Longfellow  MS  & 

Belmont MS 



Collège St. Martin

April 12-April 20, 2020 


Host Family FAQ


What are the responsibilities of the host families?

  • Plan to meet your exchange student at the airport on the day of arrive and bring your exchange student to school on the day of departure to the designated meeting area.

  • Make transportation arrangements to get your exchange student to and from school every day.

    • If you intend to send them on the bus, you will need permission from the school to do so

    • If your sons or daughters have their driver’s license, the exchange student may be in the car with them when they drive

    • If you require assistance with transportation, please reach out to other parents on the contact sheet who can carpool.

  • Send a packed lunch everyday with your exchange student

  • Include the exchange student in your daily activities so they have a greater understanding of American life!

    • Show them local attractions

    • Cook meals with them or go to popular restaurants with Mexican, Chinese, or Thai food, or popular steakhouses! Don’t forget to take them to a good hamburger spot!

    • Take them to the movies or watch TV with them (don’t forget to put English subtitles on, just in case!)

  • Exchange students bring their own spending money

    • Take them shopping! Exchange students love to shop at outlet malls and stores such as “Marshalls,” and “Target.” Most of them have an idea of what they would like to buy so ask them and they will tell you.

  • Provide an authentic cultural experience in which students actively use the English language.

    • Most exchange students must take English as a foreign language in school. It is a requirement to graduate. Communication has rarely been an issue during the hosting experience.

  • Supervise your exchange student and your own child with great care

    • They will have teachers traveling with them, so any questions or concerns should be shared with them and their teachers.


What will the students be doing all day?

  • Exchange students will travel to school with their host every day. They will either be shadowing your student at school or will be going on excursions to the local area attractions

  • On the days the exchange students shadow their hosts, they will have a chance to learn what an American school is like

  • On excursion days, exchange students will see the local and popular sights. They will leave from the school and travel with a private coach. French teachers accompany the students on all of their excursions.

  • Weekends will be spent with the host families.

  • You will receive a day-by-day program including an agenda with flight details, sights the students will be visiting and their return to school. We kindly request that you make arrangements to pick up your student at the times indicated on the program or to make alternative arrangements for him/her.


What if there is an emergency/problem/concern?

  • All exchange students are covered under medical insurance and will have a copy of their insurance with them.

  • If it is a life-threatening emergency, please take them to the hospital and call A La Carte Travel immediately! If it is not life-threatening, call A La Carte  Travel and we will determine the best course of action.

    • The students are traveling with two chaperones who can also assist if there is a problem.

    • If there is any sort of problem, you need to contact A La Carte Travel immediately. We will do everything in our power to help the visit go smoothly. If we are told at the end of the stay that it was unpleasant, it will be too late for us to do anything.


Who is A La Carte Travel?

  • A La Carte Travel has specialized in educational group travel to and from Europe, Canada, and Latin America for over 20 years.

  • We are committed to providing educational institutions affordable access to a priceless opportunity and the chance to experience other cultures and languages. Our goal as an organization is to promote the values of understanding through experiencing and learning about other cultures.


Daily Itinerary

*Please Note: Host Families must pack lunch for host students daily. Host Families will also bring the students to the school daily OR the students should take the school bus with their host students*

*A La Carte Travel will be able to accomodate schedules if these dates fall into your Spring Break* 


Day 1: Sunday, April 12th, 2020- Homestay 

Students will meet their families and begin their homestay. If you are not back from Spring Break, we will be able to accomodate your schedule.  

Day 2: Monday, April 13th, 2020- Homestay 

No school for Longfellow Students. Students will spend the day with their host families.If you are not back from Spring Break, we will be able to accomodate your schedule.  

Belmont Students: French students will shadow host students at school. 

Day 3: Tuesday, April 14th, 2020- Washington DC 

In the morning, the students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to Washington DC where they will visit popular landmarks like, the Lincoln Memorial, the national monument that honors the 16th President of the United States. They will enjoy a walking tour of memorials like the Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, and others, as well as the White House! They will have lunch at the National Mall and then have the opportunity to visit the American Indian Museum  before returning back to school for pick up.


Day 4: Wednesday April 15th, 2020- Georgetown 

Students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to Georgetown where they will have the chance for shopping and sightseeing before returning to the school for pick up in the afternoon.   

Day 5: Thursday, April 16th, 2020- Homestay

Students will spend the day with their host families. 


Day 6: Friday, April 17th , 2020- Washington DC 

Students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to visit Mount Vernon. On the way, they will stop at Arlington Cemetery. They will return back to school in the afternoon for pick up. 


Day 7-8: Saturday, April 18th-Sunday, April 19th, 2020- Homestay

Students will spend the weekend with their host families 


Day 9: Monday, April 20th, 2020- Depart

Students will meet at the school with their luggage. They will spend the morning at the Air and Space Museum before going to the airport for their flight home. 


Collège St. Martin

There are 8th and 9th graders traveling with this group 13 boys and 24 girls! 

Collège St. Martin is a private primary and secondary school located in the small town of Marquise, France. It is very much a family school where the positive relationships between the teachers and pupils allows us to get to know and understand the individual needs of each and every child. 

It has a population of 700 pupils- 385 of whom are in the middle school! 

Science, sport and languages, as well as music and art, are taught by dedicated teachers. 

Lots of trips are organized in France and abroad for the students1