Stay with a French Host Family
All French host families are sourced, vetted and screened through our French partner organization. They have a team of local coordinators based throughout France who live in the local areas. After an interview and home visit, host families are carefully selected by the local coordinator according to very definite selection criteria: open-mindedness, availability, receptiveness, good sense of welcoming and good accommodation conditions. Placements are always in safe residential areas that guarantee good conditions. Placements are mostly made in rural areas (countryside) and medium-sized towns, and very rarely are in the centre of big towns. Students can be placed in any region in France, so they must have an open mind to this when applying, as there is no guarantee of geographical preference in the placement process.
Host families in France are volunteers and receive no payment for hosting international students. The concept of host family payment is unique to Ireland and Britain. Therefore, the motivation to host international students is not money-driven; host families have a genuine interest in learning about the countries of their students and exposing themselves and their children to another culture by hosting. Students are truly considered a member of the family, equal in rights and duties, and they share day-to-day life, including leisure and outings. In return, they are asked to comply with family rules, which might include some minor tasks like washing the dishes or cleaning their bedrooms.
The host family is seen as responsible for the students' welfare and our partner office insists on their role as "parents". Host families come in all shapes and sizes; single parents with children living in the house, nuclear families, older couples whose children are no longer at home, as well as young couples who may not have children, are all considered potential host families. Our main criteria is a warm, caring, and comfortable home environment for students to be nurtured and thrive in. Applicants cannot reject host family placements and must agree to accept them without prejudice and to go into the programme with an open mind.