French Immersion Homestay At Camille's In Paimpol - Bretagne
[2023 all booked - 2024 dates to come] €4,500 per stay
- 10 hours of one-on-one French instruction
- 2 private bedrooms, 1 study, 1 private shower+bath room and private toilet in my house
- 3 meals per day with active French conversations
- 4 French practice excursions in my region - I can drive you around
- 1-3. Come alone: you'll be my only student, or come with family or friends
1 queen bed
1 double bed
Types of Courses Offered: French conversation with a focus on speaking and understanding modern French and building your confidence. Vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation. During class, we will be using my audiobooks and app - included in the price of tuition
Teacher Certifications: Founder of French Today. Author of the "À Moi Paris" learning method, and 25+ French audiobook. Former Guide of French.About.com.
Extra Activities/Options: My husband Olivier is a foodie and a wonderful cook. He offers cooking classes. He can also do the class in English for a companion traveling with you. A friend of mine can take you play golf. Another is a tour guide. I have a friend that does massages... Let me know your interest and I'll see what I can arrange!
Meet Camille - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
Bonjour à tous ! My name is Camille and I’ll be your dedicated French teacher during your residential French immersion stay at my house. You may already know me since I'm the founder of French Today, and the woman (and voice) behind all our French audiobooks and most of the French blog articles.
I was born and raised in Neuilly-sur-Seine - by Paris - then moved to the US - Boston - in my early twenties. That's where I met my also French husband Olivier, and where our daughter Leyla was born.
We moved back to France in 1999 to simplify our lives and raise our daughter among her family. The three of us have the dual French American citizenship and our house remained bilingual.
Our daughter is now a young adult and has moved out to study in Bordeaux. We have another house seventy yards away were Olivier lives.
I will be welcoming you in a larger house, conveniently located in the center of town, at a ten minute walk from all the shops and also the shore and the sea.
Because of my life abroad, I'm quite accustomed to switching between languages, and I really understand the challenge - and fear - to express yourself in a foreign language. If you are traveling with English speaking companions, I'll be able to carry on bilingual conversations: everybody will be included and enjoy a great vacation!
People say I have a knack for explaining grammar clearly. My aim as a teacher is to help you feel more confident in your ability to communicate in French, and as an immersion host, to show you my beautiful little piece of Earth!
I'm quite active: I go swimming almost everyday, love a picnic, walk everywhere. I try to practice Pilates everyday. The shore here is perfect for a jog. In the evening, I enjoying grabbing a drink with my friends in the harbor, or watching the sunset on the sea. I'm always on the lookout for a theater play or an art exhibit.
If you too enjoy these activities, then on top of the formal lesson times, I'll treat you like a friend and welcome you into my daily life, introduce you to my friends: you will experience France like never before!
What’s My French Immersion Homestay Program?
The idea is simple: spend as much time with you as possible, speak a lot of French, experience life "comme les Français".
Because I'm still writing my audiobooks and articles, I can only host immersions sporadically, one week at a time. If you want to add a couple of days, it may be possible: contact me.
NOTE: my 2023 season is all booked.
My 2024 dates are not yet available but I invite you to fill-in the contact form if you are interested and I'll let you know in priority when I know the dates. Merci.
Typical One Week French Homestay Program
I will be happy to completely tailor a program with you according to your own goal and needs.
However, here is a typical program for a stay at my house:
- 10 hours of French language tuition.
- 4 guided tours with me.
We may visit a castle, or pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the beach, or go to the market and then cook together what we've bought... We may also plan an entire day-trip to the island of Bréhat. We'll discuss it and decide together!
- 5 breakfasts with me: croissant and fresh baguette, crêpe, yogurt and fresh fruits or whatever fits your dietary needs
- 9 shared meals
If you'd like, we'll also enjoy lunch and dinner together. We may go out a couple of times. I'm not a super chef, but I love good food! So maybe you'll help me a bit in the kitchen? Chatting comes easy when you are cooking together and then enjoying a meal.
- 5 nights in your own comfortable and private accommodation.
Upstairs, you'll enjoy your own room and study, with private bathroom and toilet.
