GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEW FAMILY
host family will be as excited about this visit as you are. You
should try to write a letter to your new friends before you leave.
You might want to tell them about your family, friends, school and
pets. You can ask your host family about their hobbies, sports and
other interests. Your hosts would also like to receive a photo of
you and your family, with your names on the back. If you are not
sure of how to pronounce the names of your hosts, you might want
to ask someone who knows.
SPEAKING WITH YOUR HOSTS
If you have trouble communicating with your host
family, do not give up! It is normal to have difficulty making yourself
understood at the beginning. If you use every available opportunity
to speak with your hosts, conversations in Spanish will become easier
You should ask your host family about their house
rules at the beginning of your visit. You will feel more comfortable
if you know what is expected of you. Some standard house rules are:
no drinking, no smoking, no drugs and Spanish only. All students
must give at least two weeks notice before leaving a homestay.
Many host families offer gifts to their guests.
You might want to bring some souvenirs for your hosts, too.
HAVE FUN !!
This can be a great adventure! Take the time to
learn about your host family. Whenever you have the chance, try
to participate in family activities. You may want to join your new
family on a sightseeing trip, or just relax and play a game, or
cook a good meal with them. Whatever you do, be sure to include
yourself as the newest family member!