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Usually early French immersion students in grade 6 or 7 go on a one week educational trip to Quebec with their teachers. Parents help students fund raise for this trip. For example, in the spring of 2000  Quilchena and Trafalgar schools each made a trip to Montreal, Quebec City and  L'Auberge du Mont. In 2002 Quilchena made a trip to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and did not go to L'Auberge du Mont. In 2004 Quilchena made a trip to Montreal, Quebec City and L'Auberge du Mont, and did not go to Ottawa. 

Some Vancouver early French immersion schools have done exchange trips to Quebec in grade 6 or 7 where the students are billeted with families. For example, Jules Quesnel, Tennyson and École bilingue schools have done such trips. The Canadian government's Department of Heritage in 2000 approved substantial budget increases for the Youth Exchange Program, to encourage young Canadians to take part in exchange trips and experience different parts of Canada. Groups of young people aged 11-18 years are eligible to participate in this program. All group travel costs anywhere in Canada are covered and there are no participation fees, just a minimal group registration fee. SEVEC Canada, a long time CPF partner, has been chosen as one of the organizations to deliver this program. Jules Quesnel School reports one year they were not able to get this funding because their partner school would not do the return exchange trip.

Quilchena students have not done an exchange, Instead Quilchena students have traveled as a group and met students in Quebec with whom they had been exchanging e-mail during the school year.

One year an early French immersion school obtained a corporate donation towards their trip to Quebec in exchange for agreement of some families to volunteer at a community event the company was a sponsor of.

Some Vancouver early French immersion schools have organized a formal sort of trust agreement among parents where they begin in grade 4 to make regular contributions for their child to take part in a class trip to Quebec in grade 6 or 7. If your school is interested, check with the CPF Representative at i.e. Douglas or Tennyson school.

Sometimes late French immersion students in grade 7 or 9 make an educational trip to Quebec with their teachers.

Sometimes French immersion high school grade 10 students can elect to do a 3 month exchange, with a student in Quebec, where they attend each other's school together.

Sometimes French immersion high school grade 10 students elect to organize on their own a one to three month exchange, with a student in France, through an organization like OSEF (see Educational Exchange/Trip Links below), where they attend each other's school together.

Usually French immersion high school students in grade 10 ( and sometimes 9) have the option of doing a two week (including the one week of spring break) educational trip  to France with their teachers. Sometimes the trip is an exchange or includes a short homestay..

FI secondary and French travel options handout

FI secondary and French travel options handout - CPF Vancouver North version

The Quebec and France trips enrich the students' learning of French language and culture.

Some French immersion schools organize a phoning tree of parents for the Quebec or France trips. The  purpose is to minimize volunteer phoning time. For example,  a teacher on the trip calls one of two available parents with news (ie. change in travel plans from train to bus due a train strike) and that parent calls the other available parent plus another parent and each of those parents call two parents and so forth. Another option may be to create a  list of e-mail addresses.

The teacher volunteer effort to make these trips possible is much appreciated.

Note, Vancouver parents are advised not to take their France or Quebec exchange student to  ie. Seattle, due to problems taking a child across the border without the child's parent and due to problems with the exchange student' s health travel insurance for Canada in the US.

Educational Exchange/Trip Links
(Includes Encounters with Canada, whcih is described below)

Student Travel Opportunity to Ottawa – Bursary Available!

Encounters with Canada runs a one-week, bilingual, Canadian studies program at The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, in Ottawa. From September through May, more than 130, 14 – 17 year olds attend the youth forum each week. Encounters aims to bring young Canadians of different backgrounds and regions together for an opportunity to learn about one another, to discover their country through one another, and to gain a better understanding of Canadian institutions.

While Encounters with Canada covers the travel and accommodation costs, students are required to raise the $625 registration fee. In 2009-10 CPF will award twenty $100 bursaries to youth delegates from BC and Yukon to help subsidize the registration fee. Only children of CPF members are eligible for the bursary. Bursaries will be allocated to members on a first come, first served basis. To apply for the bursary, please download the form in the form section of our website.


To learn more please visit:

Encounters with Canada: http://www.encounters-rencontres.ca/home.php?language=EN

Travel Links

Fundraising Links

Sample French immersion  secondary school France trip organizing notes

Sample French immersion  secondary school France trip packing notes

Re educational trips to Quebec or other francophone environments,
"The State of French-Second-Language Education in Canada 2004", chapter 7, page 52  (in regards to core French, but also of interest for French immersion)

"Other areas that that have been found to contribute to improved language proficiency are a positive parental attitude toward the learning of French (Stern et al., 1976), and exposure to French outside the classroom (Adiv and Doré, 1982). Students tend to have a more positive view of learning French when these conditions are present. One way of increasing students’ exposure to French outside the classroom is by visiting francophone students in Quebec or other francophone environments (Hanna et al., 1980; Lapkin, Hart and Swain, 1995; Deane, 2001). If visits are not feasible, research has shown that supplementary linguistic and cultural programmes at school improve French proficiency and help develop positive relationships “between students’ attitudes toward French and French Canadians and participation in cultural and linguistic exchanges” (Foley et al., 1988:597). More recently, MacFarlane (2001:78) found that “to acquire a full repertoire of language skills, and particularly, to be able to communicate successfully with native speakers in natural contexts, classroom second language acquisition – even with the additional context provided by content-based learning – needs to be supplemented by face-to-face communication with native speakers.” Another effective way of improving French skills and attitude to learning French is through Internet exchanges with students in target language environments (Lawrence, 2002)."

For  photo identification for students travelling within Canada, BC youth can get a BC Identification card that works as photo ID. The process to get a BC Identification card takes 4 to 6 weeks.

About the ID card:

About the identification required to get the ID card

On arrival in Quebec or France, recommend purchasing a phone card, especially if on a homestay/exchange trip as students are not to make calls from the homestay/exchange family's phone that will be charged to the homestay/exchange family. May also want to  provide student with instructions re long distance calling with a home calling card number or credit card. Some phone companies offer a home calling card for students that only permits long distance calls to the home number.

Suggest might want to keep phone calls at the start of the trip to a minimum in case a call triggers homesickness. A call during the student's morning sometimes works better than a call during the student's evening, as the activities of the day are a good distraction from homesickness.

Many of the French homestay/exchange families have Internet at home, so students can e-mail from there. On an exchange, for those who do not, students can usually use the Internet at the French secondary school for e-mail.

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