Student Feedback

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Holiday village in the South East, reception, “animatrice enfants”
Thank you Boost Your French for organising the placement of a lifetime! I had an amazing experience and didn't just learn a lot of French, I also learnt how to be more independent and how to adapt to a different way of living and working, resulting in an enormous confidence boost! The region in which I was staying was just beautiful, it was so fantastic to be able to live there for a month. I nearly didn't apply for this placement as I thought that I didn't have enough confidence, but to throw myself in the deep end in effect has been so beneficial, a great step up to my year abroad next year, and I am so proud of myself for completing it! My advice to anyone considering a placement in France is just to go for it, the experience you will have will be well worth it.
Rebecca
Reception and bar work in Brittany
Just writing to let you know that I had an amazing time in France! I have definitely improved my French and now feel a lot more confident about studying in France next year. Working for VTF Vacances was a great experience because there is such a wide variety of different people working there- I became especially close with two other mexican “stagiaires” - they were in a similar situation to me with respect to the language and the work, so we easily could relate to one another. It was also great to meet the clients, I mostly did reception work so spent most of my time interacting with the clients, none of them spoke English which was great for improving my French and they were all lovely and very friendly. Not only have I improved my French language skills, but I have also learnt a lot about the French culture and lifestyle - particularly the Breton culture and food! I would like to thank you for finding my placement for me - it was a brilliant, once in a lifetime opportunity and I wish I could have stayed for longer!
Best wishes,
Flora
Reception work, Menton, French riviera
I've really enjoyed my placement, it's been sufficiently challenging and rewarding and has improved my French immeasurably. As the majority of my year abroad was spent teaching English, I didn't learn very much French so I'm really glad I took this placement. I also can't express enough how beautiful this part of France is; I feel really lucky to have been placed here, so close to Monaco, Italy and many pretty seaside towns. Even though I was working full time, every day off felt like a holiday as I went exploring in the surrounding area almost every week. I also went to some concerts during the famous music festival in Menton in August; so I didn't miss the BBC Proms in London too much! It was amazing listening to an orchestra outside with the sound of the waves behind me. I also feel like I've gained a great deal of experience in the hotel industry - the work was difficult at first as there was so much to remember, especially working only in French, but the rest of the staff were really helpful and patient and I got the hang of it fairly quickly. I learnt a lot about customer service and how large hotels work, and I got better at thinking on my feet in response to (sometimes strange) customer requests and complaints. This kind of job is normally one for which you need prior experience, and now I feel confident that I would be able to work as a receptionist in the UK if the opportunity arose. Can't think of anything negative to say! Thanks so much for all your help in organising my placement, I will definitely be recommending you to friends and peers.
Abigail
Hotel reception and bar work, Biarritz,
I had a brilliant time in Biarritz; the city is a great place to be in the summer, there's lots to do and the weather was lovely. I really enjoyed the work: being on the bar/reception, I was able to talk with the clients in a relaxed atmosphere where I learned lots of French but also wasn't under too much pressure. My colleague on reception, Aurélie, was really nice and patient with me, she really helped me to improve my French. The vast majority of the staff only spoke French and the same was true of the clients, which was excellent for improving my French listening ability.
James
Animateur on an island on the West coast
"I had an amazing summer in France thanks to Boost Your French! For two months, I worked as an activity leader, or "animateur", for children at a holiday village in Noirmoutier - a small island off the west coast of France. Working with children was fantastic because they were always wanting to talk and joke and find out about where I'd come from, therefore always allowing me to practice my French! My French has come on leaps and bounds but what's even more fantastic is that I have made great friends and had a real adventure. I would encourage any others eager to improve their French whilst having a great time to get in touch with Boost your French Thank you for all your help Catherine!
Reuben
Animateur in the Auvergne.
I spent a month working as an animateur in the VVF Vendes holiday village. I had also worked as an animateur at the same site the year before, and had enjoyed it so much that I wanted to go back again. In the first week, I was looking after the 3-6 year old group, playing games with them outside, as well as doing creative activities with them inside. In the final 3 weeks, I was working between the 7-10 year old and the 11-14 year old clubs, where we did a variety of outdoor activities, such as treasure hunts and team games. Every Thursday, we had an extended "journée continue", where all 3 age groups were divided into mixed teams and took part in themed activities, such as "quidditch" in the Harry Potter themed day. As well as the work during the day with the children, the animation team put on activities for the parents on an evening, such as discos, quizzes and karaoke nights, and we rehearsed during the evening in preparation for the cabaret-style shows we performed twice a week. This involved acting in comedy sketches, as well as dance routines, mime, and even some singing. I felt well supported by the directrice of the site, and I got on well with all of my team mates. My level of French improved dramatically as a result of my time spent at the site, as almost nobody there spoke any English, which was a real positive feature of my experiences on both occasions. I would highly recommend Boost your French to anybody!
David
Waiting tables and bar work on the west coast
I really enjoyed my placement working as a waiter/barman in a holiday village on the Ile d'Oleron. I cannot believe how quickly I got to grasp with the language, and by the end of my placement I felt able to keep up with and contribute to all manner of conversations. What's more, I also had a brilliant time with a varied, busy job (but never more than 35 hours per week), fantastic, supportive colleagues and getting the opportunity to live in a sunny holiday resort (think surfing/ swimming/ cycling between shifts!) What's more, I was paid for it! I would thoroughly recommend Boost your French to anyone that wants to improve their conversational French; there really is no better way to learn and have fun at the same time!
Alistair
Reception work in Reims
I spent three months this summer working in France; I had known for a while that I wanted to do something in France for a few months to improve my level of spoken French before my final year at uni but I wasn’t sure what – until I decided to try Boost your French. Very soon after, Catherine offered me a placement in a hostel in Reims, where I worked as part of a small team at the reception. Everyone else at reception was French and so were a lot of the guests so I got the chance to speak French all the time – on the phone, face-to-face with guests and with my colleagues, as well as writing many emails in French every day so I really felt the benefits by the end of my time there. I became much more competent at answering the phone and responding to guests’ requests. Clearly, this placement was of huge benefit to my French while also allowing me to experience first-hand French culture, as well as giving me the chance to travel around France on my days off. For anyone looking for an intense but highly effective way of improving their French, I can’t recommend doing an internship through Boost your French highly enough.
Stuart
Animatrice in a holiday village on the West coast
I had an amazing 8 weeks at Le Trianon! I loved working with the kids, I was with both the 4-7 year olds and the 8-10 age group for mini club, every week was different and the variety of activities was great. We did a kids disco every night, and then an event for the adults which was either lotto, karaoke, talent show or a big dance spectacle. By the end of the season I presented the lotto by myself in front of 400+ people, and I absolutely loved the dance performances, despite never having danced before! I cannot sing the praises of my animation team enough. I became so close to everyone, they were so nice to me and we all became such good friends. I loved that we were all roughly the same age as it meant we did so many group trips to the beach/water parks/shopping centres. I'm hoping a few of them can come over to England for a few days around Christmas! Thank you very much for finding me such a rewarding and exciting placement, I had the best summer!
Kate
After having completed my first year of university, I was keen to prepare myself for my second year and my third year abroad in France, so I contacted Catherine and soon found myself spending a month working as a waiter at a hotel in Biarritz. As I had never before waited tables, the prospect of having to do so entirely in French was nerve-wracking to say the least! Despite this, everyone at the hotel was incredibly welcoming and friendly and I quickly realised that settling in and finding my feet would not be an issue. The hotel catered exclusively for current and former employees of the French Ministry of Defence, so all client interactions were conducted solely in French (with the exception of the inevitable few who wanted to test their English skills). Although waiting tables was perhaps not the most stress-free environment in which to practise a language, all the staff were really sympathetic of the fact that I was there to improve my French and ensured that I got as much client exposure as possible. As a result, my confidence when conversing in French improved considerably – whilst I am still far from becoming fluent, it was still extremely refreshing not to be self-conscious when expressing myself in another language. I received full-board accommodation at the hotel and could not fault the employer’s hospitality. Biarritz itself is a lovely chic seaside resort (though admittedly, quite expensive!) in the French Basque Country and I was able to benefit from the hotel’s wonderful location opposite the beach on my afternoons off. All in all, I was very sad to leave and would definitely recommend Boost your French to likeminded students who want a hands-on approach to improving their French.”
