TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE HOMESTAY
Its the second week that I am studying at the University of Oviedo intensive spanish course as part of Centennial College’s SIPs in Spain. It is important to know the living choices when studying abroad, you have the option of staying in homestay or student resident, etc. These living choices has some benefits and advantages when learning a new language. Here is my top 5 reasons why you should choose homestay.
I get to live with a homestay family who is based in Oviedo. They know the Catalan Romance language, and also Spanish. They know the city well and I can ask many questions, such as locations of monuments, the hours of operation of stores, etc.
4.FOOD, FOOD, FOOD.
Did I mention about food? My homestay family makes what they usually eat here in Oviedo. I get to live the way they do through their culinary. Though my stomach protested in the first week to have some vegetables, I made progress to negotiate with my homestay that VERDE is a must for me. For dessert, I enjoy the fresh local cherries that they have here, its very delicious. I have lunch very late in the afternoon, that I am not used to, which is around 2pm. Negotiation with my homestay family is in process to have an earlier breakfast…so I can leave early to school because I still get lost on my way to school.
3. TURN DOWN THE VOLUME.
When living in a homestay, I can focus more on my studies, so I can be one step closer to my goals of fluency in Spanish. I do not have to worry about random weeknights parties from roommates. Hilariously, my upstair neighbours likes to walk in their heels, I think its time for them to invest in carpets, no?
2.SIESTA, YES PLEASE!
I get a chance to do what my family do and learn their way of living. In the afternoon, I enjoy my siesta, cat nap, which I find helps me reenergize.
My homestay family makes an effort to speak to me, despite the communication challenges of not fully understanding each others native language. In this way, I am in an immersive environment that allows me to listen and try my best to communicate verbally in Spanish, so I can practice my Spanish.
Centennial College Massage Therapy student, currently studying Spanish at the University of Oviedo in Spain for the summer.