English Language Assistant in the south of France
This volunteer program is a great opportunity to experience French lifestyle and improve your linguistic skills at a low cost. You live with a host family and in exchange for your own room and meals, you share your language with the host family for around 15 hours per week.
This program has a focus on cultural exchange, it is designed for flexible people wishing to experience the French culture in depth. Participating implies sharing daily life with a French family, learning their language and culture and adopting it as their own for a period of time. At the same time, the participant will share his/her own language and culture with the members of the local family.
Our families live in and around Montpellier: Capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and numbering 250,000 inhabitants, Montpellier is an exciting and animated city with a young university population.
Rich with a thousand years of history and an exceptionally preserved medieval heritage, the city boasts numerous green spaces and is brimming with cultural activities and events throughout the year.
With a privileged geographic location (just minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea, between Provence and the Pyrénées), Montpellier is known for its quality of life.
Length: From 1 to 3 months
Dates: available all year round except for August
Duties: You help the family, usually the kids, with their English studies for up to 15 hours per week.
Lessons can be more or less formal, depending upon the family needs.
When a placement has been agreed by all parts, you will have to discuss with the family what form the lessons will take: the number of formal lessons, dinner conversation, sharing activities with the children, playing games in English, etc. It is also important to agree a schedule so everybody is clear about when you will be teaching and when it is your "time off".
We suggest that you prepare teaching tools in advance using the many web resources, as well as bringing a dictionary and a grammar book to refer to.
Living conditions: The family offers full board and private accommodation. Facilities are shared with the family. Each family is interviewed and carefully selected taking into account their genuine desire to learn a new language and share their culture with the participants. Full details of the accommodation will be provided with the placement offer.
Conditions of Eligibility:
- Be a native English speaker
- Have a university degree
- Be flexible, open-minded and willing to adapt quickly to your new environment
- Respect the host family’s rules
-To control the quality of English lessons taught which allows the organization to maintain teaching venues, Language Assistants must have completed The Language House TEFL Certificate Course.
- Have some knowledge of French. The programme is not suitable for total beginners in French.
For total beginners supplement this program with our French lessons in Montpellier
- Travel at a low cost
- Experience the French culture in depth
- Use this teaching experience to enhance your resume
As being part of the family, you will be expected to keep your room tidy and clean and respect the host family’s rules. You will not be requested to act as a domestic help or an au pair - namely cooking / cleaning or child-minding. However, you will be expected to take a reasonable role with day to day household chores, such as helping to prepare meals, washing up, general tidying etc.
Fees: 490 euros. These fees include:
- Personalized Volunteer Placement with a host family in the South of France, including all the coordination, in-person visits and communication necessary to organise the placement
- Orientation information, and all in-country informational materials
- Accommodation and meals during the time of your placement
- Transfer from the airport/ train station to the host family
- Guidance from in country coordinator throughout your stay