Immersion stay in Lausanne

About me

Bonjour! My name is Melody, I was born and raised in Paris, but I have lived in Switzerland since 2017. 

 

I live in the beautiful and vibrant city of Lausanne with my partner Bruno, and our beloved dog Pepito, a rare breed of Chinese-crested dog without hair (which makes him quite unique! ). He is very friendly, clean and well behaved so I am sure you will get along !

 

I am passionate about travelling and meeting people from different countries and cultures; thus, that is why learning foreign languages has always been very important to me. I have lived abroad many times and participated in several immersive stays (for instance as a student when I was living in Japan) and I can say that it has always been the best way to learn a language.  I decided to share this passion by becoming a French teacher and welcoming my students to my home to offer them an unforgettable immersive language stay. 

 

I am enthusiastic about art and culture so in my spare time, I love to visit museums of which there are A LOT in Lausanne, more than you initially think! I avidly participate in cultural events as well. On a different note, I also love to bike around in the city with my dog, walk by the lake, or just chill and read a good book in the sun. 

 

Bruno and I are foodies, so we love to cook delicious meals together, in addition to knowing all the best restaurants and fun taverns in Lausanne. We will be happy to take you to enjoy some wine and cheese tasting or the traditional Swiss fondue! 

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The Flat and Nearby Transportation

 

Our apartment is located in the north of Lausanne, in a very quiet neighborhood near the forest. We are located in a secure building, on the 3rd floor with elevator. The neighborhood is very safe and calm, with a lot of families living there. 

There is the bus down the street, and the metro 4 stops away, which makes it quite convenient to travel everywhere in the city in about 20 minutes. 

 

The flat is very modern: a large living room with an open kitchen and lot of light, where you have a  snacks/ tea / coffee anytime during the day.

The veranda is well- furnished with couch, table, and small aromatic plants which makes it the best place to chill or read in the sun and enjoy our special barbecue evening in the summer with a nice glass of rosé wine! 

 Your room and private bathroom

You will have your own room and private bathroom which is fully equipped with a shower, toilet, and sink.

 

The bedroom is very comfortable: a double bed, TV (Netflix access and DVD player for our collection of French movies), a large window with a lot of light, and a small desk where you can study.

There is also a big drawer for your clothes and personal belongings, and we provide towels and basic bathroom amenities such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste. 

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Activities in Lausanne région 

There are so many things to do in Lausanne and its surrounding areas that you might not know where to start! Here is a small list of the main attractions you can find : 

Museums :

 

Olympic museum, Museum of fine art, Lausanne Historical museum, MUDAC museum (contemporary design and applied arts), Art brut collection, Elysée museum (photography) Hermitage foundation (fine art), Palais de Rumine ( archeology, history, geology, and zoologie) Architecture forum, Botanical garden,  … 

Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) 

 

There is a lot of thing you can do by the lake including swimming, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, or even just walking by the lake or sun bathing at the several lake beaches.You can also take the ferry boat to cross the lake and visit the city of Evian, opposite Lausanne, on the French side of the Lac Léman. 

Lavaux Vinyards 

 

Next to Lausanne, you will find the UNESCO world heritage site of Lavaux vineyards. The landscape here is overwhelming.

 

You can hike surrounded by the grapes, with the view over the lake and the mountains in the background. You can also visit the wine cellar and we can organize wine tasting there, or simply bring a picnic basket and do some traditional « apéro » in the middle of the vineyard. 

City of Montreux 

 

Montreux can be a lovely city to visit. It is on Lac Léman , with a lovely promenade, the Casino, and every year features the famous « Montreux Jazz Festival ». Deep Purple wrote « Smoke on the Water » there, right after the Casino went up in flames in 1971. 

In the winter, there is a huge Christmas market,(he biggest in the area) . For the entire month of December, the city is full of Christmas lights, and delicious Christmas delicacies. 

Chillon’s Castle

Le Chateau de Chillon is a lovely castle by the lake. You can visit it, or simply walk by it on your way to Montreux for some great pictures. 

Cailler Chocolate Museum

 

Switzerland is worldwide famous for its chocolates. Here in the Cailler Museum, you can follow all the process of making chocolate by having a glimpse inside the factory.

You can also learn about the history of chocolate in Switzerland and of course, try all the chocolates you want at the end of the visit. 

Charlie Chaplin Musem in Vevey

 

A 15 minute train ride brings you to the city of Vevey, home of Charlie Chaplin’s house. He used to live there in the 1950’s and you can visit his house and the museum dedicated to his work that was built next to it. 

The region of Gruyère

 

The region of Gruyère is home to the famous Gruyère cheese. The landscape here is wonderful, and it embodies every Swiss stereotype: green pastures, the mountain, and the cows with their typical bell sounds.

 

Here you can visit the Gruyère museum where you can follow the process of traditional cheese making, and up in the mountain you can also visit its lovely medieval city, hike, and try all the typical Swiss gastronomy.

Geneva

 

Geneva is the second biggest city of Switzerland, after Zurich. It’s less than one hour away by train from Lausanne, and it can easily be visited in one day.

You can walk by the lake to see the famous « Jet d’eau », visit plenty of museums, take a stroll in the vibrant art district of « quartier des bains » or just go for a swim at « Bain des Paquis ».  

Practical info

 

Lausanne is located less than one hour away by train from Geneva international airport. There is a direct train directly from the airport, and approximate cost is 25 CHF ( = 25 $)

The currency in Switzerland is Swiss Franc, which is approximately equal to the US dollar ( 1 CHF = 1,02 US $). 

A Typical 1 Week (7 Days, 6 Nights) Offer Includes But Is Not Limited To:

 

  • 15 hours of customized one-on-one lesson (3H every morning from 9H00 to 12H00, from Monday to Friday) 

  • A personalized visit of Lausanne on your arrival and 1 organized unforgettable experience/excursion of your choice*

  • Accommodation in your own en-suite room with a double bed, TV, shower, sink and toilet.

  • Copious breakfast, generous lunch with local products .

  • Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday

 

*Train tickets and museum entry fees not included

For excursions and activities with an additional cost, click 

Price

The price for lesson + accommodation + half board + personalized visit of the city and 1 activity is 1600 €

 

Pick-up option : I will of course pick you up at the Lausanne Station for free, but if you would like a pick-up in Geneva the price is 100 € (one way ). For both ways it’s 150 €

 

Special diet : The price for a special diet (gluten free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian …) is an extra 80 € per week.

Full board : The price for a full board option is an extra 160 € per week.

 

Additional person :  The price for an additional person without lesson ( accommodation + half board + activities) is an extra 250 € per week.

For an additional person taking lessons, the price is an extra 750 € per week.

For any other information or a cost estimate, feel free to fill out the form on the French immersion request page 
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