Living in a host family
To get the most out of your French immersion stay in Quebec City, you have made the smart choice to live with a host family. Here is what you can expect and what is expected of you:
You should contact your host family before your arrival to make sure someone will be there to greet you.
You should arrive at your host family on the Sunday before your course starts and leave the Saturday after your last French class.
We ask our host families to provide you with a private bedroom, breakfast and supper.
Supper is with your host family in the evening so that you will have an opportunity to practice your French.
There are, of course, rules that you must follow when staying with your host family. Upon your arrival, you should establish a climate of respect and ask your host what are the rules of the house regarding showers, laundry, phone use, dietary restrictions, noise, guests, and so on. Thus, you will not commit a faux pas and you will have a most pleasant stay.
- Observe the time agreed upon for meals.
- Call if you are going to be late or cannot be present.
- Provide information on any dietary restrictions as soon as you arrive.
- Express any preferences in a polite way.
- Request permission before using the kitchen or any household appliances.
- There is no compensation provided if you miss a meal.
- Culinary habits of Quebec may be different from what you are accustomed to. Take the opportunity to discover new flavors.
- Let your host know when you need to shower or soak in the bath.
- Always leave the bathroom as you found it.
- Use your own soap, shampoo and personal hygiene products.
- Use a calling card. They can be purchased at corner stores and at grocery stores.
- Do not call long distance without using a calling card.
- Local calls are free but do not spend too much time on the phone.
- Tell friends and family about any time differences so they can call at reasonable times.
Finally, keep in mind that "s'il vous plaît" (please) and "merci" (thank you) never hurt.