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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).


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.

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.


Contact Raymonde

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.

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


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


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


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


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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Stayed in August 2019

Tatiana & Ryan

When I was searching for an French immersion experience I found the opportunity to stay with Raymonde Fahrni in beautiful Switzerland.  The experience was beyond my expectations.  I met Raymonde as a guest and left feeling as if I was part of her extended family. Her gentle guidance, nurturing,… Read more

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Stayed August 2019


It has been several days since we said good-bye, and the memory of our 10 days together is still so fresh in my mind. I truly feel like I experienced the region and culture in a way that I never could have on my own. It was so special to be there during the August 1st fête, to learn about the co… Read more

Stayed in July 2019


Superlatives can’t fully describe the wonderful week I’ve just spent with Raymonde. She is a very knowledgeable Prof and able to easily help you understand meanings and usages due to her fluency in multiple languages.

Her teaching aids include not only straight grammatical exercises, b… Read more

Stayed in July 2019


I enjoyed & benefitted so much during our time together, also you family & your generous friends – the evening dinner was wonderful in the lovely garden. Some of my family in Australia were in mountains last week sking & endeavoured to replicate the delicious fondue as des… Read more

Stayed in July 2019


The immersion program with Raymonde, which I just finished this morning, was amazing. She is not only a great French teacher, but also a nice and amusing person.

My day in her home started every morning with delicious breakfast with full of local fruits and bread, together with a nice cup … Read more

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Stayed in June 2019


I have just completed a second immersion with Raymonde. I enjoyed the first one so much that I returned this time for 10 days.

She has helped me enormously, especially in the area of improving my confidence in speaking and in pronunciation . Raymonde is a highly experienced, diligent teach… Read more

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Stayed in May 2019


My French immersion course with Raymonde was over and beyond anything I ever imagined. I was so nervous about even speaking one word. Although I have been taking adult education lessons in French for one year, I really never was around any francophones.

Raymonde style of teaching is so gen… Read more

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Stayed in May 2019


I just spent some wonderful days with Raymonde in April, totally in French ! This was my first immersion experience and I loved it.

Other friends spend time at language schools, but I wanted to spend time with French speakers, not French students, and I’m so glad I did.

Everyone h… Read more

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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

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Stayed in April 2019

Edward & Shirley

We had a very enjoyable stay with Raymonde and Michel. Lots of speaking French and good conversation, especially at dinner, which included Swiss wines.

Raymonde’s teaching was fun and profitable, using role-playing and other exercises in listening and comprehension. Also, she was very fl… Read more

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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

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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

French Immersion & Lessons in Switzerland
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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