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Seeking medical care in another country where I didn't speak the language (especially medical terminology) fluently.

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Adventures in France

This journal is designed to track my experiences while I'm in France (and hopefully traveling to other countries too).

Paris, here I come! (In 26 days...)

France Paris, France  |  Jan 14, 2012
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I have decided to blog about my travel experiences. Anyone interested in learning more, can visit my blog at: http://ksalvo-quivivraverra.blogspot.com/

I'll be headed to France as part of the Conversation Corps on January 13 and will be there until April 10. I'll be based in Neuilly-Plaisance, a suburb about 12 km east of Paris. But, I'm definitely interested in meeting others and traveling, so if you're going to be in Europe during this time, please get in touch!

Right now I'm just preparing to enjoy the upcoming holidays with friends and family and am trying to get mentally ready to pack - my head says pack light, but my shoe collection says that might be tough...

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    ksalvo wrote: Thu Jan 5, 2012
    Hi Jasmine,

    Good luck with everything! I sent my initial application October 18, the additional requested materials November 1, and was matched with a family November 16. I started inquiring about the program much earlier, but held off applying until closer to the date I was going to go, though GeoVisions did say that the earlier you get in an application the better, but you might not be matched until closer to a travel date.

    Waiting was definitely the hardest part, but they told me not to expect to hear for a month after I submitted everything.

    Once I was matched, I emailed my host family immediately and it took like what felt like forever to hear back from them (it was really 6 days), but I guess it is more common in Europe for things like that to take longer than we're used to in the States.

    However, since then we've emailed several times to negotiate dates and things worked out well - I leave in a week.

    Hope this helps!

    -Kerry
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    Jasmine wrote: Tue Jan 3, 2012
    Hi there!

    My name's Jasmine, and I applied to do the conversation corps for a month in Italy this coming summer! I have already looked at your blog and can't wait to read about your experiences when you're in France. I was just wondering how long ago you actually applied to the program? As well, how long did you wait for a family? I applied REALLY early on and I know I'll have to wait, but the anticipation is killing me! Any advice would be soooo greatly appreciated. Bon voyage and can't wait to read more of your posts!

    Jasmine
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    ksalvo wrote: Mon Jan 2, 2012
    Hi Diana,

    Good luck with your plans!

    I'm doing Conversation Corps for 3 months. I’ll be tutoring a 17 and 20 year old. When I was deciding to go, the staff at GeoVisions was very helpful. Diane was great about answering questions and getting back to me quickly.

    Once I filled out my application and submitted the supplemental pieces (they don’t give long to do that, so ask exactly what they will need so you can make the deadline – for me the note from a dr was a challenge since it had been over a year since my last physical). After that, I just had to sit back and wait for a family to choose me.

    That took a couple weeks and since then I’ve communicated via email with my host family 8 times to work out details. The hardest part is that they took several days to get back to me each time I emailed, but it is all working out well. Feel free to keep reading my blog to to find out how things go once I get there!

    And, if you ask GeoVisions for my email I’d be happy to answer any more qs.
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    Diana wrote: Tue Dec 20, 2011
    Hey! This blog is such a great idea!

    Ive been thinking about au-pairing in France for a few years now, but just havent found the time with work and life and what not. So im seriously thinking about going sometime in May for 2-3 months. How was the process of actually setting everything up and meeting your host family?

    Any tips or advice?
  • Paris, here I come! (In 26 days...)

    January 14, 2012
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