French FlagWe are looking for host families, roommates sharing an apartment, “friendship families” or “starter” families for next year

Have you considered hosting a UMA French exchange student during the 2014-2015 academic year? Families located in Augusta or the surrounding area would be ideal, as students from the University of Western Brittany will need to travel to UMA multiple times a week.

New this year: we are looking for “starter families” to help a student for up to three weeks to get settled in Augusta. This might include driving the student to the bank to set up an account, helping navigate phone service choices, and driving to see apartments to meet potential roommates. This would be a big help to the students!

Families are paid a small stipend of $250/month to cover any expenses, and students are expected to share in the cost of family meals. The French students need to have their own room.

If you are looking for a roommate, this is another possibility; the students would share in the costs of renting.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about another culture, teach children/teenagers about other countries, and build a rich friendship.

Students arrive late August and depart early May. If you are interested but unable to host for a full year, we may be able to find two interested families who wish to host (for example, Sept.-December and January-May).

In addition, if you are not able to host but wish to help in some way, we are also looking for “friendship families” who would visit with the student each month and/or have the student come for occasional weekend visits for the first four months of the year. 

We need your help! Please don’t hesitate to write if you have any questions or wish to explore possibilities. We have short bios on each student with a photo. UN GRAND MERCI!

For more information, please contact: Chelsea Ray Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, UMA chelsea.d.ray@maine.edu (best way to reach me over the summer); (207) 621-3487