ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops
ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops Programs
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...
ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops Reviews
Best vacation ever one month in France!
Submitted by MEBactor - Pasadena United States | February 01, 2018
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!
The first of many more to come -- placement in Montpellier October- December 2017
Submitted by Jennifer Zhao - Melbourne Australia | December 07, 2017
I was very lucky to be placed in the beautiful city of Montpellier in South France where I stayed for 8 weeks right in the city centre with a very friendly and highly-cultured family. The organiser of Aliore offered a lot of help throughout the whole application process to make sure I am 100% happy with my placement and I couldn't be happier with my stay there. Working with kids and teaching them English was also a great opportunity to engage in their culture and the French way of thinking and doing things. What's more, the family often took me to a variety of social, cultural and sports events including friends gathering, music concerts, hiking and day tours so that I could be fully immersed in every possible way. The Mediterranean city Montpellier had tons of entertainment to offer too ranging from museums and bookstores to film and wine festivals. Even the small towns and cities surrounding Montpellier such as Nimes, Avignon and Carcassonne are perfect weekend destinations for you to explore the rich French history and culture, and of course, the irresistibly delicious cuisine of Provence Region. Overall I highly recommend you to go with Aliore for your next exchange program, I really had the best time and in the meanwhile my French improved more than I ever expected. Thank you so much Aliore, I can't wait for my next adventure in France!
English assistant in France
Submitted by JC - Suffolk United Kingdom | September 28, 2017
Soizick was very helpful and efficient at organising a host-family for me and at responding to any queries that I had.
I was very happy that Soizick managed to find me a host-family in the city in which I had specified wanting to stay.
Soizick was keen to organise social activities with other people on the same program and staying in the local area, which was a nice touch.
ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops responded to this review September 29, 2017 at 1:07 PM
Thanks Jonathan! Hope to see you again in the future!
Purposeful travelling all the way!!
Submitted by Aditi - York University | July 29, 2017
My experience with Aliore was great! The family placement met my expectations, were relatable and kind. Communication and information from Aliore was very efficient. It was definitely an economic way of travelling while getting the best of a country. The flexibility offered by the program ensures that you do your role and get a cultural exchange at same time. Based on my experience of 4 weeks, i sure would recommend Aliore.
Amazing 2 weeks in Balazuc!
Submitted by praharsh09 - ETH Zurich | July 11, 2017
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!!