Home stay offers you a unique opportunity to experience Spanish or Latin American life while living in the home of a local Spanish speaking family. You'll speak Spanish all day long, out of necessity and fun and interest in the family life you see unfolding around you. Accommodation in a host family allows you to get the most out of your language course as it gives you a privileged view of daily life in another culture.
Home stay with a single or double room and half or full board is the primary housing option in Mexico, and private rooms are always available. Our experience has shown that living with a host family is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the local culture, customs, and traditions of whichever country you choose.
All families have been carefully selected in order to ensure that your stay be as pleasant as possible, and in Latin America you'll find that the families warmly welcome students as one of their own. It's important to remember that the standards of living in many Latin American countries are lower than what those of North America and Europe. The families belong to the middle class or higher in their countries, but this may mean a simpler way of life than what you're used to. We encourage students to keep an open mind and be willing to adapt to the local customs when necessary.
We will always try to accommodate students within 20-30 minutes from the school by walking or public transportation. Traveling with a friend? No problem: you can request to be placed in the same house if you so desire.
About home stay:
- Your host "family" may be a family with parents and children or a single parent who takes in students because he or she enjoys the company. You would not be the first to go out on the town together, or to keep in contact with your family after your return home.
- You can choose from a room with breakfast, half-board (breakfast and you can choose between a cooked meal in the afternoon at about two o'clock or light dinner at ten) or full-board (breakfast and two meals).
- You'll eat at local hours - usually later you may be accustomed to- and you'll eat local foods, although the family will take your preferences into account as much as possible.
- You will be given your own keys, so you can come and go as you please. You will be able to receive phone calls at the family home.