Language barriers can make any traveler feel out of place in a foreign country. Volunteering is one way to get the most out of learning the language of any country. In France, an organization called Cultural Homestay International has been helping travelers connect with host families for conversational exchange and cultural immersion. Check out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

Paris is a city vibrant with culture—and one you are definitely going to want to visit. But why only stay for a day or a week when you can really immerse yourself in the culture? Cultural Homestay International has been a non-profit organization since 1980 whose mission is to bring people closer together through interpersonal exchanges.

There are cultural opportunities all around the world for people interested in learning more about a particular culture through home-stay experiences.

This voluntourism opportunity requires a bit of a longer stay, but it’s worth it. Participants in France get a chance to live with a French family and teach them English, while also benefiting by learning French in exchange. English Conversation Volunteers (EVC) are expected to stay with the host family for approximately a month.

The program provides volunteers with room and board with a screened host family in exchange for 15 hours a week of English lessons to those in the program.

About 100 people are expected to participate this year. Applicants must be 18 years old to apply, and must be native English speakers. Fees for the ECVA program range from $699 to $1899 for a one to three month-long cultural immersion program.


My french au Pair at Vicenza

February 17, 2014

Hello Ines,
I just wanted to let you know that Margot returned home to France yesterday.  There were a lot of tears when we said goodbye at the airport and we are missing her terribly.  She is a very special young woman and I want to thank you for finding her for us.  Especially since it was on very short notice.  I could not have asked for a better au pair.
She became part of the family during the year she was with us and we hope to visit with her again in the future.
Thank you for all the help you have provided me and my family.
Warm Regards.
M. Lew

My fantastic tutor in Rome

December 16, 2013

The lessons of english were done via games with children they were not proper english lessons ! They used to read, play with the tutor and I will add it has been a wonderful experience having this tutor from N.Zealand in our house. Family Gabrielli

August 14, 2012

“Regarding Laura, I would like to express my deepest appreciation and satisfaction for a wonderful experience, perhaps the best au pair I ever had!

She is a lovely young lady, very polite, very very sweet, well mannered with an extraordinary upbringing and at the same time very friendly, warm and particularly patient with children.

She is quite capable of handling kids, of teaching english and helping with the homework as well as entertaining and listening to the child’s difficulties or problems as well as encouraging with his sport activities. My son was so disappointed when she left that he carried on crying for about a week and I am sure he will keep in touch with her for a long time.

She also was exceptional with the other members of my family, particularly with my mother. She was very helpful and loving with her and I will always be grateful to her for this.

I also had the pleasure to meet her family in Rome and welcome them in my home and of course I realized that a special girl like Laura could only have such a lovely family.

The only thing I regret is that she was my au pair for such a short time and I wish I could have enjoyed her presence for a full year at least!

I must confess that I went so far as to beg her to stay for next year with us, but I understand that she must continue her studies and life goes for everyone.

Best regards


A happy mother!

September 14, 2011

An italian family is talking about the Au Pair they had:

“Our summer au pair was very nice and I was very confident! I wish it’s the same for her, she was great! I’d like to have an other au-pair this winter, it would be great to have the same kind of girl, because she was helpful and nice!”