I am from Brittany, in the west of France, holder of a baccalaureate in litterature, I like sport, eating well and my family. Proud to contribute to the rebirth of AFF.


French citizen, born in Côte d’Ivoire and living in the US since 1980.I look forward to continuing the tradition of the Alliance of sharing the French Culture and Language


I was born and raised in Fresno.Iam a retired Federal employee.I enjoy my family, friends, baking, motorcycle riding, skiing, hiking and learning to speak French.I am happy tha AFF is going to continue in Fresno


I was born and raised in France in the close suburbs of Paris .My previous occupation makes me discover various Cultures all over the World! I love Dogs , Art & crafts. I ‘m enjoying beeing involved in The AFF revival  and I’m willing to share all about my mother tongue country !



Je vis aux États-Unis de façon permanente depuis 5 ans. J'ai terminé mes études universitaires en littérature française à la faculté des lettres de Damas et j'ai obtenu diplôme de traduction DUTFA de l'université de Lyon 2.

J'ai travaillé pendant 5 ans comme rédactrice et présentatrice du journal en Français à la radio et à la télévision à Damas. Mes deux garçons continuent leurs cours de français à l'Alliance, et je suis ravie d'être parmi l'équipe qui

va aider l'AFF à reprendre son élan.


I was born in Fresno and graduated from university with the intention of starting a teaching career in California when an  opportunity to start a new life in Europe arose. I took on this adventure whole-heartedly and lived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for 5 years. It was a very pleasant introduction into European life where I found I could be independent and confident though not knowing how to speak Dutch. I took courses, joined clubs and met many interesting people while getting to know the ways of living abroad and adapting to everything new. I was very fortunate to travel and learn about Holland and the surrounding countries. I later moved to a very rural part of France where no foreigners were to be found. Many people, even French, would ask how I could possibly stand to live in such a "lost" area and yet it was there that I learned to speak French and teach ESL in both private and public sectors. Those 13 years in the French countryside I will

never forget. They gave me an exclusive opportunity to integrate and appreciate the french culture. I later lived in Aix en Provence for 4 years where I taught at a wonderfully global, international school and was Head of the English Department. I have recently returned to my California roots and happy to be part of the community and AFF.


My name is Patience Tshimika-Varin , my family is from Congo. I've lived in fresno since my freshman year of high school (1999). I did all my early schooling in French. I am fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Kituba (Congolese dialect). I am married and I have a six years old daughter whom I home school. I am currently a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations (aka a stay home mom). Before that, I worked as a case supervisor for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), ensuring the interests of children in the foster care system were recognized by the courts. I enjoy traveling, crossfit, and eating good food.

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