GO ABROAD
Oui-Connect offers American teenagers short term stays fully immersed in France or Italy anytime from June to August.


For 2 to 5 weeks, participants (ages 14 to 18) live with and share the daily life of a volunteer host family. They improve their French while living a unique cultural and educational experience through 100% immersion.


Oui-Connect abroad covers administration, travel authorization, travel insurance, and volunteer host family placement.
Oui-Connect ensures a personal contact for the participant and his or her family, from the registration phase through the stay.

CULTURE
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travel to France this summer in full immersion for highscool age students
The  young  American  participant  will  integrate  in  the  family  and  become  "familiarized"  with  the  French  culture  by  immersing  themselves  in  the  country,  the  region  and  the  host  environment  as  closely  as  possible.  


Even  for  a  short  stay,  by  sharing  our  daily  lives,  we  understand  and  assimilate  the  rhythms  of  the  country,  its habits  and  customs.  Eating  breakfast,  walking  around  town,  shopping,  going  to  the  cinema,  watching  TV,  playing sports, meeting  the  neighbors,  going  to  the  bank,  visiting  a  museum; each  unique  family  gives  color  and  character  to  the  country  you  visit.  By  participating  in  an  immersion  stay,  you  become  a  full  member  of  your  host  family.
 

You  have  to  adapt  to  a  new  family  and  get  out  of  your  comfort  zone.  You  must  make  efforts  to  integrate  into  a  new life:  you  come  out growing  from  this  experience.  Instead  of  acting  as  a  tourist,  you become  French  for  the  time  of the stay.

LANGUAGE
Practicing  French  with  a  host  family  is  a  great  opportunity  to  make  real  linguistic  progress.  What  one  learns  in  the family  structure  is  extremely  complementary  to  what  one  has  been  able  to  at  school.  The  24-hour  contact  with  the French  language  helps  better  ones  understanding.  The  obligation  to  express  oneself  and  to  be  understood  in  one's  new language  is  a  guarantee  of  progress  in  all  linguistic  sectors. 
 

Experience  has  shown  that  the  context  of  family  life  is  very  educational:  after  a  few  weeks,  the  American  teenager  will indeed  be  more  comfortable  and  natural  in  French  than  throughout  his  education.  At  the  end  of  his  stay,  the  Oui-Connect  participant  will  feel  at  ease  to  start  a  conversation,  to  intervene  in  a  discussion,  at  a  store  or  at  the. airport; they  will  have  overcome  major  obstacles.


I am a highschool student and I want to go to France for the summer in full immersion
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SELECTION OF HOST FAMILIES
Oui-Connect  selects  their  volunteer  host  families  based  on  motivation  and  openness.  Host  family  traits  include generosity,  patience,  availability  and  a  sense  of  responsibility –  capturing  the  spirit  of  the  program.  Oui-Connect  verifies  that  each  home  meets  certain  hygienic  and  living  standards.


The  visit  does  not  guarantee  a  perfect  homestay.  There  is  no  standard  family  profile  or  "pattern"  of  family  structure. Each  family,  like  every  young  person,  is  unique  and  special.  If  there  are  no  children  within  the  family  structure,  Oui-Connect  ensures  that  the  American  participant  can  meet  other  adolescents  on  a  regular  basis  (neighbors,  friends,  etc.). 

 
A  bilingual  Oui-Connect  representative  will  always  be  available,  not  far  from  the  exchange  student  in  case  of  any  issue or need.

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host a French exchange student in Orange County
One of Oui-Connect's most popular programs! The American student, ages 15-17, & family will host a French or Italian high school student of the same age and gender for 2-3 weeks. The American student will then go to France or Italy with the student & live with their family for 2-3 weeks. Total program lasts 4-6 weeks anytime from June to August. 


The reciprocal exchange helps with facing the challenges of this adventure as participants go through the same cultural exchange and language barriers.​ Both participants create a special bond in the process as they relate to one another's experience. The friendships formed are strong and durable, which is key in learning a new language.


There is also a significant financial advantage due to the reciprocity of the exchange.


The participants are matched according to age, gender, and interests. The application form includes a letter from the participant, a detailed profile with pictures, and a recommendation letter (from a school or someone outside the family such as a teacher, a coach etc.). All these elements contribute to a perfect match.

direct exchange program requirements
  • Both hosting families will provide the same conditions for their exchange student.​​
 

  • While in full immersion, the exchange student will be provided room & board & will be considered a full member of the family. 


  • The participants agree to full immersion & actively participate in the life of their host family (i.e. help with small tasks & chores, be curious & talkative, go with the flow of daily life, etc.).


  • The exchange students fully accept the authority of their host parents & agree to respect the house rules of the host family.


  • Host Families and exchange students all agree to speak only English while in the USA & only French/Italian while abroad.

what is included
Full Room and Board.

Travel Insurance.

Selection and preparation for participating families and students.

Airport departue and arrival assistance.

Bilingual local coordinator available 24/7.

24 hour emergency contact. 

Administration fees.
what is NOT included
Round-trip airfare.

Personal expenses i.e. pocket money, souvenirs, recreational activites, extra treats,  etc. (we recommend about $200 per week.)

Cancelation insurance.  
dates & pricing
Program starting dates are flexible between June 15th and July 20th.

$1,099 + Airfare 



*Applications MUST be received by
April 30th, 2019 for the summer Direct Exchange Program.*
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IMPORTANT:


Finding a match is contingent on our Foreign Partner and family availability. It is important for all of our participants to have an amazing experience.


Oui-Connect cannot guarantee a match will be found and therefore, participants are not subject to any fees until the match has been confirmed. If there are any cancellations on behalf of the French partner, a full refund will be provided.