For any inquiries, leave a message (with contact information and availability) – OUI-CONNECT will call you back within 24 hours. You can also contact our intermediary in COUNTRY at: XX.XX.XX.XX.XX (PHONE # & NAME OF REP).
The available emergency number in the United States: + 1 949.338.9388.
OUI-CONNECT asks parents of participants to respect the time difference if their call is not urgent.
For the “À la carte” program, you have the most flexibility with your flight options: you choose the dates of your program.
- Use the UM service (“Unaccompanied Minor”) offered by the airlines. This service, provided for children (in other words minors), consists of extra assistance from the airport of departure to the arrival (in other words, until a OUI-CONNECT representative takes responsibility in Los Angeles). This service costs about 100 dollars extra (the price varies depending on the company).
- group with other participants so that your children are on the same flight, meet at the airport and help each other during the trip. OUI-CONNECT can put you in touch with other participants.
OC will send you the participant’s travel insurance card by e-mail approximately two to three weeks before departure. This AVI card needs to be printed and the participant will need to keep it with them for the duration of the program (please take a photo of the card and keep a digital copy as well).
The OUI-CONNECT participant is covered during his entire stay in the USA.
If you wish to add additional coverage (for example, participating in a risky sport or activity), please discuss it with an OUI-CONNECT representative before departure.
It is always important to remember that host families are volunteers. They gain no financial benefit from hosting and are doing it solely to build connections and teach a young student about their world. They open their homes to discover a new culture while sharing their own and having a good time together.
The participant may have difficulty adapting … the family might as well. It must be understood and accepted that the family is an essential part of the program and that OUI-CONNECT, as much as the participant, must remember their generosity. Participants will integrate better if they:
- sparticipate and invest in your experience and family relationships;
- do not spend too much time on your smartphone;
- thank his hosts (the Americans are, perhaps even more than the French, very sensitive to this… a “thank you” goes a long way!).
An immersion program is a language program … as much as a family experience. This program offers the opportunity for the teenager to progress in English but also to grow and mature. Confronting and adapting to the diversity of the world, and the diversity of America, are the first signs of developed maturity.