Founder and Director
Ria was born in Paris and has been living in New York for 10 years. She holds a master’s degree in French and Francophone literature and a bachelor’s degree in French, English and Italian translation from la Sorbonne Nouvelle. Ria has taught French to children and adults in various settings, including the French Institute/Alliance Française of New York and NYC public high schools, and at all levels, from pre-school to university to adult specialty classes.
Prior to founding the Bonjour NY French Summer Camp in 2010, Ria worked as a camp counselor and a camp assistant director for many years in France and in New York. She earned a French certificate with a specialty in arts and crafts for her competence as a senior camp counselor.
David was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a bit to the west of Paris, France. For over a year, he has been living in New York City. Last year, he began working for Bonjour NY as the athletic director. David gives private lessons in French to both children and adults in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is a soccer coach as well as a sports instructor in Manhattan.
David holds a degree in communications. For several years while still in living in Paris, he worked as a camp counselor.
In New York, David volunteers much of his time to a humanitarian project dedicated to the education and emotional well-being of children. Other avid interests include hiking, squash, music, films, astronomy, and travel. He has been to Ethiopia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Egypt, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Namibia.
Teacher, Private Lessons and Summer Camp Coordinator
Val is from Paris, France. She moved to NYC nearly two years ago and immediately began working as a French instructor for several organizations where she teaches both children and adults. In addition, Val has extensive experience teaching French as a Second Language. In 2011, she became the Onsite Manager of the Manhattan branch of Bonjour NY French Summer Camp, located at PS 84 on the Upper West Side.
Val holds a Baccalaureate in French Literature and a degree in Business. She loves theatre, and while still living in France, worked as an actor. For five years, Val had a variety of roles in several productions.
In France, she worked as a camp counselor, a drama instructor and as a tutor for both children and adolescents. She very much enjoys interacting with children and teaching them the language and culture of the French people.
Charlotte is from Marseille, in the south of France. She moved to New York two years ago and in January 2012 started working for Bonjour NY as an administrative assistant.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Heriott-Watt University, Scotland, where she learned English, and a Master of Services Management from IAE Aix Graduate School of Management.
Charlotte used her skill in business while working as a Business to Business salesperson for a telecommunications company in France for a year before she moved to New York City. In addition, Charlotte has experience caring for young children in various capacities. Today, Charlotte brings her business savvy and skill with children to all aspects of Bonjour NY’s operations. She is charge of advertising, marketing, and administrative tasks; she’s the one behind the registration[at]bonjourny.com email!
Charlotte hopes your experience with Bonjour NY is a positive and pleasant one!
Teacher and Camp Counselor
Alexandra is a native New Yorker who graduated from Brandeis University in 2011 with a degree in French and Education and is thrilled to combine these two passions while working with Bonjour NY! Alexandra has experience working with students from three years old to twenty in both small groups and traditional classes. A certified French teacher in both Massachusetts and New York State, she has worked as a French teacher, an English teacher, an art teacher, a translator and a camp counselor in both the United States and France. Alexandra’s study of French began at a young age and never stopped; she’s dedicated to providing others with the same linguistic opportunities she had.
In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys volunteering on a crisis counseling hotline, participating in 5K and 10K races and playing the cello.
Waranka is from Paris, France. She recently moved to New York City with great anticipation and excitement.
At the age of 18, she obtained the BAFA, the French diploma issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Since then, Waranka has been spending her summers working in day camps and sleep-away camps; tremendously satisfying work that has spanned the past 10 years. She has worked with children ranging from ages 5 to 15. She has also worked as a supervisor at a specialty camp, which featured skiing and traveling (the Czech Republic was an example of a travel destination). Waranka has held many positions in camps: examples include as a senior counselor, a site supervisor, and an artistic director as well as an assistant director.
Waranka loves to dance, sing, play sports and above all, feels gratified when she sees campers’ happy faces after a productive and active day. Waranka greatly enjoys working in summer camps. “It’s so rewarding to work with children. I can’t wait for summer to be here! I’m committed to making the months of July and August unforgettable for campers. I will help lead them into a Francophone world, full of fun and surprises.”
Assistant Counselor & Lifeguard
Abdou was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. He has lived in New York City for close to one year, joining his family who moved here several years ago.
Currently, Abdou is a chemistry student at BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College) in Tribeca. He received his GED after completing his studies in Science in high school in Senegal.
Abdou joined the Bonjour NY French Summer Camp staff this year as an assistant counselor and lifeguard. He loves sports; besides swimming, he plays soccer and basketball.