My home stay with Raymonde was superb and very personally rewarding. The weather was amazing and the beauty of the local region so stunning, that it was hard not to be highly motivated to make the most of my time in her “little corner of paradise”.
Having felt my motivation towards achieving language proficiency had taken a dive recently, I was keen to experience a 1:1 intensive language experience during my week in Switzerland. My correspondence with Raymonde prior to my arrival had already laid the groundwork for a relaxed initial meeting, not to mention a delicious apple tart once we reached her lovely house. Raymonde is a delightful person with many interests and a great sense of humour who somehow manages to fit everything in and make it all work.
A morning schedule of lessons was quickly established after some amazing “petit-dejeuners”, with Raymonde soon zoning in on my weaker areas, but also challenging me towards my next level of proficiency (B2). She is very skilled at highlighting the tiny errors that become habitual and that are often not corrected when you speak to others, but for the sake of progressing and becoming more eloquent are very important to eliminate. A variety of teaching methods was utilised and I soon found my confidence to speak on all manner of subjects was increasing daily as my errors diminished.
Mealtimes were not only a delight as Raymonde is a very creative cook of deliciously healthy food, but we could touch on many interests that we had in common and I met nearly all of her immediate family who made me feel most welcome.
Free time to explore the many beautiful nearby towns such as Nyon & Lausanne with their mediaeval history was beneficial as were the lunches and excursions to Morges for the Hubert de Givenchy exhibition of clothing he designed for Audrey Hepburn.
My week went too quickly, but I am already working on a return visit and for a longer period next year and highly recommend Raymonde and her homestay immersion course to anyone wishing to make true progress.
Thank you so much Raymonde!