Teach English in a Homestay in France for 1, 2 or 3 Months

Video and Photos

Lacanau Ocean
Lacanau Ocean
St. Emillion
St. Emillion
The Old Port at Marseille, France.
A view from the top, La Giettaz Ski Resort
Road cycling through Gujan-Mestras and Arcachon with the dad
Sacré Coeur de Montmarte
Part of a beautiful Cathedral that was located in my host families town.

About

Teaching English in a homestay is your opportunity to become a English language tutor for a local French family while sharing their everyday life.

English tutors spend approximately 15 hours per week conversing with members of the host family to improve their fluency in English. The rest of the time is yours to experience France like a local and immerse yourself in French language, culture and lifestyle.

Program Highlights:
--Volunteer tutoring position with a local host family
--15 hours per week teaching- rest of the time is yours to explore and travel
--Placements throughout France
--Accommodation with local host family
--1, 2 or 3 month placements
--Rolling start dates twice monthly

Program Fee:
1 Month – $1,570
2 Months – $1,740
3 Months – $1,900

Start dates are monthly and teachers should plan on applying at least 8 weeks in advance of their desired start date.

Highlights
  • Host family accommodation and meals included
  • Assistance from a personal program manager before, during and after your program
  • 15 hours of tutoring per week leaves time to learn French and explore the country
  • 24 Emergency contact service and medical insurance included
  • Pre-departure orientation & cultural training provided by your program manager

Questions & Answers

Yes! I think it depends on what family you are placed with but mine was really good about conversing with me in both English and French. If I was having trouble expressing something in French we would switch to English or speak in French during dinner so I could learn how to jump into French conversations.

Reviews

87%
based on 21 reviews
  • Impact 8.3
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 8
  • Value 8.2
  • Safety 9.1
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Turquoise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One Month in France

I spent a month in France as part of the Language Exchange Homestay. My host family lived in Bordeaux and were very welcoming. Before leaving I was nervous about my French skills,but my host family spoke very good English.
I was even invited to come with them to Milan! Overall, my host family was fantastic.
Teaching lessons were very relaxed and mostly consisted of helping the children with their English homework. Dinner conversation was a mix between French and English and a place where I conversed with the parents the most. I helped in the kitchen and it is always good to make the bed and keep your room clean.
My program was only a month and time flies by! When I finally got the hang of taking the bus and tram it was time to leave. I suggest making the most of your time abroad! I did! I took the train to Paris for five days! I saw the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre!
Make the most of your time abroad and don't forget to capture every moment with pictures!

What would you improve about this program?
Suggested teaching tools/links or outlines given to the host family for helping with my French would have been nice. I believe I could have improved my French more than I did if the host family was given those tools.
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Anonyme
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Safe Travel Choice

This particular program is a good fit for someone who is passionate about other cultures and teaching English. It greatly eases the difficulties of traveling abroad, and provides a safe way to live like a local. Your language skills will improve significantly, and you will learn much more about the culture than if you were living or traveling alone. This is not a great fit, however, for people who would like a lot of freedom as your main duty is to be with the host family.

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LEH Homestay

Last year I had the opportunity to spend two months in France with a host family through Greenheart...and the experience I had in France (I lived in Andernos, on the Bassin d'Arcachon near Bordeaux) was overwhelmingly positive. I met so many people who have become dear friends (some of whom have come visit and all of whom offer me a room when I'm in the south-west again...because it will happen!), saw so much of the country, and learned so much about the how the French see themselves and the world and sharing the similarities and differences amongst ourselves was a joy. I even had the chance to give a small presentation about Canada at the elementary school of one of the kids I was tutoring. One of the highlights of the trip, for sure!

And don't get me started about the food and the wine... ;)

What would you improve about this program?
The opportunity to meet other participants in the area (if possible). While I loved everyone I met and became dear friends with the family and their friends, I didn't have the chance to meet anyone my own age until the end and having the opportunity to meet someone else doing the same would have been a nice touch.
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WorldTraveler
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loving living in France

I had a wonderful time in France becoming fully immersed in the language, the culture and the family I stayed with during my time there. I got to meet many people outside the family as well and had plenty of opportunities to practice my French. My favorite parts of the homestay were the lesson preparation (for three different children), the individual lessons with each of them, and getting to know each of the children I taught. I had time on my own during the days when they were in school to plan lessons, explore the town I lived in and also to go to a nearby larger city and explore. I added extra time before my stay with the family to adjust to jet lag and to explore Paris. At the end of my stay I did some sightseeing along the Mediterranean (Nice, etc.).
I would recommend this experience to anyone interested as I felt very safe and very welcomed by the family I stayed with. They even took me with them on vacation and we had a wonderful time.

What would you improve about this program?
A little more privacy as an adult living with four young children.
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French
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Homestay: France

My time spent in France with my host family was unforgettable! From the get-go, Greenheart was supportive in communicating with me about any questions/concerns that I or my parents had. I was also connected through Facebook to other people who were travelling with Greenheart.

My host family and I connected right away and even had a few Skype conversations before I went to stay with them. Their home was comfortable and they were very accommodating. I enjoyed eating meals with them, discussing the differences in our cultures, and they were even kind enough to help me navigate the train systems and help me buy tickets when I needed them!

My family spoke excellent English, so for me it was truly a language exchange- I helped them practice English and they were able to help me learn French, but also could communicate easily with me in English. I stayed for one month- too short a time to really master the language. However, my personal goals for enrolling in the program was to experience another culture and see everything I could, so I was not disappointed by my language acquisition. If my primary goal was to master French, I could have stayed longer and enrolled in one of the many Language courses they offer in Paris.

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to travel, experience another culture from a host family's point of view, and be immersed in another language while picking up what you can of it in the allotted time. I will certainly stay in touch with Greenheart and would travel with them again in the future.

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Dave-Lynn
6/10
No, I don't recommend this program

LEH - France

I was placed with a very good host family who were all enthusiastic about learning English. However, on the flip side, I didn't feel they put in too much effort to teach me French. So, I'm glad I had enrolled in French courses in Lyon.

Having traveled around the world for a very long time, I'm used to living on my own terms so I felt a lack of freedom with this program. I think this program is more suited for someone who has not traveled much and want a safe/cautious experience.

Also, I think this program is expensive, especially when I learned the host family is doing it on a volunteer basis and Greenheart Travel is supposed to be a non-profit organization.

I didn't get any support from the French coordinator - no email introduction or welcome when I arrived. However, my coordinator at GHT was very good.

Response from Greenheart Travel

Hi Davie, Thank you for leaving your review and the wonderful interview that you did for Gooverseas.com. Greenheart Travel would like to address your concerns with the program. The Language Exchange program is set up for the host families to host an English tutor in their home only in exchange for English lessons so usually French is not taught by the host family. However, many participants like yourself do enroll in a local language school while abroad if they would like formal lessons. Living with a host family is quite a bit different than living on your own because you do have to adhere to the house and family rules. It is a great program for someone who is wanting to spend time with a French family getting to know about them, their country and culture.

Greenheart Travel is a non-profit organization but we do have to charge a program fee in order to cover the costs of running the program. The program fee covers the host family screening and placement process (finding a family, doing criminal record checks, reference checks, home visits, etc.), medical insurance and support staff both in the US and France. The Local Coordinators in France are there if you need them but respect that many travelers prefer to be independent. All participants are given their Local Coordinator’s phone number prior to departure in case they should need anything. Greenheart Travel also provides an 24 hour phone line to participants so they can reach anytime if needed. Please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to discuss any further questions or concerns you had about your program.