Exchange Program in Paris area (Hotel stay)

Who else other than a French enthusiasts to create REAL Exchange Programs in France!

Project profile

Energy Required :

Group Strength: 8 to 30 participants
Age: 7 to 20 years old.
Flight: India → Paris → India
Getting around: Metro, bus, boat, tram, car, bicycle, walking
Accommodation: Hotel in Paris area + French families from the French school (Optional)
Food: A daily self-service breakfast + packed meal + warm "seated" meal
Group Leader: Experienced and qualified native French, speaking English

Highlights of the Project

Yes, this is that timeless land whose people have a natural joie de vivre and savoir-faire for centuries. But change is on track, France inspired and it is on the tip of everyone's tongue.

Experience and savour art in the shining capital and enjoy the serenity on the banks of River Seine. See the glorious pasts of the blazing fort at Versailles. Travel south for Roman civilization and the sparkling blue Mediterranean. Ski in the Alps. Sense the subtle infusion of language, music and mythology in Brittany, brought by 5th century Celtic invaders. Smell ignominy on the beaches of Normandy, battlefields of Verdun and the Somme, and know that this is but the tip of that huge iceberg the French call culture.

Our Strengths:
  • Stay together in a hotel in Paris area (7 nights)
  • Improve your French level with daily French classes and get a certificate for the entire Exchange
  • Learn about French culture from a French Milna person, who’s with you during the entire Exchange
  • Participate in various activities and discover the area in the afternoon and over the weekend
  • Stay 1 to 3 nights with a French family (Optional and free)
Safety:
  • We follow the security instructions strictly, especially when outdoors;
  • We follow the French law protecting the youth while organizing a travel;
  • A Milna French person is with the group during the entire Exchange, who’s reachable at all times.
Responsible traveler:
We use the public transportation and limit the group detritus to reduce the impact of the carbon footprint caused by this project.

This is the program itinerary based on a stay in Paris area

The order of the activities might change but all what is written will be covered and much more if the group has energy and time.
The stay with the French families highly advised is optional, only if the group wish it.

Day 1: Flight from India to Paris. Dinner and night in Paris

Day 2: School in the morning, afternoon visit Montmatre, the Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge

Day 3: School in the morning, afternoon visit of du Marais/Bastille area, diner on the river Seine quays

Day 4-5-6: Optional free weekend with your French partner and his family including individual activities

Day 7: School in the morning, afternoon in the Louvre Museum, Jeanne D'Arc and Jewellery area

Day 8: School in the morning, afternoon visit of Notre Dame de Paris, the Champs Elysées, evening in La Defense area

Day 9: Disneyland, Astérix Park or Versailles Castle day as per the group wish

Day 10: School in the morning, afternoon visit of the Opera area, end of the afternoon the farewell party, dance and music performances by the students, evening,  on the top of Eiffel tower

Day 11: The Cruise tour - Le Bateau Mouche, Return Flight  to India

Departure and rate per person

The Terms and Conditions

An exchange to France is possible throughout the year except the days mentioned in this calendar.

For an Exchange Program (Hotel stay) in September or October, the "I'm going Form" has to be submitted no later than the 31st May to have enough time to get the confirmation of the French school. (July and August, all the French schools and their administrations are closed)

Duration up to 7 nights in hotel + a bonus of 1 to 3 nights with families (Only if you wish). The stay or not with families will have no impact on the total price. (Want a different duration? Contact us)

120 days
Starting 1750 EUR*
7+3** nights
In Paris area
**/*** hotels
Double/triple occupancy
**Family stay free option (⩽3 nights)
Milna French team member
90 days
Starting 1900 EUR*
7+3** nights
In Paris area
**/*** hotels
Double/triple occupancy
**Family stay free option (⩽3 nights)
Milna French team member
60 days
Starting 2050 EUR*
7+3** nights
In Paris area
**/*** hotels
Double/triple occupancy
**Family stay free option (⩽3 nights)
Milna French team member
30 days
Starting 2200 EUR*
7+3** nights
In Paris area
**/*** hotels
Double/triple occupancy
**Family stay free option (⩽3 nights)
Milna French team member

Rate including:
  • Rate all included
  • One French teacher every 10 students
  • Up to 7 nights stay in hotel
  • Up to 3 nights with families (Optional, subject to availability, to be requested at the moment of the enrollment)
  • Project starting and ending from the concerned departure airport
  • Certificate for each participant
The rate does not include:
  • Transfer to/from the starting concerned airport
  • Personal expenditure

(*) The prices mentioned above are subject to availability. The official rates are in Euros. The rate of exchange used for calculating cost in INR is subject to change and the final rate applied will be at the actual time of order on our "Shop" section. The final amount in INR will be displayed by selecting INR as currency.

Eventual options:
  • French Sim card
  • Extra days in Paris
  • Excursion in a neighboring country (Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Germany, Spain...)
  • A TGV tour to experience the legend (Marseille, Lyon...)
  • Stopover in another country (As per the airline stopover)
About the "120 days offer":

For the 120 days offer, we will do our maximum to respect your preferred date of departure, however, the dates of the project must be flexible +/- 7 days.

Formalities
Valid passport + Visa (As per your citizenship).
 
Health
  • Our team has a pharmacy adapted to the destination.
  • Anywhere you go in Europe, no vaccination is mandatory.
  • A member of Milna is present with the traveling group during the entire length of the stay. He/ She will ensure the security and safety of the group.
  • In case of an emergency, the traveler will be taken into care by the nearest hospital. If needed, he will be repatriated in the best conditions.
 

