French Speaking Switzerland Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s

With Raymonde - your French tutor, language buddy & host

€1600 Per Week

  • 15 hours of French lessons with me
  • One double room with en suite bathroom & one single room with private bathroom and balcony
  • 2 per day (B + L or D) with active French conversations
  • 2 excursions in my region with guided French practice
  • 1 to 3 people traveling together
Contact Raymonde
Learn French in immersion and discover French speaking Switzerland. Raymonde will welcome you in the safety of her Swiss country home, share her daily life with you, guide you through her region while gently building up your confidence when speaking French. Fluent in French, English and German, she’s been teaching languages for 25 years, but now that her grown-up children have left the nest, she is eager to share her time with students and make them discover the relaxing Swiss way of life.

Amenities/Features

Private Bathroom
Wifi
Garden/Yard
Teaches Adults & Children
Multiple Bedrooms
Public Transportation
Free Parking
Vegan Option

Sleeping Arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed

Teacher Certifications: Fluent in French, English and German.

Meet Raymonde - your French tutor, language buddy & host In Switzerland

Bonjour and welcome to my home.

My name is Raymonde and I have been living here for the last 25 years. I have three grown up sons: they have all left the nest. I live with my partner Michel who is a very keen cyclist. We will be happy to take you out to explore the countryside either on a mountain bike or a regular bike. We have two electric bikes available for your use.

At a very young age I had a passion for languages, and was fascinated with people from other cultures. I lived in London for a year to learn English, and then in Zurich to learn German, so I’m fluent in both languages.

I started teaching languages 25 years ago, shortly after my second son was born, first setting up a clientele of friends, neighbours and expats. I then got my diploma in teaching French and started working in private language schools.

Soon, I realised students best benefited from combining grammar with real life experiences, in a more relaxed environment. So I started offering immersion stays in my own home.

I hope to welcome you soon for an immersion stay “chez moi”.

Getting To My House

The town of Nyon is at a 35 min train ride from Geneva Airport. Then I’ll come and pick you up in my car!

Car Rental

Once you are home, there are frequent public transportations to take you wherever you may want to go. If you prefer, you can rent a car, but you don’t have to.
I’ll be happy to lend you a bike it you wish to (I have a VTT and an electric bike).

Smoking

Please note that I don’t allow smoking inside my house. You can smoke in the garden if you wish to.

Wifi

There is Wifi throughout the house

Diets

I love to cook and will happily adapt to any of your dietary requirement such as vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. I cook mostly with locally grown produce.
If you’d like, you can help me cook, and we can share some recipes.

Pets

I don’t have pets and unfortunately I cannot welcome them.

Typical Week Stay Program

A Typical 1 Week (7 Days, 6 Nights) Offer Includes But Is Not Limited To:

  • 15 hours intense studying with me
  • 2 organised unforgettable experiences/excursions of your choice*
  • Accommodation in your own en-suite room with a double bed, TV, shower, sink and toilet.
  • Copious breakfast, generous lunch with local products (dinner can be arrange for an additional cost).
  • Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday

*Train tickets and museum entry fees not included

The Price With These Options Is 1600 Euros For One Person.

Additional Guests

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 400 in half board, without lessons or excursions (sharing the same bedroom)
  • Euros 650 in half board, without lessons or excursions (in a separate single room with bathroom)
  • Euros 800 in half board with shared lessons and excursions (sharing the same bedroom or in a separate single room with bathroom)

Learn French In Switzerland – Your French immersion Program in Gingins, Vaud

I live in a small village called “Gingins” in the area of “la Côte”, surrounded by the Lake Geneva (called “Lac Léman” in French), the Jura Mountains and the vineyards, not to mention the convenient access to Geneva and Lausanne (30min) and to Nyon (15min).

The coast of Lake Geneva is the perfect balance between pristine nature and beautiful towns: Montreux, Vevey, Morges… There are also typical Swiss villages in the mountains, and amazing medieval strongholds.

Lake Geneva has daily cruises to France, where one can visit the medieval town of Yvoire and Evian with the publicly available Evian water spring.

