While each program is different and each host family will vary in attitude and behavior, here are some general pros and cons of a homestay.
- You get to experience the daily life of the people firsthand and how family members relate to each other.
- You don’t have to cook your own meals and they are usually authentic to your host country.
- Your laundry and other cleaning is done for you.
- You can practice your language skills daily with a native speaker.
- Your host family may ask you to participate in extra activities that are unique to your host country and to which you would not normally be invited.
- You may have to commute to your classes from far away.
- You will lose a certain amount of independence because you have to keep your host family informed about your actions, e.g. let them know ahead of time if you won’t be home for dinner.
- You may find it difficult to adjust to your host family’s way of doing things with regard to cuisine, utility usage, mannerisms, etc.