Luke
Reception and bar work in a holiday village on the West coast
My work placement was in a holiday village in Lacanau, on the west coast of France, about 1 hour from the beautiful city of Bordeaux. I worked at reception and the bar, which I was a bit apprehensive about but my colleagues (and even holiday makers!) were so friendly and understanding. Nearly all of the holiday makers were French as well as the team, which meant I was fully immersed in the language 24/7. My ability and confidence to speak French in both an everyday and professional context rapidly improved due to socialising with my colleagues outside of work and my responsibilities at work such as answering the phone. I worked 35 hours a week and on my days off I went to the beach (direct access from the holiday village!), I went to Lacanau Ocean, full of beautiful boutiques and exotic flavoured ice creams and visited Bordeaux several times. One of the best experiences of my life and I only wish I could do it all over again!
Alicia
Waitress in a holiday village in the Alps
Working at Réchastel has been an eye-opening experience, not only in the sense that I have become affluent in French, but that it enabled me to explore a whole new culture. Of course it was going to be challenging, of course I was not going to understand the majority of what the staff and clients were saying at the start due to the prominence of the Marseille accent in the region, but you cannot learn a language unless you start from the bottom and work your way up. As a waitress I had questions to answer daily in French, which developed into conversations about anything from food to footwear!! I had new clients every week, which provided a variety in conversation topic and essentially a broader range of vocabulary. Great accommodation, food takes a while to get used to if you haven’t experienced it before. The fact that Réchastel was a little isolated from civilisation meant that I had to travel in order to shop, which did cost a bit, but it made me become more independent, and enabled me to see so much more of France. Learning French at school and reading books is one thing, but actually living, experiencing and working through the language is another, as you have to find a way to survive. I especially recommend this type of placement for people who are quiet-natured, as when working as part of a team, and encountering clients every day, there is no room for being shy!! With Boost Your French, everything is as it is described to be. There are no false hopes created that are not subsequently fulfilled. It saved me so many job-searching hours, as I had no great connections in France, but now I do!!
Aine
Waiting tables and bar work in a hotel, South of France
I had a really great summer and I'm really glad I chose to do it. I was initially very nervous but as soon as I met my employer I was reassured. Everyone I worked with was very kind and patient and I am still in touch with a few of them. There was one other English girl working with me, but apparently this doesn't normally happen. I was working in a restaurant in the south of France, about an hour and a half (3 euros) on the bus from Toulouse, where I spent many of my days off. By the end of the summer, my French had greatly improved, as well as my confidence.
Isabel
Waiting tables in restaurant, Brittany
I spent my summer waitressing in Hotel de Vacanciel in a small town in Brittany called Binic. The town itself was very small and had limited things to do but the beaches were incredible, and I was very fortunate with the weather while I was there so I spent a lot of my free time reading on the beach. The work itself was very enjoyable; the clients at the hotel tended to be on the older side so at first I was scared they were going to be difficult to please but they were all so kind and all interested in knowing where I came from, what I study etc. The team were even nicer, they all had a great sense of humour and were all ready at any moment to help out if I had any questions or needed help. Before I went I was worried that I'd have nothing to do but the people that worked with me and lived in the apartment next door had a car and we often drove to bigger towns to go shopping and have a look around. The team were also very close knitted and immediately accepted me in and invited me to all their soirées. I had an amazing experience and feel much more confident with my French now.
Katherine
Reception in a campsite in central France
Thank you so much Boost your French, I had an amazing time working in France this summer and I wish I could have stayed longer! At first I was worried that I wouldn't be able to understand anything. However I noted down all the vocabulary I didn't know and by the end of my placement I was able to understand the majority of conversations. It did wonders for my confidence, so much so I stayed in Paris for a week after working to practice my French some more! I was situated in a remote camping site, by a beautiful lake with stunning views. I have made really good friends with the staff and I hope to return next year. I am starting to apply for placements for my third year at university and having some experience already will help me stand out from my competitors. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Hannah
Playworker in a campsite in the South West
I spent my summer in the South of France by Le Dune Du Pyla, in a campsite. I was offered a job in a campsite through the boostyourfrench scheme and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is looking to improve upon their French! Since returning to university to study French after my studying, I understand almost everything which is spoken to me in French and see a huge difference in terms of my own confidence to speak French. Take the plunge and go to France - it’s the best way to learn French!
Becky
Waiting table and housekeeping, in a holiday village in the Alps
I worked at le Bon Air, a chalet in the French Alps and it was an experience that I will never forget. I went there with the goal of improving my French and left with so much more than that! I worked there for two and a half months, just helping out with cleaning and serving and general bits and bobs. The team of staff at le Bon Air were incredibly hospitable and they created a new home for me in the Alps. I feel that my French drastically improved, not necessarily in grammar, but in my fluidity of speech and my overall command of the language. The immersion was definitely necessary for my French to move up to a new level and the experiences that I had, beyond the language, were once in a lifetime. I would highly recommend anyone looking to improve their language and do something new and exciting to look into finding a job with Boost Your French. Without this organisation I never would have found le Bon Air and that would have been simply tragic. Thank you to le Bon Air and Boost Your French!
Samantha
Reception dans un hôtel dans le sud ouest
Ce n’était pas difficile d’organiser le stage avec Boost Your French, et le stage s’est très bien passé. C’était une expérience super et ma capacité de communiquer en français a grandement augmenté. It wasn’t difficult to organise the placement with Boost Your French, and the placement went really well. It was a great experience and my ability to communicate in French has improved a lot.
James
Waiting tables and bar work in a hotel, South of France
I had a really great summer and I'm really glad I chose to do it. I was initially very nervous but as soon as I met my employer I was reassured. Everyone I worked with was very kind and patient and I am still in touch with a few of them. There was one other English girl working with me, but apparently this doesn't normally happen. I was working in a restaurant in the south of France, about an hour and a half (3 euros) on the bus from Toulouse, where I spent many of my days off. By the end of the summer, my French had greatly improved, as well as my confidence.
Isabel
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Stage Pornichet, réception
My work placement in Pornichet “VTF Fleur de Thé” lasted one month and was an extremely beneficial experience for me. It helped tremendously with my fluency in the French language and to discover the beautiful regions of Pays de la Loire, Brittany and Normandy. Pornichet is a small seaside resort of roughly ten thousand inhabitants, which almost trebles during the summer period. The large majority of holidaymakers who visit this region are from within the hexagon. If you combine this with an extremely low command of English in the area, it makes it the ideal place to completely immerse yourself into the French language. On my days off I explored the region, going on excursions, which were organised, by the hotel, I played basketball at the local club and made some good friends. I highly recommend this to any Francophile, especially those studying the French language, but make sure you have a good, solid base before taking the plunge!
Andres
Guiding visits for a champagne house in Reims
"As part of my university studies in modern languages, I was due to spend a minimum of three months in France and I was particularly keen to find a paid internship for this spell away so as to earn my keep. I was under considerable time pressure to find something and wanted to ensure it would be an internship allowing me to practise my 5 languages, where possible. Thanks to Catherine Foucher from "Boost Your French", I had the dream internship experience - 5 months working for Taittinger, a family-owned Champagne house in Reims. A once-in-a-lifetime chance for a student to discover the luxury side of tourism and my opportunity to develop my skills as a Champagne cellar tour guide in several languages. I also had the chance to master the language of Champagne so I really felt I was studying an entirely new subject, in addition to greatly enhancing my communication and sales skills. I worked around 36 hours per week so was definitely kept busy but this meant I had maximum exposure to my target language. Accommodation was a one-minute walk away from my workplace and was included in the fees paid to "Boost Your French" upon acceptance of the internship. This was an absolute bonus as finding a place to stay before arriving in a foreign country does not come without its difficulties. This high-quality internship has opened my eyes to a sector I knew little of before this spring. As far as my aim to improve my communication skills in French is concerned, I can say hand on heart that this box was ticked ten times over. I would like to thank Catherine for being so efficient and professional in helping me find this superb internship and would recommend "Boost Your French" to any budding linguist ready for an adventure! Merci mille fois, Catherine!"
