FRANCE: POST-SECONDARY

Post-Secondary & Gap Year Program

 

France is available in:

CLASSIC   |   GROUP   |   SUMMER   |   POST-SECONDARY   |   BOARDING  |  HOME-TO-HOME

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 French family, gain experience as a Teacher’s Assistant, experience French farm life or volunteer and work abroad – the post-secondary options have something for everyone.

Accommodation Based Experience

Family Stay

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

Language Buddy

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

Work Based Experience

Language Teacher Assistant

Experience another education system, as well as language and culture.

Farm or Ranch Stay

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

Eco-Volunteering

Live an eco-friendly experience with a team of volunteers, discovering the rich French fauna and flora, all while practicing your French!

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Family Stay

The family stay program offers an authentic insight into the local lifestyle! Spend your stay in France with a host family that will welcome you in as a family member. You will experience what it means to truly live in France, 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.

If you’re looking to stay in a specific area in France, upgrade your program to allow a specific area guarantee! We can set up the following:
1. Urban placement in a French city of over 50,000 inhabitants
2. Provence: discover the beautiful South of France
3. French Coastline: enjoy the Mediterranean and Atlantic areas

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

Please Inquire

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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 or French 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

Please Inquire

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Language Teacher Assistant

The language teacher assistant program provides participants an opportunity to experience another education system, as well as language and culture. The aim of the program is to introduce language assistants to French elementary, middle or high school students and encourage the meeting of different cultures.

The language teacher assistant may be asked to fulfil various tasks such as helping students develop confidence in speaking and understanding, taking part in class alongside the teacher, providing personal tutoring to students, organizing conversation-based activities and assisting with teaching plans and lessons.

The language teacher assistant works from 15-20 hours/week and can be appointed to 1 – 2 schools in the same area. The teaching placement may be in any area in France, no regional choice is provided.

The program is designed for those participants seeking international job experience and those wishing to develop their communication and teaching skills, while also learning about the French culture and the basics of the language. It is a paid job with a fixed term contract.

Accommodation & Meals

Board and lodging is not included, however a local host family placement may be arranged for an additional fee.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is 3, 6 or 10 months.

The program is available:
Start Date: 1st Saturday of September, January or April

Requirements

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Between 20 – 30 years old

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Have a pre-intermediate level in French

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Be willing to work with school teachers

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No teaching experience/degree required, but preferable

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

Inclusions

  • Placement in one or two French schools
  • Local assistance in France from partner organisation
  • 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
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) – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • Accommodation and meals (can be arranged upon request for additional fees)
  • 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 Teacher Assistant Experience

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Farm or Ranch Stay

Experience life on a French 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.

If you are interested in working with animals – horses, ponies or donkeys – consider the ranch stay option! Most tasks will be related to the animals but you will also take part in daily farm work. Horse riding cannot be guaranteed but is likely if you have a lot of experience!

Accommodation & Meals

Participants will stay at the selected farm with a French 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 Farm or Ranch Experience

Please Inquire

Eco-Volunteering

Live an eco-friendly experience with a team of volunteers, discovering the rich French fauna and flora.

Projects deal with different aspects of environmental protection so as to safeguard biodiversity. They focus on caring for endangered or injured species, building gates/fences in natural reserves, resorting natural sites, making people aware of the importance of eco-friendliness.

Working as a volunteer is a fulfilling commitment, taking part in teamwork, promoting a cause and enriching your experience with new knowledge. The work can be physically demanding and generally occurs in remote regions. Some bird centres can also be in urban areas too.

Volunteers work 5-6 days a week for about 4-6 hours a day, as needed. The remaining time is yours to relax and discover the area, and hone your French skills!

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteers are accommodated in bungalows, mobile homes, host families or other accommodation as necessary.

Meals are not included with the program, but can be prepared on site. Food sharing between volunteers is customary.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is available from 2 – 12 weeks, all year round.

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 allows for an extended stay in France, from a “visa waiver” country.

Inclusions

  • Screening and placement process for volunteer opportunity
  • Accommodation
  • Return transfers (from closest airport/train station)
  • 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
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • Meals
  • 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 Eco-Volunteering

Please Inquire

France at a Glance

Population Population

66,627,602

Capital City Capital City

Paris

Known For Known For

Eiffel Tower, Fashion, Baguettes & Fromage, Cafes

Currency Currency

Euro

Language Language

French

Say Hello Say Hello

Bonjour

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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