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Days 1 – 3: Arrival & Paris Orientation

After an overnight flight, our Global Works leader greets us at the airport and takes us to our accommodations in the city center for a chance to rest and settle in. Throughout the next few days, we visit historic and cultural centers such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Picasso Museum, Musée d’Orsay. There are also immersive French language reviews through games and activities designed to facilitate our language immersion.

Days 4 – 5: Avignon & Provence Exploration

From Paris, we travel south by high-speed train to Provence, one of France’s most popular regions. We stay in Avignon, a beautiful walled city and home of the Palais des Papes. We explore the city ramparts and learn about the history of the Pont d’Avignon. Next, it’s time for a scavenger hunt in the marketplace to practice our French with local vendors. How do you say lavender in French? We also visit the nearby Pont du Gard, an impressive Roman aqueduct and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evenings, we have homestay orientation activities to begin preparing for the next stage of our journey.

Days 6 -11: Carcassonne Homestays & Community Service Projects

Next, we travel to Carcassonne, a traditional French town near the Mediterranean known for its magnificent medieval walled city. Here, we are welcomed into the homes of our new homestay families. This is an excellent opportunity to test our language skills, make friends, and absorb the many cultural differences found in day-to-day living and conversation. We visit the winding streets, turrets and ancient walls of the iconic medieval city to learn about region’s history. What we don’t visit as a group, our host families are eager to share with us!

We spend evenings and weekends with our homestay families and during the days we meet as a group for service projects, exchange activities and cultural visits. We volunteer for multiple days alongside local volunteers at historical restoration projects. Past tasks include rebuilding ancient walls at an 11th-century chateau, removing invasive plants from a historic shepherd’s refuge, and constructing walking paths. We work with the communities to determine which heritage sites and monuments require our attention year to year. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the local history and culture with enthusiastic local volunteers by your side!

It’s not all work and no play; we take breaks from our service sites for local cultural activities. We see beautiful stalactites and stalagmites on a tour of a giant underground cavern and take time to visit the beach on a Mediterranean excursion day! In the evenings, we have time for cooking lessons or pot-luck dinners with local families…all cultural events that will help hone our French language skills.

Day 12: Toulouse Departure

Saying goodbye to our homestay families, we board a private bus and drive 1.5 hours to the Toulouse airport for our flight home. We are sad to leave, but excited to share our stories with our family and friends. Au revoir la France!