Living with a host family will give your child a full insight into how Italian people really live and a complete immersion in the language. Students stay with host families on a full board basis. The host families are carefully selected by our network of local coordinators all over Italy, excluding large cities like Rome, Milan, Venice and Florence. Students and parents alike should be open to a placement in any region of Italy as requests cannot be facilitated. As a member of the family your child will share in the family's daily life and take part in their normal day-to-day activities. Each family is carefully screened to ensure that the homestay is a successful and positive part of the experience abroad. Italian host families get a token allowance for hosting students.
Host families will provide:
- A genuinely caring environment
- Clean and comfortable surroundings
- Convenient access to school
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Shared or single bedroom
All families are visited, counseled and regularly contacted throughout the student's stay.
There is no such thing as a "typical" Italian family. Suitable host family placements may include single parents, couples without children, extended families living in the home as well as the more traditional family with young or older children. There will not necessarily be a child the same age or gender in the host family as your child. The search criteria is for a warm, caring, and comfortable environment for students to be nurtured and thrive in while they away from home.
In addition to the host family, the experience is enhanced by the role of the student's local coordinator. This is the local contact person for each student who can help them adjust by their guidance and support throught the programme. This person lives in the local community and is familiar with the cultural difficulties students may experience in the adjustment process. Each month, the local coordinator with contact them to ensure they are well and that the student has no questions or concerns. In addition, a member of Italian staff can always be reached by the student 24 hours a day in case of emergency.