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    Explore
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    What is Explore?
    Explore is an intensive French-immersion program that is offered during the spring and summer. If you are interested in learning or improving French and travelling to a new part of Canada, then Explore might be the perfect program for you.
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    Can I apply?
    There are no language-skill requirements. If you meet the program criteria, you may be eligible for a place funded by the Government of Canada.
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    Learn
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    What do I learn?
    Unsure about your French-language skills? No problem. There are no language-skill requirements for Explore. You are assigned to a group according to your age category and skill level, so that you can learn and practise French with confidence.
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    How much is it?
    Explore is funded by the Government of Canada, allowing most participants to fully engage in the program instead of worrying about money.
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    Stay
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    Where do I stay?
    What type of lodging works for you? If you want to be close to the action, stay on campus to socialize with the student community (student residence). If you want to immerse yourself more deeply into the language and culture, live with a local family (homestay). When exploring different institutions, try the accommodation filter to display examples of the various types of lodging. Choose the one that’s right for you. Whatever accommodation you choose, your safety is a priority of the Explore program.
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    I have questions?
    You have questions and we have answers. You’ll find them here. If have questions that we haven't covered in this section, just send them to us using the contact form.
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    Who meets my child?
    On the day of arrival, if your child is between 13 and 15 years old, a chaperone will meet them at the airport, train, or bus station and identify themselves with official documentation. The chaperone will arrange arrival and departure logistics to ensure safe travel to and from the institution. On the day of departure, the chaperone will remain with your child until they have completed security or taken their seat on the train or bus.
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    How safe are the accommodations?
    Participants in Explore are required to stay on-campus in a student residence, or off-campus with a host family. Accommodations are assigned by age group and by gender.
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    Who will supervise my child?
    Participants in Explore are required to stay on-campus in a student residence, or off-campus with a host family. Accommodations are assigned by age group and by gender.
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    What if my child has special needs?
    If your child has special needs, please notify the institution when you submit your registration package (after they have been offered a spot in the program). Most special requests can be accommodated with advance notice.
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    What if something goes wrong?
    Although we do our best to ensure your child enjoys every aspect of the program, we understand that sometimes issues may arise. You will be given the telephone numbers of program staff who will always be available, including weekends. Your child will also be given a number to call in case of emergency. There are support services available at the institution, as well as access to resources such as Kids Help Phone (a toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual, and anonymous phone- and virtual-counselling service for children and youth).
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    What if my child wants to leave before the end of the program?
    Program staff will keep your child busy with a range of fun educational and cultural activities. Evening and weekend activities will provide them opportunities to make friends from across Canada and discover new aspects about themselves including how resourceful they are! To get the most out of the experience, we ask that your child fully participates in all activities until the end of the program. If for any reason your child needs to come home before the end of the program, you will be responsible for notifying the host institution of your child’s withdrawal from the program and for making arrangements to pick them up.
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    Does my child need to speak french at all times?
    Each host institution has a policy about use of the target language (French). Your child will always be encouraged to speak French. Specific guidelines for each institution will be shared with participants and parents upon registration.
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    What personal supplies should my child bring?
    It is recommended that your child bring a French dictionary, as well as pens, pencils, paper, and a binder for classroom use. All other course materials are provided by the institution. If additional materials are required or suggested, the institution will inform participants and parents upon registration.
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    IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19: Our team is working diligently to implement the 2021 official language programs in the safest way possible. Explore and Destination Clic institutions and Odyssey employers will be strictly adhering to all local, provincial, and federal health and safety guidelines. Additional information will be posted on the website as the situation evolves.
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