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

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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.

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

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