A cog train can easily take you up to ” Les Rochers de Naye” – a mountain peak with 360 degrees view of the mountain ranges, the lake and the towns around it.

I feel privileged because region is really interesting year-round:

  1. Its well marked cycling routes are especially enjoyable in the spring when the air is still brisk. In the many parks, the flowers in bloom offer a gorgeous contrast against the blue of the lake and the mountain peaks.
  2. There are many lake-side activities to enjoy in the summer : with the mountains so close, the weather usually is warm but not too hot. It’s also a great time to enjoy hikes.
  3. In the fall, the nature all around this area is just amazing – it’s the time of wine harvest and there are many wine related events.
  4. In the winter, Jura is the top region for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing. The views of the mountains and trees covered in pure white snow are breathtaking.

More about Raymonde and the region

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Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Gingins, Vaud

My home is a spacious three-story house set in a calm and safe Swiss country village.

I love my house and raised my sons here. So many memories… I had time to think over the details and make it as comfortable as I like it to be.

There is a large hearth/fireplace which really sets up a nice mood in the evening, as we crash on the sofas and read, chat or watch TV.

My kitchen is an important part of the house: it’s an open kitchen and my guests and students like to sit by the counter (and enjoy a glass of wine) as I cook. I like to entertain and often have friends and family over – you’ll meet them too!

At the back of the house, there is a nice garden with a large terrace and a gorgeous view: on the other side of the orchard, there is a little church and a castle. It’s all very quiet and safe here. You can borrow my bike and go play golf, pet horses, stroll the vineyards and enjoy the many walks in the countryside around us.

Your Private Bedroom And Bathroom

Your room is large and comfortable. It was fully renovated in 2016.

Your private bathroom is fully equipped with a shower, a toilet, and a sink.

There is a queen size bed, a TV, a large choice of DVDs in French, access to wifi, a nice comfortable armchair to read, and a little “bureau”.

I have an additional single guest bedroom with a private bathroom and a nice balcony.


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French Immersion in Gingins, Vaud

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Reviews (37)

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Anna, Londres

I have just spent a few blissful days at Raymonde’s beautiful home in Switzerland. The opportunity to immerse myself in the French language and Swiss culture was an unforgettable experience. Raymonde is a wonderful host and teacher, and made me feel very welcome. My French has improved immensely in the short time I stayed with her and I am more aware of the areas I need to focus on. If you want to improve your French while also having fun and exploring beautiful Switzerland then the immersion homestay chez Raymonde is perfect.

Elizna, Lausanne & Capetown

I recently had a weekend immersion with Raymonde and it was absolutely wonderful. I felt very welcome in her home which makes for an excellent learning environment.My primary goal was conversation practice and I definitely felt that I had improved by the end of the weekend.Raymonde has a real passion for what she does and for people, therefore I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to improve their French and experience a little bit of Swiss life.

Pamela, Boston USA

What an enormous pleasure it was to return to Europe for my long-awaited, Covid-postponed séjour d’immersion chez Raymonde in Switzerland. Despite my anxieties about Swiss entry requirements in effect in January 2022, it was quite easy to negotiate the Swiss government site and obtain information regarding entry documents and the Swiss Covid certificate (required for Americans even if fully vaccinated). Here is a link if you are interested (and if there are still Covid requirements in place): www.eda.admin.ch . Choose English from the drop-down list.

 

Although this was not my first introduction to French Today, it was my first immersion with Raymonde, who had been highly recommended by Camille. My two weeks here have been absolutely wonderful and have exceeded my expectations. Although the weather has not always been magnifique (it was winter, après tout),  there were many gorgeous days. We took daily walks around Gingins, the village where Raymonde lives, had an excursion to La Givrine for snow shoeing, enjoyed a perfect day of exploring in Lausanne, took a bike trip to Divonne, France for a couscous lunch, and made trips further afield to the impossibly beautiful towns of Montreux et Vevey. It seemed as if at every turn there was yet another awe-inspiring vista as Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and the Alps form a most dramatic backdrop for this region avec les vues à couper le souffle.

