Exchange Program In France, Family Stay

Who else other than a French enthusiasts to create REAL Exchange Programs in France!

Project profile

Energy Required :

Group Strength: 8 to 30 participants
Age: 7 to 20 years old.
Flight: Bhutan → Paris → Bhutan
Getting around: Metro, bus, boat, tram, car, bicycle, walking (as per the city)
Accommodation: With the French families from the French school
Food: Breakfast and dinner at the French family's home, lunch in the French school
Group Leader: Experienced and qualified native French, speaking English

Highlights of the Project
 
Yes, this is that timeless land whose people have a natural joie de vivre and savoir-faire for centuries. But change is on track, France is inspired and it is on the tip of everyone's tongue.
 
Experience and savor art in the shining capital and enjoy the serenity on the banks of River Seine. See the glorious pasts of the blazing fort at Versailles. Travel south for Roman civilization and the sparkling blue Mediterranean. Ski in the Alps. Sense the subtle infusion of language, music and mythology in Brittany, brought by 5th century Celtic invaders. Smell ignominy on the beaches of Normandy, battlefields of Verdun and the Somme, and know that this is but the tip of that huge iceberg the French call culture.
 
Our Strengths:
  • Stay with motivated French families, selected carefully from the host French school.
  • Improve your French level with daily French classes and get a certificate for the entire Exchange.
  • Learn about French culture from a Milna French team member, with you during the entire Exchange.
  • Participate in various activities and discover the area in the afternoon and over the weekend.
  • Even if your French school is not in Paris area, you get to visit the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysée, Bateau mouche, Sacré-cœur (Montmatre)...
Safety:
  • We follow the security instructions strictly, especially when outdoors;
  • We follow the French law protecting the youth while organizing a travel;
  • A Milna French person is with the group during the entire Exchange, who’s reachable at all times.
Responsible traveler:
We use the public transportation and limit the group detritus to reduce the impact of the carbon footprint caused by this project.

This is an example of an exchange program depending on the city where you will be.

Wherever you will go, you will do the local activities (sea, countryside, mountain, city...) and you will also visit Paris. (Eiffel tower, Louvre, Champs Elysées, Bateau mouche, Sacré-cœur...)

Day 1: Flight from Bhutan - Paris. A visit to Paris. Dinner and night in Paris.

Day 2: A visit to Paris. Train to the hosting city and meeting with the host families.

Day 3-4: A weekend with the host family including individual visits.

Day 5: Visit of the school and an afternoon visiting the city with French students. Evening with families.

Day 6: French cuisine session in the school. Discovery of the area and meeting with locals in the afternoon. Evening with families.

Day 7: Sport event with the French students. Visits organized in the afternoon. Evening with French family.

Day 8: School activities in the morning. Visits organized in the afternoon and evening with French family.

Day 9: School activities in the morning. Trip to a city and/or a nearby attraction; by train or bus. Night spent there.

Day 10: Historical exploration of the city. Back to the host families in the evening.

Day 11: Morning shopping in the city and return to the hosting city. Evening with families.

Day 12: Cultural meeting in the morning. Dance rehearsal in the school. Evening with family.

Day 13: The farewell party, Dance and Music performances by the students. Evening with families.

Day 14: An early morning departure for Paris, visit of Paris (Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame etc.). Night in Paris.

Day 15: A Seine river cruise on the Bateaux Mouches, then return flight to Bhutan.

Possible activities in the French school: Participating in classes (English, French, Sport, Arts...), teaching your own language to the French students, making presentation about your country, its culture, festival, traditions..., having practical French classes as per the participant level, preparing for the final show with the French students, ...

Possible activities in the afternoon: Museums, monuments, cultural center, beach, city-center, bicycle ride in the forest, meeting with the mayor, Ice skating, French pastry class...

(This is an example of a program and given just for information, the program will depend on availability, the location of the school, flight and local transportation timing. The final program will be confirmed with the participants and the selected French school)

Departure and rate per person

The Terms and Conditions

An exchange program to France is possible throughout the year except the days mentioned in this calendar.

For an Exchange Program (Family stay) in September or October, the "I'm going Form" has to be submitted no later than the 31st May to have enough time to get the confirmation from the French school. (All the French schools and their administrations are closed in July and August)

Duration of 7 to 15 days according to your possibilities, the price is the same irrespective of the duration between 7 to 15 days. (Want a different duration? Contact us)

120 days
Starting 1390 EUR*
7 to 15 days
Possible anywhere in France
French family stay
One per family
Min 2 days in Paris
Milna French team member
 
90 days
Starting 1440 EUR*
7 to 15 days
Possible anywhere in France
French family stay
One per family
Min 2 days in Paris
Milna French team member
 
60 days
Starting 1560 EUR*
7 to 15 days
Possible anywhere in France
French family stay
One per family
Min 2 days in Paris
Milna French team member
 
30 days
Starting 2025 EUR*
7 to 15 days
Possible anywhere in France
French family stay
One per family
Min 2 days in Paris
Milna French team member
 

Rate including:
  • Rate all included
  • One French teacher every 10 students
  • Project starting and ending from the concerned departure airport
  • Certificate for each participant
The rate does not include:
  • Transfer to/from the starting concerned airport
  • Personal expenditure
(*) The prices mentioned above are subject to availability. The official rates are in Euros. The rate of exchange used for calculating cost in BTN is subject to change and the final rate applied will be at the actual time of order on our "Shop" section. The final amount in BTN will be displayed by selecting BTN as currency.
 