Leah
Youth hostel in Strasbourg
I spent 6 months working in the Auberge de Jeunesse des Deux Rives in Strasbourg and I can say that it was the ideal work placement. Strasbourg is a beautiful city and I am very grateful for the placement that Catherine has found for me. I would definitely recommend Boost your French to anyone who wants to improve their French and learn more about the French culture! As far as I am concerned, working with the public on a daily basis has definitely helped me improve not only my French skills, but my confidence as well. Most of the time I worked at the reception and even though it was challenging at first, I managed to adapt quickly and with the help of my colleagues
I improved my professional skills. I had the chance to work in the bar and in the kitchen as well and it was very interesting to see how different parts of the hostel are organised. My colleagues were wonderful as well and I think they really appreciated the fact that I was so eager to learn and speak French all the time. Even though it's been almost a year since I finished my placement, I am still in contact with most of them and I hope that I will get the change to go back to Strasbourg sometime soon.
Thank you very much for everything!
Lorena
Reception and office work in the Alps
"I spent nearly three months working in a youth hostel in the Haute-Savoie, south-east of France. This formed part of my year abroad at University. I had spent a year in Mexico and wanted to refresh my French before returning to the UK. I enjoyed every minute and certainly did improve my French! I was immediately given a large amount of responsibility and learned so much in a short space of time. At first certain elements of the job were daunting such as answering the phone, dealing with customers and sending official emails, but I soon got completely used to this and could hold my own in any situation. I was also trusted to do very important tasks such as dealing with money and official paperwork for the hostel from the first few weeks. It never felt as if I was a desk-filler as some internships can seem, I always felt like a key part of the team. Not only was it a learning experience in terms of French, but also in terms of working in the tourism industry. I know that I can certainly use the experience gained here in any future employment. I could certainly see myself working in tourism in the future. My colleagues were a brilliant group of people and I feel that I made friends for life while there. I got to take part in so many things, some were tourist events such as the Fête du lac d'Annecy, the 15 août, the "Noctibules" which formed part of my job. As well as this, I was able to go paragliding and paddle-boarding in my free time, as well as travelling to other parts of France and Switzerland with friends that I met there. My French has improved greatly (My teachers have noted that I am now very good at catching numbers, dates and names during listening exams...perhaps due to filling in hostel bookings on the phone all day at work!) Using my third language in formal situations is now much more natural to me. The overall experience has been very positive and I wish I could do it all over again!" Georgia
Waiting table in restaurant in the South West
During my Summer I spent 2 months in French Basque Country at Guethary working as a Barmaid in a hotel. I lived on the site with other French waitresses at the hotel and we had a close knit group of workers who all socialised together. I was on a beautiful part of the coast and just down from the town of Biarritz which I visited on my days off as well as many other spots around the region. The work on the bar was not to challenging and gave me a chance to practice my French with the guests. From the moment I woke up to the minute I went to sleep I was speaking French so obviously my language skills came on a lot. However there was also another English speaker on a boost your French placement on the reception so I did have the comfort
Waiting table in restaurant in the South West
During my Summer I spent 2 months in French Basque Country at Guethary working as a Barmaid in a hotel. I lived on the site with other French waitresses at the hotel and we had a close knit group of workers who all socialised together. I was on a beautiful part of the coast and just down from the town of Biarritz which I visited on my days off as well as many other spots around the region. The work on the bar was not to challenging and gave me a chance to practice my French with the guests. From the moment I woke up to the minute I went to sleep I was speaking French so obviously my language skills came on a lot. However there was also another English speaker on a boost your French placement on the reception so I did have the comfort of conversing in some French. I truly enjoyed my time in France, made friends for life and the experience was invaluable for the development of my French. I would highly recommend boost your French as a great way to immerse yourself in French culture without the hefty price tag and you will make friends and have experiences which will stay with you for life.
Rachel
Animatrice on the French riviera
Après avoir fini ma première année à la fac, j'ai décidé que je voulais faire quelque chose en France pour l'été d'améliorer mon français. J'ai passé 10 semaines comme un animatrice du ´mini club' à Argeles sur mer dans le sud de la France. J'étais avec des enfants âgés 4-12 pour quelques heures par jour. On ferait des activités sportifs et artistiques chaque jour y compris 'le relais splash' où il y avait des ballons de l'eau et des pistoles de l'eau. (C'était mieux pour moi car il faisait très chaud tous les jours !) Les enfants étaient mignons et gentils. Au début, ils ont compris que je suis anglaise et que je comprend le français donc ils on dû parler moins vite afin que j'ai pu comprendre ce qu'ils ont dit. Mais envers la fin du placement, ils demandaient à moi si j'étais française parce que mon français avait amélioré. Même certaines vacanciers qui ont passé plus de 4 semaines au colonie de vacances avaient remarqué que mon français avait amélioré. Quant à l'équipe d'animation, ils étaient accueillant et m'a aidé à installer en France. En fin, je recommanderais des autres de faire un stage en France pour améliorer le français. Pour moi, c'est une méthode plus effective qu'un livre au lycée au collège pour apprendre le français.
Makena
Reception and waiting tables, Grenoble
I was really glad that my university had recommended this site because I would have not known how to go about sorting a work placement. When I sent my form to Boost Your French, I thought the company was very efficient with sending me back various job offers within a few weeks, thus I was very delighted with that. The youth hostel I was working at (Auberge de Jeunesse á Grenoble) was amazing, the staff there were so friendly and so helpful, and my language skills had improved so much. The job description was perfect, I was alternating between waitressing and working on reception. If I could give some sound advice, I would say to work in a hostel where you are constantly surrounded by the language all the time, as it does really improve your language skills.
Rhian
Reception, South West France
I worked at the reception and in the bar at a holiday village for a month, which was small, quiet and really friendly. Half of the staff also lived on site and immediately included me as part of the team. Working at the reception, I was often with other staff (who were french) and on the bar, completely unsupervised to deal with customers. I was the only English person there and so spoke French the entire time as nobody spoke more than a few words of English, so I really got to practise a lot, and due to the friendly atmosphere, never felt out of my depth. I noticed a huge improvement in my ability to chat with people informally, as this is where I had had no practice before, and am now able to tackle situations which require different registers of formality. Would definitely do this again!
Claire
Stage in the Alps,
Catherine found me and incredible placement this year in the beautiful Rhone Alps region in France. I stayed two months at Rechastel, a holiday residence in the mountains. At first of course I was very nervous, however as time got on I became more and more confident, with the work, working with everybody and with the language. I was incredibly lucky that everybody was extremely nice to me, and they really appreciated that it's a big thing to work in an environment where you’re trying to understand what's being said. It can be extremely difficult sometimes and frustrating, however that's what makes it such a great thing to do as you learn so much from it. I was mainly waitressing, working in the large dining room at the residence. However I was also lucky enough to do other things like work at the pool counter, and helping out with cleaning the rooms of the clients. The work wasn't too hard, I could pick up pretty quickly how things were run. I really enjoyed my placement this year as it was such an amazing experience. I truly recommend everyone to get out there and to do a placement with boost your french, you will not regret it! Thanks so much Catherine,
Grace
Reception and waiting tables, French riviera
I spent 3 months working in a youth hostel in the south of France. This mainly consisted of reception work (answering the phone, sending emails, selling drinks etc) and breakfast service. Working with almost entirely French speaking colleagues and a largely francophone clientele from the outset, I felt really thrown in at the deep end when I first arrived. Having now come to the end of the internship though, I can honestly say there is no better way of learning the language. Overall, I met some great people, got to spend my summer in a great place, and spoke and listened to a LOT of French. I would fully recommend the 'boost your french' program to anyone looking to seriously improve their French language skills.
