Culture Lingua Programs
Experience life in France and immerse yourself into the French culture by living with a host family, and tutor them in conversational english 15 hours per week in exchange...
Culture Lingua Reviews
Absolutely fantastic three months!
Submitted by Lucy Ferguson | November 29, 2016
I am writing this as my third and final month in France draws to a close, and I can honestly say that I have had an absolutely amazing time. Culture Lingua found me a placement in Nîmes, a beautiful town in the South of France, with a family of four- the parents and their two young boys. I feel so lucky to have met such a lovely family. From the very first day I felt completely at ease; they really did everything they could to make me feel welcome in their home! I was included in every aspect of family life, including trips to the cinema, walks in the countryside, visits to ancient monuments and castles.... The list is endless! My teaching responsibilities involved helping the oldest child with his English homework, as well as planning mini lessons to work on his vocabulary, translation and oral skills. With the youngest boy we generally played vocabulary games and 'matching' activities together, increasing the range of vocabulary as he made more and more progress! In my free time I did everything I could to immerse myself in French culture. I volunteered for an organisation which supports elderly people affected by isolation or poverty in the town. I was lucky enough to be paired with a lovely lady whom I visited every week for a couple of hours, allowing me to work on my French while doing a good deed at the same time! My host family also helped me to get to grips with the oublic transport services available, and I was taking the bus, train and coach all over the place in no time! Trips to nearby towns such as Avignon, Alès and Uzès quickly became a weekly occurrence, and I even managed to squeeze in a weekend to Paris! In other words, I was never short of something to do! I am incredibly grateful to my host family for making my stay in France so enjoyable, and also to Culture Lingua for organising the placement. My advice to those interested is to go for it- grab every opportunity and you won't look back!
Submitted by Taylor - United States | August 02, 2016
I lived with a family of four in a suburb of Paris, twenty-five minutes by train from Gare Du Nord (from which you can easily get to anywhere in the city). It was a splendid two months spent traveling, teaching English by conversing at meals and weekend grammar lessons, and absorbing French culture. I was introduced to family friends and work acquaintances; was taken on mini-vacation camping trips to Normandy; and was showed round Paris and up the Eiffel Tower. A live-in situation like this is wonderful for those who wish to really dive into the country from a local's end!
Submitted by Gavin | February 06, 2016
Had an absolute blast teaching English to a family in a small town outside of Saint-Étienne. Was able to improve my French while doing so many cool things, like going to Paris, the French Alps, Lyon and heaps more! I really enjoyed taking time to explore the surrounding areas, and having an authentic French experience. My family was really welcoming and helped me out so much. World definitely recommend this and would love to do this again in the future!
Best experience ever!
Submitted by Becky - Decature | January 13, 2016
I had no prior teaching experience so was a bit concerned about doing this. Turned out I had an amazing time! My host family was very warm & welcoming and I got a genuine flavour of the ‘French way’ of living. They introduced me to their friends, showed me around Lorraine, and even arranged for me to spend a few days at a local high school – which was fantastic!
Really enjoyed the teaching part too, mainly practicing conversations in English with the parents and helping out kids with their English homework and playing games.
I’d recommend working on your French before going tho– you’ll adapt to the culture much faster and it will make your life easier!
I already booked another placement for summer 2016 -- looking forward to it!
Submitted by Laura - Syndey | December 02, 2015
My time in France was incredible. I absolutely fell in love with Montpellier. My job was to sit down with each of the family members and teach them English through conversations, games (with the children), helping with English homework, etc. I was fairly nervous about teaching English, as I had never done so before but it went very well. My family was super patient with me the staff members at Culture Lingua were very helpful at answering all of my questions and help me plan my lessons.