About Andégo

Robert Zenk- founder of Andégo Internships Abroad

Encouraged to study French following my aunt's adventures as an au pair, I fell in love with the connections and cultural understanding that come from immersive travel. Having lived in France for two years, spending some time as an English Language Assistant, and countless trips back with students, I relish the opportunity to extend similar experiences to students today.

A high school French teacher in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at South Salem High School in Salem, OR and father of two little francophones, I enjoy spending my time with family and being active, Oregon weather permitting!

Tia Sharp- Language Homestay Coordinator

At eight years old, during a camping trip in the Canadian Rockies with my grand-parents, I fell in love with the French language. Since this découverte, I participated in a Rotary International Exchange at 17 years old, meeting my French family in Savignac de l’Isle; I lived in Montpellier as a university student; I taught English at the secondary level in Nîmes with TAPIF; I pursued a Master’s in French at Portland State University and a MEd in Secondary Education, World Language. I am a French educator and I have led students to many corners of France with Putney Student Travel. Today, I reside in Bellingham, Washington, pursuing my Principal Residency Certificate and creating the Andégo Language Homestay Program. My goal for this program is to provide equitable access for all individuals interested in French culture, multilingualism, and global citizenship. I am happy that you found us - bienvenue !!

Melinda Samis

Melinda was the inspiration and propelling force behind our program. As founder of ANDEO International Homestays, a local non-profit that impacted hundreds of students, families, and teachers alike for more than 40 years, Melinda was the first to help Robert send students from South Salem High School on this amazing journey spurring him to create Andégo.

Pascal Le Vigoureux

Founder of our French partner organization, "Terre des Langues", Pascal works closely with our French partner schools to provide placement, communication, and support to all of our participants.