Overview

Immerse yourself in the culture that inspired Monet, Chanel and Piaf while you tutor your host family in English with Greenheart Travel’s Teach English in a Homestay program.  Participants spend 15 hours per week teaching the host family conversational English. The rest of the time is yours, so you’ll also have the opportunity to soak in the French way of life through full language and cultural immersion.

This program offers:

This is a volunteer, unpaid teaching placement designed for deep cultural immersion and exchange. This program is ideal for adults hoping to get their feet wet in teaching, teachers planning to travel during their summer break, or travelers seeking to experience full cultural immersion while teaching English abroad.

  • Volunteer tutoring position with a local host family
  • 15 hours per week teaching experience
  • Placements throughout the country
  • Accommodation with volunteer French host family
  • 1, 2 or 3 month placements
  • Rolling start dates twice monthly

See what life in France is like through the eyes of our alumni Emily Rhodes:

Program Dates

Start dates are available year round. We need 8 weeks lead time to secure a host family. You are welcome to choose any of the start dates below.  We’re flexible, so if you are unable to start on these given dates, please contact Greenheart Travel directly to see what we can do.

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
October 3, 2017 August 3, 2017
October 17, 2017 August 17, 2017
October 31, 2017 August 30, 2017
November 14, 2017 September 14, 2017
November 28, 2017 September 28, 2017
December 12, 2017 October 12, 2017
December 26, 2017 October 26, 2017
January 9, 2018 November 9, 2017
January 23, 2018 November 23, 2017
February 6, 2018 December 6, 2017
February 20, 2018 December 20, 2017
March 6, 2018 January 3, 2018
March 20, 2018 January 20, 2018
April 3, 2018 February 3, 2018
April 17, 2018 February 17, 2018
May 1, 2018 March 1, 2018
May 15, 2018 March 15, 2018
May 29, 2018 March 29, 2018

Eligibility

No previous teaching experience or certification is required. We are looking for participants who are open-minded and flexible, as well as meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old – retirees welcome!
  • Be a native English speaker
  • Be a citizen of the EU, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or Canada
  • Have a basic level of French language abilities
  • Must be a high school graduate – college students and graduates preferred
  • Must have the ability to prepare a private tutoring lesson plan
  • Be in good mental* and physical health

I don’t have teaching experience. How will I know what to teach my host family?

The English lessons tend to be informal and conversation based. There is no pre-determined curriculum; however participants should be prepared to put together a lesson plan for each tutoring session. Greenheart Travel will provide you access to a library of resources to help you develop ideas for the lessons.

Typically families are looking for you to speak English with them over dinner or for a certain amount of time during the day.

Usually you will teach the children in the home but occasionally an adult will request lessons as well. The level of English will vary depending on the host family but most will be at the beginner level and will only have basic knowledge of English.

Costs

Program Fees

  • 1 Month – $1,510
  • 2 Months – $1,670
  • 3 Months – $1,820

Please note, all prices are listed in USD

What’s Included:

  • Host family search, screening, and placement process
  • Single room accommodation with carefully screened host family
  • Three home-cooked meals a day for duration of program
  • Local office support
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • English as a Second Language Teaching Resources
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Culture & Etiquette Guidebook
  • Resume-enhancing experience as a Private Language Tutor
  • Learn a new language through immersion in a different culture and country

What’s Not Included:

  • Flight to France
  • Meals eaten outside of the host family home
  • Spending money for personal purchases, tourism or optional activities

Wondering why you have to pay for a volunteer teaching program?

Greenheart Travel is a non-profit organization, and the program fee for this volunteer teaching project covers the cost of placing you in the program. These fees also aid in providing accommodation, meals, insurance and pre-departure & in-country support to homestay teachers.

 

Accommodation

Homestay participants live with a local host family during the program. Host families apply in a similar way to participants and Greenheart Travel will match you based on living preferences and personal interests. Host families are not compensated for hosting and host only in exchange for the English lessons. As an English teacher in a homestay, you will be warmly welcomed into a host family’s home, while having the opportunity to explore the region on your own.

Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
  • Agree to and pass a home inspection

Participants will have their own private room but may share a bathroom and living areas with the host family. Host families also provide three meals per day except when going out to restaurants. Can’t quite picture what the homes look like? Check out photos from past participants of their French homes!

What do our participants say about their experience?

It’s been absolutely wonderful, amazing, and fantastic. I love my host family. I loved working with Léa! She is very bright and interested in slowly improving her English. As a family, we spent a few days in Bordeaux doing some sightseeing, where we went to a couple different beaches. I must admit that this experience would’ve been really hard if I didn’t know any French coming in. But since I do, it’s been working perfectly. We’re learning a lot on both sides and I’ve been loving the experience. ” – Hannah Stanke, Teach in a Homestay Alumna from 2015

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Placements

Participants live with a local host family during the program. You will receive your host family contact information prior to departure. A large percentage of the host families live in small towns outside of major urban areas, and they are located throughout the country. It is very important to be flexible in your placement location, as we cannot guarantee placement in a specific region or city.

Why our past teachers love living in small towns:

Although I’ve seen the Bordeaux sights and done the obligatory tourist activities, I’m living as a local in my small town rather than traveling as a tourist. I’m certainly never bored! Every moment of the day is a learning opportunity. The best way to learn a new culture and a foreign language is not through a tourist’s binoculars and French-English dictionary for a week, it is to live it and speak it with the locals for months.” —Tracey Ettensohn, Greenheart Travel Teach in a Homestay Alumnus

Check out the map below to see where other Teach in a Homestay participants have been placed!

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Placement FAQS:

Can I choose where I will be placed?

No. You can choose your destination country, but you must be flexible about where you will be placed within that country. We can never guarantee placements in any specific city or region and we match based on compatibility with the host family.

Will I be placed in a city?

No. It is very unlikely you will be placed in a city. A majority of our families live in small to medium sized towns outside of major cities, and it is important you be open-minded to small town life.

Once I receive my placement, can I request to change it?

No, we do not change host families based on preferences or location. If you request to change your host family after you have been placed, you will forfeit your $500 placement deposit.

What if I don’t like my host family? Can I request a new one?

No. We do not change host families based on preferences or location. If concerns arise one you are in country, we handle them on a case-by-case basis and do our best to resolve issues amicably.

Can I be placed with my friend/spouse/significant other?

No. We are not able to place more than one person with a host family. It is okay to apply with friends and family; however, you will be placed in separate homes and we cannot guarantee they will be in the same city.

 

Application Process

Complete the Online Application

There are 5 short steps in the application process, which are outlined below. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and can be done in stages.

  1. Select the APPLY NOW button on the left side of the program page. You will receive a link to fill out the first portion of the application, which asks for general information about you.
  2. Once you complete part 1, you will be emailed Greenheart Travel’s Terms and conditions. Please read through them and sign.
  3. Next, you will pay a $250 deposit to hold your position in the program. It is very rare that our homestay applications are declined, but if you are rejected from the program, you will be refunded the $250 less a $75 processing fee. Otherwise, it is deducted for your overall program fee.
  4. Now, you will complete a second application form that includes more detailed information about yourself (such as education background, experience, medical history, host family preference, etc).
  5. In order to finalize your application, you will need to complete a 15 minute interview via Skype with the program manager.

Additionally, you will need to upload the following documents:

  • 1 letter of recommendation (can be personal or professional)
  • A “Dear Family” letter introducing yourself to your homestay family
  • Copy of your passport
  • A completed background check. If you are a US citizen, Greenheart Travel provides you a free, online background check service which you can access during the application process. If you are not a US citizen, you are required to submit your own background check from your local police station.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. If accepted, you will receive an orientation packet via email, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program.

Before we begin the host family screening and placement process, an additional $500 payment toward your program fee is due. This payment is required a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your departure.

A visa may be required for a tourist stay of up to 90 days depending on the destination country. Greenheart Travel will provide you information about applying for a visa, but please check with the embassy of your host country to verify, as visa requirements may change.

We will also schedule a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions and prepare you for the program. This will be scheduled about 2-4 weeks before your departure date.