A NON-FOR-PROFIT RECIPROCAL FAMILY EXCHANGE
This cultural exchange is open to students from 13 to 17 years old in Alberta only.
The BelCanFran exchange program is made possible through the endorsement of Alberta Ministry of Learning and participating School Districts in Alberta. The BelCanFran reciprocal family exchange promotes French language development, through a linguistic and cultural immersion within a family and school setting.
11 Weeks Exchange
You will host your exchange partner from late August to the beginning of November. You will travel to your host family at the beginning of February and will return at the end of April. While in Europe you will attend school and experience the daily life of the family. The exchange student will attend your school (with the approval of your Principal) and will share in the daily life of your family. Exchange students from Belgium or France and Canada are matched by gender, age, basic interests and activities.
One Month Exchange
The one month exchange program involves a family- partner matching on the same basis and cost as the 11 weeks exchange. The Canadian student spends July in Belgium or France and returns with their partner to Canada for the month of August. The Belgium/French partner returns home at the end of August.
“I wanted to reach out to thank you so much for the incredible job you have done matching Eden and Matisse together. In one week, they have become fast friends. Eden is such a delight to have here with us. Open, engaging, kind - her attitude/approach to all the new experiences is wonderful. Matisse seems so happy to have a friend and they are both looking forward to heading to school at the end of this week. I am sure that there are so many factors to consider when matching families. You have done an exceptional job with your experience, sensitivity and thoughtfulness. I am so grateful. Thank you! ”
“ I just wanted to pass along our sincere thanks for the chance to participate in the program. Lilie has been an absolutely wonderful guest. Having her in our home has inspired us to look at our city and part of the world with fresh eyes, and revisit so many things that fall by the wayside when you're a lifelong Calgarian, interesting places and events that you stop going to after having "done them a thousand times" - if you catch my meaning. We will be sad to see Lilie go, she's become a part of our household. But the adventure continues, and I'm sure that Dilia will have a wonderful time when she visits France, and in some ways she'll have an easier time adjusting, as she already has a friend to meet and stay with when she arrives. Cheers!”
— John Baker
“We had a wonderful experience with the exchange student from France. Not only did our daughter find a friend for life, but she enriched our whole family through the experience. Now our daughter is enjoying the reciprocal hospitality in France and is having the time of her life. We are sure this will prove to be a life-changing experience. Thank you Ron and Lise for facilitating such a wonderful experience.”
— Matthew Page-Hanify
"I am very glad that I had the amazing opportunity to be part of this wonderful experience. France has been absolutely amazing and truly a dream come true! Being immersed in this wonderful country’s culture and meeting so many new people is something I wil never forget and forever cherish."
— Carlae B.
"This was an unforgettable experience and I’m so grateful I got to spend time improving my French and meeting new people. I can’t wait to come back and see all the friends I made."
— Evelyn S.
"This has been an amazing chapter of my life that I’m so sad to finish off. This experience has changed my life!"
— Maggie Z.
EXCHANGE PROGRAM FEES
Fees cover the selection of your exchange partner, orientation meetings in your home region, international air travel and domestic travel in France or Belgium with chaperones. Back packs and passport holders are issued at the departure orientation meeting. Also, school placement, plus hospitalization, repatriation and third party liability insurance and permanent contact with a BelCanFran representative is provided.
School Program 2024-2025
Summer Program 2024
A minimum of 12 students registrations are required.
BELCANFRAN échange fondation invites families to send all payments by e-Transfer to email@example.com
Travel to and within Europe
Hospitalization, repatriation and third party liability insurance
Backpack, passport holder and information booklets
Exchange of matching partner
2 preparatory meetings
Chaperones on international and Domestic flights From/To Canada and France or Belgium
Doctor visits and prescriptions
School Program - 11 weeks
> Your Partner stay
Arrival: Mid-August 2024
Departure: Early November
> Your stay
Departure: Early February 2025
Return: Late April
Summer Program - One Month
> Your stay
Departure: Late June 2024
Return: Late July
with your partner
> Your Partner stay
Arrival: Late July 2024
Departure: End of August
HOW TO APPLY
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