Our home stay program is a very important part of your overall language experience. You will stay with a local Mexican host-family, unless you request differently in which case we will work with you to find adequate hotel accommodations.
What to expect?
Our selection process assures that all our students will have a comfortable and pleasant stay in Merida. Our host-families are carefully screened to have a very helpful attitude towards students. We have also selected homes that offer a level of comfort not too far from what you are used to finding in your home country.
In contrast with many other programs, we only place one student per host family, making sure that you will only speak Spanish. Also all our students get private room and private bathroom at no extra cost. Although our host families receive a compensation to provide you a home, they do enjoy having a foreign student as a guest.
All the host family bedrooms have a ceiling fan and are well-ventilated. You may also choose to stay at a host home that has air conditioning for an extra cost of $25/week. Host homes with A/C bedrooms are limited, please indicate on your registration if you would like to be placed with a host family that has an A/C bedroom.
In an orientation meeting you will be informed of any cultural differences that may exist between a mexican family and one from your home country. Sharing your time and meals with your family is one of the best opportunities you will have to practice your Spanish and learn more about Mexican culture and values.
All three meals will be provided. Normally you will eat the same food as the family; unless you have indicated special diet restrictions on your application form. In which case we will communicate to your host family about your needs.
Lenght of Stay
Your home stay covers from the Sunday afternoon before the starting date of your program until the Saturday morning after the ending date of your program. Please plan your arrival and departure dates accordingly.
Any extra days of stay cost $25 usd per day (includes 3 meals a day).
Airport/Bus station pick up
Once you arrive in Merida, your host family will be at the airport to welcome you and take you home. You may also opt to fly to Cancun and take a bus from the airport to Merida (we will e-mail you tips on taking the bus and have the host family pick you up at the Merida station).
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