Category: Homestay

Things No One Tells You About a Homestay

By Rebecca Land, Missouri State University  Once I decided to study abroad, all of my friends encouraged me to do a homestay. During their study abroad experiences, they had all stayed with local families and they all loved it. I consider myself an independent person so at first, I was skeptical. Back home, I live in a house with one roommate. I’m used to cleaning my house, doing my own laundry, and cooking my own meals. I talked to a representative from the program and they assured me that I could still be independent while living in a homestay....

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4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Homestay

By Kenlee Morris, University of Michigan Choosing to live in a homestay comes with some great opportunities, as well as some important responsibilities. These are 4 tips on how to make the most of your homestay: 1. Get to know the people in your homestay. This goes for both your host family and your other housemates. It’s great to learn about Barcelona and the rest of Spain in general, but nothing quite replaces hearing anecdotes from your host family. They’ll likely appreciate you valuing their point of view, and it may make the experience of traveling to another country less...

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Four Reasons Why You Will Love Living in a Homestay

A homestay can be one part of meaningful cultural integration and increased safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the participant. We work to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with the students and create a warm and welcoming...

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My Homestay Experience

By Tania Silva, Illinois Wesleyan University On January 8th, I finally arrived at El Prat Airport and although I was exhausted from my two flights (and a seven-hour layover), I could not wait to get to my homestay. I felt like a five-year-old kid looking out of the taxi window and being in awe of the beautiful city I was about to spend the next four months of my life in. I arrived at my homestay and my host mom greeted my roommate and I with a kiss on the cheek and took us into her apartment. She showed me...

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Life With a Spanish Family

By Ashley Boone, University of Washington One of the highlights of my semester in Barcelona has been getting to know Isa, Edu, and their daughter Sara. Every night I eat dinner with the family and listen to them talk about their daily lives. Not only do I get the opportunity to improve my Spanish, I get a unique glimpse at the life of an authentic Spanish family. We always speak in Spanish but all three members of the family speak English. Isa has studied in London, Edu takes English classes after work, and Sara is learning English in her...

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