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My husband and I recently spent a wonderful week with Raymonde in Gingins, Switzerland.  My goal was to improve my oral comprehension and conversational skills and this immersion program definitely met my expectations.

Raymonde and her partner Michel are extremely warm and welcoming people.  My husband and I immediately felt at ease in their lovely home.  Our accommodations were very comfortable and the meals were delicious!

A typical day for me included a morning walk and conversation with Raymonde followed by a couple of hours of lessons.  My husband, who was not taking lessons, enjoyed long walks and a chance to catch up on his reading.

In the afternoons we explored the area.  Although it was not necessary, as there is transportation in the area, we did rent a car so it was easy to explore on our own.  We visited a chateau in Prangins, some local museums, a chateau and Roman ruins in Nyon and took a boat trip on Lac Leman to the quaint village of Yvoire, France.

The highlight of our week was a full-day excursion with Raymonde to Gruyère that included stops on the way in the lovely villages of Lutry, Puidoux and Chexbres which are situated in the wonderful area of « Le Lavaux ».

I can’t say enough good things about Raymonde as a teacher and host.  She is a very interesting and open person who made conversations natural and easy.  She considered my goals and assessed my needs. Learning was challenging and fun and I learned some new methods for improving my oral comprehension that I hope to continue to use with my French teacher at home.

My only regret is that I would like to have stayed longer.  Thank you, Raymonde for an exceptional experience!

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