James
Animatrice, West Coast
I worked on a campsite as an animatrice in Le Chateau d'Olonne area about an hour away from Nantes. I have never worked in an environment quite like it, due to this I really felt like I learnt a great deal for this experience. My job involved a great variety of responsibilities such as: working at the 'mini club' and entertaining children from 4-11 years old and helping out at the evening activities which ranged from karaoke nights, to quizzes to discos! I was also required to dance and act in a variety of plays and sketches which were performed in front of all the holiday makers. The job was certainly a challenge but my level of French vastly improved and I made some good friends thanks to this experience. I am even thinking about doing the same next year! Thank you to Boost your French for finding this opportunity for me!
Charlotte
Waitressing and bar work on French riviera
I was lucky to work in Sète for two months in a youth hostel. Overall, my experience was very positive - I noticed an improvement in my French, I got on very well with my colleagues and I had lots of new experiences. I would definitely recommend this kind of experience to other students, as being in a working environment is really beneficial for improving your language as well as developing other skills, such as working in a team. Although I did find it daunting at first, I soon found I settled in and made friends. The only thing is I wish I could have stayed for longer! Joanna Animatrice, West Coast Last summer I spent two months working as an ‘Animatrice pour les enfants’ on a campsite near La Dune du Pyla. During the day I worked in the kids club where each week we had a different theme and our activities were centred around that. Then in the evenings we were required as the ‘L’equipe d’Animation’ to provide entertainment every evening for the whole campsite. This really tested my French as most evenings I would have to speak to whole audiences aswell as during the day keep up with the quick exchanges with the children. I really enjoyed my time there and met some wonderful friends for life, I was made to feel part of the team and wouldn’t hesitate to go back again. All I would say that is if you go without a car, be prepared to feel a bit stuck sometimes. If I was to go again I would definitely take my own form of transport as public transport isn’t great. I was the only english member of the whole campsite team meaning I was constantly speaking french which I thought was great. I would recommend using Boost your French as I found was found a great placement, with accommodation too!
Megan
Reception, waitressing and kitchen work in Brittany
I undertook a placement at a seaside hostel in Brittany for the month of August 2015, in preparation for my Erasmus year. This was a hugely valuable learning experience, although very challenging at times; I was working primarily on the reception, but also in the kitchen and with the housekeeping staff. This allowed me many opportunities to interact with the public, in person and over the phone, which really improved my French speaking skills and confidence at a rate which just isn't possible in a uni classroom. Don't expect a placement like this to be all plain sailing, but it is definitely very worthwhile and I would recommend it to anybody wanting to improve their French and gain more general work experience.
Sophie
Reception and office work in a hotel in the Basque country
When Catherine offered me a two-month placement in the reception of a holiday village in South-West France, I thought it all sounded quite scary, but the placement was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. My work at the reception included giving clients all the information they need when they arrive/depart, sorting their deposits, carrying out an ‘état des lieux’ at the end of their stay, managing all the payments for meals, taxes etc and answering the phone. Obviously this was very challenging at the beginning with there being so much to learn (in French), but it was hugely satisfying to see how much I progressed during the placement. There was only one other English person working at the hotel but, other than speaking to him, I was speaking French constantly, both whilst working and socialising. Settling in was very easy as there were lots of other young people working and living in the hotel like me. We ate together at the hotel every day and spent time together when we were not working, so I feel I have come away with some amazing new friends. The hotel was in such a beautiful area of France, and being able to walk down to the beach every day after work was incredible- I will definitely be going back! I would thoroughly recommend Boost Your French to anyone who wants to significantly improve their spoken French and have an amazing experience. Catherine was extremely helpful and I would love to do another Boost Your French placement again.
Charlotte
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Reception work in the Alps (2014)
After finding me an excellent placement in Savoie last year, my request for another placement in the Alps was kindly carried out by Catherine this summer. Working in the accueil at a village vacances meant that I was speaking to clients face to face everyday; welcoming them and informing them about the structure and surrounding area. The clientele was French or French speaking and so my language skills were stretched to the limit, especially when faced with such a diverse representation of accents. I also worked in the office doing paperwork, answering phones and writing quotes for groups which was demanding of a professional and formal register of French. The only English I spoke was with the two other boostyourfrench placements (with whom I spoke French with whilst at work / when we were around French speakers). Overall it was an intense and challenging but extremely rewarding experience and in three months, it is 100 times more helpful for putting your spoken French skills in to use than three full years in a classroom at uni.
Phoebe
Hotel in Brittany (2014)
I spent 5 weeks working as a Stagiaire in the 'Hotel de la Plage' in Binic. Overall it proved very beneficial to my French. I had my own apartment and was entitled to 3 meals per day, which was fantastic. My role was to work in the Kitchen in the mornings, helping with meal preparation, and in the evenings to serve as a waiter in the restaurant. My colleagues were very helpful to me; they understood that I was there to improve my French and they constantly tried to give me little hints and tips, explaining what certain phrases meant, for example. Most of the clients staying in the hotel were very nice and friendly, perhaps as a result of the excellent atmosphere among my colleagues and I. Overall I am very happy with my level of French going into second year at University and regard my 'Stage' with Boost Your French as a great success.
Lewis
Activity leading and reception work in a holiday village in the Pyrenees (2014)
This past summer I did a Boost Your French placement in Les Cabannes, a small village in the Pyrenees. I was working for two and a half months in a VVF holiday village working at the reception and as a children’s play worker. These roles were quite challenging at the beginning of the placement but I quickly started to feel more confident and comfortable using French every day. I especially enjoyed working as an animatrice. It was very fun getting to know the kids who often stayed two or three weeks. It was also great to chat to the holiday makers at the evening events. I even was baked a cake by some of the holiday makers which was really nice! I quickly felt like one of the team and have made really good friends with the other animateurs. I was able to get about to visit some of the surrounding area but it was quite difficult with the limited public transport. However I did managed to go to Toulouse and get out in the mountains. Working in a holiday village means you are constantly speaking French so it was a fantastic way to keep it up over the summer as well as gaining useful work experience. I was able to greatly improve my language skills and confidence before entering my final year at university. I would definitely recommend using Boost Your French to anyone wanting to find a French speaking placement to help improve their language skills.
Eilidh
Waitressing in the Alps (2014)
Yes I really enjoyed my placement at Azur et Neige. I met loads of amazing people which helped me a lot with my French. The hours were good and the work wasn't too difficult. I would definitely do it again and fully recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their french.
Samantha
VVF Vendes, Animatrice des 7-10 ans (2014)
Working for a season with VVF was an amazing but very full on experience. Primarily, I was helping to run a club for 7-10 year olds (who were mostly very sweet but sometimes very energetic...) with one other animatrice, having lots of autonomy to suggest and run games and activities. Yet we (the team of animateurs) also prepared for and put on a "spectacle" for the holidaymakers every Friday which required me to sing dance and act in front of an audience - something that took me out of my comfort zone! Nearly all of the animateurs and vacanciers were French so my french improved massively. The team of people I was working with cohered well and were very kind and fun to work with. The food was pretty good too - j'aime le taboulet... On down days we were able to use the swimming pool on site and visited some places around Vendes, which itself is only a very small village surrounded by countryside, and one day participated in an inter-VVF villages sports day! All in all an amazing experience that I would recom m end!
Regards, Sarah
Breakfast service, waitressing and reception work at youth hostel in Brittany
I thoroughly enjoyed the placement that you found for me. Finding the 'stage' on your own is tricky so I was very appreciative of your help and advice. Advice for others wanting to do the same: first of all I would research the area I was very lucky and stayed in a holiday town on the coast which suited me. Secondly, think about accommodation and who else you might stay with, I stayed with only one other girl who was Spanish and did not speak French or English so I found it hard to make friends. And finally, prepare yourself for it to be tough to begin with, I had studied French for 8 years and after three weeks I thought I was never going to be able to have a grown up conversation but if you just keep at it you will get there. I hope boost your French works as well for others as it did for me! Merci!
