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 Difference
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.
"It was amazing to get to know the family and experience a completely new culture firsthand. I was extremely nervous and it took me a while to get up the courage to speak to them more. In the end though, I felt really comfortable with them and it was difficult to say goodbye!"
-Jenna, France participant, Eden Prairie, MN
How are Host Families chosen?
The success of our Family Stay Experience is due to our network of of dedicated Family Stay Coordinators around the world, who work tirelessly to ensure a safe and enjoyable hosting experience.
Xperitas Family Stay Coordinators are local to the host communities
Recruit and screen families in their own networks and match them to Xperitas participants
Are on call 24/7 during the program to address any issues that arise
"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
Family Stay Experience Blog Post
In this post, "Attitude is Everything", get both parent and student perspectives on the hosting experience.