Overview

Improve your French as you serve and socialize in France’s “Pink City.”

Discover France through a whole new lens. Live, learn, and develop lifelong skills in the bustling, beautiful, and student-friendly Toulouse area in southern France. During your first month in Toulouse you’ll take part in the following: •18 hours per week of intensive French instruction at the Institut Catholique. Courses focus on improving your communication skills – which will help as you gear up for your service experience •Four hours per month of CIEE's Global Competence course, designed to provide a strong foundation of the core components of intercultural learning: self-awareness, awareness of others, managing emotions, and bridging cultures •Two to four hours per week of fun and engaging cultural activities in Toulouse After the first month, you’ll be ready to jump right in and begin volunteering in the field of your choice. Your service experience is flexible with the option to mix and match if you have multiple interests. You might choose to spend the majority of your time working with one organization or split your time among a few. Ultimately you’ll decide how you’d like to impact the local community – resulting in a richer experience for both the organization and yourself! Options may include: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Whether in an organization for immigrant women, a community center for low- income kids or an elementary or secondary school, teaching language is a rewarding way to gain insight into the multicultural city of Toulouse. Tasks may include teaching English, leading French-American cuisine workshops, assisting an English teacher in a secondary school, or leading sports or cultural activities in a local high school. Community Development Choose to serve at an organization like Emmaüs where you’ll work with others organizing, repairing, or selling donated goods and supplies. Make a difference by collecting hospital equipment to be sent to underprivileged communities in Europe and Africa. Or help out at Le Secours Populaire, a group that provides services to the elderly, immigrant communities, and disabled individuals. Sustainable Development Like animals? Have a passion for organic foods or an interest in the French culinary tradition? The sustainable development track provides a wide range of opportunities. You can volunteer at a recycling plant or an organization that sells locally sourced and environmentally friendly products. Choose to help with the local grape harvest, feed goats or horses, go bird watching in a natural park, learn food processes from the animal to the plate. On weekends, travel to different farms in Toulouse and around the region!

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