** THE FIL CONCEPT **
FIL French immersion summer camp organises French language holidays in south of France for teenagers -from 12-17 years old- coming from around the world. Our 10-DAY SUMMER CAMP programmes combine French language workshops (21hours) with a wide range of recreational activities, including canyoning, kayaking, stand-up paddle, swimming, cabaret nights and cultural excursions. We also welcome French campers in order to motivate students to speak in French. FIL is a unique language camp experience!
** LOCATION OF FIL **
FIL French summer courses take place IN SOUTH OF FRANCE in Saint Laurent de Cerdans, a charming village between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated 60km south of Perpignan, in the Languedoc Roussillon region, close to the Spanish border. Participants can fly into Perpignan (1hour30) and Barcelona (2hour30) airports or travel by train to Perpignan.
** GROUPS OF PARTICIPANTS AT FIL **
Our groups are divided according to age: - THE « FIL JUNIOR » : from 12 to 14 years old - THE « FIL ADO » : from 15 to 17 years old
At FIL summer camp, there are small groups of 20 pax with a minimum of 2 young French people. The native French team leaders will accompany the teenagers during their stay - 24/7 supervision of the group. They are double qualified in teaching French as a second language and in supervising young people in summer camps.
** FIL FRENCH CLASSES **
The COMMUNICATIVE AND ORIGINAL FRENCH WORKSHOPS - 21 HOURS DURING 10 DAYS STAY - follow a unique concept of French speaking teaching. FIL courses take place in the mornings in small groups of 6 to 8 participants and according to the level of everyone. French classes include role-playing games, setting fictive project, field interaction with French local people, etc. At FIL, you speak French without noticing it!
** FIL METHOD **
The priority of FIL summer programs is TO DEVELOP ORAL EXPRESSION THROUGH DAILY FRENCH PRACTICE. We encourage our participants to speak French all day long, in addition to their French language classes - this is called "immersion totale". A stay at FIL is made to live holidays in French, thus, the children enjoy their time and because they feel good, it’s easier and more natural to speak French: learning with emotional wellness is better to perform languages (that's FIL's educational value).
** WHY CHOOSING FIL? **
- A family atmosphere in a safe exceptional nature-surrounded place
- The constant presence of the FIL team with the group
- Original French workshops taking place outdoors
- An individual following-up of each participant
- Amazing activities including water sports, hiking in the Pyrenees Mountains and 2 days at the Mediterranean coast
- An international group including French young people from the same age.
WHAT French COURSES DO WE OFFER?
Courses + Activities
** FIL SUMMER PROGRAMS **
--French & MULTI-ACTIVITY PROGRAM-- 21 hours of French courses + Sea-kayaking, standup paddle, tree-top adventure park, aqua-jumping (Junior), cable wakeboard (Ado), swimming, hiking, horseback riding or scuba diving (optional), orienteering, shopping, discovering typical French towns, and relaxing times and crazy evening activities. An overnight stay at the Mediterranean coast included.
--French & HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAM-- 21 hours of French courses + Canyoning, adventure park, orienteering, aqua-jumping (Junior), cable wakeboard (Ado), horseback riding: included 4 days of trekking on a horseback in the mountains and the woods, camping in a tipi and crossing the Spanish border. ** experienced riders only
** FIL SCHOOL GROUP PROGRAMS **
We organise year-round stays for school groups. FIL welcomes your French classes for tailor-made language study vacations according to your curriculum. Our programs represent an excellent complement to French-as-a-second-language learning at school. The stay may vary from 5 to 30 days, during the school year, it can include an itinerant tour including Paris or Toulouse & Carcassonne, a theme package (haute cuisine, Fine Arts, sports, etc.) with or without either French workshops or evaluations.
WHAT ACCOMMODATION DO WE OFFER?
FIL stays are residency. Our home base, called « Le Noell », is located in an exceptionally sunny environment in the middle of a 50 hectares of woods, with moors, prairies, and many streams close to a village called Saint Laurent de Cerdans.
Campers stayed in multiple bedrooms from 4 to 6 pax with a bathroom ensuite. We tend to mix nationalities within the rooms. Boys and girls have separate bedrooms and the team leaders stay at the campers floor 24/7.
At « Le Noell », participants can enjoy the swimming-pool under a bright sun with tons of cosy spots outside. We eat on terraces and teens can enjoy tennis tables and outdoor activities around.
Our regional cook, Thierry, prepares us delicious French food. All meals are prepared in our kitchen using fresh local products. We do our best to respect special diets too.
WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
The participants come from anywhere in Europe and also from all over the world to spend an amazing time all together! Our groups are divided according to age: the « Juniors » are between 12 and 14 years old, and the « Ados » are between 15 and 17 years old. Students are then divided into groups according to their French level only during the French courses.
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WIFI - in order to keep the immersion concept and lead our students to create link together we control WIFI access authorizing it for certain period of time during the day.
Laundry service (for multiple stays)
Swimming-pool (supervised access), tennis table, volley-ball, playing room (on free-access)
and multiple daily activities included into each program
We deliver an invitation letter when it is necessary.
How to get there
FIL is the only French summer camp situated in Pyrénées Orientales region, between Pyrénées mountains and Mediterranean Sea in south of France. FIL is located between the cities of Perpignan (France) and Barcelona (Spain).
BY PLANE: - Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport (60km/one hour and fifteen minutes from FIL summer camp),
- Barcelona international airport (200km/two and half hours from FIL summer camp). We organise group shuttles from/to the different airports.
BY TRAIN:- Perpignan TGV railway station (55km/one hour and fifteen minutes from FIL summer camp).
We organise group/individual transfers from/to the railway station.
BY CAR: - 60 km in the south of Perpignan, follow the A9 highway and take exit 43 following the direction of Amélie Les Bains. (200km from Montpellier/two hours driving from FIL summer camp).