Eventual options:
  • French Sim card
  • Extra days in Paris
  • Excursion in a neighboring country
  • A TGV tour to experience the legend
  • Stopover in another country (As per the airline stopover)
About the "120 days offer":
For the 120 days offer, we will do our maximum to respect your preferred date of departure, however, the dates of the project must be flexible +/- 7 days.
Formalities
Valid passport + Visa (As per your citizenship).
 
Health
  • Our team has a pharmacy adapted to the destination.
  • Anywhere you go in Europe, no vaccination is mandatory.
  • A member of Milna is present with the traveling group during the entire length of the stay. He/ She will ensure the security and safety of the group.
  • In case of an emergency, the traveler will be taken into care by the nearest hospital. If needed, he will be repatriated in the best conditions.
 

What is an Exchange program and what happens in an Exchange program?
An Exchange program is an opportunity for the participants to experience the life in another country while studying, traveling, learning and sharing their knowledge with others. Participants attend a school in the morning where they do different academic and extra-curricular activities. In the Afternoon, they visit the local city and its famous attractions and some organizations. In the evening each participant spends time with his/her French host family. This continues with a different schedule each day. The weekend is spent with the family according to the plans of each participant’s respective family. An Exchange program happens for 1 to 3 weeks but we feel 2 weeks is an ideal duration for the participant.

How does the payment deadline work?
The principle is simple: The earliest you book your project and pay, more you will save. By paying us in advance, we can book the accommodation, transportation etc in advance.
We get them for a competitive price so we make you benefit from this saving, hence the different deadlines.
Let's say you select the 90 days' deadline, it means, that 100% of the payment needs to reach us no later than 90 days before the departure. If you have already paid 10% with the Milna Booking Form, the remaining payment will be 90% to send us no later than 90 days before the departure.If your payment is not reaching us before the 90 days' deadline, then the 60 days' deadline will apply. (Check our rates to know the exact amount).
If today is the 91st day before the departure and you want the 90 days' deadline, you have to send us 100% of the amount to respect the deadline and avail the 90 days special offer, but no later than that.

At which destination will the project take place?
The Exchange Program can happen anywhere in France. If your school has any particular preferred area, then it has to be requested for, at the time of enrollment and we'll do our best to find a school in that area matching your preferences.

What do we do about the visas?
Milna will facilitate the visa formalities of the participants and the teachers. Our team will provide you the list of required documents for the visa. Please make sure that all the documents in the list are submitted with us as soon as possible or within the duration communicated to you.

What about Travel and Health insurance?
Travel and health insurance is not always compulsory to obtain a visa or the right to access a country, since many participants might already have an insurance covering them yearly, each participant is required to check if he/she is already covered.If not covered, Milna recommends the participant to have one covering him during the project.

What happens when the participant arrives in the host country and how will I know if she/he has arrived?
Milna maintains a 'Before/During/After the Exchange program' blog in which we mention the itinerary and the calendar of the participants. During the exchange program we put our best efforts to update the parents about each activity of the participants through articles, pictures and videos on our blog. The blog’s name would be communicated to all the participants and their families.

Where will the participant live?
Each participant will be provided one French family according to the participant’s age and gender. For ex: A 12-years-old male participant lives in a family of 12-years-old French boy. A female participant is also placed in a family of a French girl of the same age. All efforts are put in order to put the participant in a family according to their age and gender.

Will the participant be alone Or with his/her friend, at the French family's home?
Yes, each participant lives alone with one French family. We do not put two participants together in one French family unless we have less hosting families.It is for the benefit of the Exchange Program, that each participant lives alone with a family, as two participants in one French family will just communicate with each other instead of conversing and sharing their knowledge with their French correspondent student and its family. If you insist for staying with another participant, please mention it before enrolling to know the feasibility of it.

What will the participant eat?
The participant will be enjoying local delicacies that will be respecting his/her diet and preferences that has been mentioned in the "I'm going!" form.

Who will take care of the participant?
In most cases the French teacher of the participant shall accompany them to France. In other cases if the French teacher cannot go, then any other teacher chosen by the participant's school shall go along with one Milna person. Our Milna person knows France and its culture very well and stays with the group during the entire Exchange. The participant can contact the French teacher and the Milna person for any assistance at any time.

Who will the host family be? Please send full details about the host family.
The host family would be the parents of the French student studying in the French school who hosts/invites the group. All the host families are selected by the French school in collaboration with Milna. The full details of the respective host family will be given to you, before the departure.

Does the French Family speak English? What if the participant doesn’t speak good French or any French at all?
Most French people are not so good at English. But by agreeing to host a foreign participant in their family, they already cross the barrier of language. Generally, such families speak English or at least, one parent i.e. The Father or the Mother of the family speaks English. And even if not them, then for sure the French correspondent (student/participant) of the family speaks English as he/she learns it at school. Hence, even if the participant knows very little French or no French, it is never a problem.

Should the participant bring a gift for the host family and siblings?
Yes, the host family will be happy to receive something from your country as a gift. It is not necessary to buy an expensive one. Anything representing your country will do. Otherwise, simply you may ask the host family.

Do I have to host my French partner if he comes to my country?
A real exchange program is supposed to be like that. However, if you can't host your French partner during his possible visit to your country with his school, we will have no problem with that. We will always be able to get him a new partner from your school.

How much pocket money should the participant carry?
For sake of the participant private expenditure (shopping etc.), you can give some pocket money, it all depends on what the participant would like to buy from France. In general, we believe that 15 Euros per day is largely enough to fulfill the normal shopping desires.

What if my question was not answered here?
Please feel free to contact us.