I believe a successful immersion experience, after the enthusiasm of the student, requires a skilled teacher focused on the individual needs of the student and a warm, welcoming environment that encourages practicing what is learned. Based on those criteria, my week with Raymonde was highly successful. She responded immediately to my initial request, and I was quickly able to book a time in beautiful Gingins. I was warmly welcome and shown to the lovely room with attached bathroom. We started discussing the areas I felt had highest priority, and as the week progressed Raymonde also made numerous helpful suggestions of topics for focus or additional work. Her interest in people and good humor made both the formal instruction as well as the discussion during the excellent meals comfortable and fun. In addition to formal rules of grammar, Raymonde was also quick to point out how people speak “in real life”. The excursion opportunities were numerous, and I chose to visit Geneva’s old town as well as a lovely local museum. I am very pleased with my decision to go to Gingins and feel I exceeded my goals for the immersion.