Intensive Language & Study Tour – with homestay

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                      Intensive Language & Study Tour – with homestay
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                      Intensive Language & Study Tour – with homestay
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                      Intensive Language & Study Tour – with homestay

The Concept

Our intensive language and study tour has been designed for students at intermediate and advanced learning level. Our homestay partners are carefully selected to provide students with a safe and comfortable family environment in convenient locations, and is an ideal opportunity for students to progress their language skills while making new friends.

CREIPAC has long been regarded as the leading language school in Noumea, and has been a longstanding partner of G.E.T for more than 20 years. For those schools who have visited CREIPAC many times, and who may be interested in learning in a more conversational and integrated style, then we have additional language schools which you may consider as alternatives. Information is available upon request. 

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – NOUMEA

Fly directly from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Noumea with Aircalin. For schools outside of these capital cities there are convenient domestic connections from other Australian airports. On arrival at Tontouta Airport you will transfer by coach to your hotel accommodation on the idyllic Anse Vata beachfront.

DAY 2 HOMESTAY (B, D)

After a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer by coach to Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC) for your first 3-hour French lesson. The lessons will be focused on conversational French, and will give you a number of useful phrases and expressions that you can practise during your time in New Caledonia.
Following the lesson, you will be transferred to the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure until 4:30pm, where you will meet your homestay family and be taken to their home for the next 5 nights.
Teachers will be accommodated at “Le Pacifique” hotel during this time.

DAYS 3 & 4 HOMESTAY (B, D)

Each morning you will have breakfast with your homestay family and then they will drop you off at CREIPAC for your French lessons. Following the lesson, you will be transferred to Port Moselle. The afternoon is at leisure until 4:30pm.
At 4.30pm, your host family will pick you up from Port Moselle and you will return to their home for the rest of the evening.
You will share dinner with the family and have a chance to practise all of the French that you have been learning in class.

DAY 5 AMEDEE LIGHTHOUSE (B, L, D)

After breakfast your host family will drop you at Port Moselle at 8am for a full day excursion to Amedee Lighthouse. You will take the Mary D boat out to the island and have plenty of time to walk around the island, view the coral reef from glass bottom boats, climb the lighthouse and soak up your beautiful surroundings.
This excursion also includes a tropical island buffet lunch and performance on the beachfront, which showcases the best of Melanesian culture and dance.

DAY 6 HOMESTAY (B, L, D)

You will spend the day with your host family and have a unique opportunity to experience what daily life is like for locals in Noumea. Your host family will provide all meals on this day.

DAY 7 NOUMEA (B, D)

After breakfast your homestay parents will drop you at the language centre for your final language lesson and say their goodbyes. Following your lesson, you will transfer by coach to your hotel accommodation, and then you will have free time to enjoy your final afternoon in Noumea. We highly recommend a trip to Geant supermarket for some lunch and some last minute shopping for friends and family. Dinner this evening.

DAY 8 NOUMEA – AUSTRALIA

After breakfast this morning it is time to say goodbye to New Caledonia and transfer by coach to Tontouta Airport for your flight home.

Optional Tours

at additional cost

TCHOU TCHOU TRAIN

Enjoy a guided orientation of Noumea and the surrounding areas on the little train. Tour has a guided commentary of Noumea (approx. 1.5 hours).

TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE (2 hours)

Explore Melanesian culture with a 2-hour guided tour of the Tjibaou cultural centre. This world-renowned museum is a stunning display of architecture, located in a picturesque spot on the Tina peninsula. It is named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the leader of the Kanak independence movement, and it will give students a great insight into the local Kanak culture. Return transfers are included.

TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE (full day)

In addition to the 2-hour excursion above, there is the option of spending a full day at the Tjiabou Cultural Centre. This includes the guided tour, a café lunch and your choice of either a dancing, weaving or sculpture workshop. There are also cooking classes available at an additional cost. Return transfers are included.

VISIT TO AQUARIUM DES LAGONS

Enjoy a visit to the aquarium where you will see over 300 varieties of fish and get up close with turtles and sharks. The aquarium in Noumea is conveniently located on the Anse Vata beachfront, a short walking distance from Le Pacifique hotel.

L’EAU VIVE RESTAURANT

If you’d like to have a unique and wonderful dinner experience, then a visit to L’eau Vive restaurant is for you! This restaurant is run by missionaries to raise money to help those in need in New Caledonia and they also use the restaurant as a training ground for youth hoping to work in the hospitality industry. You will have a delicious meal and the nuns will even sing to you. Return transfers are included.

WALKING TOUR OF NOUMEA (2 hours)

This guided walking tour will take you through the main areas of interest in the city centre including the museum, cathedral, library and other historical buildings. Along the way, your guide will give you commentary about the history of New Caledonia.

LE PARC FORESTIER (half day)

A visit to this park gives students a chance to relax and explore the unique flora and fauna of the area including New Caledonia’s national bird, the cagou. Return transfers, entrance fees and a picnic lunch are included.

DUMBEA KAYAKING (half day)

This tour takes students to the north of Noumea where they will get to participate in a 1-hour kayaking lesson along the beautiful Dumbea River and explore the tropical countryside. Return coach transfers are included.

SUPERMARKET TOUR (half day)

Return coach transfers can be arranged to the giant Carrefours supermarket. This will give students the chance to do some shopping, familiarise themselves with a wide variety of French products and expand their vocabulary at the same time.

THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET

These free markets are located in the city centre at Place des Cocotiers and there is often a theme that focuses on a particular cultural aspect. Return transfers can be arranged.

MASS AT ST JOSEPHS

For schools that are interested in participating in a local Christian service, return coach transfers can be provided to mass at St Joseph’s, the Roman Catholic cathedral in Noumea.

FILM NIGHT AT LE PACIFIQUE HOTEL

Film nights can be organised free of charge at Le Pacifique hotel. The hotel will provide a room with a data projector and a screen (weather permitting, this could be arranged outside on the deck). The hotel has some films available, however schools are also encouraged to bring their own films along.

PETANQUE GAMES ON THE BEACH

If you’d like to play a game of petanque with the locals, just ask the reception desk at Le Pacifique hotel who have put aside a few petanque sets for G.E.T school groups. The petanque grounds are right opposite the hotel on the beachfront.

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares ex Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne
  • Prepaid airport/airline taxes and levies
  • Return airport transfers in Noumea
  • 7 nights' accommodation at Hotel Le Pacifique for staff
  • 2 nights' accommodation at Hotel Le Pacifique hotel for students*
  • 5 nights' homestay accommodation for students in pairs (breakfast /dinner daily)
  • Buffet breakfast daily whilst at the hotel
  • 1 x 3 course dinner (entrée/main/dessert) on last evening at the hotel
  • Amedee Lighthouse cruise with buffet lunch
  • 4 x 3 hour French Language lessons at CREIPAC (includes return transfers for students and one way transfers for teachers )
  • 5% New Caledonia service tax
  • Room tax
  • The use of our exclusive G.E.T French Language worksheets
  • *Optional 7 nights' hotel accommodation is available for schools that would like to participate in the intensive CREIPAC French lessons however do not wish to undertake a homestay component.