WELLINGTON, PEI, April 13, 2015 – This winter, Collège de l'Île participated in a recruitment mission to Mexico, where it offered potential students an opportunity to learn French and English at the Collège with the option to then enrol in a regular full-time program. The mission was very productive and Collège de l'Île projects that it will be welcoming around ten students in June. In order to provide a good immersion experience, the Collège is inviting families in the Évangeline region to become host families.

Students will be staying anywhere from six weeks to two years. They will learn French and English over the summer months, and then if they wish in September they will be able to enrol in regular programs at the Collège where there is still space. Students will be aged between 18 and 40 and the group may include both post-secondary students and teachers who want to learn French or English.

Students will pay their host family $600 per month in rent. Families are asked to provide breakfast and supper. The Collège will coordinate transportation to the Collège if host families cannot. Students will all have health insurance and access to a means of transportation to and from social activities at the Collège.

The host family model is beneficial to students and families alike. For families, students will teach them about new parts of the world. Families with young children or teens will have an opportunity to meet young people from other countries. Students whose mother tongue is Spanish will have an excellent opportunity to practise the language they are studying and will learn faster with help from their host family. They will also feel less alone and will be exposed to traditional Acadian hospitality.

Host families may be either English-speaking or French-speaking. It is important to note that students and families will be matched based on their respective needs and interests.

The Collège invites families who would like to host a student to call Colette Aucoin, Vice-President of the Collège, at 902-854-3010 or to email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30.

Collège de l'Île is the only postsecondary French-language institution in Prince Edward Island. With three learning centres in DeBlois, Wellington and Charlottetown, the College offers regular programs, customized training and training based on labour market needs. It offers a stimulating, student-focused learning environment that uses cutting-edge technology.

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