Twenty French teens from professional French families (ages 14-18) will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 9-29 and retired French teacher Linda Farmer (she taught both French and English at Lassiter High School for 24 years until she retired in 2008) is looking for host families who will show their student warmth and hospitality. These French teens from Paris to Provence want to experience American life first-hand and to be totally immersed in the English language. Ms. Farmer, along with a French chaperone, will oversee the program. “This is a wonderful opportunity,“ says Farmer, “for Atlanta-area families to add an international dimension to their lives with many far-reaching benefits.” Students can also receive community service hours for being a part of the host family.

As East Cobber and mother of a host family, Gina Anaya, shares, “By far this was one of the greatest experiences as a family that we shared. We met a very intelligent and wonderful young man. We have learned a lot from Noe, he was a perfect match for our family and we treasure all our memories right down to the humor.”

LEC (Loisirs Culturels á l’étranger), the Paris-based sponsor, provides these students with comprehensive medical insurance and gives host families compensation for room and board. All come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home and each has had three to six years of English depending on age. No French language skills are needed!

Applications are now being accepted. For more information, contact Linda Farmer at or 770-973-2452; and/or visit

This article originally appeared in our April issue of EAST COBBER, on page 12. Click here to view the digital edition.