This two-week program will give you a French Cuisine and culture learning experience in one of the most stunningly beautiful places on Earth: Paris. By living with host families, you will get a truly cross-cultural experience and form friendships that last a lifetime. Your French lessons will be enriched with cultural activities and trips to nearby towns. Become an expert in the food industry in France by studying the process of making the delicious delicacies of France. Participants will have the opportunity to go on restaurant and food tours, and get private cooking sessions.
Watch a video showing a typical first day.
You will live have the opportunity to stay with a host family while in France. By spending time with your family in the evenings and on weekends, you will have the opportunity to further improve your language learning. This immersion offers a unique way to skyrocket your learning by placing it in immediate context. Your language learning will not be limited to books, but rather will be a part of every aspect of your life throughout your 2 weeks in France.
The language classes will be complemented by time in the community either independently, with fellow AFSers, or with your host family. Through immersing yourself in French culture and daily life, you will be able to contextualize your language lessons and increase their impact further.
In addition to any orientations that you will participate in before you depart, you and your fellow AFSers will have several orientations while abroad. These are intended to help you maximize your AFS experience, prevent culture shock and gain knowledge, skills and a global understanding. Topics covered will include French society, culture, family, school, religion, festivals, safety and health issues. Each orientation will be tailored to your group and your group's needs. The orientations will take place upon arrival and just prior to return, and will likely include AFSers from other countries who are also studying in France.
Your program will begin in New York, where you will meet your fellow AFSers from the US and then travel together to France where you will be met by AFS Staff and Volunteers. International airfare is included as part of the program fee, but it will be your responsibility to arrange your travel from your hometown to France. Details will be provided after you start your application.
To participate in this program, you must:
- be 13 or older
- Be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy in accordance with AFS Medical Evaluation Policies
- Have proof of attempt in obtaining a U.S. passport at the time of application. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the program end date
- Have an open mind, willingness to be flexible, and the ability to adapt to new a culture, school, and environment
The ability to speak French is not a prerequisite for the program, but we suggest that you learn as much as possible prior to departure.