Pros and Cons of Homestays

4 Aug

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.

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