Summer Immersion in France with a host family
Enjoy a homestay immersion experience this summer with a French host family. You'll travel with a bilingual chaperone and end the program with a 3-day tour of Paris.
Welcome to France! Spend your summer immersed in the beauty of French language and culture while living with a host family through our Summer French Immersion Program. Start your day with a delicious café au lait, discover your French hometown with your new friends, and develop a nice French accent through animated conversations with hosts! On this program, you will also have the chance to meet French teens. They might be part of your host family, or your hosts might introduce you to teens in their extended family or circle of neighbors and friends.
Host family immersion
Group travel from PDX. You will fly with a bilingual chaperone, Cyndy Moehling, current French teacher at Riverdale High School.
July 8 to July 29, 2019
Deadline to apply
January 31st, 2019
Eligible for Scholarship?
Yes. Find out more about the ANDEO Summer Abroad Scholarship.
Round-trip airfare from Portland International Airport. If you live outside of the Portland area, we welcome you to meet the group.
A bilingual chaperone who will travel with you and check in with you while in France.
A homestay with a local host family who is looking forward to including you in their day-to-day life. You will get the most out of an immersion program if you are engaged, curious, and open to all the family activities.
Opportunities to meet local teens, either in your home or in the extended family or neighborhood, who are eager to spend time with you and and share cultures.
Support from the local coordinator who will be available throughout your stay to help you make the most of your homestay experience.
Orientation materials with information about France and practical advice on how to get ready for your cross-cultural adventure.
ANDEO staff support for you and your parents throughout the application process, in your preparation, and during your stay abroad.
Comprehensive medical and accident insurance.
Local transport to and from the airport with your host family or a local coordinator.
- Have completed at least 2 years of high school French by the end of the 2018/19 school year.
- Be curious about what daily life is like in another country, be ready to push yourself, and be motivated to put your French skills to the test!
Meet the Chaperone
My name is Cyndy Moehling and I’m thrilled to be chaperoning the trip to France this summer. I’ve been teaching French at Riverdale High School since 2003 and, although I haven’t had the opportunity to travel with Andeo, I have enjoyed working with them for many years. Our community looks forward to hosting French exchange students each spring and I appreciate watching the close connections that develop among the students in their short time here.
There are so many ways to connect with others from different cultures and to practice emerging language skills in today’s world, but nothing beats traveling, having face-to-face interactions, and being immersed in the language and culture. I spent most of my 20’s traveling and trying to find ways to connect my college studies to as many work and study abroad programs as possible. I spent a couple of summers teaching English in Belgium, a term studying art in Paris, a year of literature in Montpellier, and a couple of years of secondary education in Montréal. It took a little longer to finish my degree, but I’ve been able to draw from these experiences to make learning French about so much more than just the language.
Portland became my home about 20 years ago when I moved here for my first teaching job. I have two daughters, a 17- year old and an 11- year- old, who both study Japanese with the Japanese Magnet Program. It’s been so rewarding to see their interest in exploring the world grow through their language learning. As a family, most of our travels have centered around soccer. We love our Timbers and Thorns, but have had wonderful adventures traveling to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, Vancouver for the Women’s World Cup in 2015, and a recent trip to Liverpool to see my husband’s favorite team. I’m excited to be arriving in France the day after the Women’s World Cup Final this summer!
Last year I had the opportunity to co-chaperone an RHS service trip to India and it was the first time, in a long time, that I was traveling to a country where I didn’t speak the language or know very much about the culture before arriving. It was also my first experience living with a host family. It was humbling to be challenged by basic communicative tasks and to have to navigate unfamiliar cultural norms. I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous about staying with a family, but it turned out to be one of my most memorable and rewarding travel experiences. All of the families that our group stayed with were incredibly warm and welcoming and there are just so many things that you learn when living with a family that you can’t experience when you’re on your own. I’m convinced that the homestay opportunity is invaluable for young travelers.
I’m looking forward to embarking on this adventure with the Andeo group!
Why travel with aNDEO?
We love homestays! We have specialized in homestay travel since 1981. We truly believe that the best way to experience another culture and improve your language skills is by sharing everyday life with a welcoming host family.
We have first-hand experience traveling and living with host families. Our staff members have all lived with host families abroad and understand the joys and challenges of homestays. We are ready to support you in your cross-cultural adventure.
ANDEO staff members have personally visited each of our partner schools and organizations, and we work directly with these partners to coordinate each program.
You will never be a number. Our programs are small and our service is personal. Even though we have worked with thousands of students, we are proud of the personalized service and strong support we give our participants (and their parents, too!).