France

AbroadCo

I had a wonderful time. Everything was perfectly organized and the staff was very kind and attentive. I would highly recommend this program. It was also about $1,500 less expensive than other programs.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Jun 8, 2010
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteers for Peace

I had a fantastic time volunteering in Europe through VFP, and would highly recommend it to independent travelers! The first project I did was when I was 18, and it was in a tiny village in France, way up in the Alps. There were volunteers present from Hungary, Japan, Algeria, France, Spain, Mexico, Slovakia, and Italy. We worked building a stone wall in the hot sun, but we took trips to a pond, wandered around the beautiful mountains, and played soccer. There was also a cultural fair in the village, and we helped to put together an outdoor theater production with local children. VFP is great for people who want to experience the host culture, while also being exposed to various other ways of life from their fellow volunteers (and new friends). I have since visited many of my friends from the camps- while back-packing through Europe, and a good friend from Japan came and spent Christmas week with my family one year). I have since done other projects through VFP. It was a great experience, and I can't wait until my next VFP project!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: France
Posted: May 19, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

CSA - Center for Study Abroad

I studied in Paris with CSA....and I highly recommend this company. CSA provides a low cost alternative, and provided me with my confirmation documents quickly. I had a wonderful time at the University of Paris, and earned 15 Semester credits. When you look at all the other Paris program providers, and their high prices, you will be glad to have found CSA. Staff was polite, and very helpfu, and their website is very informative.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Feb 15, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Light and Leadership Initiative

Durant l'été 2009, j'ai effectué un stage de bénévolat dans l'ONG "Light and Leadership Initiative" au Pérou. Jy ai découvert des personnes merveilleuses et une culture trés interessante.Cette toute récente ONG travaille dans le secteur de l'Education à Huaycan ,un bidonville situé à 1H30 de Lima. Cette ONG s'occupe nottament des femmes et des enfants. Durant ces deux mois j'ai donné des cours de français aux enfants et fait toutes les activités autour du sport! Les autres volontaires donnés les cours d'anglais, et il y avait des cours de danse et d'art plastique, et aussi des projets leadership. Cette experience fut extraordinaire, tous les jours j'apprenais de nouvelles choses sur moi, la langue, la population , le pays. L'ONG a fait du chemin depuis et propose aujourd'hui encore plus d'activités pour les enfants. Le Pérou est un pays magnifique où la population vous acceuille à bras ouverts et ne demande qu'à apprendre de l'autre. De plus, la famille et l'ONG sont des personnes avec une grande envie de découvrir des cultures étrangeres et d'aider grâce à notre soutien leur population.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Nov 19, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Learning Semesters

After spending the month of June in Paris with Global Learning Semesters I would like to strongly recommend them to others who come across this site like I did. I wasn't sure at first if I'd made the right choice but after meeting other students from other programs in my French classes at the Sorbonne it appears we had far superior housing locations and group activities. The housing was in the nicest neighborhood in Paris, St. Germain, in the heart of the city. The director, Karl, was truly hilarious and available 24/7 for anything we might have had problems or concerns with. The price paid for the trip was significantly less expensive than other programs I had researched. I had the most amazing time of my life while there and I can not recommend this program enough to those looking for a more independent experience abroad.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Oct 16, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

I'm considering going to Paris this spring and have already applied, were you nervous not being very familiar with the program? Were they helpful and did you interact with other France programs through Global Learning Semesters while you were there?

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad

One of the best experiences I ever had. Its been a year now and I still miss being abroad. The staff was great, and made sure even the ones who were not very outgoing had a great time. Like I said a year has gone by and I still have many stories I havent told my friends and family. I still keep in contact with many of the Americans and Europeans I met and lived with over there. After going all I want to do is keep travelling. Wish I would have done this earlier in college, so Id have one more semester to study abroad. Anyway, Paris is definitely reccomended

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Sep 20, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

My daughter is signed up for the CEA program in Pais this winter. She is concerned about the housing, it sounds as if housing can be below par. Did you find this to be true in Paris?
Did you find that CEA students had issues with their housing assignments? My friend and I signed up to room with each other. We are about to leave in 12 days and they sent the housing sheet out to find we are quite a ways apart. It seems as they they completely disregarded our roommate request. They are not being helpful or hopeful about resolving this issue. It seems like I'm pulling teeth. No one is responding to me and I've had to call multiple times before anyone actually takes my call!

AFS

I went to france for the year program and my experience with school and friends was greaat. But when the school day came to an end I dreaded going 'home'. They basically just take any family they want and let them host. My host mother would yell and me all the time, my host brother would always be on the computer and over all I felt very unconfortable. I would have to walk down a moutain in the rain some days very early in the morning to catch the bus while my host brother would get ride to school-we started school at the same time...
I asked to change host families and I regretted that so much. My next host family was just a young couple with a little toddler. The husband was never home and the wife was s stay at home mom so didnt do anything. I was forced to sleep on the floor and the forced to babysit the little girl all the time. the little gril distroyed everything I owned and I could never just relax. Then my family would tell AFS that I wouldnt spend time with them though I was ALWAYS WATCHING THIER KID. I finally decided to go just go home early after the 8 month mark. AFS never told my family or I until the day before I had to go to a temp family across town where I didnt know what day my flight was until the night before..
I had an AWFUL experience and eegret ever going and wasting $13000 on the trip but I did no other students who had the same expereince and others who had a wonderful experience and love their family very much. I think it was about 50/50 in my area of student who had an awful time and students who had a good time. There was so grey areas though..it was either a terrible situtation(I knew another student who had a worse expereince than me) or a great situation

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Jul 30, 2009
Overall:
4
Support:
1
Value:
1

Comments

We had a horrible experience with AFS. AFS charges exorbitant fees to exchange students. Our AFS student from Germany told us she paid $20,000 for her year in the US. The money goes to pay AFS staff, but they give nothing in return. Once an AFS student arrives, the student knows that she/he can find a "better" deal with a different family and can immediately dump your family for no reason. If the student wants to move to a family they think is better, AFS will immediately move them to a new family, without reason, regardless of how much it hurts your family. All that is important to AFS is the fees the student pays. They are ruthless profitteers. An AFS student we know had her teacher make an announcement to her classes that she didn't like her host family, and she was looking for a new family. AFS immediately rewarded her by moving her to a different family the same day. When I was in high school in the 1970's, AFS had a good reputation. Not any more. There is a reason that AFS receives such terrible ratings on this site and others. AFS has turned into an exploitative organization. My advice is to STAY AWAY FROM AFS!

Academic Studies Abroad

ASA took all the stress out of planning my study abroad, leaving me free to fully enjoy the experience. They had immediate answers for my questions, were warm and helpful, and from the very start earned my complete confidence that I made the right choice by studying abroad through them.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Jul 19, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Learning Semesters

I really enjoyed having a study abroad in Paris France for the summer of 2008. It was absolutley brilliant. The program, Global Learning Semesters, was so supportive. They treated us like family and they wanted us to be completely comfortable with being in a foreign country. I would definetly do another study abroad program with Global Learning Semesters.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Oct 13, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

Global Learning Semesters

My experience with GLS was nothing less than amazing! I got to live with two fabulous girls in a great apartment right in the middle of the city! The best part about the program was being able to do your own thing, there were planned excursions, but you also had a lot of time to go off and explore on your own without feeling like someone was holding your hand the whole timet!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Oct 9, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
9

Comments

Can you tell me where your apartment was located, and can you request a particular apt. or area?

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