We know that living with people you don’t know can be awkward only initially, but it takes few seconds or minutes to be part of a new family. Living hundreds of miles away from home can be difficult, and it can be challenging if you live in a place where people don’t speak the same language as you but we can assure you this will be part of an unforgettable and incredible experience!
A Homestay experience is a journey to achieve proficiency in a language, experiment a new culture and unlock your potential as human being. At first sight, it can be intimidating but the benefits of this experience far outweigh uncertainty. We share with you some reasons why this experience is so unique and beneficial.
First of all, a Homestay is a home away from home because families from a different country are opening their doors and their lives to you. Finding yourself in a strange city and country far from the comforts of home can be very intimidating. A Homestay Family provides a familiar place with friendly faces, helps to find your way around the city, and gives you invaluable advice that cannot be found in any guidebook.
Additionally, if you want to increase your language proficiency, living with a Homestay family pushes your comfort level. This will help you to learn from your mistakes, take your risks in language use, and grow in confidence every day. Keep in mind that an immersion experience is essential for achieving levels of proficiency in any language. Not everything will be easy, you’ll experiment setbacks and frustrations but at the end of the day, you will be able to eat, drink, think and dream in your second language.
Don’t wait for it, make it happen!! The most important issue is that you are going to discover yourself because you will develop an intercultural sensitivity which will allow you to break down cultural barriers with other people, integrate different cultural practices into your own life or even start to take joy in simple things.
Keep yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself every day. Staying with a Homestay family could help to be who you want to be and grow in confidence.