AGE Min 19 years old
4-12 weeks
PERIOD all year round


500 WEP Language-Buddy

Available in France and Italy, the "Language Buddy" program offers the opportunity for participants to become a 'conversation' friend in a local family, while sharing their everyday life. They may speak to one or several family members in order to help them improve their language skills through conversation. The participant may also have to assist them with their homework. The amount of time dedicated to conversations should be 15 hours per week. It is also possible to spend one month with families in two different locations of the country. The program is open to English, German or Spanish speakers. Other languages may be added upon demand.

Accommodation & meals

Participants stay with a host family, who provides them with full board and a private room. The family willl pick their language buddy up from the closest airport or train station when they arrive.

Terms of participation

  • Be minimum 19 years old 
  • Have English/French/German/Spanish as mother tongue (other languages on demand)
  • Have a good knowledge of French for communication (France only)
  • Be a graduate or currently enrolled in Higher Education/University, in an education-related field
  • Relevant experience is a bonus
  • Be a European citizen or able to get a visa “waiver” that allows a stay in France or Italy for 12 weeks
  • Have travel insurance covering sickness, accidents, repatriation and third party liability

Financial terms

Included: host family search, screening and placement process; accommodation and meals as described, local program support; transfer; administrative fees; various taxes
Not included: round trip transportation, local transportation, personal expenses, travel insurance, passport & visa fees

Program cost

4 weeks $1,000
8 weeks $1,100
12 weeks $1,200

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"My experience has been all that I could have asked for. I was blessed to be placed with a host family who is so welcoming and friendly. I get on very well with everyone and I am heart sore to be leaving so soon... I feel that my level of French is improving and that I am understanding much more now than when I first arrived! The family is also more confident in expressing themselves in English. With regards to the host children, I find it far more useful to introduce them into the English language with light hearted games such as 'eye spy' and 'hang-man' and these have proven to be great fun! "- Grant (South Africa) / PARTICIPANT

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