STEP 2: PATH TO FLUENCY
Three to six months living aboard
Experts agree: the best way to become fluent in a foreign language is total immersion. A homestay through Language Circle lets you completely immerse yourself into a foreign language for the quickest route to conversational fluency.
From two-week English courses on the beaches of California to nine months learning French in Paris, we have an exciting variety of hosts to match your goals and budget.
Language Circle facilitates contact between host families and students. There are many advantages to living with a host family:
Relocating to a country for total immersion his forces you speak in your chosen foreign language in practical ways and different contexts.
From mundane circumstances to formal tuition, the student is learning in an organic language environment. Given sufficient notice, you can be placed with a host who shares your interests.
Some hosts can have a teaching certificate recognized by the government or a university degree (or an accepted equivalent). In addition, all teachers have earned the Regency Certificate, which means that their qualifications have been verified and the homes have been thoroughly inspected by a local organizer.
All homes and teachers have been carefully selected. All families are upper middle class with nice homes. Some luxury homes have also been made available with wealthy families who are interested in the challenge of the experience. These safeguards ensure our program is both effective and safe.
Take a look through our approved host families and start planning your language immersion program today.
Type of Host:
Our homestay opportunities range from a complete family experience to basic room rental. The goal of a homestay is for the student to be immersed in their host’s culture. The student may participate in variety of events and activities including dining out with your homestay family, going to amusement parks, camping, traveling, and participating in daily family activities.
Host families can play a pseudo-parental role, giving advice and sometimes supervising students' activities. In many homestays, families act as cross-cultural advisers, helping the students understand and adjust to their new culture. In other homestays, students may simply rent a room within a private home having minimal supervision from the host. In working homestay agreements, the student is expected to perform duties such as yard work, farm work, babysitting, or maid services.
Types of Agreements:
Budget travelers receive food and board and an immediate in to local life in exchange for a few hours of work a day. You will agree to contribute four or five hours a day for five or six days a week with a commitment of at least three weeks (and often you can stay much longer), in a range of different accommodations from farms to small businesses to private homes. The host then treats you like a member of the family: you’ll have your own bedroom and you’ll eat meals with the rest of the family.
Normal travelers do not participate in the labor exchange that the budget traveler does. Instead, the normal traveler pays a small fee for a homestay to host them. This is very similar to renting a room.
To minimize difficulties, most homestay arrangements involve a contract or written agreement between the host and the student. Verbal agreements may change contractual clauses after a stay has begun. A contract typically outlines what is expected of the host student. It may include items such as:
⦁ Chores to perform (e.g., cleaning, laundry)
⦁ Rules on the use of the Internet, television, and/or telephone
⦁ Restrictions against smoking, drinking, and drugs.
Agreements may also lay out what the host provides such as accommodations, meal provisions, transportation, and entertainment.
Generally, a host must provide a private room with a lock for sleep and study and a washroom for the student to use. Most other items are negotiable in terms of availability and price.
In some cases the visiting student may be expected to pay a portion of the activity-related costs, such as flight and train tickets, parking, gas, and miscellaneous travel expenses. This will be communicated to the visitor in advance so there are no surprises.
2. Foreign Language Classes for learners
On some placements you can learn or improve your skills in the local language by taking a language course alongside your main placement. These language courses are scheduled in the free time that you have outside of your chosen volunteer placement and can be done in 14-hour, 30-hour, or 60-hour increments. If doing the 60-hour language course alongside your volunteer placement, you'll need to be in country for at least 10 to 12 weeks.
Language Add-on courses are available in the same destinations and languages as full-time Language Courses. For more information please visit our Language Add-ons page.
Language Schools in foreign countries
A second option is language school alongside your main placement . There are literally thousands of foreign language schools offering full-immersion programs. Language Circle has cultivated a select list of the programs we consider the best in each country. Language Circle will help you navigate the applying to a foreign language program by:
Providing you with detailed information regarding different, hand-selected programs.
Registration at the school of your choice and provide you with detailed information regarding your courses and choice of accommodations.
Process payment on behalf of the schools, which allows you to pay in U.S. dollars in a variety of payment options, including credit card payments.
Providing support for any problem that may arise. We will communicate with school on your behalf to solve any issue quickly and efficiently.
Monitoring the school’s performance with regular visits and feedback from alumnus
Providing contact information for program alumnus to help you make your decision.
We publish our prices with the understanding that every person has the right to choose the most convenient course and accommodation according to their individual preferences. We break down the pricing by course and by accommodation type. You can mix and match. In order to calculate the total, simply add the price of the course to the cost of the accommodation you have chosen, multiply it by the number of weeks you are enrolling for, and add the application fee (US 100.00). If you need assistance with the pricing to work out fees, please feel free to contact us.