Overview

Develop your French skills through full language and cultural immersion at Greenheart Travel’s summer language camp in Quebec City, Canada! You will live with a host family and study 15 hours of French per week in downtown Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a historical and beautiful city in southeastern Canada. You’ll have an exciting schedule of daily cultural and historical activities and excursions. We welcome teen students of all skills, including beginners, and you will not only be immersed in a new culture, but you’ll make international friends from around the world.

Picture Yourself Learning French in Quebec City!

Eligibility

  • Must be between 12 – 18 years old
  • Be in good mental and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in learning French and immersing yourself in the culture

Classes and School Info

There are 7 skill levels at the language school ranging from “complete beginner” to “advanced.” To find the class that best matches your skill level, you will take a placement test on your first day. You will be placed appropriately based on your test results and should expect to be studying with students who are at the same point in their language practice.

French Courses

  • 15 hours of class a week (3 core classes per day in 1 hour blocks)
  • Classes are taught by native French teachers who specialize in teaching a foreign language
  • Lively and informal small classes with no more than 15 students per class
  • French lessons focus on practical communication skills first, including grammar, speaking and listening
  • Parents and students will receive weekly progress reports with constructive feedback

School Location and Classrooms:

Quebec City, a city of half a million people, is a very safe and beautiful city, making it an excellent place for teens. The school is located very close to central park and museum campus in the city which is a convenient walk for students arriving via public transportation from their host families. The school has air-conditioned classrooms with WIFI internet access in the lounge and common areas.

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Your Day-to-Day

Educational visits and excursions form an important part of the program. An exciting day by day program will be given to the participants upon arrival. There will be weekly visits to museums and parks, as well as sports activities like archery, bowling or rock climbing!

During the excursions, students are expected to speak and practice their French as well as do some educational activities like take quizzes, take notes of what they see or interview local people. Leisure activities are all run and supervised by experienced activity leaders.

Please note:  Participants are not allowed to go out at night outside the homestay unless accompanied by a chaperone.

Program Dates

Students can choose between a 1-6 week length program.

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
June 10, 2019 April 1, 2019
June 17, 2019 April 1, 2019
June 24, 2019 April 1, 2019
July 1, 2019 April 1, 2019
July 8, 2019 April 1, 2019
July 15, 2019 April 1, 2019
July 22, 2019 April 1, 2019
July 29, 2019 April 1, 2019

 

Arrival & Departure

All students fly on their own to Canada. A representative from the language school will pick them up and take them to their host family.

All classes start on Monday, but students should:

  • Arrive at Quebec City Airport (code YQB) before 6:00pm on the Sunday before classes start
  • Depart from Quebec City Airport (code YQB) the Saturday at the end of their program after 12:00pm

Arriving or departing outside these designated windows will incur additional fees.

Program Cost

2019 Program Cost:

  • 1 Week: $1,650
  • 2 Weeks: $2,400
  • 3 Weeks: $3,250
  • 4 Weeks: $4,180
  • 5 Weeks: $4,990
  • 6 Weeks: $5,800

Please notes: All prices are in USD. Please refer the payment schedule here.

What’s Included:

  • 15 hours of language classes per week
  • Weekly progress reports sent to parents and students via email throughout program
  • Accommodation with local host family
  • Airport pickup and drop off to/from Quebec City Airport (code YQB)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Fully chaperoned daily cultural activities & excursions
  • Quebec City Transit Pass
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • 24-hour emergency assistance from local staff and long-distance staff
  • Online pre-departure orientation with Greenheart Travel
  • On-site orientation in Canada
  • Language level placement test
  • The Greenheart Travel Atlas, an interactive guide to your cross-cultural experience
  • Donation to support the Greenheart Odyssey, an award-winning youth leadership development program
  • Access to the Greenheart Club, an online community for Greenheart alumni to find resources, log volunteer hours, and apply for alumni grants and scholarships

What’s Not Included:

  • Flight to and from Canada
  • Spending money for souvenirs or gifts

Accommodation

All students live with carefully selected local host families near the school – 10-30 minutes via public transportation or walking distance. Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected.

A quick look at why living with a host family is a great way to practice your French:

 

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

Usually one or two students will share a room with one host family depending on the size of the family’s home. They will only share rooms with students of the same sex and will be closely supervised by their hosts.

Even though this program is heavily structured by the school, living with a local family means that you have the unique experience of eating home-cooked meals, watching Canadian TV shows together and doing other activities as a part of their family.  Living with a host family is one of the most effective ways to become fully immersed in a country’s language and culture.

FAQ For Parents

The decision to send your teenager abroad can be difficult and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! We want to make the process of traveling and studying abroad as fun and painless as possible for you and your child. Here are some of the common questions we get from parents as they consider the program:

What does it mean to be in good mental health in the program eligibility requirements?

Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to a well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on an exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of all applicants.

Therefore, we may not be able to accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Debilitating anxiety
  • Eating disorders

If the student’s mental health issue has been managed (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.

How much supervision is there?

Students are supervised and chaperoned at all times unless commuting between school and their host family.

Should my child fly using an unaccompanied minor service?

Greenheart Travel does not recommend this service because the “additional” services advertised by the airlines are already provided to all travelers and are not worth the money invested by you the traveler. At any time, a student can ask an airlines professional for help finding their gate or for connecting flight information, and paying for this add-on UM service is not necessary. We have sent hundreds of semester abroad students internationally, for whom we book their flights, and we never use unaccompanied minor services. If you would like the peace of mind a UM service provides, Greenheart Travel offers more self-empowering alternatives (such as reviewing airport maps, mapping connections, etc) that we believe teach teenagers relevant life skills about traveling independently. Please refer to our webinar about navigating international airports.

How many other students will there be and where are they from?

Students come from the U.S., Canada and around the world and are between 12-18 years old. Since there are students participating from around the world, your child will have a cross-cultural setting both in the classroom and out. While the number of students does vary by start date and there are nearly 500 students over the course of the summer, we like to keep small classes with no more than 12-15 students.

Will my child be required to speak the language outside of the classroom?

Language practice and immersion are the main priority of this program. While we do not require the students to sign a contact stating they will only speak in the local language, it is highly encouraged that they use their language skills when talking to friends, partaking in the daily excursions and at night in the host family home. Program staff and chaperones primarily communicate and answer questions in the local language to encourage this immersion culture.

How will this program improve my child’s French skills?

In a traditional classroom, students may learn language skills; however, they are not forced to practice these skills in real world situations. Through language immersion, your child will both learn the practical language skills in a classroom while also being forced to use them with local, native speakers during the excursions and/or host family experience. Studies show that 4 weeks of a full language immersion experience can be equivalent to a yearlong college language course because of the intensity of use.

Will my child earn high school credit?

Greenheart Travel cannot award high school credit. Please talk to your school about earning credit for your child’s time abroad. Refer to this blog post for tips on transferring credit.

Why should I choose Greenheart Travel?

Greenheart Travel provides 24-hour support to you and your child throughout the application, program and alumni processes. We are a small staffed non-profit that is accredited with CSIET, so you know you’ll always be talking to a real person on the other line. We are proud to always be available for your questions and concerns and we always answer our emails and phone calls quickly. We pride ourselves on developing a personal relationship with our participants, and love staying connected with them throughout the experience on social media & email. We offer the personal connection and support that many of our competitors do not.

What if my child has an allergy/specific dietary requirement?

We can cater to vegetarian needs quite easily. Any other specific diets should be discussed with us to see if we can arrange to have your needs met.

What happens if my child gets sick while abroad?

They will be covered by mandatory health insurance. You will receive a policy brochure and insurance card via email 1-2 weeks prior to their departure, as well as supplementary materials in your child’s comprehensive program handbook.

Can they apply with friends?

Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and groups. If both your child and their friend go together, each of them will receive a discount! However, keep in mind your primary purpose of attending this program is to immerse themselves in the language and culture – so make sure your child and their friend commit to speaking French! (Need tips? Check out our language learning tips webinar!)

Application Process

Committing to a language camp program can feel a bit daunting, but we are here every step of the way to make the application process as simple as possible. Below are the steps you’ll need to take to be accepted on a Greenheart Travel program.

Once you start your application, you have two weeks to finish.

1. Ensure Your Eligibility: The eligibility requirements, such as age or language proficiency, may be required for certain destinations.

2. Start Your Application Here (Approximately 5 Minutes): Greenheart Travel Application.

3. Sign the Terms & Conditions (Approximately 10 Minutes): After you complete Part 1 of your application, you (and your parent(s) if you’re under 18) will be asked to read through and sign our Terms and Conditions which outline the requirements and policies of the program.

4. Submit your deposit (Approximately 5 minutes): You will need to submit your $250 deposit at this point in the process. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.

5. Secondary Application Form (Approximately 30 Minutes): This is the most in-depth part of the application process as it helps us get to know you better. You will need to provide detailed information about yourself, why you want to go abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience. You will also need to upload your passport.

6. Acceptance: Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 weeks 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. You should expect to receive your Greenheart Travel program handbook via email, which talks more about your program, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program. We will also schedule an online pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have. You can expect to receive your host family placement 1-2 weeks prior to your start date.

Please refer the payment schedule here.

Schedule a Call

Have questions or want to talk to the program coordinator, Allison? Set up a time to have a phone call below.

Don’t forget to review the frequently asked questions!