Gina
I have been on two summer placements through Boost your French and have had a good experience both times. Through my experiences I have vastly improved my French and also seen very pretty parts of France. I worked as a waitress both times which is what I wanted to do and which suits me, but for someone already on a very advanced level who wants to improveit might be better to go for another kind of job where you speak more French during the work day; receptionist for example, a job which Catherine also provides. I would recommend Boost your French to anyone who wants to rapidly improve their French!
Kind regards, Anna
Summer 2014- working as a waitress in a restaurant at VVF Villages Vacances, Evian-les-Bains
I spent a month this summer (having just finished my A-Levels in Physics, Maths and Chemistry) working as a waitress in a restaurant in a French holiday village in the Alps (Evian les Bains). I only took French to AS-Level and as I am about to start studying Engineering with French at University, I felt I needed a bit of a boost before I start the course in October! I can say without a doubt that my French improved dramatically over the month and I am now at the stage where (although not fluent) I feel comfortable speaking French and can quite happily maintain conversation. Before the placement, I was no way near that stage! I spent a very enjoyable month in Evian too. I was very keen to make the most of my time in the Alps and I visited places such as Mont Blanc and Geneva and also some famous gorges! I had a little more free time than I expected- despite 8 hours work a day. I tended to work four hours for the lunch shift and four hours for the evening shift, so I had mornings and afternoons free. I had two days a week off- it was nice to be able to eat at the restaurant on these days, as I couldn’t do that during my working week! 99% of the people that visited the holiday village were French and people working there spoke very little English, so it certainly threw me in at the deep end! One week, there was a group of around 30 people from various Universities around the world staying at the holiday village and very few of them could speak French- English being the common language. I therefore had to act as a translator for that week between the members of the group and the restaurant staff- which was actually really satisfying, as it showed me how much my French had actually come on, and I felt really useful! If you’re looking to boost your French and spend an enjoyable (admittedly, sometimes challenging) month in France, then this is for you! I had the most fantastic experience and it has done wonders for my confidence in speaking the French language.
Lily
Reception youth hostel in Paris
During the second half of my 'year abroad' I worked in a youth hostel in Paris. Not only was it an amazing experience to live in the beautiful city of Paris, but it was also a great opportunity to improve my French. As I was working at the reception of a busy hostel, I had many duties that allowed me to practice my French in all four areas; I had to check people in and out, answer the phone, respond to emails, which certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone but improved my French drastically! I also had the chance to practice German and other languages, as we had guests from all around the world. My colleagues were all really friendly and helpful and the hostel itself just had a great atmosphere, which made the work very enjoyable. I enjoyed every moment of this placement and living in Paris was simply incredible! I would certainly recommend a work placement in France, as it's a great way to immerse yourself in the French culture, a chance to meet new people and possibly the BEST way to improve your language skills.
Sam
Reception – in holiday village in the Alps
"I would highly recommend Boost Your French to anyone interesting in developing their languages skills and immersing themselves in French culture. It is, undeniably, a big challenge, but with the support of those around you it's definitely worth it. It's a fantastic opportunity to get some experience in a sector that you may not previously know, discover a new place and develop a host of new professional skills. I had the time of my life."
Thanks, Rebecca
Playworker in Central France
I took a placement through Boost Your French to work as an Animateur on a village in the Auvergne region of France. VVF villages is one of the biggest and best established holiday village organisation in France and so it proved to be a great experience for me. Throughout my time there I was working in the Kids Clubs every day providing entertainment (games, crafts etc.) throughout the day and contributing to the spectacle at the end of each week. Working with children was great as it helped me ease into the process of speaking French day in and day out and by the end I was easily able to control large groups of young children as well as speak confidently and fluently with the parents. The rest of the Animation team were absolutely superb, they helped me settle in, taught me new vocab, helped me with translations and ultimately they became very good friends of mine. I am even planning on returning to France next summer to visit them. The Boost Your French application process was easy and straightforward and I could not be happier with how the placement turned out and with the progress I have made in my language ability within the space of two months.
Sam
Bar and reception work in holiday village in South West France
I would recommend boost your French to find an ideal placement. My placement in France was exactly what I was looking for, it allowed for me to use my French as much as possible as I was the only English intern there. The people and area were all lovely. My experience at my internship was a very positive and happy one. Boost your French took the worry out of finding a placement, as the process was easy. I had peace of mind knowing that boost your French was a reputable company to my uni as, on my own finding a placement would have been difficult.
Thank you for all your support, Emma
I spent 8 weeks working as an Animatrice on a campsite in Gironde after having spent an Erasmus year in France. The experience was incredible for my French, as everybody working at the campsite and all the guests were French, and so I was completely surrounded by French all the time. It was very difficult at first, and quite exhausting, but eventually it became much easier and I found myself thinking and dreaming in French, and I never had to think about how to say things before I said them, and I even found it very difficult to speak English! The job itself was difficult; the contract stated 35 hours however I regularly worked over 50 hours per week which I didn’t appreciate or enjoy, especially for the very little money I was receiving so this dampened my enthusiasm quite a bit throughout the summer as it was exhausting having to be constantly working or waiting for the next animation of the day, often I wouldn’t finish until midnight only to have to work all of the next day too. However, having said this, there were very enjoyable times and the kids club was always lots of fun. Also, the reason I was there was to improve my spoken French which I have definitely achieved, and I feel like I learnt more in the 8 weeks on the campsite than during my whole Erasmus placement so overall, I am extremely happy with the summer, despite not particularly liking the job!
Chloe
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Summer 2013 – playworker in holiday village, south of France
I'm Rosanna, 21 years old and I study at the University of Bath, French and Italian. I applied to Boost Your French in order 'to boost my French' before the very daunting 'academic year abroad' and that is exactly what it did. I worked as a stagiaire in a French resort called VVF Villages in Ceillac en Queyras in the Hautes Alpes. For the month of August I ate, breathed and lived everything French and out of a month with near to 200 guests staying with us in the hotel each week, only one family had ties to Britain ... I think we can say this is one of few places that has escaped the propagation of the English language. But I thank Boost Your French for finding a place where no-one spoke English as then I had to communicate in French. Now I feel much more confident with my French and I feel that my French speaking and especially listening has come on leaps and bounds. Besides this, my colleagues were all so lovely and didn't treat me like a foreigner but welcomed me into French culture and life. During my time there (since you only work 35 hours, thank you French Government) I had time to explore et decouvrir this beautiful part of France and with Italy under an hour away I even got to practice some Italian. I would urge anyone to do a work placement like this as it is not only the language but la vie francaise that you learn about, the culture and the people. But it is even nicer knowing that Boost Your French organise the placement to your needs and requirements and on your language level, quick and easily. Exactly what I needed.
Rosanna
Summer 2013 – playworker in campsite, South West
This summer I worked as a child animatrice on a French campsite in ile de Re. I worked for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon in the mini club for kids 6-12 years old where we did a range of activites such as painting, beach games, water fights, acting etc.. In the evening there were discos/lotos/bbqs/games such as men vs women etc...which I had to help out with-a good chance to speak with clients. Every other week there was a cabaret where I took part in group dances such as to songs like umbrella by Rihanna, Chicago which was great fun. The location was beautiful right by great beaches. I learnt how to do so many new things such as kids face painting haha. At the beginning i found understanding a lot harder than i had expected due to the speed and different French accents. I would literally pick up one word in a conversation. However, gradually, even after the first week, this was a lot easier meaning I could get more involved in conversations. I really enjoyed working with the children and even though there was some difficulty with understanding, their energy made the job rewarding, one girl asked me "when you were younger were you English or French?..." All the other staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It was exciting, tiring, difficult at times but in the end has given me a great confidence in my French.
Genevieve, Sept 2013
Animateur in les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée
My stage in Les Sables d'Olonne was brilliant. My french improved drastically, I made some great friends, I tried out things I wouldn't have dreamed of doing and obviously got a great tan... I worked as an 'animateur', which meant simply that I would help out with the organised activities during the week. I ended up spending the majority of the time with the youth club (14-17 years old), playing lots of beach volleyball, lots of music quizzes and lots of 'loup-garous'. The food was great, the staff were all super friendly and if you're really lucky you get to dress up as boot'chouette - the massive cuddly owl village mascot. Even if you're just looking to improve your French its an invaluable experience - I learnt ten times more during the 'stage' than I have done during my ERASMUS placement in Lyon. Do it, you won't regret it!
