The Home Stay
As one student (whose dad is a Dartmouth alum who himself experienced a homestay years ago and still visits his host family in France) said to us recently (and I paraphrase),    

"First and foremost I would like to thank you for the most amazing summer of my life. I just returned the other evening from an incredible 4 weeks in Spain. My homestay in Segovia turned out to be an unforgettable experience. Not only did my Spanish speaking skills improve but the immersion really got me used to the language itself, something that can only be achieved through a program like Rassias."

- Melanie Glass, Spain

We believe that the very best way to learn a language and a culture is to combine powerful classroom teaching with a family stay  - one piece done alone leaves a gap in the learning. The home stay of all programs lasts from 18 to 21 days; long enough to honestly experience another culture, but not too long. The home stay is most often remembered as the high point of a student's trip. The immersion into the host family's life brings the student into direct contact with his or her host country's language and culture.

The selection of the families is undertaken with special care.  Good friends of ours who are residents of Arles, Gijón, and Trujillo select the families. Then, using information gathered in our conversations with you and your family, biographical information provided by you, and your academic and personal references, we select a family that we feel best suits you. It is in the selection and overseeing of the home stay process where our small size and personal contacts come to bear most strongly. These efforts are amply rewarded during the summer and often through friendships that last long after the summer is over. "My Spanish/French family" becomes a familiar and fond reference point as students recount their summer experiences to their own families back home.
        
Testimonial:
"Hello Bill,

We finally heard from Max today (wifi at his house was not working until Max fixed it today...;-) and just wanted to let you know that it sounds like he is doing very well with the family he is living with.  He is enjoying the time he is spending there and he is surprised at how well he is communicating with them.  I can't believe you found him a family where the father hates vegetables too!"

- Mother of Max, Gijón

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