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Raymonde – French Speaking Switzerland – Immersion Homestay at Teacher’s

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€1600 per week

Lessons: 15 hours

Excursions/tours: 2

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 up

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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 and teach you 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.

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”.


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!

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: my speciality is “la Tarte Tatin” – who tries it never forgets it!

Pets

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.

Additional Guests

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 400 in half board, without lessons or excursions,
  • Euros 800 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.

Raymonde

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French Immersion Teacher in French Speaking Switzerland

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  • Please write a detailed message for the teacher including:
    1. Whether you’ll be traveling by yourself or with friends/family (and if applicable the number of people just staying at the teacher or also taking classes and a bit more about them)
    2. The duration of your desired immersion stay and whether you are flexible about the immersion dates
    3. A few details about yourself: your hobbies, your French learning goal, the kind of immersion you'd like (little/lots of homework, outdoor or more indoor activities), any food allergies or other problems you may have. The teachers will be opening their own home to you and although they’ll ask you more questions if they are able to fit you in, knowing a bit about you from the start would be really helpful and a huge gain of time.

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Stayed in October 2019

Catherine & Josh

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&#82… Read more

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Stayed in October 2019

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 h… Read more

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Stayed in October 2019

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 i… Read more

Stayed in September 2019

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 high… Read more

Stayed in September 2019

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 welcom… Read more

Stayed in September 2019

Kris

My experience at Raymonde’s home was exceptional on several levels.

Her conscientious hospitality was always a comfort. My privacy was respected, yet I was also welcomed into her family.

She spent much time with me on my lessons, of course, but also took me around the communities … Read more

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Stayed in August 2019

Jamie

Raymonde’s home is precisely as described in the materials: warm, spacious, welcoming, peaceful. The bedroom for her students is comfortable, attractive and quiet. I felt very at home, and enjoyed Raymonde’s excellent cooking and presentation of beautiful, healthy meals. J’ai bi… Read more

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Stayed in August 2019

Lucinda

My week with Raymonde and her family greatly exceeded my expectations. To begin with, the countryside around the town of Gingins is incredibly beautiful, calm and peaceful. I chose Switzerland mostly for practical reasons such as proximity and ease of navigating to other locations, thus I was so … Read more

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