Members of the team of our homestay program take part in the learning experience of École Québec Monde by offering students a unique opportunity to use in authentic context the French notions learned in class.
Homestay hosts and hostesses are carefully selected by École Québec Monde to offer a pleasant living environment and provide constant and warm support.
What is most important throughout your stay in your homestay is communication. If there are problems, or you do not understand what is happening around you, feel free to talk to the person in charge in your host family. Talking things out does lead to a better understanding.
And know that you can always find help and advice from the staff of École Québec Monde if you are in need of assistance.
LIVING IN A HOMESTAY
In order to better enjoy your French Immersion stay in Quebec City, you have made the "wise" decision to take advantage of the homestay program. Here is what you can expect and what is expected of you:
- You have to contact your hosts before your arrival to make sure someone will be there to greet you.
- You arrive at your homestay on the Sunday before your course starts and you leave the Saturday after your last French class.
- Your homestay program includes a single room, breakfast and dinner;
- You must provide your own personal hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.);
- Your hosts accompany you during most evening meals so that you can have the opportunity to exchange with them in French.
There are, of course, rules that you must follow when staying in a homestay. Upon your arrival, you should establish a climate of respect and ask your hosts what are the rules of the house regarding showers, laundry, phone use, dietary restrictions, noise, guests, and so on. Thus, you will not commit a faux pas and you will have a most pleasant stay.
- Observe the time agreed upon for meals;
- Call if you are going to be late or cannot be present;
- Provide information on any dietary restrictions as soon as you arrive;
- Express any preferences in a polite way;
- Do not use the kitchen or any household appliances;
- There is no compensation provided if you miss a meal;
- Culinary habits of Quebec may be different from what you are accustomed to. Take the opportunity to discover new flavors.
If you do not have a cell phone, follow these rules:
- Let your hosts know when you need to shower or soak in the bath.
- Always leave the bathroom as you found it.
- Use your own soap, shampoo and personal hygiene products.
- Use a calling card.
- Do not call long distance without using a calling card.
- Local calls are free but do not spend too much time on the phone.
- Tell friends and family about any time differences so they can call at reasonable times.
Finally, keep in mind that "s'il vous plaît" (please) and "merci" (thank you) never hurt.