 

Raymonde is an excellent and intuitive teacher. She quickly assessed my weaknesses and we agreed that she would continually correct my verbal mistakes, as I have many ingrained bad habits. Eager to advance my conversational skills, I found her willingness to patiently work with me in this manner invaluable. She also challenged my oral comprehension with recordings and television programs, followed by discussions where I was able to respond to questions and summarize what I had heard. At her urging I read a novel (La Soupe à La Grenade), which I then described to her. Every day was filled with a variety of activities, and I especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet Raymonde’s friends and her 3 charming adult sons. We cooked together most days, which is an excellent way to learn some new vocabulary. Bref, the two weeks flew past and I feel that Raymonde presented me with a great mix of techniques and challenges. I’m already planning a return visit in the fall when we can bike and hike. Mille mercis Raymonde!

Jane & Eleonor, Nevada USA

My 27-year-old daughter and I spent a lovely week improving our French with Raymonde  in September 2021, and we highly recommend an immersion stay with her in Gingins. She is a warm and welcoming hostess as well as an astute « prof ». In addition to improving our French we had a lot of fun!Fresh flowers greeted us in our large and comfortable bedrooms, and Raymonde’s house is pretty and bright. We enjoyed helping in the kitchen (all the while speaking French) and we especially enjoyed eating Raymonde’s beautiful, fresh and healthy meals. I learned how to make a « tarte tatin express » — simplified and delicious!Raymonde listened to us speaking and developed lessons that were perfect for working on our weak spots. She corrects gently and is always encouraging, which I am sure is very hard work, particularly because she spends so much time with her students.We went hiking amid the beautiful Swiss scenery and admired the cows along the way,then enjoyed a fondue lunch in the mountains. On another beautiful afternoon we swam in Lake Geneva. We visited the local markets for perfect produce, and went to the other end of Lake Geneva to visit the Charlie Chaplin Museum and see the gorgeous vineyard terraces along the way. We stayed six days but I think 10 days would be ideal — I’m keeping my fingers crossed for next year!

Anevay, New York USA

« Where do I even start! – My experience with Raymonde was incredible. As soon as I met her she made me feel welcome in Switzerland and in her home. She goes above and beyond as a host as well as a teacher. Our week together flew by so quickly and we laughed together, cooked, went swimming, biking and so much more. I became less shy speaking French with her and wasn’t afraid of making mistakes or sounding silly. Her and Michel were so gracious and introduced me to some of their friends and family, who were also incredibly welcoming. The surrounding area of their house is super beautiful and it’s also very easy to get around by the bus/train that’s there. Raymonde and Michel are incredibly kind and sweet people, anybody who meets them are so lucky! I’m excited to come back someday soon!:)) »

Lissy, Zurich CH

Ich war eine Woche in Gingins bei Raymonde. Ich hatte sehr Glück mit dem Wetter. Es war sehr schön und warm, dies ermöglichte uns vieles draussen zu unternehmen. Es war eine unbeschreiblich grossartige Zeit. Wir haben viele Ausflüge zusammen gemacht, gekocht und vieles weiteres. Zusammen besuchten wir Lausanne, fuhren mit dem Schiff nach Genf und dort sind wir auf den Mini-Train, welcher uns viele Sehenswürdigkeiten in Genf zeigte. Wir waren auch im See schwimmen und sie zeigte mir wie man ihren geliebten Tarte Tartine bäckt. Der Sprachaufenthalt war sehr abwechslungsreich verglichen zu meinem normalen Lernstil. Durch diesen Aufenthalt konnte ich nicht nur meine Kenntnisse bezüglich Französisch verbessern, sondern lernte auch die Westschweiz bessere kennen. Diese Zeit werde ich niemals vergessen!!

