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Old 03-25-2007, 08:07 AM
 
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I spent around 8 months playing Rugby Leauge in the South of France and it was a great experience. The South is alot more relaxed than the North and the weather more temperate. In particular towns like Perpignan, Toulose, Carcassarone and Lezignan are definately worth checking out. Also from the South Spain is only a couple of hours away and the Spanish influence is evident especially in the Catalans.
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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you are a courageous traveler. I don't think I'd stay in Porte de Montreuil.
I was walking around that area and found myself lost in a housing project that looked inner-city rough...I was scared to tell the truth. Fortunately I found a street I recognized and was able to find my way out of that place!
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Old 03-26-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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Has anyone ever worked on an English Language Immersion Camp in France? I would love to spend a summer in France working at one, does anyone have any advice?
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Old 03-26-2007, 02:21 PM
 
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Has anyone ever worked on an English Language Immersion Camp in France? I would love to spend a summer in France working at one, does anyone have any advice?
Are you talking about something like American Village?
My kid worked there last summer; he wanted to do it again this year but I don't think it will work out; he has to stay in the States.

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Old 03-26-2007, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Late to the party, but I thought I'd add my 2cents. I lived in Paris as a student and never had one bad moment. I also traveled on several occasions to the South, and had only a few rocky moments.

Driving through the Rhone is magnificent, but I wasn't always happy to drive at 140k in my little rented Renault!

I don't speak fluent French, but enough to get by and didn't have too difficult time conversing with most everyone.

One of the cultural observations I made was that the French, unlike the Americans, don't offer to help. At first I might have thought this unfriendly, but realized after speaking to several French friends that it is a matter of convention to not intrude. A vast difference between unfriendly and respectful that can and is often confused.

I agree with one of the posters that to judge all of France by Paris and the North is like judging all of the States by New York City. I found the South particularly inviting and welcoming. I think the area of Arles speaks for itself as breathtaking and historically fascinating. One can easily understand how van Gogh could paint his sunflowers and landscapes in and around this town.

If money is any sort of issue, Paris is a poor choice. I remember that last night I was in the city, one of my former postdoctoral students took us out for drinks. He was doing a second post-doc at the Pasteur and I later learned his generosity cost him an entire month's pay. I did try to make it up to him, but he refused. That evening on the town consisted of entertainment and drinks for 4 at a jazz club--!
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Old 03-26-2007, 03:13 PM
 
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Default Live in France

Moved to SW France 2 years ago between Cognac and Saintes. Old house where I redid the electrical, plumbing, heating etc. Walls are 50cm thick out of stone. Beautiful garden. Unfortunately the plans I had for earning a living did not work out so I am in the middle east and the family is behind. Kids love it and if I could make a decent living i would stay there. Small town, took a long time to get accepted. Everyone thinks we are english but I set that straight in a hurry. The french definetly have a different mind set than yanks but thats ok. Lots of Brits, occaisonal aussie and kiwi. Cost of living is not so low as one would think. The wine is great and inexpensive, we get fresh veggies from the neighbor farmers (took 1 year to get accepted).

Unfortunately have to move back to the US soon as have a decent job. Not that the US is bad just wish I did not have to move again. Hope to hold on to the house and rent it out for holiday lets to pay for itself and maybe retire there. There is good and bad everywhere. If anyone wants any specific info on the area (Charente Maritime) PM me.
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Old 03-26-2007, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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Are you talking about something like American Village?
My kid worked there last summer; he wanted to do it again this year but I don't think it will work out; he has to stay in the States.

American Village
Yes, that is the program I've been considering! Is it a good experience? Did your son make lots of friends? Etc. etc.
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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Yes, that is the program I've been considering! Is it a good experience? Did your son make lots of friends? Etc. etc.
He worked hard but had a blast. He actually became quite good friends with one of the guys who runs the program, and is still in contact with some of the people he knew in AmVil, as they call it. This might be partly because some of those people were also in his English-teaching program.
If you like, I could ask him about it and see if he is willing to send some more solid advice.
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:05 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I spent around 8 months playing Rugby Leauge in the South of France and it was a great experience. The South is alot more relaxed than the North and the weather more temperate. In particular towns like Perpignan, Toulose, Carcassarone and Lezignan are definately worth checking out. Also from the South Spain is only a couple of hours away and the Spanish influence is evident especially in the Catalans.
Loved Toulouse! Love that whole area. Need to go back...
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Old 03-26-2007, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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He worked hard but had a blast. He actually became quite good friends with one of the guys who runs the program, and is still in contact with some of the people he knew in AmVil, as they call it. This might be partly because some of those people were also in his English-teaching program.
If you like, I could ask him about it and see if he is willing to send some more solid advice.
If you would ask him, that'd be awesome. Could he put me into contact with someone who works there so I could ask them some questions? I am very curious about AmVil.
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