All our host families have been selected according to our specific criteria and visited by our staff. The majority have been receiving our students for many years and therefore have a great deal of experience in dealing with the problems that can arise when cultures come face to face. They have also successfully passed the most important test – they continue to receive a high satisfaction grading in the special questionnaires we ask our students to complete concerning their stay in the host family.
When selecting the right host family for you our staff can take into account specific requests such as:
- Vegetarian and other diets
- Families with or without family members at home
- With or without pets
- No smoking families
You can choose a single room or to share a twin room with another student.
The accommodation is on a half-board basis which usually consists of a light, “continental” breakfast and a substantial lunch. An evening meal can sometimes be offered instead of lunch by arrangement with the family. However you should remember that lunch is traditionally the main meal of the day and the moment when the family tends to get together – your best chance to practise your Spanish!
The host family will be happy to wash your clothes for you and have the right to charge a reasonable amount for this service . On the other hand you might prefer to use the self-service laundry in the Club Hispánico.
By choosing to stay in a host family you will benefit from the maximum level of contact with day-to-day Spanish as spoken by a typical family and a unique insight into the Spanish way of life.
However, every good thing comes with a price to pay! Living in someone’s else’s home requires a great deal of tact and flexibility. After all you want to get to know the Spanish way of life, not have the Spanish family adapt their lifestyle to yours, even if they could! If you are prepared to make this effort the rewards can be great.
If you have any special preferences you must state these at the time of booking. Please understand if we are not always able to meet all your preferences especially if your booking is made at the last moment.