- I will be welcoming you on Monday after 2 PM, and we'll say goodbye on the following Saturday before 2 PM.
- I will gladly pick you up at the Paimpol's train station and drop you off.
The price for this exclusive immersion homestay with me is 4,500.- Euros for one person.
You are welcome to come with your significant other, friend(s) or family member(s). The price for an additional guest will be 3,000.- Euros.
Please contact me for rates for further family members/guests.
Please note I cannot welcome kids under 16.
I'm unable to welcome your pets since I'm allergic to them - I'm so sorry.
Other Possible French Immersion Programs
Together, we can design the best program to fit your goals and needs. I can be more or less present, give you more or less homework... Tell me what you'd like and let's make it happen!
What Are My French Teaching Credentials And What Method Do I Use?
25 Years Experience Teaching French
I’ve been teaching French for over 25 years now! I started teaching in Boston, USA, then when I moved back to France, I continued teaching online. I stopped a couple of years back to write my French learning method, develop French Today's blog and the social media... But I miss teaching and the human contact I had with my students. Hence this desire to become an immersion teacher and host.
I Welcome All Levels of Adult Students
Many students dream of doing an "all French" immersion. This is indeed a great way to improve your French.
Kids do adapt fast to total immersion... for adults, it can take time, and being fully immersed in French for a true beginner will most likely be overwhelming and stressful, and therefore counterproductive.
So, I will adapt my immersion to your level of French, and your goals and your ability.
- If you are already fluent in French and want to speak only French during the lessons and during the whole stay, I don't see why it would be a problem.
- If you are an advanced beginner or an intermediate student, to make sure that you fully benefit from the lessons, I will use English to explain the French language rules.
Then we'll speak French as much as possible, but may take English breaks if you are tired.
- If you are a beginner, I'll do what I can to entice you to practice what you've learned, but also make sure you are enjoying your vacation in France : so we will use English more often.
In the past, I've taught children and loved it. But now, I prefer the company of adults, and they are more suited to enjoy my very active lifestyle.
My French Teaching Method
I use French Today's audiobooks and app in class, as well as YouTube videos and movies.
We will speak mostly in French, except when I explain a grammar rule: unless you are an advanced French speaker and can understand everything I say, I believe it's better to explain French intricacies in English. This way, you can concentrate on understanding what I say, not how I say it!
I will of course use our daily activities to entice you to speak French. That’s the beauty of immersion in France: opportunities to speak French are all around you!
And, if you want, I will give you homework.
I’m Bilingual In French And English
Both French and American citizen, I’m bilingual and I also speak Spanish. Any problem at all, I can speak English with your and your family, translate... You're safe with me.
Flexibility Is My Motto!
We’ll go over the specificities of the curriculum together. I can give you as little or as much homework as you’d like, and when you leave, I’ll provide a document with a resumé of what we’ve worked on, and things you should continue studying.
Anyway, I’m sure we’ll stay in touch after your stay.
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Paimpol, Bretagne
Nested between the sea and the countryside, Brittany will enchant you! Pristine beaches with crystal clear waters. Rocky pathways and majestic Medieval stone castles. Authentic villages with cobblestone streets and timbered houses. The secluded island of Bréhat “l’île aux fleurs”, the pink granite coast… The world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel is also a day-trip away.
Brittany, The Celtic Side Of France
At a short train ride from Paris, and direct ferry to England, Brittany is an amazing destination to practice your French. Many people here are fishermen or grow fruits and vegetables: the region is known for its tomatoes, strawberries, apple cider, potatoes and of course, les crêpes: the world-famous French pancakes!
Our Authentic Breton Town Of Paimpol
Our small city of Paimpol is 8000 inhabitants strong in winter… 30,000 in summer! It’s a vacation destination for the French, so people here are relaxed, very welcoming of tourists which are important for our town and its many restaurants, shops, cafés… It will be easy for you to strike up a conversation - maybe during the Tuesday market where you’re welcome to come with me: that’s where I buy most of my groceries.
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Paimpol, Bretagne
Let’s talk about your accommodation in Paimpol, Brittany, France.