Sylvia, California USA

I had an amazing time staying with Raymonde and her partner Michel for ten days. I was nervous before arriving, but they are both very warm, friendly people who made me feel welcome right away. I’m a bit shy, but I quickly felt comfortable conversing with Raymonde. We discussed a wide variety of subjects and the conversations flowed quite naturally. Although it was a bit of an adjustment coming into an immersion environment, I greatly appreciated all the opportunities to practice speaking throughout the day. It really helped me feel more comfortable and build confidence in my speaking abilities.The structured lessons were also excellent. Focusing for long periods of time can be difficult for me, but I was amazed at how quickly time passed and how much I learned each morning. She was patient and positive and I felt challenged but never overwhelmed. Her teaching style is flexible and she always had several options. Some of the lesson activities included listening to/reading and discussing short articles, grammar exercises, listening to songs/studying the lyrics and taking walks in the countryside while practicing conversation. She was perceptive and easily adapted her teaching to my needs.One of the best parts about my stay was being able to explore many of the stunning places in  the area, both through excursions with Raymonde and independently during my freetime.  My activities with Raymonde included hiking, biking, swimming, and exploring the terraced vineyards of « Le Lavaux » and some of the towns nearby. There were even a couple bonus outings to explore the nearby town of Nyon and go to a cute fondue restaurant in the Jura mountains. During my free time, I was able to explore the surrounding countryside and several nearby cities/towns (Lausanne, Geneva, Yvoire, Gruyères). Raymonde was really great at helping me look up transit schedules and make plans for my free time. Getting around using public transit was super easy and allowed me to explore independently without a car. It was nice to be based in a small village while also having easy access to the entire region. The weather during my stay was a bit rainer than is typical for July, but it was mostly good and I was able to visit all of the places I had planned to go.My overall experience vastly exceeded my expectations and Raymonde went above and beyond to make sure I had the best experience possible. I highly recommend this immersion stay to anyone looking to improve their French while exploring a beautiful part of the world.

Eva, Zurich CH & Capetown South Africa

I’ve just spent a week “bathed in French” in the west of Switzerland. My French education before had been rather patchy despite having taken French courses in college, attended evening courses, gone on language stays to Paris, and having taken private lessons – and this was a mode of learning which I had wanted to try for a long time. This was a gift to myself because I love languages and because I wanted to improve my French, however, I didn’t have any illusions about becoming perfectly fluent within such a short time.

Raymonde tailored the week to my tastes and needs thanks to a questionnaire which I filled out prior to my stay in addition to the conversations that we had. Every morning I had lessons using different teaching methods. As a language teacher myself, I enjoyed being on the receiving end of such activities and feeling the frustrations but also experiencing the small triumphs that language learners have. My requests were taken seriously, and I was also introduced to songs and materials that I wouldn’t have found by myself.

Not only the lessons but also the excursions and meals were customised to suit my tastes and dietary wishes. Raymonde created vegetarian meals especially for me. She is a good cook with a sense for the aesthetic – the meals were tasty as well as a feast for the eye. In addition, I was accompanied on excursions that were curated for me. I even had the opportunity to try out an e-bike for the first time – C’était chouette!

Gingins and the beautiful region between Geneva and Lausanne offers a seemingly endless range of activities to enjoy. There are museums, year-round sport and outdoor activities, cultural events, cafés, and restaurants and on and on. I enjoyed my visit to the national museum in Prangins and to the castle gardens in Vullierens but also to the lakeside in Rolle.

Raymonde’s home is located in the middle of the village in a green and peaceful spot. It is decorated with attention to detail and style. My room with an en suite bathroom was comfortable and cosy. I felt very much at home there.

I’m looking forward to future stays. Thanks for everything, Raymonde.

Larry, Denver

I spent a week in June 2021 in a French immersion stay with Raymonde and her partner Michel at her house in the countryside near Nyon.

I had spent 9 months as a student in Paris a long time ago and, after retiring, I  wanted to renew my acquaintance with the French language. There are a great many sites offering immersion stays in both France and Switzerland, so it’s easy to be confused with what’s on offer.

I think that if you really want to benefit as much as possible from just one week it’s important to be in a truly immersive environment and to have a certified  language instructor.

It’s not easy and sometimes very tedious to be constantly correcting people. It helps to have someone who’s both certified and experienced teaching in group and individual environments. This is what Raymonde does and has done for many years.

I think that if you are a B1-B2 student and really want to get the most out of your stay you should buy a copy of La Grammaire Française Progressive 4’th Ed beforehand and review the contents.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what you don’t know. A review ahead of time will  help you to understand where your weak spots lie. Once you’re actually in immersion, Raymonde is very good at adapting to individual needs. 5 stars.

