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This program is open to any American family living in the Greater Triangle and wishing to host a French Teen, aged 13-18, from 2 to 4 weeks over the summer break.
Most host families have teens of their own. The French guest is therefore naturally integrated in family activites and in a teen community. However, families with younger or older kids, or no kids at home, may also apply, as long as they can provide a foreign student with enough of an immersion experience.
Host families are volunteers. They provide accommodation and meals, and commit to treating their guests as family members during their stays. Host families set the dates they are available to host. They can also select the profile of the teens they wish to host, such as gender, age, religion, sports, hobbies etc... They will then be presented with teens that match the profile they provided. Eventually, the host family selects the teen they want to open their house to.
Why should my family participate?
Hosting a French student can be a highly rewarding opportunity for your family. The chance to discover a different perspective than your own and to share your own culture with an international student is a daily lesson in cultural understanding. You are offering your kids a chance to create lasting friendships with a French student. And for the student(s) you welcome into your family, you are providing a cultural immersion they’ll treasure forever. The bonds created span continents—and can last for many years to come.