Overview

Develop your French skills through full language and cultural immersion at Greenheart Travel’s summer language camp in Quebec City, Canada! You will study in downtown Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a historical and beautiful city in southeastern Canada. 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.

Course Details:

  • Beginners welcome! No previous French language experience required
  • 15 hours of class a week (4 core classes per day in 2 hour blocks)
  • Daily cultural and historical excursions
  • Accommodation with local French Canadian host family allows for full immersion

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

Picture Yourself Learning French in Quebec City!

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

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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Sample Itinerary

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 chaperon.

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Costs & Dates

All classes start on Monday, but students should plan on arriving in Canada before 6:00pm on the Sunday before classes start. All departures will be on Saturday after 12:00pm.

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
June 10, 2018 May 1, 2018
June 17, 2018 May 1, 2018
June 24, 2018 May 1, 2018
July 1, 2018 May 1, 2018
July 8, 2018 May 1, 2018
July 15, 2018 May 1, 2018
July 22, 2018 May 1, 2018
July 29, 2018 May 1, 2018

 

2018 Program Fees:

  • 1 Week: $1,550
  • 2 Weeks: $2,270
  • 3 Weeks: $3,090
  • 4 Weeks: $3,920
  • 5 Weeks: $4,740
  • 6 Weeks: $5,560

Please notes: All prices are in USD

What’s Included:

  • 15 hours of language classes per week
  • Accommodation with local host family
  • Airport pickup and drop off to/from Quebec City Airport (code YQB)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Daily cultural excursions & activities
  • Weekend Excursion
  • Domestic transportation to excursions & homestay
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Local Coordinator contact
  • Pre-Departure orientation with Greenheart Travel
  • Arrival orientation in Canada
  • Language level placement test
  • Greenheart Travel also donates a portion of your fee to offset the carbon footprint of your travels.

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.

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 the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term 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 (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates.

We cannot 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 resolved (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. Students are never allowed to leave the school grounds without being accompanied by a chaperone.

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.

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

A majority of our students are American between 14-17 years old. However, there are students participating from around the world, so your child will have a cross-cultural setting both in the classroom and out. While the number of students does vary by start date, we like to keep small classes with no more than 12-15 students.

Will my son/daughter 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 foreign language 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.

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 son/daughter have 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 2 weeks prior to their departure.

Can they apply with friends?

Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and groups.

Application Process

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

Complete the Online Application

 There are 4 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. You will fill out the first portion of the application, which asks fo general information about you.
  2. Once you complete part 1, you will be emailed a link to fill out Greenheart Travel’s Terms and conditions. Follow the link and you will read through and sign our policies.
  3. In part three, you will pay a $250 deposit to hold your position in the programs. It is very rare that our volunteer applications are declined, but if you are rejected from the program, you will be refunded the $250. Otherwise, it is applied to your overall program fee.
  4. Now, you will complete a second application that includes more detailed information about yourself (such as education background, interests and experience) and why you would like to learn abroad.

Once you are done with the application, you will need to upload a copy of your passport.

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. You should expect to receive an orientation packet 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 a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have.