What should I do to be the best host family?
New to the world of exchanges? Say no more, we are here to give you some tips that will help you becomethe best host family
Now, it’s up to you to make the most of the great experience of an international exchange. One of the most important recommendations that contribute to a memorable and enriching stay is to fully enjoy everything the new city has to offer.
We understand, that the student may feel a little bit homesick and therefore, the host family has certain responsibilities to positively influence the mood and fight the feelings of loneliness that may overwhelm the student.
4 key tips for becoming the best host family
Develop a routine that helps in the day-to-day running of your home Routines help in adapting to a new environment, creating habits that promote. Start with weekly schedules that go hand in hand with student activities, quiet breakfasts before school or a day when a special activity is shared with the family.
Enjoy family dinners
Family dinners are a time to share and see the true essence of family; sharing the stories of the day and some laughter, as well as a delicious meal.
Keep in touch with your student as they are part of your family
Staying connected and in touch with the natural family is essential, so share with the student all the tools they need to connect with their family back home, whether it is a computer or the wifi password. This is a way to combat homesickness and to share the experiences that the student will discover in his new home.
Encourages new activities
At first, it can be overwhelming or boring to be in an unfamiliar place, so it will help to encourage the student to do activities that he or she enjoys. Whether they’re cultural or sporting, they serve as a tool to begin sharing with new friends and making their way in the new environment. Put your creativity to work by offering a new world full of fun and happy moments. It’s up to you to become the best host family you can be!