Ideally Located Between The Town Center And The Sea
Located between the center of Paimpol - at a 10 minute walk from all the shops, the restaurants and the harbor, and on the other side the sea shore with its pristine sand beaches and easy and beautiful hikes - my house is the perfect place to enjoy your French immersion stay to its fullest.
Easy To Reach
Unless you want to, you don’t really have to rent a car. There are many things to do by foot around here and for the rest, I can drive you around in my car, and Audi A3 which comfortably sits 4.
If you plan on coming by train, there's a tiny train station in Paimpol. It will connect you to the Paris-Brest TGV via Guingamp (where you may rent a car if you or your party wanted to be independent).
The nearest international airports are Rennes (2 hours) and Nantes (3 hours), and they are both great little airports. You can easily rent a car at these airports.
My Atypical Breton House
My house is not a typical Breton house: it's an open-space floor downstairs with modern features.
Technology is very important for us. Our house enjoys a very fast fibre internet connection and a top-notch media center with access to French and American cable TV, and two very cozy sofas to lay on as we do! You'll enjoy a large and functional kitchen, and the dinning table comfortably sits eight. There's a toilet, and a large garage/ pantry/ laundry area.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms and a separate toilet. Please note that the stairs are a little steep, with half of them without a hand-rail. So unfortunately, my house is not accessible to young children or people with walking disabilities.
Noone smokes in my family.
Although smoking inside is not permitted, you may smoke outside.
We don’t have pets.
What about the garden? Who needs a garden when the sea is at the end of the street? We do have two patios: a tiny one in the front of the house which gets a lot of sun and is great to take a coffee break, a larger one to the back of the house where I keep my barbecue.
Your Room, Office, Private Bathroom And Toilet
When you are pushing yourself all day to speak French, it's important to have a private, comfortable and quiet place to clear your mind. I'm sure you'll love my student bedroom.
Located upstairs, in the most quiet part of the house, you'll enjoy a large queen bed (160 x 200 cm) with premium beddings, plenty of storage space for your belongings, and a small desk with a sound system, a large screen and your own TV with access to Netflix, Prime Video & French TV. If you're not bringing your own laptop, I will lend you a computer.
You'll also have your private shower / bathroom and toilet. Towels are bountiful, your hairdryer powerful. We do have a washing machine and a dryer (that last item is still a rarity in France !)
There are actually a couple of bedrooms upstairs, and a study as well. If you are traveling with someone, you may use another room at no extra cost. There's also an office space where you may enjoy to study.
My own bedroom is also located upstairs, but on the other side of the house. And I also have my private bathroom.
See You Soon In Paimpol!
I am very excited to welcome you soon into my house. I strongly feel a French immersion stay with me will help you get over the fear of speaking experienced by so many students, and take your French to the next level. With me, you - and possibly your family - will enjoy a true learning vacation.
Since my program is quite popular, I suggest you contact me as soon as possible, so we can get to know each other and start making plans. By clicking the link below, you'll be redirected to a contact form. I will then answer you and send you a Frequently Asked Question list to help you make an informed decision.
Looking forward to seeing you soon “chez moi” in Paimpol!
Contact Camille - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in Paimpol, Bretagne
I had studied French in high school and college, and also worked with a tutor several years ago with the goal of brushing up my language skills before a trip to France. I had lots of reading and writing experience, but no conversational skills….at all!
I discovered Camille’s French Today FB page several years ago and was curious about her audio teaching methods. I explored her curriculum and wanted to take advantage of her language study approach. When Camille opened up her schedule and home to Immersion students this year, I was excited to sign up.
My partner Andy joined me for our October 2023 study week in Paimpol with Camille. He had never studied French, but was ready to try!
It was fascinating to work with a teacher of Camille’s caliber. She accessed our individual and joint needs and expectations, and we jumped right into a group lesson plan.
Our daily 3-hour morning study sessions were focused and very fun! Using the French Today App/curriculum, Camille was able to structure the language grid I needed to make sense of my random years of study…with a focus on pronunciation. At the same time, she applied the same organization to introduce and work with Andy as a complete beginner. I had a bit more knowledge, but Andy was fearless and we made a good study team. Lol :)
We covered a lot of ground because Camille’s teaching method gave us the foundation to understand and review the basics, and to move forward from there – Andy and I left with the tools to continue our studies using our French Today materials at home.
