"Vers" is translated as "near" as well as "toward" in the drop-down menu, but apparently that meaning is used more in a temporal sense ("it's near midnight") than spatial. To go near to a thing or person would be "près" or "proche."
The female voice's sound quality is pretty crappy. The r's aren't clear enough, especially compared to the male voice, and the overall sound is too tinny. If Duolingo could fix the female French voice soon, that would be great.