Founder and Program Director
Ria was born in Paris and founded Bonjour NY in 2010. Ria started going to camp at a very young age and has never missed a summer away from camp since. Her dedication and enthusiasm for providing fun French instruction have helped make Bonjour NY the exciting camp that it is today. Ria speaks 5 languages and is an active advocate for multilingualism. A strong believer in language immersion, Ria has created a one- of- a- kind program where campers are completely immersed in French without leaving NYC.
Together with a group of highly motivated and skilled staff members, Ria is proud to carry on the tradition of guiding campers through fun filled and action packed days that create precious summer memories and life long friendships.
“Milo and Esme went to Ria’s French camp last summer and loved it — they met kids form all over the city, played new games, learned about French culture from many different French speaking countries, and of course, spoke French! We’re looking forward to doing it again this year. Merci, Ria!”
Great Staff, Great Camp
Counselors play a key role in making Bonjour NY a safe, fun and exciting place for campers. With a staff of 1 counselor to every five campers, Bonjour NY has an excellent ratio to provide each camper with the attention and care they deserve.
From our experienced and talented year-round team, to our summer staff made up of teachers, education school grads, school and college athletic coaches and artists, we take care in finding the most qualified and dedicated people to become counselors and instructors at Bonjour NY. All of our staff members are fluent French speakers, the majority are native French speakers and come from various Francophone countries (France, Belgium, Senegal, Haiti…) while several others are Americans fluent in French.
What unites us all is not just our ability to speak French but our genuine love for children and our dedication to make sure our campers have the time of their lives while at Bonjour NY.
“Joseph loved being in French camp this year. He enjoyed all the activities, and it certainly helped to improve his French skills in a fun and exciting way. He’s already looking forward to signing up again next summer! Thanks, Ria and staff.”