Tips for a Successful Homestay

The Big 5:

1. As much as possible, try to avoid special “guest” treatment—pull your weight.

2. Show respect for your host family and others by trying things their way.

3. Find simple ways to show appreciation for the people who have taken you into their homes and lives.

4. Bring plenty of curiosity, an open mind, and a light heart.

5. Especially when using English, speak very slowly. Use pictures, gestures, or a dictionary when necessary.

Lotus flowers in the pond at Ritsurin Koen, Takamatsu.

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