Joe
Summer 2013 : reception work, South west
Over summer I was placed in the south of France, Cambo les bains. I was lucky to work in a reception, I could speak french to many people over the phone and face to face, which helped me improve my french and confidence speaking it. It was the perfect place to enjoy my summer and learn at the same time. Very beneficial and would do it again!
Elke
Summer 2013 – play worker, central France
Dear Catherine , I've just returned from VVF Vendes and wanted to thank you for helping me find the placement as an animatrice in a children's club. My initial misgivings (because of the total lack of communication from the employer) were dispelled as soon as I arrived in Vendes. Everyone was very kind and friendly and I felt immediately at ease and at home.I had a really enjoyable summer there - I loved working with the children and got on really well with all the other staff. The time went far too quickly!My French most definitely improved, and I now feel very confident and fearless about moving to Grenoble in a couple of days and joining a university there as an Erasmus student. Thank you once again.
Penny
Summer 2013 – kids animator in a holiday village, Provence
I spent 2 months working in a holiday village in the Provence region in France. I was the ‘animateur enfants’ and my job involved leading a kids club and helping out with adult animation. I had to plan all the activities I did with the kids to follow different themes each week as well as supporting the adult animator with each soirée. I found it very challenging at first working with kids in French, especially when there were quite a few in the club, but by the end I felt my language had significantly improved and I could communicate much more easily which improved my confidence. Most of the staff and guests at the holiday village were French and I found that working with French people was a really enjoyable experience to see the different culture and work ethics and I really liked the fact that no two weeks were the same as all the guests changed and the theme changed so different activities were going on. Also I found that, due to the nature of the job, the hours were long and with the heat, some days were particularly challenging but overall I had a great time and was able to explore a little of the region both on the afternoon activities offsite and on my two days off. Boost your French was a great way to apply for a work placement as the holiday village was located in a small village where most guests were French so I was forced to communicate in French which I was really glad of so now I can go into my next year of university with more confidence and improved language skills. I would definitely consider using Boost your French again next year!
Elizabeth
Summer 2013 – reception and office work, French Riviera
'I spent 3 months working in a youth hostel in Sète, France. I had a brilliant time and the skills and experience I have acquired as a result of this placement have and will be invaluable. The work placement not only greatly improved my language skills (and allowed me to use them in a working environment), but also gave me the opportunity to experience living in France. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and working in a youth hostel allowed me to meet a variety of different people. I was able to build a network of useful contacts for the future and to make some amazing friends! I found ‘Boost your French’ incredibly helpful throughout my entire placement. Time was taken to find a suitable placement which matched my skills and interests; I received a lot of support with facilitating the placement (putting together contracts, contacting the employer, appropriate documents etc.) and everything was always dealt with quickly and efficiently.'
Shonagh
Summer 2013 – kids animator, holiday village in the South West
I had a fantastic summer working as campsite entertainer. Learnt loads of French, many new skills and lots of new friends. It was very hard to leave once I had finished! Bleu Blanc Ciel have even said they will take me on as a normal salary worker next summer. So thanks Catherine for sorting this out for me. I have recommended your site to many people.
Jessica
Summer 2013 – kids entertainor campsite in the South West
‘Boost Your French’, c’est un nom vâchement approprié pour cette société! J’ai étudié le français au lycée et c’était toujours ma passion. Maintenant, je suis étudiante du génie chimique à Edimbourg et je n’ai plus l’occasion de continuer avec mes études françaises. Du coup, j’avais vraiment envie de passer du temps en France pour améliorer mon français oral ainsi que connaître un autre style de vie. Avec ‘Boost Your French’, je savais que j’allais être dans un environnement en sécurité et, en plus, si je n’avais jamais les problèmes, Catherine était toujours là pour m’aider. J’ai postulé en janvier et au bout d’une semaine, j’avais mon stage! C’était facile et très rapide. J’ai travaillé dans un camping à St Jean de Monts, sur le côte ouest de la France. J’étais animatrice, donc, je travaillais au niveau du club enfant pendant la journée. Je l’ai bien apprécié, les enfants ont très bien comporté et ils étaient vraiment patients avec moi. Je les ai demandé, ‘Pardon?!’ plusieurs fois pour les comprendre au début et ça ne les dérangait pas de tout. Ils étaient entre les âges de 4 et 12 ans et on faisait les activités manuelles, les jeux sportifs, les chasses aux trésor et un spectacle avec eux à la fin de chaque semaine. Il va sans dire que je me suis bien amusée avec les enfants. Presque chaque nuit, on faisait l’animation; c’est-a-dire les karaokes, les soirées dansantes et les spectacles. Je dirais qu’il faut qu’on ait un peu d’expérience en danse ou en théâtre pour effectuer un stage silimaire. On devait dire ‘bonjour’ à tous les vacanciers sans arrêt et il fallait jamais avoir l’air fatigué. C’était un défi! Dans l’ensemble, la saison était un excellent moyen de profiter de mon été, de rencontrer beaucoup de gens, de se faire les amis au plan international et d’approfondir mes qualités personnelles. Mais, la chose la plus importante, c’était que mon français a amélioré dans une manière indescriptible. À la fin, je n’avais guère de problèmes de compréhension et j’avais une grosse augmentation en confiance quand je parlais. Je conseillerai vivement à n’importe qui d’y aller et de se jeter à l’eau! C’était l’une des expériences les plus difficiles de ma vie dans les moyens différents, mais, de toute façon, ça a valu la peine parce que du coup, je me suis fait une meilleure amie, j’ai passé une saison chouette et je peux dire maintenant que mon français est à un niveau génial. Donc, n’hésitez pas, allez!!
Summer 2013 – reception work, barman, on the West coast
The work placement was absolutely brilliant. The ease of which it was arranged was unbelievably helpful and the contact you kept was brilliant.The placement was exactly what was arranged and my language skills improved immensely!
Ali
Summer 2013 – kids animator in the Alps
My placement in Montchavin was one of the best experiences I've ever had! After spending 6 months teaching in Lille with a large English-speaking community, I was motivated to find a placement which would offer me more immersion in French. Montchavin was exactly that - I was doing animation with a big group of other young French people from over the country and hardly ever got the opportunity to speak English. I was already used to working with kids but it was really challenging at first to build relationships with children who are there on holiday (as opposed to teaching in a school). The people I worked with, however, were so welcoming and helpful and I've made friends I'll keep for a long time. I was most excited by the fact that I managed to interact with French - speakers on a level that made me feel like I was one of them. I'm incredibly happy to have had this opportunity and couldn't have been luckier to be placed in a beautiful village in the Alps with an amazing team who invested their time in helping me with my language, as well as getting the most out of my job.
Emily
Summer 2013 – reception work and kids animator, in the Pyrenees.
After having just finished my first year at the University of Bristol, I wanted to find a short term summer job in France to improve my level of spoken French. After hours of searching online with no hope I eventually found Boost Your French. I contacted Catherine who offered me several jobs to choose from. Within a few weeks I had signed the contract for my “stage” in Les Cabannes and was extremely excited for the summer ahead. When I arrived I was welcomed by my colleagues who were all very friendly. The manager gave me an introduction to the campsite and talked me through everything which put me at ease. I worked in reception in the mornings which consisted of advising guests on activities and dealing with everyday queries. In the afternoons I worked in the kids club which admittedly was difficult at first, however after a few days I settled in to the role and enjoyed every minute of it. After a whole month of living in France I feel that not only has my French improved immensely but I have also gained a lot more confidence. I would highly recommend Boost Your French to anyone looking for a “stage”.
