Raymonde – French Speaking Switzerland – Immersion Homestay at Teacher’s
€1600 per week
Lessons: 15 hours
Meals: 2 per day (B + L or D)
Room: Private bedroom and bathroom
Max. guests: 1 to one couple (sometimes + 1 guest if the room is available)
Teaches kids: Age 10 and upContact teacher
Learn French in Switzerland – Your French Immersion Homestay Near Geneva
Meet Your French Teacher and Host
Bonjour and welcome to my home.
My name is Raymonde and I have been living here for the last 25 years. I have 3 grown up sons: two live away and Julien still lives with us until he finds his own flat. I live with my partner Michel: he may also guide you to visit our gorgeous region with his bike.
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, then in Zurich to learn German, so I’m fluent in French, English and German.
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”.
“Raymonde is an excellent and patient teacher, elegant hostess and terrific chef and someone who truly understands and enjoys people.”
Robbi and Steve
My Home in French Speaking Switzerland
My home is a spacious three-story house set in a calm and safe Swiss country village.
I love my house – I’ve been living here for 24 years, 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!
There is a nice garden with and a large terrace and a gorgeous view: on the other side of the yard, 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…
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”.
Learn French Near Geneva Lake in Switzerland
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 train can easily take you to ” Le Rocher de Naye” – 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
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!
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).
Please note that I don’t allow smoking inside my house. You can smoke in the garden if you wish to.
There is Wifi throughout the house
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: my speciality is “la Tarte Tatin” – who tries it never forgets it!
I don’t have pets and unfortunately I cannot welcome them.
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.
For one additional guest, the price per week is:
- Euros 210 in half board, without lessons or excursions,
- Euros 700 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.
The bed in the student’s bedroom is a queen size, so it’s suitable for a couple.
Depending whether my son Vincent is around or not, I may be able to accommodate more people.
“This stay with Raymonde is really the best of both worlds. Being fully immersed in French is great for learning and the excursions and relaxed atmosphere make it a holiday as well. It truly was a marvellous experience.”
French Immersion Teacher in French Speaking Switzerland
Stayed in April 2019
As I continue my quest to learn French, I recently spent my 2nd one week immersion with Raymonde. Last year at this same time I spent my first week with her and was shocked at the progress I made in just a week of immersion. This week as I struggled a little to get my mind into the game, she took… Read more
Stayed in April 2019
Since the success of my first home stay of a week’s duration with Raymonde in June 2017, I have been plotting my return trip.
This time more clothing was required although snow was only on the mountains in the distance. My goal was to concentrate on my fluency and to correct my grammatic… Read more
Stayed in March 2019
I love Switzerland. I love the people, the scenery and the variety of venues to visit.
I made a return trip to Switzerland in March for another French immersion experience with Raymonde. I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience, so much that I was anxious to return.
In addition to … Read more
Stayed in February 2019
What a wonderful experience! My summary: 5-star rating, far exceeded my expectations. I wish I had booked an immersion longer than one week and will absolutely come back to continue my French education!
Raymonde teaches with such energy and passion that it is impossible not to feel inspire… Read more
Stayed in February 2019
My stay in Switzerland with Raymonde was brilliant, I’ve really improved my french and learned a lot of new vocabulary and grammar, such as the difference in using connaître and savoir.
Every morning was productive and we would use websites to practice grammar and learn about various di… Read more
Stayed in January 2018
This past January I went to Switzerland for my very first time. After spending only one week with Raymonde, I am already planning my next trip out there. Her patient, yet persistent teaching style, the activities she planned and the gorgeous setting made this a truly remarkable week!
I was… Read more
Stayed in January 2019
Joanne & Martyn
My Husband Martyn and I spent a week with Raymonde and her Family in January this year. I have been learning French for the past few years in Sydney, and I was keen to improve my confidence and fluency during a French immersion.
My husband was happy to come to Switzerland with me but he … Read more
Stayed in December 2018
I decided to get some extra help with my French as I thought it was not up to scratch. I am studying French for A-level/Pre-U and Raymonde accommodated my student level. Staying a week with Raymonde was the best choice possible for me to improve French and gain in confidence in speaking and liste… Read more
Stayed in October 2018
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 peopl… Read more
Stayed in October 2018
As a result of my experience during my week-long immersion with Raymonde in Switzerland, it is more than likely that I will return again in the new year. Having not studied any French in 25 years prior to my visit, I had also realized that my High School level of French was not quite of the sta… Read more