Be a volunteer teacher 2-3 months in a classroom in France.
Teach English in France and live like a local for 2 to 3 months. This volunteer teaching assignment is in private schools in France. These are not private “language schools” but private elementary and secondary schools. Teach students and faculty in English and coordinate your activities with the Headmaster at the school where you are placed.
You will have so much fun living in France by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home and sharing that with a classroom of French students, studying English. In addition, you also have a unique opportunity to improve your French! It won’t take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new home. It’s real and authentic. Get to know the locals. Wake up each day and feel a connection. Most of all, make a difference in your host community and host school.
Are you 23 years of age or older? Please join us! We also place a lot of mature travelers looking for a different way to travel and connect with new people and explore different cultures. All you need to begin is to be a native English speaker and hold a passport from the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or Australia.
When you teach English in France, you will actually be in the classroom teaching French students English. And you will be helping French teachers who are teaching English. Before you depart home you will have an opportunity to email and Skype with the Headmaster at the school where you are placed to learn more about the expectations and to give you an opportunity to prepare in advance of your arrival in France.
You have your own private room in a host family. We include 3 meals each day. Weekends are normally free to experience the culture by traveling around France.
When you teach English in France, you soon discover that France is all about world-class art and architecture, Roman temples and Renaissance châteaux, iconic landmarks known the world over. Or, you might be more into the French feast of fine food and wine that woos so many travelers. Then there’s the landscape from northern France’s cliff s and sand dunes to the bright-blue sea of the French Riviera and Corsica’s forests.
What are the benefits of this experience?
- A second home with new friends.
- You are more independent and confident.
- Your French improves because of the immersion. You are now a local.
- New interests discovered and experienced.
- Your organizational and creative skills are put to the test.
- Get to know yourself better.
- You are helping your host family realize their goals of speaking English. You will make a lasting and sustainable impression.
- Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in France.
- 2-month minimum and 3-month maximum. You will enter France on your tourist visa.
- $1,929 for 2 months and $2,119 for 3 months.
- Personalized placement with a screened host family. In other words, a place to call home in France. Our unique matching system ensures a great fit.
- A comfortable private bedroom for the duration of the program.
- Home-cooked meals each day with your host family, except when you’re traveling.
- Local office support in France.
- Pre-departure materials.
- Comprehensive medical insurance if you’re from the US.
- Our ESL-Lounge for access to games, flash-cards, and worksheets. Use it in France or print materials and take with you.
- Volunteer English teacher experience to enhance your resume.
- Full immersion French language through your host family and school.
What’s Not Included:
- Your flight to France.
- Any Visa fee as you enter France.
- Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
- Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.
Why is there a fee? Where does my money go?
The program fee for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family and neighborhood. The fee helps us in providing your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our teaching materials constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. You’re not a customer. You join our family.
How does GeoVisions choose families and host schools?
Host families contact us because they want to provide room and board to a native English speaker who will help them with their conversational English during your stay with them. Host schools contact us when they want to provide an International teacher for a few months to their teaching staff and students.
Families, like you, are screened. They have to show a need and a desire to host a visiting English teacher. And they have to pass a background check, an interview by staff in France and agree to a home inspection and provide photos of the home (inside and out). Teachers are promised their own private room but there are times a bathroom might be shared. Families provide meals except when you are traveling.
Does GeoVisions provide materials to help me be successful? How am I supported?
You receive hundreds of FREE materials through our ESL Lounge, and we employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you depart and while you’re abroad. Email Help Me Teach and you are connected with Betsy who will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful.
Can I choose my location?
The location for this program is set in advance, because we never know which schools will contact us and request a visiting teacher. Because of this, we’re sorry that an exact location cannot be requested.
What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family and your new school. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.
Give us a call and ask. It is tough because schools normally ask for one visiting teacher and have the classes to support only one volunteer English teacher. Host families will sometimes allow a couple, but that is not normal. It costs a lot for the host family to provide a room and all of the meals for a 2-3 month stay.
October through May each academic year to teach in a private school in France.
Exact hours are determined by the school’s Headmaster where you will teach. Schools are normally open between 8:30 am-5:30 PM with Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays free. You must be available to the school 15 hours a week if you are also teaching English to a French family. You will need to be available to the school 20-hours each week if you are not teaching your host family English as well.
INCLUDED. Each school will hold their own formal orientation. The school will provide an explanation of the program and expectations. There is also a local representative that is available for assistance with living in France and with the host family.
A high level of French is required to teach in a private school. Native English speaker required.
Not included. One week intensive course can optionally be done prior to the program in Paris at an additional cost.
Be advised that the minimum age is 23 since the schools want someone with at least some teaching experience. The program is open to older teachers and retired teachers as well.
The schools that have approved this program are in the northwest of France (in and around the areas of Saint-Malo, Saint Brieuc, Vannes and Rennes.)
Not included. Paris will be your gateway city.
You will not need a visa for this program. You will arrive on a Tourist Visa.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully.
If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple. And for the record, we don’t understand or agree with these laws either. We will provide you a list of organizations in your country to obtain low-cost travel and accident insurance.
GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.
The host families will try to pick you up. Typically you will fly to Paris and take a train to the St. Malo area, about a 3-hour ride from Paris.
INCLUDED. You will stay with a host family and have a private bedroom.
Included are 2 meals per day. When you are traveling on your own or if you are teaching during a typical lunch hour at the school, you will need to provide your own meals or eat lunch at school on your own.