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Aliore offers unique travel experiences, customized to your interests.

We offer:

Language Workshops
Cooking Classes Abroad
Customized Workshops about global history & culture
Dance and singing classes
Arts and Crafts.
and much more!

Do what you love around the world while experiencing the local way of life!

Website
www.aliore.org

Reviews

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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When looking for a host family program, what drew me to Aliore was the locality of it. It's based out of France, so I knew that I would have an experience catered towards French culture. Soizick, the program coordinator, was super helpful every step of the way. She made me feel relaxed and confident and sent many helpful links and materials. My host family was beyond great - I bonded with them right away. They were so welcoming and hospitable and really tried to make me feel at home. Not to mention the city I was placed in, Annecy, is gorgeous. I truly believe I have made lifelong friends, and I plan to return to France to visit my host family again in the future!

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Linda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I highly recommend anyone who's looking for a rewarding cultural experience in France to do this program with Aliore! I was matched with a host family in the city of Montpellier. I had the best time ever being completely immersed in French culture and living like a local. All the while, helping with my host family's English and adjusting to their daily routines and lifestyle. My host family were extremely friendly, hospitable and kind-hearted that I adjusted with no problems at all. The program itself offers great flexibility as I had plenty of time to engage in cultural activities locally and explore nearby towns in the region. My French improved immensely too with self-study and constant exposure to the language and culture.

The application process was very simple and straight-forward thanks to Soizick, the program organiser. She was very patient, helpful and quick to reply to any questions I had about the program. It really took away any worries that I initially had. The program is definitely of great value and I got so much more out of it than I expected. I have many wonderful memories with my host family and many enriching cultural experiences that I'll never forget. The most important thing to remember is to be open-minded, flexible, and you get out what you put in!

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MaryElizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

NOVEMBER 6, 2017-DECEMBER 3, 2017…BEST VACATION EVER!!!
I decided that I wanted to travel to France for the month of November 2017 and spend some time in the Languedoc region. I have spent the last seven years traveling to France for a month or more at a time exploring different areas of the country. I had never used a placement agency before, and I came close to using one in the US but then I happened upon the Aliore website and decided to give it a try.
Soizick Chartier, one of the founding members of the organization, was my contact person. She was extremely attentive to my needs and my questions. It made me feel extremely comfortable. I sent her my bio with picture and received information about a possible placement in Nimes with a French teacher and her 16 year old daughter. I said YES! That first week of my time in Nimes, Soizick hosted a get together in Montpellier with the other students who were also on placement in that area. It was a nice way to meet fellow explorers and also to meet Soizick.
My family lives in Nimes. Nimes is a fantastic jumping off point for a lot of other great places to visit within an easy day’s train ride. I visited Toulouse for a weekend, Avignon 4 times, Montpellier many times (where I attended a French language school based on Soizick’s recommendation), Marseilles, and Carcassone to name a few.
My host family honestly could not have been more perfect. I fell in love with them! Because I am a “senior” my host gave me all the information to get a senior discount travel card for 80 euros that was good for a month. I must have logged in over twenty five train uses and only had to pay extra once.
The daughter in my family wanted to write a short film in English. She is interested in being a director and writer, so that was my English teaching assignment during my stay. We did not write a short film, we wrote a full length feature. Since we did not have time to finish, I am now skyping with her on a weekly basis to finish her wonderful script.
I speak Intermediate level French and was really challenged to keep up with my speaking and listening. Mothers and daughter have their own “short-hand” in any language and they kept me on my toes. I learned a tremendous amount and could NOT have enjoyed myself more. We went to the movies together, cafes, they took me to an amazing light festival in Montpellier and many other activities. They were both busy during the day, so I had all day to myself to explore and experience. They are currently trying to make plans to come visit me in Los Angeles this summer.
I am 66 years old…so if you are a senior (or not!) I highly highly encourage you to run, not walk to ALIORE if you want to have the experience of a lifetime.
It was MY BEST VACATION EVER! THANK YOU SOIZICK AND ALIORE! I WILL DO THIS AGAIN!

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Praharsh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had wonderful experiences and unforgettable memories through this program!

Everyone at the host place was very friendly to me. Some took even special efforts so that I settle in well over there. The main host made sure I have everything I need for comfortable arrangements. Moreover, he made schedule such that I get to not only experience all the activities that happen there but also be a good part of the team!

I have been on 'garde' with the goats, got to be part of 'traite' for milking of the goats and cheese making process. Along with that I did some gardening, made bread and even fabricated dry toilettes for their festival! I got to be part of the hosting team where I generally used to have most of my meals along with helping them. Thus got an opportunity to interact with interesting groups of children, teachers, professors and the french-german group.

I also had time to explore things by myself. So I have gone on 'balade' many times, visited Balazuc very well and nearby regions, visited Avignon and swam in Ardèche. The place is so beautiful that each day I was amazed by it in its own way! I must have taken hundreds of pictures there, including many pics at the same locations! I will miss being so close to the nature, with the sound of the birds singing, wind blowing past and just the perfect amount of sunshine!

Moreover, I got to experience the life in a village in France. Got to learn a lot about the french culture and also improve my spoken french. The people there were multitalented, amicable and very inspiring to me personally to care more for the environment and to live a simple life.

I would totally recommend this program to people who like to travel, meet new people, experience French culture and who are up for an interesting adventure!!

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion, it met all the details that are mentioned. My suggestion would be to provide information so that more people are aware about the program!
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Andre
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the very, very best time staying with my host in Tarbes for 4 weeks in October/November. I found the most lovely, kind and generous host in Suzanne and left feeling truly fortunate to have had the time and the most authentic French experience-thankyou both Suzanne and Soizick! I found myself included in activities with family and friends and have come to adore the lifestyle and food! All-in-all it was a fabulous experience and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a cultural/language experience.

What would you improve about this program?
From my communication with Aliore prior to my departure I knew what to expect it in fact was beyond my expectations. These excellent programmes are a little short on reviews which is not a problem with the Aliore but rather the past participants hence my making sure I add my thoughts here!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Soizick Chartier

Job Title
Director
Soizick is the founding member of the association Aliore Worldwide Workshop. Her aim is to help travelers to have real contact with locals while abroad.

What is your favorite travel memory?

participant dinner in France

There are so many, but I would say in Laos when it took two days to travel 400 km, stuck with people who would not speak a word of English. It was such a great laugh. Locals were amazed to see me sharing the same troubles as them, and everyone was so friendly.

When I was in the North of Laos surrounded by beautiful people I could not talk with because of the language barrier, I decided that I had to create a way to be in touch with locals rather than just being a tourist. That's how I decided to create Aliore Worldwide workshops!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I created the association and it grows with me and my family. As I now have 3 children, I have developed programs for families (participatory holidays) and I carry on developing programs to have real contact with locals according to my tastes, the people I meet, etc..

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I had the best New Year's message from an American woman who took part to our language assistant program in France. She wrote "Aliore changed my life!"

She had always dreamt of living in France but never felt that it was possible because she thought that she was too American. Her French experience was so positive, she met friendly people who welcomed her so warmly that she now know that she has a French family and she now knows that all her dreams can be true.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Hard question! I have tried some of the courses and they have all been fantastic! It all depends on who you are and what you like. Being a mother with children at the moment, I love the family programs.

For younger or for newly retired people, the language assistant program is great as you can live with locals in France as if you were French yourself! A real authentic experience.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are the only association that offers workshops around the world, learning from locals. Some focus only on one country, but we offer activities in more than 20 countries. For our volunteer programs in France, we organize everything directly and are in contact with the families and the participants, we offer truly tailor made placements!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Participants being happy with their programs.