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Host Families and Why You Need Them

Thinking about staying with a host family? Learn why host families are a great choice here!So I’m in Paris, boarding a train on the way to Grenoble where my new host family waits. As the train starts moving, I start feeling sick to my stomach. “Oh, I must get motion sickness on trains”, I think to myself. BUT NOPE, I was just that nervous to meet the people I would be living with for the next four months!

Staying with a host family can be scary, just like all new things. But, it’s also such an amazing and rewarding experience. So, let me tell you a little bit about it.

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If you think living with a host family means you’ll be deprived of your independence, then, well, I hate to break it to you but you’re very wrong. We could come and go as we pleased, stay out as long as we liked, and travel wherever and whenever. Our host moms were practically making us go out and always telling us we need to live it up while we could.


It’s one thing to learn a language in a classroom, it’s another to sit at dinner and try to small talk in another language so it’s not quiet. You learn quickly, trust me! It’s so much easier to learn the slang of a language and how people really talk when you’re practicing with your host parents or siblings.

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Whether its food, celebrations, or just little cultural differences, the best way to experience it all is with a host family. You’ll get to see into their lives in ways that just aren’t possible in a dorm or apartment.

A New Family

Your host mom will remind you to put on sunscreen, your host dad will tell dad jokes, and your host siblings will be just like real life siblings. Having that support and family feeling will make adjusting to your new life much easier. Plus, now you have someone to visit when you want to go back!

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New Surprises

You never know what surprises a host family will bring. From pets to family adventures, there is always something new happening. Host families know how to keep it interesting, that’s for sure!

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