, Aude, for a third and final time. Students commented that this week’s 3-course menu of delicate quiche, French chicken curry, and chocolate fondant was their favorite one yet (please see photos below)!


Aude tests students’ knowledge on slicing and dicing techniques, showing them along the way how to best chop ingredients like onion, basil, and chicken to preserve flavor.

Aude tests students’ knowledge on cooking techniques before demonstrating what they are to do.


Aude quizzes students on the qualities of the ingredients used in their dishes, including this speculoos cookie for their dessert’s chantilly cream.


Students crumble speculoos cookies into their chantilly cream, a topping for the chocolate fondant.


Aude’s kitchen provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for students to enjoy one another’s company and learn how to prepare new dishes.


Summerfuelers prepare their meal during this week’s cooking class.


The Summerfuelers are basically Master Chefs now (no, not quite yet, but, they show promise, including in their careful handling of kitchen utensils in the poised photograph below):


This week also included further culinary adventures outside of the classroom. Summerfuelers opted into a typical Niçois lunch, wherein they sampled local dishes like socca and pissaladière.

Summerfuel Nice Director, Ashleigh Sanborn, points out each of the dishes during the Niçois lunch. This one is pissaladière.


Afternoon activities further kept students engaged with local life! They went for an evening ice cream and beach stroll together last night.

Students each try 2 of the more than 50 flavors from local gelato shop, Fenocchio, before spending time relaxing on the beach together.


Students also participated in parasailing earlier this afternoon.

2 students prepare to parasail for the first time ever today. (Look at the joy on these faces!)


2 students begin their thrilling parasailing ascent on a balmy Niçois afternoon.



Tomorrow, the last day of classes, will bring Summerfuelers opportunities to thank their teachers and finalize their in-class work. Staff and teachers alike, though, are proud of what the students have accomplished thus far, including their open attitudes to trying new experiences in Nice and meeting a diverse array of people.