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Q&A: My French Homestay Experience

As you all know, because I never shut up about it, I stayed in Lyon, France for two months under Cultural Homestay International’s World Explorers program. You guys got curious, so I answered whatever questions you guys had about my French homestay experience. For full disclosure, CHI and I collaborated and they were awesome enough to have given me a discount for the experience. It doesn’t change/sway my opinion on this program, though. They stayed consistent, trustworthy and basically true to everything they claimed on the website. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I could. I will forever be grateful that they helped me achieve my dreams of living in France. Experience of a fricken lifetime. 

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  • Reply jhanzey 18 February 2016 at 12:34 pm

    You’re so adorable! Haha! :) This is a really insightful video, and I appreciate you giving an extra push to those who want to do things but feels like it’s “too hard”. I would have to agree — everything is definitely hard — it just seems easy when you look at it through photos and tweets and social media. I bet you had struggles yourself but I’m happy that you were able to make it through and you were able to experience THE DREAM. :) Congrats Camie!

  • Reply Priscilla 18 February 2016 at 2:42 pm

    As a homebody who suffers from anxiety, this terrifies me! But I’d like to experience CHI’s World Explorers program in the future. I live in Singapore, so it’d be interesting to see what it’s like to live in a country like, say, Mongolia. I thought it would be expensive, so imagine my surprise when I saw the price!

  • Reply Yza Marzan 18 February 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love watching and listening to you talk about anything. lol. You could ramble on and on and it would’ve been totally fine to me. You sound so natural. No pretensions. Haha! I’ve done some research about CHI and I still have some questions left like how does the lessons go, is it formal, etc etc but I think those questions are for CHI to answer. haha. Thanks, Camie!

  • Reply Alissa 18 February 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I want to have an experience like this. There’s nothing like learning a country’s culture than actually living with locals. Glad your stay there was an amazing one!

  • Reply The desigual's lover 19 February 2016 at 1:59 am

    Hi Camille !

    Your video is full of emotions for us like your letter.

    Of course you are invited To Come visit us for our weeding in september. You will be our special guest for the entiere week.

    hope To see you soon.

    The desigual’s lover.

  • Reply Jae of SCATTERBRAIN 19 February 2016 at 7:55 am

    It only occurred to me today that you’re the same age as my brother. While you both live completely different lives, coming from someone who was once your age, I think you’ve grown wiser beyond your years. What I admire most about you is how you dealt with all this like a grown-up would. You worked blood and sweat in order to experience this one particular dream of yours, and it doesn’t stop there.

  • Reply Shayne 19 February 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I met someone last year who did the same program through CHI, but in China. He didn’t have as great of an experience as you, but nonetheless it was memorable for him. I looked into CHI and CIEE a while back but never really found anyone who spoke in detail about their stay. So I’m glad you made this video for everyone!

    • Reply Camie Juan 19 February 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Mind if you ask what happened? Cultural differences? I had a brief chat with someone who went from US to Japan and he told me his first host family wasnt a good match and they were mean. He asked for a transfer and it was taken care of pretty quickly! Most of the time bad matches are from families who host for the money (like hosting students, etc) but there are some homestays where it’s not done out of compensation, and usually those are the good kinds. :)

      That’s actually why I wanted to collab with CHI. I was planning on giving them a lot of exposure regardless, so I thought why not just take advantage of that and offer it to them for a discount. I told them I couldnt find much information either, and being a blogger I can help with that for other people who might be curious but don’t know if they should pursue. So I’m glad you found this helpful! :)

      • Reply Shayne 19 February 2016 at 10:00 pm

        He says that the mom was a bit overbearing. Not towards him, rather he saw how she was with her son and found it a bit tense and uncomfortable when those situations came up. It didn’t happen often enough for him to leave, but it tainted his experience a little. He’d teach the son English and the mom would say really mean things to her son about not studying well enough, still could be better at English. Ultimately, he stayed because he wanted to keep helping. The mom didn’t treat him poorly, but he feels like she put too much pressure on her son. So yeah, cultural differences — maybe not used to the whole Asian parents/Tiger Mom thing.

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  • Reply Rej Relova 25 February 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I watched this last week and forgot to comment here! I really love watching your vlogs and I’m happy that you enjoyed so much! Your vlog and previous posts about your homestay resonate so much happiness. Glad you were paired up with a nice family!

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