Join a language club!

Part of OrneLink’s remit is to facilitate social and linguistic exchange between members. Many expat members of the network would like to improve their French; but lessons can be costly, inconvenient and hard to stick at. There are also many French members who would love the opportunity to practice or improve their English.

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For Love or Money... volunteering with the help of OrneLink

Janet Wyllie is a serial volunteer and now she is using her native tongue to help students in schools perfect their English as part of an OrneLink scheme. 

Volunteering, it seems, comes naturally to Janet. 'I really recommend it', she says, 'especially if you've not tried it before. For me, I was determined to integrate and understand the French way of life as part of my experience here, rather than fall upon the comforts of the familiar ex-pat community. It's been very rewarding for me, and I hope the students I work with also.'

Meet the Robinsons

The Robinsons moved to Caligny, near Flers, five years ago. To find out more about Simon's stainless steel sculptures, click here

Meet Julie Gateau

Julie lives near Moulins la Marche and recently started a business making soft furnishings.

OrneLink portraits

Claire Stickland moved to Le Perche from Paris. You can find out about the treehouse and Claire's project for her 15 hectare natural garden on her website.

OrneLink portraits

The OrneLink video-portraits continue... this time we're off to meet Steve and Jane Skews, who live at Joué du Bois.

OrneLink portraits

In this, the first of a series of video-portraits, OrneLink went to visit Gordon and Sarah Fry, who live near Gacé...