Students in 4th – 12th grade
What types of educational intuitions can participate?
Public, private and charter schools are all allowed to participate.
To get a full idea of how the program works, click the link below.
Who travels with American students?
A certified teacher and/or an approved adult from the participating school district. Usually one of the traveling adults speaks French or has a strong knowledge of the French language and culture.
The French students usually will travel to the USA either in October, February/March, or in April/May. Their travel dates correspond to when French schools have vacation.
The American students usually will travel sometime between March and June depending on their school schedule.
The exact dates will be determined by the participating school district working in partnership with FACEP and the French school.
Both the visiting French and the traveling American students are medically insured through our organization. Parents do not need to take out a rider on their medical insurance. Accompanying teachers/adults are also insured during their stay.
What happens if a child gets sick?
Your child is medically covered while traveling in France. Your child’s host family and/or traveling teacher will take your child to the doctor.
What happens if a child is not getting along with his/her host family?
Note: This is rare since students are matched using their information files/dossiers. However, in the event that there is a conflict, both the American and French teacher work with the host family try to find a resolution. If a resolution cannot be found, then it is possible that the child would be removed from hosting home and a new host family found.
Overall, no. The only cases in which an additional fee might apply:
- If the airport taxes are more than we anticipated when establishing the program pricing. In the past 20 years, this has happened only 2 times.
- If the traveling teacher and group wants to visit or do an extra fieldtrip that was not included in the French hosting school’s budget. The French and American teachers discuss the calendar of events together to decided what can and cannot be included into the already existing budget. It is the goal of FACEP and La Ligue de l’enseignment not to tack on additional fees.
How much time is my child going to spend in school vs on educational visits?
Your child usually will shadow their French correspondent 1 or 2 days at school, to see what a typical French school day is like. Most of the other days, the Americans are out on educational tours visiting the region they are being hosted in while in France.
What happens if a child is misbehaving or not following the program rules?
If a child’s behavior warrants, the child could be sent back to the USA before the rest of the group at his/her parent’s expense.
What is my role as a hosting parent?
You will attend parent meetings leading up to the hosting. These meetings are meant to help prepare you, your child and family to host.
You will correspond with the child’s family in France via email or some other type of social media. You do not need to speak French in order to participate.
While the French child is here, treat and care for the child as if he/she are a member of your family. Ensure the child has food, clean clothes and a safe, clean place to sleep. You must also ensure that there will be adult supervision at all times. This could be you personally or another adult that you trust your own children’s well-being with when you are absent.
What is my role as a parent with a traveling child?
You will attend meetings leading up to your child’s travel. These meetings are meant to help prepare you and your child for his/her trip to France.
Can we take our French child to Canada or another country?
No. Due to new laws about traveling with minors, you cannot take your French child to Canada or to another country.
Can we take them to another state?
Yes, provided that the child’s French family, traveling French teacher and the American hosting teacher have all consented to this travel
What happens if a child is homesick?
Contact the American teacher running the school for your program. With the help of the French teacher, they will help guide you and the child through the situation.
What type of activities are good to do with the French while they are here?
Play board games, video games, watch movies (with subtitles), visit local attractions in your area
Who do I call if there is a problem in the evening or very early morning hours?
You call the American teacher/adult running the program for your school. These adults are on call 24/7 while the French are here.
No. You do not need to speak French in order for you and your family to participate in the program.
Does the French child need a separate room?
If your child is hosting a French child of the same gender, they are allowed to share the same bedroom.
If your child is hosting a French child of the opposite gender, then the French child must either have his/her own room or may share a room with a brother or sister who is of the same gender.
In both cases, the French child should however, have his/her own bed to sleep in.
What type of gifts should my child take to their host family in France?
Picture books or calendars from your region or on the USA.
T-shirts from your local school, universities, sport teams, etc.
Local foods such as candy, chips, jams, etc.
What if my child has a medical condition such as allergies, etc.
All student participating in the program as traveling students will need to fill out a medical history document and have his/her doctor sign off on the information. This will help ensure that the necessary precautions for a student traveling with special medical needs can be put into place.
What if my child does not like certain foods?
On the information dossier that each child is required to fill out, there is a section for students to comment about foods they like or dislike. However, It is important that students be encourage to try different foods if he/she does not have food allergies. Part of an exchange program is experiencing different foods.
We encourage student to pack an extra pair of underwear, t-shirt and toothbrush in case luggage is lost or delayed. Fortunately, we have never had luggage get lost. We have had luggage arrive 24 hours after the student’s arrival in the country. In the event that luggage is lost, the travel teacher working with the hosting French teacher and French family will help organize taking the student shopping to replace the necessities.
What if my child has never been abroad?
- If your child has never been away from home for an extended period of time, it might be good to organize a long weekend for the child to stay with family or friends of the family with little to no contact with you.
- The meetings organized by the traveling teacher(s)/adult(s) are meant to help prepare students to deal with the cultural differences that he/she will experience while in France. It is of utmost importance that your child attend these meetings.
The cost of the program is competitively and reasonably priced; usually under $3,000.
The price varies due to geographic location and early or late enrollment. Major changes in the price of airline tickets and airport taxes may also effect the price.
- Airline ticket
- All sites and attractions students will visit in France
- All transportation to and from the sites and attractions in France.
- All meals while in France country
- Medical insurance
What the cost does NOT include?
- Student’s spending money
What constitutes a free travel for the teacher?
It takes nine traveling students to get a free airline ticket for the teacher.
Fifteen traveling students allows two teachers to travel.
Can a group under 15 take 2 traveling teachers/adults?
Yes, but the school district or the 2nd adult will be responsible for covering the cost of the airline ticket. Usually FACEP can get a reduced rate on the airline ticket for a traveling adult chaperon. FACEP will still find a host family to host the 2nd traveling adult while in France.
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Where do I stay while in France?
All teachers/accompanying adults will stay with a host family as well.
Can I put academic requirements and behaviors requirements on participation?
Absolutely. FACEP supports teachers and districts rights to place expectations on students.
Especially since these students will be representing the district as a student diplomat
What type of actives should we do while the French are here?
Visiting local sites
Visiting the city hall, fire and police station
Visiting local restaurants
Who should I call if I cannot resolve a problem?
Call FACEP directly. We are here to assist any time day or night.
Who should I contact if a French child is sick?
First contact the traveling French adult than immediately call FACEP afterwards so that we may assist in filing the insurance claim that will cover the medical expenses.
What to do to prepare student for travel?
Have monthly to weekly meetings with the students. At these meetings discuss cultural differences with students, have students try different French foods such as cheese tasting.
Discuss what is appropriate clothing.
Does the school district have to pay to participate?
There is no direct cost to the school district.
What is needed from the hosting school is minimal:
- A space for the visiting French group to meet, during the school day
- Allow the American teacher to hold weekly student meetings and monthly parent meetings in his/her classroom, or another space within the school
- Allow the American teacher to make copies, if needed, for the respective meetings
- Allow the American teacher to attend at least one educational excursion with the visiting French group
Appreciated but not necessary may be…
- School bus transportation for French group daytime excursions, (if needed)
- Cafeteria lunches for the French Teachers when their group has lunch in the building
While the cost to the hosting school district is very minimal, the benefits are great:
- Community support through local business involvement
- Family and parent involvement
- Local publicity
- Civic duty from students attending school board and city council meetings as diplomats for the program
- Participation is often associated with Schools of Distinction