Students frequently tell us that their homestay with a Mexican host family is the highlight of their trip in Mexico.
What are the families like?
A variety of host families open their homes to our students. Some are young couples with small children while others have teenagers. Retired couples enjoy hosting as well, as their children have moved out and they love having company. The host families enjoy meeting you and learning about your family. It is a great ice-breaker to bring a small photo album with pictures of your house, your parents, your siblings, your pets, etc. Mexicans are very family oriented.
What are the houses like?
Some are in a condominium type setting, others are townhouses and some are stand alone houses. There may be a small garden, depending on the size of the home, and a few have swimming pools. If you request a single room you will have your own bedroom. If you request a double you will share with another Cemanahuac student. Some bedrooms have their own bath, while others share a bath. Bathtubs are not common in Mexico. The majority of houses are within walking distance of the school while some require a short city bus ride.
What is the food like?
The food is great. It is what people miss the most after they go back home. There will be traditional Mexican dishes as well as international dishes. You will get homemade soups, wonderful fresh fruit, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and lots of very Mexican things like ‘mole’ sauce, ‘nopales’, ‘pozole’ and lots more. If you like spicy salsas, just let your hostess know. If not, she will serve it separately. It you are vegetarian or allergic to something just let us know and we will pass on the information.
I had many highlights during my stay in Cuernavaca. The biggest was my host family. They were very caring and included me in their daily life. I did not feel like a foreign exchange student, but a part of the family.
– Lauren Davis
This by far exceeded anything I could have imagined. It is a beautiful home. And very quiet neighborhood. They have just included us in their family. We have a beautiful private room.
– Norma Randall
What do I do with the families?
If you are here during the school year, children will be getting up early and going to school. Parents will be going to work and going about their regular routine. Mealtime is a great time to visit, especially at ‘comida’, the main meal of the day. In the evenings kids will be doing their homework. You can watch the ‘telenovelas’ with the families or the news on TV. Some of the señoras will let you help them cook and teach you how to cook.
Will it help me get better at Spanish?
The conversation you have with the family is your best chance to practice your oral skills. They will even help you with homework and pronunciation if you ask.
Will it help me learn more about Mexico?
Mexicans are proud of their country and love to talk about its history and places to see and visit.
I’m used to being on my own–isn’t it claustrophobic to live with a family?
The families know that you have a schedule and respect that. They know you will be coming and going to your different activities. As a courtesy let them know when you will be out late or if you will not be back for a meal. They will include you in celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, and graduations. Don’t worry, they are not going to hover over you.
What does it cost to stay with a host family?
The fee for the home stay is $31 US per day for a shared room, $41 US per day for a single room.