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Top 11 Tips for a Successful Homestay Experience

Do you remember in high school when you’d go to the house of a friend and had to speak to their parents? Insane conversations, uninterested laughter You’ve heard the tale.

Imagine that you are hundreds of miles from home and with friends who

1.) You probably don’t speak the same language as you do.

2.) They have no connection to you in any way. 

That’s what happens when you move into the home of your host family. It’s not easy. It’s the only way to say it. Fortunately, it’s as it was initially. As someone who has done the experience at the homestays in thiruvilwamala in India for eight months, I can say with certainty that when someone will let their home be open to strangers and invite them in, they’re likely to be extremely nice. 

There are some important things to keep in mind while you are there:

  1. Pay attention to your parents 

When they say “please” and “thank you,” you were not something your parents would say to you to make you feel uncomfortable as a kid and they were really serious about that. Luckily, there is a Thank You cookie for the Girl Scouts. If you are having trouble understanding what the word means you can just grab a bag of these. When staying at a homestay in kerala, be mindful of how generous it is to let you stay at their home.

  1. Food :

The family you live with will not oblige you to eat anything that is against your diet restriction. Although, even if blood sausage sounds disgusting, it isn’t a reason not to take a chance. Make sure you try everything when staying at homestay in thrissur, particularly when it’s something that you’ve never had previously because food is a reflection of the culture and if you instantly do not like a dish without having tried it .Also, the cheese that smells the best is typically the most delicious.

  1. It’s the small things that matter. 

It’s easy to think of these as nuances or even unimportant, however, be sure to know the rules for homes in other countries. What do you need to know about your shoes? Are socks necessary? What’s the policy on not eating all the food you have that you have on your plate? What is the best way to consume your food? These are issues you never consider because you’ve been doing them all your life, but in another country, these small things can make all the difference.

  1. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Instagram

Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter Instagram are all out to take you. The most frequently made error. It’s so easy to become caught up in what’s happening in the back of your mind. Let me tell you: nothing has changed. It’s fun to see images of your buddies from last weekend, but do not let that distract you from the time you have with your host’s family. There’s a lot that you could learn from their experiences. you’re in a rare opportunity, so don’t miss it!

  1. What to wear 

When you are at homestay or guest house, you can stroll around in your underwear. More than enough power to you. In other countries, this isn’t acceptable. Be aware of the dress code to wear, not just at work or in public, but as well as at your home. In some Places, showing your leg is considered a snub. In the same vein as clothing, tattoos are considered to be a sign of shame. You should be aware of the culture’s views on tattoos. 

  1. Help out: 

It is important to be able to help because the host family of homestay will do much for you. you must help cook, wash dishes, or clean up after taking care of the pets. Make sure you clean your bed. Families who host you do not want to enter your bedroom and find it filthy. They understand that you are busy with friends/work/school/internships but you are never too busy to help out. When you get home to your mother and she asks you to help in any way, you must come up with a satisfactory answer.

  1. Be confident:

 It’s quite simple to dine together with the family of your hosts and get through with no conversation. A word of caution: Do not do that. You can ask your host family anything and anything that is within reasonable limits that you can think of. Food preferences, clothing, music, art, and animals! Through asking questions, you’ll find out a lot about the person you live with, their country, and for those who live in a non-English-speaking country or region, the language.

  1. Accept the mistakes:

 Unfortunate circumstances will occur, and there’s no way to avoid them. If you’re proficient in the language and have conducted many hours of study about the culture and country, however, you’ll stumble and get into humorous situations. These mistakes could be due to differences in language, social, or even something as simple as gaseous motions at dinner. Be assured that all errors or awkward moments are normal and can be handled by laughter.

  1. They’re here to help your host family

Always there to support you in your move to a different country. Even though they’re not your family members, they can offer the same support that your family has back home. It is normal to feel homesick and there are a variety of ways your host family could help you. So don’t shut yourself in your bedroom. Talk to them!

10. Staying in contact It’s a tough task. 

Language skills change. You may have been at homestay with the home family for a brief period or you might think that you don’t have anything to discuss. There are many reasons you shouldn’t keep in touch, but there are many more reasons to keep in touch. They would like to know how you’re performing, how your trip in the country has affected your return home, what your work/school schedule is like when you plan to come back, etc. It’s not necessary to talk to them for 5 hours, but sending them an email is an excellent gesture.

        11.Gifts: 

As I mentioned, the idea of making your home into homestay to strangers is an extremely nice gesture So, be sure to show your gratitude. Many guests give their families at the time they arrive. If you aren’t able to fit it in your suitcase, request that someone from home send you a few unique items from the place you come from. Many people love receiving authentic items from their home state, like souvenirs from sports, food, drinks, key chains, magnets, etc. It doesn’t need to be extravagant or costly; however, it must reflect the region you’re from.