Isabelle – Arcachon – Immersion at French Teacher’s By The Ocean (Yoga Option)
€1300 per week
Lessons: 15 hours
Meals: 3 per day
Room: Private bedroom & shared bathroom
Max. guests: 1 guest to one couple
Teaches kids: Age 6 and up
Other: Pets welcome. Free group yoga session.Contact teacher
Your French Immersion Homestay in France, by the Ocean
Meet Your French Teacher and Family
Bonjour and welcome to my home.
My name is Isabelle, I am in my late forties and a native French teacher with solid experience in teaching French in international schools abroad and tutoring. I am also a certified Yoga teacher.
I started teaching French in Houston, USA about 10 years ago and after moving to Malaysia, I taught at the “Alliance Française” + international schools in Kuala Lumpur.
I was lucky to live 11 years abroad in 5 different countries, (The Congo, South Africa, Scotland, USA and Malaysia) and enjoyed lots of travelling all around the globe, both for work and leisure.
My partner Bruno and I, live in Parentis-en-Born, a quiet, safe, modern residential city nested between the ocean, the lakes, and Arcachon Bay. My son Théotim (16) lives with us part-time, and my older son Guillaume sometimes visits us on the weekends.
When you come to stay with us, you’ll practice your French in an authentic, unpretentious, low-key atmosphere : we are quite sportive, spend a lot of time at the beach and we enjoy a simple lifestyle such as barbecuing in the garden with friends.
On top of the structured French lessons, I will include you in my everyday activities as much as possible and offer to share a relaxing time with Yoga which I teach in a school several times a week.
And last but not least, you’ll get plenty of French practice with my two dogs: they are patient listeners, and will agree with everything you say.
See you soon in Le Bassin d’Arcachon !
“Isabelle, her family and her friends couldn’t have been more gracious and welcoming – and patient with my very basic speaking skills.”
Welcome to Our House Near Arcachon, France
“Parentis-en-Born” is a safe city not far from of Arcachon. Shops, restaurants, bike paths, beaches, ocean and lakes: everything is at hand.
We live in a modern house, located in a safe building and housing ensemble. We enjoy a private yard in which we love to relax and barbecue.
Our house is unpretentious: it’s not big, but it’s comfy and private: all the French don’t live in an eighteen century mansion or a large family house! Before this house, I lived in a small flat in Arcachon. My house and garden is a dream come true for me: with my family, you’ll experience an authentic French immersion and see how the French really live nowadays.
The house has three bedrooms: my bedroom, Théotim’s and your bedroom, a sunny living room / dining room, the eat-in kitchen, a separate toilet and we all share the bathroom.
Bakeries, cafés, restaurants, supermarkets and other small grocery shops are available across the street. The train station is 11kms away (Ychoux) with direct access to Bordeaux (45 minutes away).
Your private room is quiet and sunny since there is a big double window overlooking our private garden. There is a queen size bed, bedside tables, a desk, a wardrobe. You’re also enjoy a coffee/tea/hot chocolate machine.
Please note that the bathroom is shared with us: it can get crowded at times, but we manage: it’s very common for French families to share one bathroom, and you’re coming here to experience life in a French family, don’t you?
The Region of Arcachon in France
Arcachon is a lovely seaside French town. It’s known for its 1900 architecture, amazing parks and beaches, and super fresh seafood. French people are not stressed here: we live by the sea and enjoy nature to its fullest.
The whole region shares this low-key vibe. Because of its ideal location by the ocean and it’s mild climate year-round, it’s a popular region that has developed a lot lately. There are many new residential towns such as Parentis-en-Born to explore, gorgeous beaches, lakes, birds reserves and parks. If you want, I’ll be happy to lend you a bike.
La Dune du Pilat (highest sand dune in Europe, named 2nd world most beautiful beach) is 40 minutes away by car. « L’île aux oiseaux » et « Le Banc d’Arguin », « Cap Ferret » , are only a boat ride away; Bordeaux, its nearby castles, exquisite wines and authentic vineyards is at a 45 minute drive.
I’m quite sportive myself: if you like to join me for yoga, you may tag along to the group classes I teach (complimentary).
For horseback riding or simply the company of beautiful horses and the countryside, I’ll take you to my riding club. We can also play tennis together, my club is at a walking distance from my house.
