Châteauroux lies in Central France and is located in the Loire Valley on the Indre River.
Châteauroux is about 2 1/2 hours to Paris by car and 2 hours by train.
It has a population of over 45,000 and the current mayor is Gil Avérous and the vice mayor is Jean-Yves Hugon, who heads up the exchange program.
It has the largest covered “bouladrome” in France and the game of Pétanque is very popular.
An exchange between the Châteauroux club(s) and the Fresno Pétanque Club (www.fresnopetanque.com) is being planned.
Educational exchanges at the high school level provide young people with the opportunity to develop inter-personal skills under the umbrella of citizen diplomacy. These exchanges are often described by participants as “a life-changing experience.” Many current leaders in international affairs or diplomacy can trace their interest to their first sister city exchange.
We also offer a similar exchange program for adults. When you host an adult here in Fresno, you have the opportunity to be hosted in Châteauroux.
The Official Fresno Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program plan to send Fresno County high school students and Fresno State students to Fresno’s Sister City of Châteauroux.
This program provides Sophomore and Junior French language students with a unique opportunity to broaden their perception of the world while offering them an enriching exchange experience.
Our French language students will live with a pre-selected student for three weeks in July in a host family inChâteauroux. In return, the Fresno exchange students' family will then host a student from Châteauroux for three weeks in October; Attending school for three weeks to immerse themselves in English.
Please click here to download a copy of the application.
Note: Being fluent in French is REQUIRED for this program.