Caroline

I enjoyed a dreamy ten days in Gingins chez Raymonde—swimming in the lake, biking through picturesque Switzerland/France, visiting bars in the lively cities Lausanne and Genève, and learning and laughing with Raymonde and Michel.

I came primarily to improve my French. Though I had taken some French courses in high school, I had forgotten many of the basics and felt very self-conscious about my prononciation. It was an invaluable experience to wake up each day and speak French with Raymonde—who was very patient and would kindly correct me and explain away my errors—and to engage in intensive study each day. For me, it was important to have grammar lessons each day and to work through exercises 1-on-1, at my own pace. I think it was immensely valuable to have an individualized lesson. In the past, I had learned French in classrooms where it was impossible to tailor the program to my needs and abilities.

In addition to the French speaking and learning opportunities, Raymonde’s house is located in a beautiful area in Switzerland. It was very easy to navigate without a car. I took a train into Genève and Lausanne (beautiful cities overlooking the lake and providing exciting opportunities to practice French with native speakers). Each time Raymonde offered to accompany me and show me specific sights, but also gave me breathing room to enjoy the city on my own.

We took breathtaking bike rides to the lake, and to France. Raymonde has bikes and gear and was pleased to outfit me for the rides. The views were truly unbeatable, the air is pure, and the lake was crystal-clear (I even jumped into the lake for a freezing but refreshing dunk).

Other activities included viewing a film in French with Raymonde, hiking through the snow and eating authentic fondue, enjoying Raymonde’s spectacular cooking, and wine tasting with Raymonde.

The experience transcended my expectations, and I highly recommend this program for any solo/young travellers in particular. (Also, don’t hesitate to enrol because of hesitations about your French ability—the nature of the program is that it is truly customized, and Raymonde provides a safe environment to make mistakes and learn along the way.)

Katherine

I don’t know how to express what an amazing time I had learning and laughing with Raymonde. She is warm, welcoming, and an extraordinary teacher of the French language.

This was the first immersion program I’ve ever done, and I was a bit hesitant to stay with someone I didn’t know. But I decided that it was worth a shot, and it turned out to be well worth it! Raymonde was always in constant contact before my trip, which helped me feel at ease when I arrived in Geneva. The trains are very simple to learn and there is no need for a car. She was happy to come get me at the station in Nyon and was immediately upbeat and a lovely person to be around.

I spent ten days with Raymonde and Michel in their charming house, surrounded by the picturesque Swiss landscape and enjoying the delicious nourishing food Raymonde prepared. The first week I studied by myself at an intermediate/advanced level, and then I was joined by my boyfriend the last few days. He was just starting to learn French, but he was still able to join on the excursions and be introduced to the French language. Even though the weather was a bit rainy during my time, I was able to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the small village and explore other larger cities nearby. No matter the weather, it is stunning! We are already planning another trip back, but this time in the winter so we can enjoy all the wonderful cold weather activities and see the lovely mountains covered in snow!

Raymonde is able to find what each individual person needs and wants to focus on. We did lessons for a few hours everyday and would also go on excursions during the week. We even learned how to cook a few classic dishes! All in French, of course! I can’t believe how much confidence and progress I have gained within just ten days! Not only are the lessons helpful but she is a lovely person to converse with in general. You are welcomed into her home to be a part of the family, but she also leaves you to your space if you want it. I highly recommend this program, it has far surpassed all of my expectations!

Jonathan

Raymonde and her partner Michel could not have been more welcoming and quickly put me at ease. I had travelled to Raymonde in order to practice and gain confidence in speaking French. The greatest compliment I could give her was when I realised during a delicious home cooked evening meal that I had been speaking French all day! From breakfast through to blueberry tart in the mountains in the afternoon to the relaxed evening supper!

Raymonde is an intuitive and caring teacher and my immersion week with her was educational, inspiring and soulful. I can’t thank her enough and will be returning at the earliest possible opportunity.

