France!!! From its food to its art, France is one of those rare destinations whose reality completely lives up to its reputation. And as a possible homestay location there is arguably no better place in the world, because the combination of arts, culture and national history are second to none.
It’s not where you stay, it’s who you stay with. Homestay is all about the relationship between the students and host families. Compass USA provides a worry-free quality homestay exchange program between the United States and France for teens. Your family will host your French host-sibling and then you will travel to France with him/her. You will reside with their family in France where you will gain a practical, living knowledge of the French culture and language by sharing French life with your host family.
Almost all of our host families are in smaller cities, towns or rural areas in France, and just like American families, come from many different family circumstances. The family members are individuals with specific likes, dislikes, interests, habits and customs that may be very different from what we are used to. Living with a host family, teens become part of the family’s everyday life; they will not be treated as guests.
While it could be helpful for our American teens’ comfort levels, we do not require a certain number of years of language study in order to participate. We do suggest that they familiarize themselves with at least a handful of useful phrases before they go. If possible, they can take a quick class or attend a French MeetUp conversation group in order to gain a little more confidence with the language before they go.
All students travel with insurance in case of any medical issues during their homestays. If any help is needed in any way, both local coordinators and Compass USA staff are available 24 hours a day to address any concerns or questions.
Last summer, some of our host family teens participated in the Direct Exchange program, and all ended up with a “new family” for life. Join us this summer for a life-changing experience!!!
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