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
Submitted by FRANCES EHIMA - Dallas United States | July 01, 2018
I stayed with the sweetest family ever! They were so accommodating, especially of my toddler. I met the whole family (siblings, cousins, grandparents), friends etc and everyone was so nice. I got to experience the culture and learn the slangs that books don't teach you. In all of was wonderful. I look forward to doing something like this again.
ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops responded to this review July 06, 2018 at 7:04 AM
Hello Frances! Thank you for your nice comment! We look forward seeing you again on our program, or maybe will you welcome a French tutor into your home to keep up with your French?!!Bye, Soizick
Submitted by Lori - Brisbane Australia | June 28, 2018
Aliore offers a great opportunity to share the languages and culture, a true immersion in the French way of living.
Both my host families in Annecy and Velleron have been extremely generous and ready to introduce me to their friends and family members.
We shared precious times together in terms of our own life experiences, opinions, interests and emotions.
Thanks to their generosity I have visited the most amazing, spectacular locations around Annecy and Velleron.
I am extremely grateful !!!!
While both the host family and the volunteer enter in this adventure with an open heart and excitement, in my humble opinion a great deal of flexibility is needed to adapt to the different life styles of each host family. At any given moment this can be a challenge.
I also raccomand volunteers to be able to bear costs of living, including traveling from the village to town and food.
I am truly grateful to Aliore and both my host families for a wonderful experience!
ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops responded to this review July 06, 2018 at 7:05 AM
You have now experienced 5 differents families, you are a real professional language assistant!! Thanks! Hope to see you again soon!
The best experience abroad!
Submitted by Linda - Macquarie University | April 16, 2018
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!
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!