We love the sea and enjoy practicing pretty much all the sea related sports!
If you are even more adventurous we can arrange other activities like paragliding, surfing, kite-surfing…
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
Getting To My House
You can reach my house by taking the train to Ychoux or Bordeaux and hire a car. The nearest airport is Bordeaux, and I pick-up at Bordeaux Airport can easily be arranged for Euros 50.
Hiring a car is strongly recommended if you want to be more independent and discover the area on your own, there is so much to see around here!
Wifi is reliable throughout the house.
We do not smoke, but smoking is possible outside.
My region is famous for its incredible fresh produce such as oysters, fish and seafood, fruits & vegetables, chicken, cheese and duck…
I usually like to cook gluten free meals and personally I don’t eat meat, so it can be all vegetarian as well. But I do cook meat for my son and my friends, so I’ll be happy to prepare whatever pleases you: I understand students also want to enjoy the local French food!
We have a friendly female dachshund and a male spitz who would love to welcome your pet companion, granted s/he is as friendly and obedient as they are (hum…)
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:
- 15 hours of french courses (usually 3 hours in the morning, but can be flexible)
- 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) that we’ll be happy to share with you unless you’d rather take off on your own.
- Accommodation in a nice and sunny room in my house. We will share the bathroom.
- 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities*
At the end of the stay, I will give you a report of your French courses + advice to go on improving your French with some references of useful websites and books.
*extra fees are not included (museums, kayak/canoe tours or rentals, surf sessions, sailing, etc…)
For this program, the price for one person is 1300 Euros.
For one additional guest, the price per week is:
- Euros 315 in full board, without lessons or excursions,
- Euros 805 in full board with shared lessons and excursions.
Learn French + Yoga
Yoga is more than a passion, it is a way of life. As I love teaching, it was only natural for me to share my yoga experience as well, so I became a certified yoga instructor in 2014.
I give small group classes near my place and you are welcome to attend, at no extra cost.
I give one to one sessions as well, totally suitable to individual needs, so if you are interested, I’ll be delighted to discuss that option with you.
When the weather permits, we can practice outside, on the beach, while enjoying the soothing sound of the waves, or at the park with birds’ songs.
“It was way beyond my expectations. I’ve long forgotten most of my basic French grammar, but Isabelle was so patient and kind in coaching me back during the 3hr of lessons every morning.”
French Immersion Teacher in Arcachon
Stayed in February 2020
J’ai rendu visite à Isabelle en février à Parentis-en-Born dans le sud-ouest de la France afin d’améliorer mon français. Isabelle, son compagnon, son fils et ses deux petits chiens m’ont chaleureusement accueilli dans leurs vies. Parentis-en-Born est un joli petit village, près d’… Read more
Stayed in November 2019
I was looking for an immersive French holiday to prepare for my B2 exam and to improve my conversational ability.
The experience that Isabelle provided surpassed my expectations.
She familiarised me with the B2 syllabus and exam format in an engaging way, while also fully immersing … Read more
Stayed in November 2019
I had a fantastic time with Isabelle and her lovely family in Parentis-en-Born. I felt my French language skills really improved from the mix of formal structured one-to-one French study alongside opportunities to practice my French over meal times, attending Isabelle’s yoga classes and on fun … Read more
Stayed in September 2019
Confession time: Unlike so many people, I am not naturally gifted with the ability to learn a second language. So in order to truly challenge myself I knew it was essential I step outside my comfort zone of a classroom in Australia and immerse myself in the French language and culture I so much a… Read more
Stayed in October 2019
Mike & Jenny
Jenny and I enjoyed our week with you and did appreciate being welcomed into your home.
The food, trips to the junes and yoga were very good.
The French was frustrating for me, not yet being able to understand the talking between you and Jenny, but it has highlighted the next step f… Read more
Stayed in September 2019
Isabelle immediately welcomed me and requested that I treat her home as my own.
She is funny and enthusiastic about everything she does. She was a wonderful hostess and we enjoyed delicious vegetarian meals and a class of yoga together with her family.
Every morning we studied and t… Read more
Stayed in August 2019
(Message from Sarah’s father) Sarah tells me she has had a lovely day today (Friday) and that she has really enjoyed her time with you and your family (note from Isabelle: Sarah and I went to a concert on the lake). Thank you all, for helping her with her French.