Language Homestay Program

Program Summary

Are you curious about French culture and language?

Are you interested in sharing the English language with French speaking people?

Are you enthusiastic about intercultural & linguistic exchange?


If so, the Language Homestay Program may be a fitting opportunity for you!

During the Andégo Language Homestay Program, participants teach and share the English language with members of a French household. Participants dedicate 15 hours per work-week (Monday-Friday) to English language acquisition and conversation during a séjour ranging from 2 to 12 weeks in France. In exchange for sharing English, participants receive room & board from their French host family, and are included in their daily-lives. Off duty and during the weekend, participants are free to explore, choose preferred activities and engage with the local French community. This is a program that offers the homestay experience of living with a French family, while also providing extensive space for cultural and linguistic exploration during the participants’ free-time. No French language abilities are required for this program, however Andégo encourages linguistically open-minded and curious participants to apply. This program remains flexible toward departure dates, as participants are able to align their séjour with school and professional holidays of their choosing. Generally, more placements are available during the summer months (mid-June to late-August).

Requirements to apply

  • Interest in French language and culture, though no prior knowledge of French is required to apply

  • At least 18 years old

  • Valid passport or ability to get one before departure

  • Native-like English speaker

  • Graduation from secondary school, or equivalent

  • Two academic and/or professional references

  • Willingness to perform and pay for a background check

Location

FRANCE!

Host families generally live in or very near mid-sized to large cities to accommodate more opportunities for cultural exchange and exploration.

Not required, yet valued

  • CPR and First Aid Certification

  • Prior teaching and/or tutoring experience

  • Prior childcare or caregiving experience

  • Knowledge of the French language and/or other languages

  • Curious, adventurous, open mind

Duration of Program

This program extends from 2 to 12 weeks based on preference and availability. Participants may indicate in their Initial Application a preferred date of departure. The applicants’ preferred date of program departure needs to allow for at least 10 weeks for candidature processing and placement.

Example: For departure to France on June 1st, you need to complete your Application before Mid-March. Fees depend on the length of the program.

Program Fees

Below is an outline of program fees. Please note that the Language Homestay Program requires a $300 refundable deposit at the time of application. This deposit is included in the total program fee. Additionally, please acknowledge that all fees provided to Andégo, and those that are purchased separately by the participant, are paid in full prior to departure. Payments are scheduled in two installments.

Paid to Andégo

Program fees ($USD) are inclusive of an Administrative Fee for program setup, matching and screening host families, in addition to the Language Homestay Virtual Academy, Medical & Travelers’ Insurance and support throughout & beyond the program. All Program fees are paid prior to departure date and are dependent on length-of-stay:


2 weeks =$899 ($450/week)

3 weeks = $1199 ($399/wk)

4 weeks =$1449 ($362/wk)

5 weeks = $1699 ($339/wk)

6 weeks = $1899 ($316/wk)

7 weeks= $2049 ($292/wk)

8 weeks= $2199 ($274/wk)

9 weeks= $2299 ($255/wk)

10 weeks= $2399 ($239/wk)

11 weeks= $2449 ($222/wk)

12 weeks= $2499 ($208/wk)

Purchased separately by participants before departure

  • Passport fee: $145 for new US passport; $130 for renewal; $160 for Canada; £75.50 for UK; $308 for Australia; $191 for New Zealand; R400 for S. Africa. Please note: Passport must be valid for 3 months beyond departure date from France.

  • Background check: $30 for U.S. citizens; price varies for other countries of residence.

  • Round-trip airfare to France.

Purchased separately by participants during program

  • Weekend and extra-curricular activities that are independent of host family

  • Supplemental travel

  • Personal purchases & souvenirs

TOTAL PROGRAM COST

Need guidance in calculating the total cost of your selected length-of-program?

Contact payments@andego.org

Placement and Process

1. Application Submission, including a Refundable Deposit of $300, and Reference Checks (x2)

2. Applicant Interview via videoconference in English and, if accepted, 1st Program Payment (½ of remaining program fee balance)

3. Applicant Screening, including an official Background Check, Participant Agreement, and Passport Validation

4. Placement with a French host family and official Homestay Introduction Letter & Questionnaire

5. Review Travel Insurance coverage (included in program fee) and 2nd Program Payment (remaining balance)

6. Mandatory pre-departure orientation (Language Homestay Virtual Academy) - held online in both a synchronous and asynchronous format

7. Purchase airfare and Program Departure

8. Check-in via videoconference with Andégo mentor during 1st week in France

9. Amazing séjour in France with Homestay Family and Emergency Support

10. Program Reflection and Alumni Induction