Language Homestay France
Experience French culture and contribute a valuable skill.
As a homestay language tutor you’ll be able to experience France as a local by living with a host family. The family will provide a room and meals each day, and for 15 hours each week you’ll provide English tutoring (usually three hours per day) for their children. You can practice your French too! There’s plenty of free time to explore locally or take weekend trips.
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Paris and surrounding area, occasional placements in other regions
Apply at least 3 months in advance of planned travel
- 18-35 years of age at time of application
- Native English speaker or equivalent
Opportunity to Learn
Learn about France and work on your language skills through a hands-on volunteer placement
Opportunity to Contribute
Help youth build confidence in English conversation through tutoring
Global & Local Communities
Connect with a host family and fellow volunteers
Paris and Beyond
Most of our families reside in the Paris area
Welcoming Hosts and Great Meals
Private bedroom and all meals included
Complete an application with Fée Rêvée in France.
Meet your host family through video chat.
Book your flight and head to France!
What to Expect
- Host families are carefully screened for safety.
- Families submit applications and references, have an interview, and pay a program fee. They are not paid for hosting you.
A Typical Family
- Families vary in personality and size but they’re all excited about cultural exchange and value English exposure for their kids (and often the parents too).
- Usually, at least one parent is conversational in English. If you’d like to work on your French, let them know—they’re happy to help!
- Most families reside in the Paris area, are middle class, and have children in either elementary or middle school.
- Fée Rêvée will search for a family that’s open to hosting for your desired dates.
- Once they have a match, their team will send you the family’s profile.
- You’ll set up a video chat to ensure it’s a good fit.
Living with a Family
Living with a host family is about connecting with the family members and integrating into their life. Families want tutors who:
- are eager to learn about France and French culture.
- behave like an ambassador from the U.S. and a role model for the children.
- engage with them over meals and share culture.
The Tutoring Role
- Generally informal and focused on helping with speaking and listening skills.
- Be creative! Use games, listen to music with English lyrics, or even watch English television and movies.
- You’ll have a chance to connect with a family before you depart to find out what they’re looking for in a tutor.
- 15 hours per week (usually just three hours/day during the week)
- It’s rare for a host family to ask you to tutor on the weekends.
- When you connect with a potential family, you can discuss the tutoring schedule so you know what to expect.
- There’s lots of free time to venture out locally and travel on the weekends.
- France—and Europe in general—has extensive rail networks, giving you easy access to the continent.
- Some participants link up with each other to explore.