Joining a study trip abroad is not necessarily about comfort. This is the kind of travel where the priority is to learn something new and unique. Therefore, you don’t expect to stay in a 5-star hotel and do activities like spa treatments or yacht sailing. This trip is more about understanding other people’s culture, learning from their positive values and having a wider perspective of the world.
You need to be open to the idea of joining a homestay programme for a studierejser or study trip. This is where you stay with a host family until the end of the trip. You live with them, eat with them and enjoy days with them. Of course, you will still go with your group as you travel to different places, but in the end, you will go home to your host family.
Homestay programmes are quite common, especially for study trips. There are a lot of reasons why this is a preferred accommodation option.
You will learn the language faster
When you are with a host family that does not speak your language, or English well, you have no choice but to try and learn their language in the same way that they will try their best to communicate with you. This is your chance to learn their language since you need to use it on a daily basis.
You understand a different culture better
It is different when you read information in books than when you experience it for real. The first-hand experience allows you to have a better and deeper understanding of a culture. You will see why other people do certain things that are seemingly weird for us. You can join in their traditions and celebrations. You can try a lot of different things that you will never understand unless you are there experiencing it for real.
It feels like home
Although it is exciting to go on such trips, at some point you will feel homesick. This will be lessened somehow when you are staying with a host family. They will make you feel like you are not away from home at all. If this is a long study trip, you will feel better knowing that there is a new family that treats you like their own.
This whole idea might be weird for you at first and you won’t even see the point of joining a homestay programme. However, when you are welcomed with open arms by your host family, you will not regret why you gave it a try. Besides, all of them have been assessed to be fit for hosting a foreign student and some of them have even hosted one in the past. There is nothing to worry about.