Host Family Immersion

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

ECI FAQs - Host Family Immersion

Do the Host Families speak any English?

During the Host Family Immersion Week, children in the family usually have both studied and acquired some working knowledge of English. However, they know that the purpose of the Immersion Week is to speak primarily only the target language and not English.

What if I’m not happy with my host family?

This can happen, and for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the problem is as simple as a cultural misunderstanding, or a miscommunication, which can easily be resolved. You may find it difficult to adapt to your new surroundings, experience homesickness, or not enjoy the food.

Many of the causes of initial unhappiness are connected with adjusting to your new environment. But we take all concerns very seriously, and our chaperones will work with you to find a solution. This might involve simply “giving it time,” but our leaders will closely monitor the situation and, if necessary, you will be moved to a new family.

Have a question?

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