Camille’s vibrant personality and beautiful peaceful home made our visit even more exceptional. We loved our food, wine and chat sessions (in French). Study breaks to the sea coast for walks, a swim, a picnic, to explore the town of Paimpol and field trips throughout the surrounding area – stopping in to visit with a local artist, cooking dinner with Chef Olivier, and much more made for a busy and again, very fun week!
I have taken immersion courses before in Nice and Biarritz, but each time my wife – who has no interest in learning French – has accompanied me, so the courses ended up more of a hosted vacation rather than a true immersion into the French language and culture.
But this course was different.
From the moment my train arrived in Paimpol to the moment I left, I heard and spoke very little English. Although Camille and Oliver speak excellent English, they made every effort not to. And none of Camille’s friends spoke English either.
When I arrived, I was greeted by a beautiful smiling Camille who picked up my 50 lb suitcase with one hand and tossed it into the rear of her car as if it were a baguette. She then drove me to her home, carried my suitcase upstairs and showed me my suite consisting of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a WC. For my privacy, the entire suite was curtained off from the rest of the upstairs.
My room was quiet, comfortable and well appointed.
As the weather was nice, Camille drove us to a remote isolated area and after following a trail through an old forest, we perched on a cliff overlooking a river and served a picnic dinner with champagne as we watched the sun set.
A goéland (seagull) that Camille had patiently been training to eat from her hand joined us for dinner
The next day settled into a routine. Breakfast around 9:00 followed by 2 to 3 hours of instruction followed by a pause, then lunch followed by either a scheduled activity or some freetime, then cooking with Camille and dinner with her and sometimes a friend of hers.
There was usually 2 to 3 hours of devoirs (homework) assigned everyday, but I rarely if ever got to all of it (and would receive a disappointed look and sigh the next day – and was even chastised once for not knowing my verb conjugations well enough to respond without thinking in the negative imparfait or using direct and indirect object pronouns in the negative interrogative form of past conditional. I’m joking of course !!)
I started taking lessons from Camille about 20 years ago when she lived in Boston.
After she and Olivier moved to Paimpol, my wife and I visited them on several occasions and they were gracious enough to let us stay with them and be shown all the local sights.
So for my activities since I had already seen the more common sights, I chose some unusual activities such as a tour of a local oyster farm followed by an afternoon of pétanque (unheard of in the US, but a national pastime in France).
My host and guide Dominique assures me that pétanque will soon be an Olympic event (which I suspect will get as much airtime as curling or badminton). I received instructions on how to hold the hefty steel ball lightly with 4 fingers, swing the arm fully and launch the ball in a high arc so that it lands with a bit of back spin and doesn’t roll.
I still don’t understand the rules but here is what I took away. The game is started when someone throws out a cute little ball called a cochonette (piglet). Then each team takes turns trying to smash the bejesus out of it by tossing really heavy steel balls at it.
Dominique plays for hours every day and is quite good. I was a complete beginner.
We obviously lost our first match, but we crushed the other team on the second match, 16 to 3.. After a couple of exhausting give-it-your-all matches, we were completely worn out and went to a bar across the street where Dominique bought me a beer and discussed the art of the game.
The next day Dominique asked Camille if I was available to play on his team again.
On another day I took a tour with a local guide and learned how the French resistance risked it all and frequently lost their own lives while smuggling downed Allied airmen to a local beach in the middle of moonless nights so that they could be picked up and returned to England.
One evening I received a cooking lesson from Olivier. We (mostly he) made a spatchcock chicken on the weber and Jamie Oliver potatoes.
And since the French food is cooked without any (hot) spices and since the French believe that corn is only for pigs and cows, I brought with me all the spices (including fresh jalapenos ) necessary to make a real mouth warming, sweat on the forehead SouthWest style Chili and all the ingredients to make cornbread.