Polly

I have thoroughly enjoyed my week of total immersion with you. It has completely surpassed my expectations even with the glowing reference I was given by a past student of yours who is a friend of mine from home.

What became immediately apparent to me was that you intended to tailor your instruction to my needs. No one had ever done that for me as I have mostly just been in group classes. You then brought a variety of approaches to our lessons. At times, the emphasis was on grammar points either of your or my choosing complete with examples and exercises to reinforce the lessons. Sometimes we role played in French or listened to short articles of interest always with the idea of practicing oral comprehension. We even listened to French songs and then studied the lyrics.

Besides our actual lesson times, I enjoyed the casual conversation about whatever we were thinking about or doing at the moment. This could have taken place on one of our two delightful excursions or preparing and enjoying a meal together. You know you are truly having an immersion experience when you are learning on the spot! I even came to really appreciate being corrected a lot. Who else would do that for me so tirelessly? It was a gift!

In conclusion, I want to thank you for accepting me into your home and bringing the French language even closer to my heart. J’espère revenir un de ces jours!

Jeannie & Mégane

My daughter Megan and I love the French language. We both have studied in school but don’t have the opportunity to hear or speak the language at home. So we decided to spend a week with Raymonde in her beautiful home in Gingins, Switzerland.

Raymonde is an excellent teacher. She’s highly qualified and has years of experience. She quickly assessed our levels and created a lesson plan. She spoke to us only in French and gently corrected us as we tried to make conversation. Her lessons were interesting and lively. She even managed to make a few grammar sessions fun.

The best class and the one we will always remember is listening to Edith Piaf and singing along with Raymonde.

Born in Gruyère, Raymonde is proud of her heritage and was eager to share her culture with us. She took us to the medieval city of Lutry and to the ancient hillside vineyards of Lavaux. We ate lunch in a charming restaurant overlooking the vineyards and Lake Léman. One day we hiked in the Jura Mountains past cows grazing in the meadows to a restaurant where we enjoyed a traditional fondue and Chasselas wine from the Vaud region.

Since Raymonde’s house is only a 10 minute walk to a bus stop, we didn’t need to rent a car. Raymonde helped us with bus and train schedules so we were able to make the most of our free afternoons. We visited the lakeside towns of Nyon and Montreux. And we took «le train à crémaillère » to Rochers-de-Naye, 2040 meters high.

Raymonde and her charming, witty companion Michel opened their arms and their hearts to us, and for this my daughter and I will always be grateful.

Ciele

I have spent a wonderful week with Raymonde in Switzerland!

To begin, I arrived solo using the public transportation from Geneva airport. It was super easy, so you do not need to worry about the trains. Raymonde came to fetch me from the Nyon train station. From the beginning I felt welcome as Raymonde is a warm person. She let me feel comfortable to begin speaking French whenever I felt ready which was reassuring and also a perk of this personal program. Everyday we would sit and study according to what I wanted and needed using many techniques like story books, practice pages, songs and of course a lot of talking through out the whole day.
I truly feel that I have achieved my goal of speaking fluently in French and at the same time I had a wonderful holiday.

Through out the week we took advantage of the great weather of autumn, so went walking in nature everyday.
Those walks and Raymonde’s delicious cooking were a treat! We went together to buy the products for the meals from the neighboring farms, so everything was organic and of the best quality.
The area is beautiful and calming with its rolling hills, vineyards full of plumpy grapes and apples trees with big appels ripe for picking.

I think the highlight of our days together was our excursion up the Jura mountain. The air was crisp, the cow’s bells were gently ringing in the breeze as we saw butterflies fluttering across the open fields. And as a treat, at the end of our walk we sat outside a restaurant to eat a cheese fondu! I learned that one must try Swiss fondu while drinking white wine.
Another beautiful place near Gingins is Nyon, the nearest city which sits on Lake Geneva. We had some delicious ice cream there!

I got to meet Julien, Raymonde’s youngest son, and also Michel her partner. I truly felt accomplished when Michel and I spoke only in French and I understood his jokes!
The best way to describe Raymonde is that she is serious about her work like the Swiss but at the same time she is fun like the Italians!

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