Charlotte
Summer 2013 – kids entertainor campsite in the South West
‘Boost Your French’, c’est un nom vâchement approprié pour cette société! J’ai étudié le français au lycée et c’était toujours ma passion. Maintenant, je suis étudiante du génie chimique à Edimbourg et je n’ai plus l’occasion de continuer avec mes études françaises. Du coup, j’avais vraiment envie de passer du temps en France pour améliorer mon français oral ainsi que connaître un autre style de vie. Avec ‘Boost Your French’, je savais que j’allais être dans un environnement en sécurité et, en plus, si je n’avais jamais les problèmes, Catherine était toujours là pour m’aider. J’ai postulé en janvier et au bout d’une semaine, j’avais mon stage! C’était facile et très rapide. J’ai travaillé dans un camping à St Jean de Monts, sur le côte ouest de la France. J’étais animatrice, donc, je travaillais au niveau du club enfant pendant la journée. Je l’ai bien apprécié, les enfants ont très bien comporté et ils étaient vraiment patients avec moi. Je les ai demandé, ‘Pardon?!’ plusieurs fois pour les comprendre au début et ça ne les dérangait pas de tout. Ils étaient entre les âges de 4 et 12 ans et on faisait les activités manuelles, les jeux sportifs, les chasses aux trésor et un spectacle avec eux à la fin de chaque semaine. Il va sans dire que je me suis bien amusée avec les enfants. Presque chaque nuit, on faisait l’animation; c’est-a-dire les karaokes, les soirées dansantes et les spectacles. Je dirais qu’il faut qu’on ait un peu d’expérience en danse ou en théâtre pour effectuer un stage silimaire. On devait dire ‘bonjour’ à tous les vacanciers sans arrêt et il fallait jamais avoir l’air fatigué. C’était un défi! Dans l’ensemble, la saison était un excellent moyen de profiter de mon été, de rencontrer beaucoup de gens, de se faire les amis au plan international et d’approfondir mes qualités personnelles. Mais, la chose la plus importante, c’était que mon français a amélioré dans une manière indescriptible. À la fin, je n’avais guère de problèmes de compréhension et j’avais une grosse augmentation en confiance quand je parlais. Je conseillerai vivement à n’importe qui d’y aller et de se jeter à l’eau! C’était l’une des expériences les plus difficiles de ma vie dans les moyens différents, mais, de toute façon, ça a valu la peine parce que du coup, je me suis fait une meilleure amie, j’ai passé une saison chouette et je peux dire maintenant que mon français est à un niveau génial. Donc, n’hésitez pas, allez!!
Summer 2013 - reception work in a holiday village in Languedoc Roussillon
When i found out that i'd be working as a receptionist at Les Portes du Roussillon in Le Barcares i took the offer straight away! I had already spent time in France the year before and was heartbroken to leave so I was beyond excited to be going back! I was a little intimidated when i first arrived as i had to speak in French straight away with my new colleagues but they took a great interest in getting to know me. I got settled quite quickly into my new home for summer. I would be lying if i said that everything was perfect. Working on Saturdays was hard work. Everyone left in the morning and everyone arrived in the afternoon. Customers complained about silly things but generally i met some lovely customers and was sad to see some of them leave at the end of their stay. the hours that i worked suited me so well! I worked in the morning (9-12) then i had the afternoon free to do whatever i wanted. The holiday camp is situated on the beach so i spent my afternoons sunbathing there! I then worked (5-7.30) and it went past so quickly!
I met SO many lovely people that i know i'll keep in touch with. I learnt so much French during my stay; with customers i had to speak formally but with friends and colleagues i learnt to speak more informally. My vocabulary has definitely improved! During my free time i went to Electrobeach festival, went to La bodega (street party), went to dinner with friends at their home, went to La foire, went to Montpellier, went out with the staff at the holiday camp, went to the market...and all done in a French environment! Summer went past too quickly!! I would seriously recommend going on placement in France! You're surrounded by French so will learn so much in such a short space of time!
Yasmin
Summer 2013 – barmaid in holiday village in the Alps
The placement worked out wonderfully, it was the best decision of my life to go. Pralognan is a very small, quaint little village in the Alps. I worked as a barmaid in Vacanciel Hotel there. I also worked a few days in the restaurant. The work was tough at times but rewarding in terms of the French your were exposed to and all the different guests you got to know. My accommodation and meals were provided by the hotel, although both were very basic. However living with the other staff proved to be very enjoyable and meant that I was almost constantly with French speakers. There was much to do in the village at night other than 1 or 2 bars. We did go travelling to near cities on our days off. All in all, I met some really cool people, made some friends for life and really improved my ability to understand and speak French. I also learned a lot about the French culture. It was a great experience and a fantastic summer.
Edel
Summer 2013 – reception work and waitressing, youth hostel in the Alps
"I have worked at a youth hostel in La Clusaz, Haute-Savoie during the summer for two months. I made contact with Boost Your French because my teacher recommended me this website and I could receive a work placement for either a year or a couple of months whichever suited best. I am happy to find that my listening and speaking have dramatically improved and working there was similar to going on holiday. It was nice to talk to guests as well as making a couple of friends during my placement. Tour de France passed by too and it was amazing to watch the competition and be part of the crowd. It was sad leaving despite working there for only two months given that, for me, everything happened at La Clusaz felt like a dream that could not last long enough. Boost Your French is a must if anyone wants to improve their French and have a fabulous time!"
Thank you very much for your help!
Wenngal
Summer 2013 – reception work in holiday village, Provence
I had a really great time on my summer placement organised through boost your french. I spent 2 months in a hotel in the Vaucluse working mainly as a receptionist, welcoming guests as well as writing and using the phone occasionally. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and I met some lovely people who I hope to keep in touch with in the future. My ability to speak French improved greatly during my time there, as all my colleagues were French so I was completely immersed in the language and culture. The little town of Bédoin was lovely and on my 2 days off a week, I was also lucky to be able to discover some of the beautiful surrounding areas in a region of France that was entirely new to me. Overall, it was an unforgettable and valuable experience and I would recommend a placement like this to anyone. Merci beaucoup,
Amy
Summer 2013 – kids animatrice in holiday village, South West
"I am so glad that a friend recommended Boost Your French to me. For ten weeks over the summer, I worked on a campsite where all of the workers and holiday makers were French. It was challenging at first, but I made a lot of new friends who helped me to improve my language. Having just finished my first year of university studying French and Spanish, I was very interested in getting immersed into the culture and this job definitely allowed me to do this, through working at the kids club during the day and having fun doing animation at night. I would recommend Boost Your French to anyone really wanting to improve their language and, in my case, have an amazing time!"
Ailsa
One month placement, May 2013- waiting tables in holiday village, East of France
I spent a fantastic month in Evian-Les-Bains, on a placement in a holiday village. (VVF villages) I worked as a waitress alongside an excellent team, who helped and encouraged me with both my French and waitressing. Constantly speaking French with guests and workers was a big challenge at first, especially as I had not studied French since A-Level. As time passed, however,I was put more at ease and could feel myself improving. This work placement was excellent regarding location, living and working arrangements. Emerging into French culture in this way is by far the most beneficial for learning French. I was only sorry I couldn’t have stayed longer, and hope to return next summer!
Many thanks!