Camille invited over a group of friends who had never had either before for a Chili soirée. She put the brakes on the spice telling me that her friends wouldn’t eat it if it were even mildly spicy. We found all the other necessary ingredients at the local Carrefour and I simmered the sauce and beef for two days. We also found Tortilla chips (corn) and fresh avocados so we made guacamole as well. We also served all the usual toppings such as grated cheese, creme fraiche, onions, black olives, etc…
To my surprise, Camille’s friends loved it (or at least pretended to !) They finished all the cornbread, and most of the Chili. Some wanted more and more jalapeno to amp up the heat in the Chili and Guacamole. One of them took a whole fresh jalapeno home with her!
So all in all, I had a great time, made some new friends and had an opportunity to practice speaking and hearing just French for my entire stay. Camille should name her immersion courses “Learn French while having fun” or something like that
If I can fit it into my schedule and can get another hall pass from my wife, I hope to be back next year.
We had a wonderful week with you in Paimpol, certainly exceeding our expectations. Many thanks for making us so welcome.
I was slightly apprehensive it has to be said as I had never overcome feeling daunted when attempting to speak French. My time with you was both encouraging and rewarding with your unique approach to teaching, creating a warm and relaxed atmosphere with lots of opportunity to have fun. A huge benefit of your immersion stay was that you provided a course specifically for me and that you addressed my very limiting lack of confidence. Speaking with Olivier and other delightful friends to whom we were introduced also helped enormously to overcome my fears and to go for it!
Humph really enjoyed himself too and very much appreciated being included in our various jaunts together and with your friends, including a memorable visit to the island of Bréhat in glorious sunshine, exploring Tréguier, enjoying crèpes Bretonne, Apérol Spritz and rosé generously poured at sunset picnics overlooking the sea. Merveilleux!
You provide perfect accommodation both spacious and comfortable; in fact you’ve thought of everything one could need for a combination of study and holiday in the lovely town of Paimpol.
Mon séjour chez Camille a été excellent. C’est une professeure très professionnelle et une hôtesse merveilleuse.
Le logement était de première classe. Une chambre, une salle de bain, un WC et un bureau. Le signal wifi était fort. Il y a un grand écran dans le bureau, et si vous oubliez votre ordinateur, elle en a un ordinateur en réserve.
Camille est une bonne cuisinière et bien sûr son mari Olivier est un grand cuisinier. Avec un ami de Camille, nous avons déterré des palourdes à la plage. Olivier les a transformées en un délicieux repas avec du saumon, du riz et des légumes.
Camille a eu la gentillesse de m’emmener à Carnac que j’avais toujours voulu voir. Les alignements de milliers de mégalithes étaient spectaculaires. Et bien sûr, on pense à Obélix et Astérix.
Je recommande vivement un séjour en immersion avec Camille. Je vous garantis que vous ne serez pas déçu.
Une semaine avec Camille a été absolument géniale. Camille est un excellent professeur de français ; elle est très facile de comprendre et elle explique la langue française d’une manière très facile et amusante.
Camille planifie cette semaine d’immersion incroyablement bien ; il y a du temps pour les cours, du temps pour les devoirs et du temps pour se reposer.
Les repas étaient délicieux et il était très agréable de participer à la cuisine. Camille était très attentive aux aliments que nous aimions.
Camille consacre vraiment du temps et de l’énergie pour s’assurer que vous passiez le meilleur moment possible, en explorant la région, en rencontrant ses très charmants amis et en organisant des activités surprises.
Tout cela était très amusant et je n’avais pas autant ri depuis longtemps !
Je ne saurais trop recommander une semaine avec Camille.
Comment décrire des vacances en immersion avec Camille? C’est presque impossible même avec un bon niveau de français et avec un vocabulaire assez grand !
En fait, une description de tout ce qu’on a fait pendant une semaine belle et bien chargée n’est pas suffisante. Pas du tout !
Un séjour avec Camille (et ses amis) c’est plutôt une expérience pour le cœur. Camille offre son cœur, toute son énergie en tant que professeure incroyable mais aussi en tant que femme chaleureuse, amusante, inventive, créative, attentive et bien plus.
Elle a la capacité de changer ta vie non seulement comme apprenant de français mais aussi en tant qu’un être humain. Avec sa sagesse, son enthousiasme et sa détermination, elle nous montre que nous avons, nous aussi, la possibilité de nourrir notre vie en tenant un verre toujours demi plein et prêt à remplir !
