Part 2: Inès and Julien at EFBPA
As I entered the school with them I was extremely impressed by its size and the modernity and quality of their equipment.
The EFBPA school and its directors, Christian Vabret and Nathalie Breuil, have had a tremendous impact on the quality and sustainability of Shanghai Young Bakers. The cooperation between SYB and the EFBPA started in 2011, when the French bakery school accepted to train 3 SYB graduates,whom are now the trainers at SYB, for free.
This time again, our graduates benefited from the expertise of seasoned bakery and pastry chefs. Jin Huizi said: “I’m really grateful for this opportunity. I have learnt so many new techniques and recipes with my pastry teachers, in a state-of-the-art baking center! Besides, they all know that we will become teachers at SYB, so my trainer here would often let me grade my fellow students and comment on their products to give me an opportunity to practice.”
After having witnessed them struggle to learn the basics of French in Shanghai, it was very moving for me to see them interact in French with their friends and teacher so seamlessly… using technical vocabulary that most French people wouldn’t know of!
What was obvious to me as well was the kindness of the teaching and management team, who had spared no efforts to make sure that their stay would go well and that they would make the most out of this experience. Nathalie, the deputy director, observed: “I’m always very impressed by how quickly and well they adapt to such a different environment…It has really been a pleasure to have them here and I’m sure that they will make great teachers at Shanghai Young Bakers!”
After 3 days of stay it was already time for me to take the (mountainous) road again. In the name of all the SYB team, I would like to warmly thank again all the teachers and bakers of the EFBPA school and Vabret bakery for their care. By training the future SYB teachers, your help will make a difference for dozens of marginalized Chinese youth!
Last but not least, stay tuned for the rest of Zhang Shuai and Jin Huizi’s adventures…they are now doing a second internship…in Paris this time!
SYB program advisor