5 Reasons to Live with a Host Family

1. Recipe books are a foreign language

Are you the kind of person who struggles to put a bowl of Ramen on the table? Are your mom’s recipe books more confusing than your Calculus textbooks? If so a host family might just be the ideal setup for you. You’ll get to try lots of local flavors without the risk of setting your house on fire. From empanadas and milanesa in Buenos Aires, to paella in Barcelona, you’ll be eating like a king.

2. The washing machine is a torture device in disguise

You tried to do the laundry once, but you flooded your basement, broke your parent’s brand new Kenmore and all your red sweaters are now a sickly grey color. Like anything, laundry is a skill that takes practice. Haven’t quite mastered it yet? Well, consider the homestay your brave rescuer from the clutches of that horrid machine. CISabroad’s homestays include weekly laundry service, so that your reds can stay red, your whites can stay white, and you stay sane.

3. Improve your language skills

When you’re sitting around the table eating dinner with your new family, you’re going to want to communicate with them. You’ll want to ask questions about the new things you saw, and tell them about your day. Homestays provide a level of immersion that other forms of housing cannot, and lead to much quicker language growth if you put in the effort to learn.

4. You want a second family….on the other side of the world

When you live with people for a period of time, it is likely that you will form a very real connection. After sharing a living space and meals everyday you will likely form a strong friendship with your new family. It is a very special thing to have a friendship with a family across the world who you can write to, Skype with, and dream about visiting again in the future.

5. Get an inside view on the country’s culture

While both are great options, living in an apartment and living with a host family provide a completely different experience. When you live with a host family you get a look at what their daily home life looks like. You will be able to take part in daily rituals that may never have been apparent had you lived in an apartment. Home stays encourage you to adapt to your new home and live the lifestyle of a local family, which can be a hard thing to do in a private apartment.


So….the host family life sounds like the life for you? Check out these awesome CISabroad locations where you can not cook a thing, avoid doing laundry for a semester, improve your language skills, gain a second family and live like a local citizen.

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Barcelona, Spain
  3. Madrid, Spain
  4. San Jose, Costa Rica
  5. Quito, Ecuador
  6. Cusco, Peru
  7. Lima, Peru