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Johnston, Drew (Class of 2005)

Drew Johnston (’05) is spending seven months in 2005 and 2006 as an “Assistant de Langue Vivante” in the French overseas department of Réunion, a tropical island located 500 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. He works 12 hours a week in a high school and middle school with small groups of nine to fifteen students. Réunion is an island rich in both culture and natural wonders, including the most active volcano in the world. When Drew isn’t at work, he spends his time on the beach, taking hikes in the mountains, and learning all there is to know about the island’s unique cuisine. Applicants to this program can request to be placed in any department in mainland France or in any of its four DOMs (Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, or French Guiana). Information on the program can be found on the French embassy website at: Anyone interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should also feel free to contact Drew at if they have any questions or concerns.

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