March 30, 2012

Staying in a home stay or in a residence?

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So you’ve decided to take an amazing trip with International Projects! Great,  now it’s time to iron out some of the details. Not only will you have to decide what to wear and what to bring, but more importantly where you’ll be sleeping.

IP understands that everyone is different, so there are two options when it comes to sleeping arrangements. You can choose to stay in a private home stay with a host family or in a residence with other international students. Each option has it’s advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to pick the option that is right for you.

Choosing a private home stay with a host family is an exciting adventure, but it also requires an open mind. In a home stay you will have the opportunity to constnatly speak your target language.  You’ll have the advantage of diving into local culture and language, and getting to eat some great local food. However, it’s also important to remember that you are staying as a guest in someone else’s home. The host family will probably do things differently than you’re used to, so it’s important to be flexible and open- minded.

Choosing to stay in the residence is also a great choice. By staying in the residence you have the advantage of being close to everything that is going on. You ‘ll be a few minutes away from the school, and won’t have to worry about catching the last bus back at the end of the day. You’ll stay with other students in the program, but your exposure to native speakers won’t be as extensive as those who choose to stay in a home stay.

Where you stay is a big part of your overall experience, so it’s important to take the time to consider all your options. Would you like to have more exposure to native speakers or be closer to the language school? Would you like to stay with a host family or other students? Choosing where to stay is an important decision , so a grab a bite to eat and be sure to talk it about it with mom and dad!

For some more information check out IP’s Accommodation page!