OUI-CONNECT focuses on the full immersion in a host family.
DIVING INTO THE HEART OF AMERICAN CULTURE
Because family is so important in American culture, being integrated into an American family advances the discovery of the country, the region and the environment.
By sharing the daily life of a family – even if it is for a short time – we understand and embrace the rhythms of life in that country and its habits and customs. We have breakfast, we play, we walk, we shop, we go to the movies, we watch tv shows together, we do sports, we meet the neighbors, we go to the bank, we visit a museum … From morning to evening, we engage: we are immersed in a natural daily life.
The family is a unit that gives color and character to the country you visit. By participating in an immersion stay, you become a full member of your host family.
Instead of acting as a tourist, you become an American for the time of the stay and act as such.
GIVING HUMAN DIMENSION TO YOUR STAY
For the foreign teenager, this new lifestyle is :
- Classic American (an ordinary, yet unique, American family)
- Very exotic (instead of living in his natural family, the participant will discover a “new family” – a new way of seeing things)
- Safe and reassuring. The host family always takes care of “their children” including them as their new international child
The California host family allows the adolescent to live in the heart of this beautiful region of the USA- the West Coast, and enjoy some of its treasures: beaches, “Malls” (shopping), cities, museums, landscapes, climate, atmosphere, food and culture…
OUI-CONNECT program is also a human experience, connecting with a new culture, which is particularly educational. Growing language skills and personal independence. The teenager has to adapt to a new family and get out of his comfort zone. He must make an effort to integrate into this new life: he comes out more mature from this experience.
CONCRETE LANGUAGE LEARNING
What one learns in the family structure is perfectly complementary to what one has been able to (or can learn from) at school. The 24-hour contact with the English language helps to refine the ear and understanding. At the end of the stay, you will be able to express your self and be understood in English. Participants are put to the test daily from morning to night: comprehension, expression, accent, grammar, vocabulary, sayings, jargon, and slang…
Experience shows that living in a family environment is very educational: after three weeks, the participant will have a drastic improvement in English skills, advancing faster than throughout schooling. At the end of the stay, participants will feel comfortable to start a conversation, to jump into a discussion, to get by in the street, at a store or at the airport; he will have overcome a major obstacle.
In addition to language learning, living in a family has many other benefits: In a family, we meet people of all ages (parents, children, grandparents…), from all professional backgrounds, from different environments (Church, parties, barbecues, walks, races, ordinary and extraordinary events…). Being confronted with this wide variety of situations is excellent for language education.