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French immersion at Dearne Valley centre, UK

For a limited time in Autumn 2023, our French-native animateurs are taking over the stunning South Yorkshire countryside for our new, UK-based French language immersion residential. Give your students the authentic expérience française without leaving the country!

  • Voyager exclusive
  • Operated by Voyager
  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Native French animateurs
  • Sept 2023
  • Evening entertainment
  • Workbooks

Take a totally immersive French school trip without leaving the country!

Now schools can experience our tried and tested French language immersion programme in the UK, at the stunning Dearne Valley eco-centre. For a limited time only, your learners can enjoy the full French language immersion experience that students and teachers love at our centres in France, without the need to travel overseas. Our native French speaking animateurs will guide your students from the moment they arrive through tasks and activities designed to promote French speaking and listening in a range of real-life scenarios. 

Alongside a range of confidence-boosting, resilience-enhancing and team-focussed indoor and outdoor activities, our French language immersion trips offer a unique opportunity for students to experience the real language while simultaneously developing their social and emotional skills.

The French school trip pop-up at Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, is available for limited dates in Autumn 2023 only and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us for availability and prices.

Sample 3-day itinerary

Discuss your language learning objectives and requirements with our expert team to get the most out of your stay. If you are considering a 5-day residential, please contact our advisors for more information.

Day 1

  • Arrive in the afternoon, meet the animateur team who will be looking after your students
  • Low ropes
  • Dinner and evening activities conducted in French

Day 2

  • Archery
  • Fencing
  • Climbing
  • Workbooks
  • French games and evening activities with animateurs

Day 3

  • Kayaking
  • Aeroball
  • Return home

Ideally located in South Yorkshire

On the banks of the River Don lies the former Earth Centre, a stunning purpose-built eco-centre. The sustainable Dearne Valley centre boasts fantastic indoor and outdoor activity facilities, purpose-built water sports lake and one of Europe’s largest solar panels!

Students stay in standard, dormitory-style accommodation with gender-specific bathrooms and shower facilities. Teacher rooms are situated nearby and are decked out with en-suite bathrooms, contemporary furnishings, tea and coffee making facilities and a radio-alarm for those early starts.

The lake and adjacent River Don provide the perfect base for raft building, kayaking and canoeing. Facilities at the centre include outdoor ropes and climbing and a giant indoor hall for more climbing, fencing, archery, team building and sports – a truly all-weather complex.

Climbing activity photo
Climbing
Kayak
Kayaking
activities Aeroball
Aeroball
Girls rafting
Raft building
fencing
Fencing
Exercices dinitiative
Team-building games
low ropes
Low Ropes
Teenagers making bread
Bread making
Climbing activity photo

Climbing

Climbing sessions take place at the centre's own climbing wall which is suitable for students of any age. After issuing equipment and explaining the safety procedures, the students will climb various paths on the wall. They will use commands in French to each other and will learn French words for movements and parts of the body.

Kayak

Kayaking

Kayaking sessions are conducted on the beautiful on-site lake. Simple instructions are given in French and the students will master various skills in a very safe and fun environment. Students should be confident in water, but do not need to be excellent swimmers for this activity.

activities Aeroball

Aeroball

Aeroball is a fun, totally unique sport! The trampoline-basketball-volleyball game is suitable for all ages and is played by two teams of 2. Simple instructions are given in French and the students will have the chance to learn/practise the vocabulary for the body parts. It’s also a great opportunity to practise the numbers (scoring and counting down the end of the match). Aeroball is quickly becoming a favourite activity for students and teachers alike!

Girls rafting

Raft building

Raft building is a team-building exercise, where the group has the task of making their own raft with some ropes, barrels and plenty of patience. Instructions are given in French and rafts must be capable of taking the team across the water.

fencing

Fencing

Fencing takes place on-site and is an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to learn French in a safe and fun environment, as well as learning about the safety and the equipment. This activity also encourages the students to practice new phrases in French as well as enjoying the fencing itself.

Exercices dinitiative

Team-building games

On location in the beautiful grounds, tasks are set for each group to encourage the students to work together. These team-building and problem-solving activities are challenging, fun and require good communication skills and a lot of team spirit.

low ropes

Low Ropes

Students navigate their way through a series of ropes, bridges and poles on the purpose-built low ropes course. Perfect for all ages, the course encourages communication and collaboration, building confidence along the way.

Teenagers making bread

Bread making

Suitable for all ages bread making is not just a case of making bread, it’s also a golden opportunity to practise your singing talents, as we sing French songs. Students will be guided from the very beginning with simple French instructions. From the measuring of the flour to the kneading of the bread, this activity will keep their enthusiasm going throughout. They will even get to taste the fruits of their hard work as their bread will be baked in time for the evening meal.

Our UK based French language immersion programme includes:

  • A fun programme of student activities led in French by our own highly trained team of French-native animateurs
  • On-site adventure activities, such as climbing and assault course, French lessons, games and all evening entertainment
  • French language activity workbook per student
  • Full board and lodging 
  • Single, en-suite rooms for adults
  • Private lounge areas for teachers
  • Evening wind-down activities for teachers such as cheese and wine tasting
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx. 1:10 
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for two adults

 Extras to budget for:

  • Transport to and from the centre
  • Comprehensive travel insurance including COVID-19 cover
  • Supplements for small groups and additional adults

Limited dates for 2023 only - book your residential today

The French school trip pop-up at Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, is available for limited dates in Autumn 2023 only.

Choose either a three-day (Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri) or five-day (Mon-Fri) immersive French programme on these dates::

  • Monday 11th September – Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th September
  • Monday 18th September – Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd September
  • Monday 25th September – Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th September

But hurry, places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact us for availability and prices.

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£228 pp
3 day/2 night full board accommodation and activities 
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