BELGIUM: POST-SECONDARY

Program options for those seeking travel after high school!

Belgium is available in:

CLASSIC   |   POST-SECONDARY

Finished high school, taking a gap year, participating in post-secondary education or other pursuits and want an opportunity to learn a language or test your skills, immerse yourself in a new culture and see the world? Opportunities abound, whether you wish to become an honourary member of a Belgian family, buddy up with a local to teach each other your native languages, or try out farm living with a family in Belgium  – the post-secondary options have something for everyone.

Accommodation Based Experience

Family Stay

Spend your stay in Belgium with a host family that will welcome you in as a family member.

Language Buddy

Become a conversation buddy to a local family while sharing their everyday lives.

 

Work Based Experience

Farm Stay

Experience life on a Belgian farm. Discover the everyday life of a farming family while improving your language skills!

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Family Stay

The family stay program offers an authentic insight into the local lifestyle! Spend your stay in Belgium with a host family that will welcome you in as a family member. You will experience what it means to truly live in Belgium, becoming a member of the family, spending your days in the local community, and participating in the day-to-day activities of your hosts.

Cultural Excursions

Choose to participate in or include 1½ days of cultural excursions each week.

If you wish to have some structured or planned activities during your stay you may add the cultural activities program to your stay for 1 week or as many as you would like.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is available year- round. Participants may design their own program duration, a minimum of 1 week is required.

Accommodation & Meals

Live like a local and stay with your matched host family. A single room is provided with full board for the duration of your stay.

Requirements

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Basic knowledge of French is required.

Inclusions

  • Host Family Recruitment, Screening and Placement
  • Food and Lodging with Host Family
  • Activities (if cultural excursions option selected)
  • Provision of Program Documentation: Orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour Emergency Support Overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • Full and Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by Guard.me
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for Family Stay Experience

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Language Buddy

The language buddy program offers the opportunity for participants to become conversation buddy to a local family while sharing their everyday lives. Participants help one or several of the host family members to improve their English language skills through conversation, helping host children with homework if necessary, like a tutor. While you help them to learn English you will also learn French through day-to-day immersion – it’s a two-way exchange of languages and cultures where the participant is actively involved.

The program requires 15/hours per week of dedicated conversations in English to teach the host family, informally!

Accommodation & Meals

Participants stay with a volunteer host family who will provide full board and a single room in exchange for conversations with a family member.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is available year- round. Participants may design their own program duration; a minimum of 1 week is required.

Requirements

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Be 21 years or older

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Have a good knowledge of French for communication.

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Hold a citizenship that permits a “visa waiver” to allow a stay for up to 3 months.

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Have English as first language

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Be a graduate or currently enrolled in Higher Education/University, in an education related field.

Inclusions

  • Host family recruitment, screening and placement
  • Food and lodging with host family
  • Full and comprehensive medical insurance provided by guard.me
  • Pre-departure orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour emergency support overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • Provision of program documentation: orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for Language Buddy Experience

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Farm Stay

 

Experience life on a Belgian farm – discover the everyday life of a farming family while improving your language skills!

In exchange for accommodation and meals, participants will work on the family farm (+/- 25 hours/week) partaking in tasks such as fruit-picking, caring for animals, grape harvesting, planting and tending to the farm as well as selling products at the market. The farm stay program allows participants the opportunity to learn a new way of life, experiencing farm living and practicing you language skills.

Accommodation & Meals

Participants will stay at the selected farm with a Belgian family. Meals and accommodation are provide in exchange for farm work.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is available for 1 to 3 month, between March and November.

Requirements

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Be between 18 and 30 years old

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Have a basic knowledge of French

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Be in good physical health and motivated

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Love nature and the countryside

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Hold a citizenship that permits the individual to obtain a Working Holiday Visa

Inclusions

  • Farmstay family recruitment, screening and placement
  • Food and lodging with host family
  • Full and comprehensive medical insurance provided by Guard.me
  • Provision of program documentation: orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
  • Pre-departure orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour emergency support overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for the Farmstay Experience

Inquire

Belgium at a Glance

Population Population

11 Million

Capital City Capital City

Brussels

Known For Known For

Medieval Architecture, Chocolate, Waffles & Fries, EU HQ

Currency Currency

Euro

Language Language

French, Dutch and German

Say Hello Say Hello

Bonjour or Hallo!

Payment Schedule

  1. $500.00 application fee due with the submission of the full application. The application fee is only refunded in instances where the student is not accepted.
  2. Host Country Program Deposit due upon conditional acceptance. (Please note fees are specific to each exchange country).
  3. 35% of the remaining program fees are due upon receipt of the full acceptance letter.
  4. 40% of the remaining program fees are due 95 days prior to departure.
  5. 25% of the remaining program fees are due 35 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada. (Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the $500 application fee.)
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specific country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the host family placement, 35% of the program fee is non-refundable.

  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement, 55% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after visa forms have been issued 65% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada a refund will be given.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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