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 AGE : 
  from 12 to 14 years old

  4, 8 or 12 weeks

  September, January or March

  volunteer host family / host sibling going to the same school


The country
An exchange program to France is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture that has influenced the western world for hundreds of years. The French are very proud of their contributions to art, literature, philosophy, architecture, food and wine, sports and film. From the Alps near the Italian and Swiss borders to the forest covered Vosges Mountains in the northeast, the Pyrenees along the Spanish border and the beaches on the Mediterranean, France offers breathtaking scenery.

School Life
The French educational system is one of the most thorough in the world. Expectations are high towards the students. Participants will attend classes at a local "lycee" from Monday to Friday. These include French, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language (English or German)... and optional classes include Economics or a second Foreign Language. The school year runs from September to June.

Each exchange student will have a French “buddy” (host sister or host brother going to the same school).

School day
- 8.30am to 4.00pm or later
- Wednesday afternoon free
- Saturday classes may be allocated

Participants are staying with a French family. Like family members they will share the family's everyday life, participate in activities and adapt to the family rules as if it was their own. In France students buy lunch at the school cafeteria, cost related to lunch should be covered by the students pocket money.

Terms of participation
- be min. 12 and max. 14 upon arrival
- Have good academic results
- Have a minimum of 1 year of French lessons
- Have travel insurance covering sickness, accidents, repatria-
   tion and third party liability

Financial Terms
Included: host family search, screening and placement process - accommodation as described - school registration • transfer on arrival • 24 hours emergency support • coordinator assistance & progress reports • mandatory orientation • WEP support to obtain the permit of stay • administrative costs.
Not included: return transportation • local transportation • school costs • lunch during school days • personal expenses • travel insurance • passport & visa fee.