Je rentre avec de bons souvenirs et avec le désir de voir, à nouveau, mes objectifs d’une optique différente.
Merci mille fois Camille pour avoir été si inspirante.
” My week-long immersion with Camille was life-changing!
Her approach gave me the confidence and tools to make great progress in a short amount of time. Camille’s energy, love of people, and sense of style all work together to give you the impression you’ve won the French Immersion Lottery.
You’ll wake each morning to a stylish table set with fresh fruit and croissants or a baguette bought that morning from the local bakery. During the day, you might visit the Pink Granite Coast for a swim or walk through nearby woods that look like an enchanted forest. One day it’s a champagne picnic on a rocky coast with breathtaking scenery, the next you’re touring a castle and conversing with the locals.
Camille packs each day full of French culture and language opportunities. She tailors the program to fit your needs and works hard to help you achieve your personal learning goals. Each day, she proposes different options to you for the following day based on your needs and desires. Throughout the day, she takes note of new vocabulary and sends you a list. At night, I would often write what we’d done that day and in the morning she would make any corrections, and we would discuss grammar points or vocabulary. During the day, she would often ask me to recount what we had done earlier for extra speaking practice.
She introduced me to friends and family and opened her heart and her home to give me a truly unique experience. I highly recommend a French Immersion Experience with Camille!”
It would be impossible to overstate how wonderful immersive study with Camille of French Today was. Every day was an adventure and a feast for the senses in beautiful Paimpol and Brittany. We did and saw so many wonderful things, and I had so many one-of-a-kind experiences. I will never forget these experiences or this incredible week.
If that wasn’t enough, Camille was an extraordinary teacher- knowledgeable and patient and very supportive. Her methods are effective and multi-dimensional, always hands-on and geared toward the specific needs of each individual student. My French improved each day. And I had so much fun learning!
There are many more adventures with Camille awaiting in Paimpol. I’m dreaming of returning next year. Maybe I’ll meet you there!
The immersion week with Camille was super for me to rejuvenate my love for the French language.
I needed the passion of Camille to advance but also to realise the power of discipline daily for 30 minutes of study with French Today; reading out loud to a friend or a pet or listening to audio and doing a study exercise.
The escape to Paimpol with its beauty outdoors and the welcome by Camille into her family was a great little vacation too!
(Note by Camille: Read & listen to Debbie’s immersion stay in French on French Today’s blog)
I had a wonderful 10 days of immersion with Camille! I am retired, began University French 101 in September and completed French 102 only days before I left for France. So though not a beginner beginner, I am definitely a beginner!
My primary goal was to improve my pronunciation, which of course impacts my comprehension of spoken French. Camille patiently worked with me throughout my time with her, even though I would sometimes default to American phonetics or ‘forget’ liaison, gliding and not to pronounce most final consonants. Camille felt I made great strides in my short time under her tutelage, and I plan to continue with her French audio books ‘À Moi in Paris’, which she encouraged.
Though we worked hard, Camille also planned fun and educational outings, with a lot of wonderful walking to see beautiful Bretagne. I loved every minute of our walks and seeing so much beautiful countryside. She utilized acquaintances and family to take me on a tour, give cooking lessons, or join her and friends when they would swim in the sea. Since some of her friends do not speak English, it forced me to try to speak French; Camille graciously coached me and her friends graciously accepted my efforts. It was fun and certainly added to my very enjoyable time.
Camille is extremely welcoming and I immediately felt at ease with her and in her home. The student’s rooms and bath & toilette are separate, private and comfortable. Camille is an excellent cook and we enjoyed many delicious meals, picnics, cafés and even a beer at the harbor on a particularly warm and sunny afternoon. And, being France, wine and champagne were enjoyed on ‘several’ occasions! And, of course delicious baguettes and cheeses were overly indulged in on my part.
I’m eager to return, and I’ve only been gone a few days! It was a wonderful experience that definitely exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Camille!
(Note by Camille : read and listen to the summary of Natalie’s French immersion homestay at Camille’s written in easy French on French Today’s blog.)