OSEF (Organisme de Séjours Educatifs Francophones), is a Belgian association that promotes linguistic and cultural exchanges between France, Belgium and Spain and all Canadian provinces. Two types of programs are offered:
Summer Exchange: about 100 students participate every year in the 1 month home stay program. Canadian students spend the month of July in France, return with their French exchange partner, and the French students leave at the end of August.
9 & 11 week program: each year, in August, over 300 students from different regions of France, Belgium and Spain participate in a 9 or 11 weeks exchange to Canada. These exchanges are for students aged 12 to 17. European students stay in Canada from around mid-August until the beginning of November. All stay with their exchange partner’s family and attend school where they are given an attendance report. The Canadian students go to Europe from February to the end of April/beginning of May (depending on the date of arrival in February) the following year. They also have to attend their exchange partner’s school.
For more info check out this video on OSEF’s website:
British Columbia OSEF contact:
Anne Louise McFarland (Provincial Coordinator)