alantin Posted January 1, 2023 at 05:20 PM Report Share Posted January 1, 2023 at 05:20 PM On 12/26/2022 at 3:35 PM, Jan Finster said: On 12/20/2022 at 8:51 PM, alantin said: I guess my main hope is that they talk a lot! I wonder what the arrangements are with those "families". Can they still do their thing (see friends, go to gym, spend all night on their smartphone 😉 or are they "supposed" to "entertain you" and have you join events (going out, seeing friends, etc)? I am really curious what you will report (?) Strictly speaking the home-stay includes the housing, breakfast and dinner. In the materials I got from them, they write: Quote Ultimate Homestay Experience Feel 100% Mandarin immersion Breakfast and Dinner included Become part of a host family Private bedroom with WiFi Bathroom and laundry facilities All bills included In your Homestay family you will be treated not as someone paying for living there, but as a guest or even a family member. That means you might be asked to participate in all kinds of family activities, might receive gifts and invitations. This is a great opportunity to learn about the culture, practice your Chinese and make friends. However, courtesy is very important, even though it might be quite different to what you are used to. This applies to Homestay families and local friends you will meet. They go on about what kind of courteousness is usually expected in Asia. So I expect to get invitations to all kinds of things, but they do not exist to "entertain me". In other places they recommend letting the host family know if you're going to miss dinner etc. Also things like laundry seem to depend a little bit on the family. They say that I'll have laundry facilities at my disposal, they wrote also that the host family may offer to do laundry for me. I'll see. I'm pretty easygoing so I'll just take those things as they come. Apparently there will also a "Student Advisor" who I can ask if I have any trouble. I don't have anything more specific about the host family or the program yet The idea is to tailor the experience to my language level and apparently that begins with an interview to gauge it first. They told me that they'd get back to me about the arrangements a month before I fly in as my language skills may still improve before the trip. (I doubt it though.. I'm squarely in the intermediate plateau.. 😅 ) Here is a video aired at some point on CCTV4 about their home stays and I've seen lots of people give really good reviews about them on Youtube too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBAagAJtfJ4 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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