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Host family hosting: benefits and challenges

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Natasha Machado
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As an exchange specialist, I can affirm that the choice of accommodation is one of the most important aspects to guarantee an enriching and memorable experience abroad. One of the most popular options among students is hosting a host family, or host family. In this article, I will share with you the benefits and challenges of this type of accommodation.

Benefits of staying with a host family

First of all, it's essential to understand what a host family is. This is a family resident in the destination country that opens the doors of their house to receive an international student. These families may have different configurations, such as a couple with children, an adult with a child, or even a homoaffective couple. The important thing is that the main language spoken at home is the same as the one you are seeking to learn.

  • Cultural immersion: Living with a local family, you will have the unique opportunity to experience the country's culture, customs, traditions and lifestyle up close. This immersion is essential for Learn a language abroad in a more natural and efficient way.
  • Constant language practice: Living with fluent natives or residents, you will be encouraged to practice the language daily, both in casual conversations and in everyday situations. This speeds up your learning and improves your fluency significantly.
  • Meals included: Many host families offer meal plans, which is a great advantage for those who don't know or don't like to cook. You will have the chance to try local cuisine and participate in moments of fellowship with the family during meals.
  • Support and reception: Host families are used to hosting international students and are generally very welcoming. They can offer emotional support, help with practical issues, and provide valuable tips about the city and University abroad that you are going to attend.

Possible challenges of living with a host family

While the experience of living with a host family is enriching, it's important to be aware of some challenges that may arise. The first of these is the adaptation to the house rules. Each family has their own rules of living together, and you will need to respect them, such as keeping your room organized, not receiving unauthorized visitors, and following the established schedules.

Another point to consider is that you will have less freedom compared to living alone or in a student residence. It is necessary to be prepared to give up a certain amount of autonomy in favor of a harmonious coexistence with the host family.

Golden tips for making the most of the experience

Be flexible: Be open to experiencing a reality different from your own and to adapt to new customs and routines.


Living with a host family during the exchange is a unique experience that can bring numerous benefits to your learning and personal growth. However, it is essential to be aware of the challenges and to make a conscious choice, taking into account your preferences and objectives.

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If you are planning to study abroad and are looking for complete cultural immersion, Be Easy Exchange is here to help. Our team of experts can help you find the ideal host family and take care of all the details of your trip. Contact us today and start turning your dream into reality!

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