WHY A SPANISH PROGRAM WITH HOME STAY WITH A SPANISH HOST FAMILY:
If you are an individual students, a homestay program provides you an excellent way to be part of a Spanish family to get to know the food, the culture and the Spanish customs.
Home stay is the most ideal option for language learning and improving your communication skills. It is an awesome opportunity not only to improve your Spanish but also to live first hand the Spanish life.

When organizing a program for a group, a SpainBcn homestay experience with Spanish families is a far superior cultural immersion compared to staying in a hostel or hotel. Most of the host families that participate in our Summer Programs for teenagers have also children under 18 years old. An important benefit of  home stay is that the students get to stay with the native Spanish speakers in Spain, where Spanish was born! Last, but not least, home stay allows for a very cost effective program. The cost of accommodation, food and laundry are greatly reduced when compared to hotel or hostel costs while maintaining a quality standard of living.

HOW WE SELECT OUR HOST FAMILIES:
Since 1997, at SpainBcn-Programs in Barcelona, we have organized and offer fantastic programs for teenagers students.
Our host families were/are carefully selected and many of them are friends and relatives of our teachers, coordinators and Directors. Through our many years of experience now, we have selected the best families so we only work with a close number of families which have proved to be a good fit for our program.
SpainBcn Homestay families are now, as always, carefully selected and the new ones have become part of our program via referral. That is, another one of our host families has recommended them.
Our host families rely on us for all what is realated to the student/s we place with them at their home. We know personally our host families and we trust them. We are in direct contact with them during all the program and also during the hole year as they also have our teen students that attend a Winter and Spring Break SpainBcn-Program in Barcelona.
We take pride in the numerous recommendations we receive from satisfied students over the years.

WHO ARE OUR HOST FAMILIES:
Most of our host families have children of similar ages to our students and they started collaborating with us several years ago when their children were much younger.
Our host families are diverse including several couples with children with similar age to our students and a few young couples without children or older couples with grown children who are no longer at home.
They all are very nice and well educated people who really like to have our students at home.
The host families live in some of the nicest and best neighboorhoods in Barcelona and many of them just few minutes walking distance from our school.

All our families take very good care of the students and offer them a warm and kind environment and help us with the supervision.
Students usually have a private bedroom (or share the room with the son or daughter) and bathroom. The host family will provide all bed linens, pillows and towels the student/s need while staying with them.
The children of our host families, boys and girls also participate in our Sport Camps and some of them also attend the cultural excursions and activities included in our Summer Programs together with the student/s they have at home.

The host families like to share their lifestyle, traditions, provide accommodation and help others of diverse cultures and backgrounds better understand what it is like to live in Barcelona and Spain. The families and the students gain many wonderful memories that they will cherish for the rest of your lives. Many of our host families are still in contact with students that they had at their homes several years ago.

HOW WE ASSING A HOST FAMILY TO A STUDENT:
Our students can choose to be placed in a host family alone or together with other/s participant/s of the program with similar age. If a student wants to be placed with another participant of the same program and she/he does not know any other participants, we will choose for him or her a boy or girl with same age and interests to be placed with. They will be able to be in touch before arriving to Barcelona as they both will receive the information about the other student. Just inform us!

HOST FAMILY QUESTIONNAIRE: We always try to place our students according to their preferences. To enrol in the program all students have to fill up a "Host Family Questionnaire" to inform us about their preferences, interests and requests regading their Spanish host family accommodation. We do our best to match our host families (availables on the students' program dates) with the students' requests.
We also need to know about your allergies (if any), type of food you like and any other details you would like us to know when selecting your host family.

Our students are always very happy with their host families. If there is any problem, the student have to inform us at school inmediately and we will fix the problem or we'll move him/her to another accommodation.

Our host families simply provide a home away from home
You'll get the right environment required for crisp learning as you'll hear and speak Spanish the whole time. This way you'll get ample chances to make your vocabulary more rich, polish your grammar, amend your listening skills.
Homestay will give an extra boost to your learning curve.

We know your expectations of a fantastic SpainBcn-Program in Barcelona will become true and you will have a memorable experience and a many stories to share with your friends and family when you return home.


Any questions? Contact us at Info@TeenProgramsBarcelona.com

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