A Conversation Coach lives with a welcoming host family and tutors the children in English for 15 hours per week in exchange for accommodation and all meals. Most placements are in the outskirts of Paris or Nice, but we do have some host families in other parts of the country. Because the volunteer commitment is only 15 hours, you'll have plenty of time to explore your host city, make new friends, and work on your language skills - or even head off to other parts of this cultural hub!
- Host family placement confirmed before you travel
- All meals
- Sample lesson plans
- 24/7 emergency hotline
- Pre-departure & alumni support
- InterExchange t-shirt
Dates and Application Deadlines
We accept applications and organize placements throughout the year! Please apply at least three months prior to your desired start date.
Once we've sent your application abroad, we'll work on your host family placement (this can take a few weeks, especially if you've applied well in advance). We will notify you as soon as a placement has been found so you can connect with the family over email and/or video chat to make sure that you are both happy with the match. Once confirmed, we will provide all of the next steps on when to book your flight, where to purchase insurance, and how to prepare to be a Conversation Coach and live abroad.
Your host family will pick you up from the airport or train station. They'll bring you to their home and will help to get you oriented to your new environment and your host children. You'll also work with your family to set up a tutoring schedule and will discuss how to get around the neighborhood, where to go and what to see! Throughout your program, our international cooperator will be there to make sure your transition is smooth and fun.
Costs to Consider
Please be prepared to cover airfare to and from the U.S.
You must have insurance that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation.
- Personal Spending Money
For independent travel/trips, any optional extra classes, social time with friends, etc.
What our participants are saying
I have become a more patient, effective communicator … which has personal, as well as professional benefits. Living with and working for people who did not know me, my language, or my culture taught me to take my time, to think before speaking about the clarity of my message, to consider my audience, and to avoid assuming that my meaning is self-evident. George Bernard Shaw put it nicely: 'The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.' Sarah
I'm pretty sure I'm living the epitome of what summer vacations should be like. I mean, the schedule varies slightly from day to day. I don't go to the beach every single day (my host family REALLY does though!). Some days I stay home and go to the gym, work on my online class, nap or Skype with friends and family. Also, I go out and have dinner with the French friends I've made pretty often. Angie
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