We are Rebecca, Paul, and our one and a half year old daughter Nina. Rebecca is a native English speaker from Louisiana in the United States. She is a professional ESL (English as a Second Language teacher) with experience in academies in addition to individual classes in person and online. She holds a Bachelor´s Degree from Louisiana State University in English Literature and has traveled widely.
Paul studied agriculture and is the gardener at Les Jardins du Gué, a local notable garden (''Jardin Remarquable''). He is a native French speaker from Deux-Sèvres (79) but speaks English well and is accustomed to an international environment. Paul has experience working as an activity leader in summer camps on the Atlantic coast near Royan where he led groups of children on expeditions to discover marine life and natural habitats. He would be very happy to share his knowledge of organic gardening and wildlife with visitors.
Our little girl is one and a half years old and is being raised bilingual. Rebecca speaks to her in English and Paul in French.
During the time we receive guests, we would be sure to use only English in the house. We cannot assure outside activities would not be in French.
We live in an old home in a very tranquil, rural village so it is best if our guest is accustomed to and loves the outdoors and nature. There are plenty of bike rides and walks we can take right from the house. The Jardins du Gue where Paul works are 2 km from our home, the Cébron Lake 12 km, and a nice walk along the Thouet River only 10 km away.
We prepare mostly vegetarian meals for ourselves but will include meat in our guest´s meals if requested. We prepare healthy dishes with as many things as we can from our garden and from the garden of our extended family. We'd love to share this simple pleasure with guests.
There is a guitar, violin, trombone, and djembe in the house with amateur knowledge of how to play them. We'd be happy to transmit what we know to our guests if they express interest in learning.
Our guest would have a private room on the second floor. The bathroom is shared. We could receive a couple.
A typical day at our home would go like this:
- A 1-2 hour English class to review grammar, reading and writing exercises, or other points the student to needs to improve (older students). The lessons would be more ludic and experientially based for younger students.
- Free Time/Rest
- An Afternoon Activity (can include walks, visits and activities at the gardens where Paul works, swimming pool when open in Parthenay, biking, local activities)
- A Table Game, Pleasant Activity in Group, or Age and Content Appropriate Movie in English
Notre fille de 16 ans a passé une semaine chez Rebecca et Paul, elle a bien progressé en quelques jours et à bien aimé partager un style de vie différent du sien, dans la nature et le calme. Les cours du matin etaient assez bien ainsi que les balades, la cuisine et l'atelier pour la réalisation d'un sac. Nous recommandons un sejour chez Rebecca et Paul.
Notre fils de 14 ans a passé une super semaine chez Paul et Rebecca. Il a bénéficié de cours en one to one avec Rebecca qu'il a beaucoup apprécié. Nous recommandons à 100% Paul et Rebecca.
notre fils de 15 ans a passé 2 semaines chez Paul et Rebecca, dans une ambiance très chaleureuse et familiale. Il s’y est senti très bien et a profité d’activités variées ( kayak, vélo, visites, piscine, base nautique ). Rebecca a su organiser des cours très personnalisés et structurés qui mettent en évidence des progrès notables . L’engagement familial de parler 100% anglais a été tenu. Un grand merci à Paul et Rebecca, que nous recommandons vivement pour un séjour linguistique en famille.
From 665 € / week