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Submitted by Amelia - University of Massachusetts Lowell | September 14, 2017
Overall this was an amazing experience. I was able to aid a family in practicing their English and give lessons to a 12 year old Italian. Then, on top of that I got to practice my Italian whenever I interacted with friends of the family or people around. My family was welcoming and supportive and my living conditions were beyond excellent (to be honest, who gets to say they spent six weeks at a beach house?).
The area I was placed in, Le Marche, Italy, is an absolutely beautiful area. It is both on the Adriatic Sea, and has the typical picturesque farmland Italy is so well known for. Plus, an hour drive and you can visit the mountains (which are easily viewed from wherever you are, adding to the beautiful scenery.)
The only downsides were that nothing was really within walking distance. Perhaps a few restaurants or gelaterias, and of course the beach, but any shopping centers or other things were pretty far and required a car. So sometimes during the day if my family was busy and I'd finished the lesson, I could find myself bored. Though of course, when my family was available, they took me around or made plans and brought me along. I went to a number of different places and restaurants and it was a wonderful experience.
As for the lessons themselves, it was usually improvised. I didn't know what level of English my student had so I had to talk with him and try a few things and see what worked and what didn't. In all, I feel like just being there was a big help and outside of the lessons talking to him and his family in English.
I've bonded with my host family so much that I expect to cry when I leave tomorrow. Being abroad this six weeks has been amazing, and I'm sad to see it come to an end but so grateful for the experiences I've had.
Program: Conversation Coach in Italy
InterExchange responded to this review September 14, 2017 at 10:25 AM
Six weeks at a beach house in Italy sounds worth it to me!! Glad you loved the program. We appreciate the review! Thanks Amelia. ~James from InterExchange
Au pair - short term, France
Submitted by sandystixs - Colorado State University - Pueblo | September 03, 2017
My time in France was short, but exciting! I was able to go to a French wedding, I tried so many different types of cheeses and other food. I was able to visit Paris and visit the Alps as well. I had a good time with the children and family and will miss the children so much. I was able to improve my French and was able to add new words to my vocabulary. It was definitely a different experience, one I had never experienced before and it was totally worth it!
Program: Au Pair in France - Short-Term
InterExchange responded to this review September 05, 2017 at 8:34 AM
The Alps, a French wedding, improving your French language skills, and CHEESE!! Sounds like an awesome trip to me. Thanks for the review and best of luck in your travels! ~James (InterExchange)
One of the best experiences of my life
Submitted by Alyssa - James Madison | May 22, 2017
I honestly had no idea what to expect, I just knew that I wanted to teach abroad. Since, I had just graduated I knew that it was going to have to be though the Internet that I found an opportunity, and because of that, I was unsure of how well the places and the people could truly be vetted. But I knew just from my contact with Interexchange that it would be fine enough-little did I know just how fine. I could not have been placed with a better family or school, and my time there was everything I could've hoped for. My family was a very active, but down to earth family, that did their best to make me feel truly at home. While my head teacher literally took me by the hand on the first day and showed me around to all the kids who were so excited to see this new, foreign person. I stayed in a small little, untouched town called San Lorenzo al Mare, and it was fantastic. Without a doubt, I would recommend this program to anyone who thinks their interested in doing something out of their comfort zone and wanting to meet people that are impossible to forget.
Program: School Teaching Assistant Italy
InterExchange responded to this review May 22, 2017 at 3:15 PM
Alyssa, Thank you for the excellent review! We're glad to have had you on the program and hope it's been a good step towards future teaching and/or traveling adventures! Best of luck! ~James from InterExchange
Best program ever
Submitted by Toby - - | May 10, 2017
The whole process was easy and the trip was the best traveling experience ever. The staff at Interexchange and Maximo Nivel are helpful and friendly. I had a wonderful experience in Guatemala and would highly recommend the program. I really enjoyed living with a host family and living with them; they felt like my real family. The classes were extremely rewarding, learning Spanish is fun and I was impressed with how dedicated the teachers are. Overall great experience.
Program: Spanish Immersion Guatemala
InterExchange responded to this review May 11, 2017 at 8:49 AM
Thanks Toby! I'm glad you enjoyed the class and your time with the host family! Guatemala is such a great place to learn Spanish as I think more and more people are realizing. Best of luck in your language learning endeavors! ~James
Submitted by Dani Thompson - St. Paul United States | March 21, 2017
If it hadn't been for the assistance provided with InterExchange, I wouldn't have been willing to pack up and move to New Zealand for a year. It was great having them as a resource--especially since it allowed me to live in a beautiful country.
Program: Work and Travel in New Zealand
InterExchange responded to this review May 11, 2017 at 8:55 AM
Glad you found the program helpful, Dani, and more importantly, we're thrilled that you had a blast in New Zealand! Best of luck in your future travel adventures!! :) ~James