A host family is a local family who opens their home to foreign travelers, offering an unparalleled opportunity for immersion in the local language and culture. We strongly recommend selecting a homestay with one of our carefully selected Peruvian families. Living with a family is the fastest way to improve your language skills through day-long practice and the best way to learn about the local culture. The family will include you as much as possible in their daily routine and also in their meals, activities, festivities, and family events.
Volunteer and language study program host families are carefully selected and monitored to ensure volunteers and students truly enjoy their experience in Peru. Host families are middle-class Peruvian families living in American-style homes in quiet, safe areas. Typically they do not have young children and most family members work during the day.
Our host families typically live within a 20-minute walk of the language school or volunteer facility, though occasionally public transportation is necessary. Host family homes have modern bathrooms and warm water at least part of every day. A double room and private bathroom are available upon request for an additional fee.
Host families provide three meals a day. Generally, meal times are flexible and a volunteer or student can make other arrangements for meals if so desired. Special diets (vegetarian or allergies) as well as smoking preferences may be accommodated if we are notified in advance. In the unlikely event of a poor host family-visitor match, alternate accommodations can be arranged.
Many of our host families have as much as 20 years caring for foreign visitors. They will welcome you into their home as a family member, provide you a comfortable place to stay, prepare authentic local meals for you, and provide the perfect opportunity to learn the Peruvian language and culture.