Family Homestay Tips

Bring a present for your host family.

Bring something typical from your hometown or a nice picture book of your city/state to present to your host family when you arrive at their house. This is a great way to show them how much you appreciate their hospitality.

Bring some pictures of your family, friends and life in the U.S.

This will help them to get to know you and is also a good conversation starter.

Don’t worry if things are uncomfortable at first.

The first day or two may be awkward with your new family, but give it some time and things will be better in a couple of days.

Be polite.

Por favor! Gracias! Perdóname! Buenos días! Buenas noches! Always be courteous and greet your family in the morning and say good night before going to bed.

Try everything.

Food is a very important part of Spanish culture and you should try everything at least once. Don’t be scared by the heads on the seafood, It means it’s fresh!


Always smile and stay positive. If you don’t understand something or know how to express yourself, a smile goes a long way.

Follow their schedule and routine.

People in Spain eat at different times and you should try to adapt yourself to their schedule. If you’re hungry between meals, you can always ask for a snack.

Turn off the lights and don’t waste water.

Water and electricity are very expensive in Spain, so be sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room and shower quickly only once a day.

Be organized.

Spaniards are very tidy, so keep your things organized and make your bed every morning!

Get dressed before breakfast.

You should get dressed before going to breakfast and always wear some kind of shoes or slippers in the house.

Offer to pay your own entrance fees.

If you take public transportation, eat out or go to a movie with your family or host brother/sister, always offer to pay for your own ticket.

Ask permission to use the phone.

Use a phone card if you’re going to call the U.S.