Summer 2013 . children activity leader in Brittany
I feel like I need an essay length to describe my time in France but I'll work with this. It was all go from the start. It was a last minute decision for me to ask Catherine to find me a job and I had all but given up because I thought I would be too late. Nevertheless, Catherine worked her magic and found me a position as an "animatrice" (sort of like a play worker) at Roz Armor, a French speaking holiday village in Brittany. I said "yes" almost straight away. It was only after I had accepted that I wondered what exactly I'd gotten myself into. Not much time to think about it though as I left in 2 weeks. I needn't have worried. I arrived at Roz Armor in July and was welcomed in with open arms. It helped massively that these "open arms" of my colleagues were, in general, the arms of people aged 17-25 so although I was the only foreign employee I soon found my place in the young group. I feel like I need an essay length to describe my time in France but I'll work with this. It was all go from the start. It was a last minute decision for me to ask Catherine to find me a job and I had all but given up because I thought I would be too late. Nevertheless, Catherine worked her magic and found me a position as an "animatrice" (sort of like a play worker) at Roz Armor, a French speaking holiday village in Brittany. I said "yes" almost straight away. It was only after I had accepted that I wondered what exactly I'd gotten myself into. Not much time to think about it though as I left in 2 weeks. I had a room and bathroom to myself fo the entirety of my stay but I think having a bathroom to myself was pretty abnormal for employees. My job consisted of working for about 6 hours Monday to Friday looking after children from 3-12 years old with a pre-set list of activities (going for walks, making sandcastles, doing arts and crafts etc.) Every evening the animateurs would put on a "mini-disco" for the kids to join in with which was basically half an hour of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and the like and every Sunday morning we would dress up (I was a parrot) and welcome the new guests for the "Pot d'accueil" . On Sunday I would generally look after the kids for 3 hours. All of the animateurs had Saturday off so we would either go shopping together, have barbecues or sunbathe and play volleyball on the beach (which just so happened to be right in front of the holiday village. Beautiful!) I feel like I need an essay length to describe my time in France but I'll work with this. It was all go from the start. It was a last minute decision for me to ask Catherine to find me a job and I had all but given up because I thought I would be too late. Nevertheless, Catherine worked her magic and found me a position as an "animatrice" (sort of like a play worker) at Roz Armor, a French speaking holiday village in Brittany. I said "yes" almost straight away. It was only after I had accepted that I wondered what exactly I'd gotten myself into. Not much time to think about it though as I left in 2 weeks. I'm not going to lie, it was hard. Speaking French all the time was incredibly tiring and I constantly felt confused (less after the first few weeks or so but I was never entirely convinced that I knew what was going on) which was also tiring. I got very into the idea of having a wee sleep after lunch. However, I never felt alone. My colleagues (now friends) were often knocking on my door to ask me if I wanted to do something with them. I was overwhelmed by how hard they tried to include me. They helped me fully immerse myself in French society. I feel like I need an essay length to describe my time in France but I'll work with this. It was all go from the start. It was a last minute decision for me to ask Catherine to find me a job and I had all but given up because I thought I would be too late. Nevertheless, Catherine worked her magic and found me a position as an "animatrice" (sort of like a play worker) at Roz Armor, a French speaking holiday village in Brittany. I said "yes" almost straight away. It was only after I had accepted that I wondered what exactly I'd gotten myself into. Not much time to think about it though as I left in 2 weeks. In short, my holiday job in France was the most terrifying but also the most worthwhile experience of my life so far. I cried when I left which really says something. I never cry.
Abigail
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Summer 2012 - in youth hostel in South of France, St Gilles
During my summer placement I worked in the youth hostel in Aix en Provence. I decided to contact boost your french in the search for a 3 month placement in the South of France, in order to improve my French before I returned to my 4th year of study at The University of Hull. My French has drastically improved since returning after these 3 months. I also made some really close friends whilst working in the hostel, who I hope to keep in touch with in the future. A fantastic summer was spent there, and one that I will always remember. Working with Mrs Foucher was a pleasure, she was extremely helpful both before and during my placement. I would recommend an experience like this to anyone. Kind Regards
Sian Wilmott
Summer 2012 Reception and office work in holiday village
" Working at VVF Les Cabannes improved my French so much and I had a great time. The work was both beneficial and a lot of fun. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful - I couldn't have asked for a better summer job! "
Rachel
Summer 2012 - in holiday village, activity leader, entertainer in the South West
I have worked on a campsite in the South west region of France for the summer season. I worked as an 'animateur'. My particular duties were looking after the children aged for 4 to 12 years during the daytime and to hold a show for them on Friday evenings which was prepared during the week. This was a great way to practise my French as the children were interested to listen to what I had to say and didn't hesitate to correct me. At times the children told me I had an English accent and it was hard to understand, so I tried to improve that as much as I could by listening to my colleagues speaking as much as possible. I liked the fact I got that feedback from children because it was informal and they didn't necessarily mean it in a nasty way. We varied the timetable week to week so it was not tedious at all for us animateurs. The only thing i struggled with in the Mini Club was when we had more than 15 children because it sometimes Sunflowers Limoge got loud in the building and was very hard for me to calm the children down, since I did not have the vocabulary I needed. My manager had a chat with me after the busy week and told me I needed to learn from the animateur who I worked with the necessary vocabulary. After doing this, every week was much smoother and more enjoyable for me. Adding to the roles of the mini club, I had to hold the mini disco every evening which comprised of dancing to 8 songs and trying to involve everybody; it was not just for children! This was my favourite time of day. The other duty of an 'animateur' involved doing the shows. Fortunately on my campsite we didn't do much acting. I had a couple of words to say on stage but since I am a naturally quiet person my manager was very accommodating of that. Therefore I took part in every dance and played simple roles in the acting scenes. After the show, we had to change the timetable on the board for the following day so that the public could see the activities which the other animateurs held. Overall I had a great summer, I have made some good friends. I had to work very long hours but somehow it was never too tiring, I think I was constantly running on adrenaline and had a lot of motivation. There were hard times where I felt I didn't fit in and struggled to speak in big groups, but I soon got to know people one to one instead so I could feel more at home. By the end of the season we were all in tears to say goodbye, everyone had began to feel like a family whether they spoke to me or not, that must mean a good summer had taken place!
Shelley Forsdyke
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Summer 2011 Reception and office work in holiday village in Jura
I had a good time in Maisod- I'm happy to give you feedback: I think it was definitely worth it going through Boost Your French. I had already looked for a while for a suitable placement and found it difficult to find something that was both short term and residential. I was happy with the service I received from you- the only thing I might have changed, although I know it's difficult to organise, is that I would have liked to know earlier whether I had the placement or not, and where it was. The work itself was perfectly suited to my level of French but I would say you need a certain level to begin with. I worked on the reception but at first there was always someone to help me with everything. While I wasn't forced to do anything, my supervisor would often push me to make sure I was always being challenged and improving. I had some choice and flexibility in the times I worked and the option to help out with the kids club. It was also great that accommodation was provided on site. Overall I found that I hardly spoke any English (which is great for a holiday village) so my fluency and vocabulary really improved. By the end I was so immersed that I was starting to think in French and could understand almost anything that was said to me. The only drawback of working at Maisod was that it was quite remote: while this meant I had close relationships with the small number of staff (who were really welcoming), I don't have a driving licence which made leaving the site difficult. I had to ask for lifts to go food shopping. However, there was a staff car available to borrowing so this wouldn't have been a problem if I could drive. I'd say this has been an invaluable experience, both linguistically and from the point of view of adding to my CV. Many thanks,
Elinor
Summer 2011 youth hostel in Strasbourg, reception and bar work
"Daunted by the task of finding a summer job in France suitable for a foreign student, I was very pleased when a friend recommended Boost Your French. I was quickly offered a three-month position at a large youth hostel in Strasbourg, not too far from where I had worked as a language assistant over the previous few months. I very quickly felt part of the team at the hostel as I was given real responsibility – most of my time on duty was spent at the main reception desk. This gave me the chance to improve my language skills in areas where the opportunities had been limited in the classroom, such as writing and speaking on the phone. At the same time, my two weekly days off gave me the chance to explore a fascinating region of France that was entirely new to me. For all the value of the experience, and the ease of finding a suitable job, I found the fees charged by Boost Your French very reasonable." Très cordialement,
William Scott
Summer 2011, waiter in a holiday village in Central France
This summer I spent 10 weeks working in a French speaking holiday village in the Auvergne. The village was quite small, however, on site there was a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and more. I mainly worked as a waiter in the restaurant and really enjoyed it. I learnt a lot and got on really well with the other members of staff. My French was really put to the test when there were problems with the customers that I had to deal with, during the first few weeks I would just get another member of staff to come and sort out the problem but as the time went on and I became more confident and as my French improved, I began to sort these problems out my self. I had an amazing time in France, and my French improved more than I could have imagined having made some great friends, so I will definitely be using Boost your French again!
Jack Salt
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