What is an Exchange program (Hotel stay) and what happens in an Exchange program?
An Exchange program is an opportunity for the participant to experience the life in another country while studying, traveling, learning and sharing their knowledge with others. The participants attend a school in the morning where they do different academic and extra-curricular activities. In the Afternoon, they visit the local city and its famous attractions and some organizations. In the evening all the participants and adults spend time together in a hotel. This program continues with a different schedule each day. 1 to 3 extra nights can be spent with the family, usually the weekend (Subject to feasibility). An Exchange program (Hotel stay) lasts 7 nights maximum in hotel + 1 to 3 optional nights family stay.

How does the payment deadline work?
The principle is simple: The earliest you book your project and pay, more you will save. By paying us in advance, we can book the accommodation, transportation etc in advance.
We get them for a competitive price so we make you benefit from this saving, hence the different deadlines.
Let's say you select the 90 days' deadline, it means, that 100% of the payment needs to reach us no later than 90 days before the departure. If you have already paid 10% with the Milna Booking Form, the remaining payment will be 90% to send us no later than 90 days before the departure.If your payment is not reaching us before the 90 days' deadline, then the  60 days' deadline will apply. (Check our rates to know the exact amount).
If today is the 91st day before the departure and you want the 90 days' deadline, you have to send us 100% of the amount to respect the deadline and avail the 90 days special offer, but no later than that.

What do we do about the visas?
Milna will facilitate the visa formalities of the participants and the teachers. Our team will provide you the list of required documents for the visa. Please make sure that all the documents in the list are submitted with us as soon as possible or within the duration communicated to you.

What about Travel and Health insurance?
Travel and health insurance is not always compulsory to obtain a visa or the right to access a country, since many participants might already have an insurance covering them yearly, each participant is required to check if he/she is already covered.If not covered, Milna recommends the participant to have one covering him during the project.

At which place (city / region) will the participant be placed?
The Exchange Program (Hotel Stay) will take place in Paris area. If your school has any particular preferred area, then it has to be requested for, at the time of enrollment and we'll do our best to find a school in that area matching your preferences.

What happens when the participant arrives in the host country and how will I know if she/he has arrived?
Milna maintains a 'Before/During/After the Exchange program' blog in which we mention the itinerary and the calendar of the participants. During the exchange program we put our best efforts to update the parents about each activity of the participants through articles, pictures and videos on our blog. The blog’s name would be communicated to all the participants and their families.

Where will the participant stay?
Each participant will be staying with the group in the same hotel. If the group wishes, we can provide, as a free option 1 to 3 nights stay with the French families from the French school doing the exchange program with us (Subject to feasibility). If the optional family stay is chosen, each participant will be provided one french host family according to the participant’s age and gender.  For ex: A 12 years-old male participant lives in a family of 12 years-old french boy. A female participant is also placed in a family of a girl of the same age. All efforts are put in order to put the participants in a family according to their age and gender.

Where will the teacher stay?
The teacher accompanying the group will be staying in the same hotel, in his/her own room. In case, if the optional family stay is chosen, then the teacher is hosted by a teacher of the host school.

What will the participant eat?
The participant will be enjoying local delicacies that will be respecting his/her diet and preferences that has been mentioned in the "I'm going!" form.

Will the participant be alone Or with his/her friend, at the French family's home? (If the optional nights with family stay is chosen)
Each participant lives alone with one french family. We do not put two participants together in one french family unless we have less hosting families.It is for the benefit of the Exchange Program, that each participant lives alone with a family, as two participants in one french family will just communicate with each other instead of conversing and sharing their knowledge with their french correspondent student and its family.

Who will take care of the participant?
In most cases the teacher of the participant shall accompany them to France. In other cases if the teacher cannot go, then any other teacher chosen by the participant's school shall go along with one Milna person. Our Milna person knows France and its culture very well and stays with the group during the entire Exchange. The participant can contact the teacher and the Milna person for any assistance at any time.

Does the French Family speak English? The participant doesn’t speak good French or any French at all.
Most french  people are not so good at English. But by agreeing to host a foreign participant in their family, they already cross the barrier of language. Generally, such families speak English or at least, one parent i.e. The Father or the Mother of the family speaks English. And even if not them, then for sure the french correspondent (student/participant) of the family speaks English as he/she learns it at school. Hence, even if the participant knows very little french or no french , it is never a problem.

Who will the host family be? Please send full details about the host family.
The host family would be the parents of the french student studying in the french school who hosts/invites the group. All the host families are selected by the french school in collaboration with Milna. The full details of the participant’s respective host family will be given to you, before the departure.

Should the participant bring a gift for the host family and siblings?
Yes, the host family will be happy to receive something from your country as a gift. It is not necessary to buy an expensive one. Anything representing your country will do. Otherwise, simply you may ask the host family.

Do I have to host my french partner if he comes to my country?
A real exchange program is supposed to be like that. However, if you can't host your french partner during his possible visit to your country with his school, we will have no problem with that. We will always be able to get him a new partner from your school.

How much pocket money should the participant carry?
For sake of the participant's private expenditure (shopping etc.), you can give pocket money. It all depends on what your the participant would like to buy from french markets. In general, we believe that 15 Euros per day is largely enough to fulfill the normal shopping desires.

What if my question was not answered here?
Please feel free to contact us.