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Tips for Eastern European Homestays

By September 11, 2007

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If you spend any length of time in Eastern Europe for school, business, or leisure, you may have the opportunity to stay with an Eastern European family. Homestay experiences can make visiting any country even more special than it would be otherwise, so certainly jump at the chance to live with a host family while visiting Eastern Europe. Not only will you most likely have home-cooked meals and a family full of interested, enthusiastic guides to help you navigate your new environment, but you may even find yourself at home away-from-home. Many visitors to Eastern Europe form fast, strong bonds with their host families that last lifetimes.

Of course, on the flip side, your homestay experience could be a disaster. You may not take to your host family, or they might not take to you. You may find communication to be impossible, their daily habits too bizarre, and your time with them to be unbearable. While there are many, many good homestay experiences, there is an occasional homestay disaster.

So how can you mitigate the any problems that might arise out of your Eastern European homstay experience? Communication, above all, is the most essential element to any successful homestay. The second element is respect. Have respect for the family who has welcomed you into their (probably cramped) apartment and show this respect by being a good guest. Third, follow the

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