The people from Corrientes who defied the French by bringing mate, carnival and chamamé

Two Corrientes represented the province in France and lived for a month in a medieval castle. Student Paula Sandoval, who is in her last year of high school at Eragia, and Professor José Casuso overcame the difficulties of the language and settled in Normandy. Both demonstrated the customs of the country by tasting mate and teaching the chamamé.

Both Paula and José were summoned to do an internship in the French country to learn about agricultural activities and had the experience of residing, for a month, in the Le Robillard Agricultural Lyceum, which has a medieval building in the style of Louis XIV. With the challenge of the new language, Paula and José spoke in Spanish half the time and the rest in French and English. This was not an obstacle, since they were able to share various agricultural practices with their French colleagues, since in that old building is the rural school with boarding school, in which hundreds of students from the region live. The 17-year-old student lived for a month and the teacher stayed for 15 days.

Paula explained to El Litoral that: “We made a demonstration of our culture and traditions. We teach my classmates about mate, carnivals, and chamamé.”

The French students were very amazed by the Argentine customs but were willing to learn about them. Therefore, upon arriving in France, they held a class to demonstrate how mate is prepared and drunk. In addition to teaching the importance of Corrientes customs such as carnival and chamamé.

The 17-year-old student did the same activities that she normally does at the Regional School of Agriculture, Livestock and Industries in Corrientes, giving theoretical and practical classes as well as field trips.

The young woman attended Spanish classes with her teacher Milène Leprince to make intercultural interventions and tell about her education in Corrientes, her environment and local customs. Among the activities that were carried out in the educational center that has a large space in which they offer a varied proposal to learn about agriculture, livestock and horse riding.

“I had a roller coaster of feelings, emotions and moods throughout the trip, but now I can say that it was and continues to be the best experience of my life,” Paula told El Litoral.

The people of Corrientes got to know neighboring cities such as Caen, Mont Saint-Michel and Paris, thanks to the connection with the Fleury sur Orne association. Between the tours, they visited the Historic Castles and Churches, the Caen Memorial, the English Channel and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“The most gratifying thing was the good treatment of the people and the beautiful places and landscapes that I witnessed. What was a bit difficult was adapting to the customs that, without being bad, were different from those here and it was a daily challenge,” José told El Litoral.

This experience began last year at the Eragia school, students and teachers in a voluntary and optional French course. In this curricular space they were able to acquire the basic skills to explain their projects. The student made an article on equine care since she wants to learn about horsemanship during her stay. As for the teacher, she wrote a paper on dairy farms, leaning towards large animals and the production of cheese, fodder and balanced feed.

Both Paula and José previously participated in a contest in which they presented their projects to live the experience of learning about French culture and acquiring knowledge about the topics they wrote about.


The people from Corrientes who defied the French by bringing mate, carnival and chamamé – El litoral