Would you like to study abroad or to take an internship in Spain? If the answer is yes, you have probably already asked yourself one important question: Where should I stay during this time? One option is a host family. This is a great choice if you are also after some cultural learning too!
What are the main benefits of staying with a host family in Spain?
A huge reason to try a homestay is picking up the language. If you are on a study abroad experience or a Spanish course, this can really complement your language learning. From the moment you wake up, everything you try to accomplish throughout the day will need to be translated and you will have to try your best to communicate in order to be understood. It is invaluable practice, and fun too!
- Living Like the Locals
If you choose a homestay it really is a unique experience. You get to see at first-hand how the locals live: where they go, what they like to do and the habits and schedules they live by. For example, in Spain you will surely adjust to the different meal times and working hours of industries. A local family can also teach you a traditional game, how to cook a special dish or introduce you to a local TV show or past time. It’s not something you’d get if you were to stay in a different type of accommodation.
- Homemade Recipes
Even when you travel abroad, sometimes you still can’t experience the unique cuisine of the region. Often, dishes in restaurants are more commercial and are not the authentic meals you’d find at home. Living with a host family can really open your taste buds up to the local cuisine and give you a true Spanish experience!
- Home Away From Home
Maybe you are a home body or you like your home comforts. In a way, a host family can be like a home away from home. You’ll have the home cooking, the comfortable living and a family around you. This can feel welcoming and supportive, especially as you embark on a new adventure in a foreign place.
- Family Outings
Families have special outings, events and activities. If you are staying with a host family, you can join in with special celebrations or annual trips that are unique and true to the culture. For example, going to a family birthday party or celebration can open your eyes to the ways the Spanish really celebrate, or going on a family excursion can make you aware of the different ways they enjoy their free time.
Living with a host family is a brilliant way to meet new people and form long lasting friendships and connections. To find out more about our host family accommodation, click here.