ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops
Take part in the development of a green tourism project in the South of France while experiencing the French lifestyle. You live in hamlets, farmhouses and sites in the...
I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Submitted by Sara - Florida Gulf Coast University | August 19, 2016
With Aliore, I spent 4 weeks on the Mediterranean Coast with the most incredible family! I couldn't have gotten a better family. They made me feel so welcome and we'd do so many things together as family outings. They even went out of their way to make me feel more comfortable like when they realized that I really strongly dislike seafood (I tried to hide it but I guess it was a bit noticeable) and they subtly stopped cooking so much seafood for the rest of the 4 weeks which is one of those little things that just make an experience so much more enjoyable. The area was absolutely stunning and there was so much to do and see! I felt completely welcome and safe in the area and even strangers in the city couldn't have been more kind. I was able to use the volunteer hours to fulfill my university requirement since Aliore is a nonprofit, and for my university I was even able to use the 4 weeks as study abroad credit. As well as improve my french while I was there! There isn't one thing I would change about the experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Excellent time in Montpellier
Submitted by Erika Sternberg - Vaughan Canada | July 07, 2016
The language assistant program with ALIORE was an amazing experience. It allowed me to delve into southern french culture while offering lessons in my own native language in exchange. The family I was placed with was a perfect match and living in the downtown core was incredible. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone in search of a long and meaningful vacation!
Une Magnifique Expérience!
Submitted by Lori - Brisbane | January 02, 2016
My time in France at Montpellier, Nimes and La Vacquerie, (Languedoc-Roussillon), was an fantastic experience: a highly rewarding and beneficial cultural immersion!
During the three month placement, I have considerably improved my knowledge of the French language.
It has been wonderful meeting with the locals and cultivate meaningful relationships.
Due to unusual circumstances the role of the program manager had been vital in changing my placement when it became necessary.
I have been very fortunate to be placed with different families all very kind and cooperative, who went to lengthy measures to ensure I would explore amazing locations, beautiful attractions and breathtaking scenery and nature.
The experience has been beneficial in terms of my personal growth and professional development..
In terms of my role as Language Assistance having all of my ESL lesson plans proved to be extremely helpful, it saved me time and frustration.
Definitely greatly rewarding experience I would do again.
I advise prospective Language Assistants to ensure they are placed with a family whose specific needs are not too dissimilar and diverse to their own. In other words ensure not to underestimate their own needs.
Teaching English Abroad
Submitted by Mario - University of British Columbia | March 29, 2015
I had the time of my life while in Paris, thanks to Aliore and its director Soizick who gave me the best customer experience I have ever had. If I had any questions or needed support she was always there to assist me; first she carefully selected a host family for me and made sure I was OK all along, a big THANK YOU to her!
Since everything was well taken care of by Aliore, I didnt have to worry about anything else and just concentrate in learning French, which happened to be the main purpose of my trip. I was able to go from 30% to 70%.
I would definitely recommend this program over any similar program! Traveling, learning a new language and living abroad is such a great experience, I would recommend everyone to do this at least once in their life time.
Teaching English in France
Submitted by Kaye - Perth | October 07, 2014
I stayed with a family on the immediate outskirts of old Montpellier. My family were very welcoming and I was invited to participate in all their activities. As a result I met a very varied group of interesting locals and managed to gain an insight into everyday French life. I taught both a teenager and adult so very varied levels of English ability. Taking a variety of resources as conversation starters with you is useful. It is challenging living in someone else's space for four weeks. It is essential to try and develop a good rapport with the family before arriving to try and make sure you will be compatible and that your expectations are the same. This experience certainly gets you beyond the usual travel experience!