The Family Stay Experience™ is the cornerstone of our language immersion programs. Since 1972, we have carefully selected families who volunteer to share their home, language, and culture with our student travelers. For more than 45 years, our participants have increased their language skills and cultural competency through this unique immersion program.
The Family Stay Experience
Students live with a local host family while abroad on their language immersion program, creating an authentic language and cultural immersion experience, unmatched by other cross-cultural programs. No Family Stay Experience is “typical” ; every one is as unique as the families that host.
Families are volunteer, not a paid service
Students share meals and family routines in the target language
Families and students explore differences and similarities in culture and tradition
These connections can last a lifetime! Many students and host families stay in touch for years afterward.
Full cultural immersion makes a difference
Learn how spending time with a family, speaking their language, and participating in their customs can accelerate language learning.
"My family stay was amazing, and quite possibly the best part of my trip! I loved experiencing the culture of Spain through the eyes a Spaniard, not just through the everyday tourist attractions and historical sites. Not only did I learn invaluable lessons about Spanish culture, but my listening and speaking abilities improved immensely."
- Morgan, Spain participant, St. Johns, MI
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