Homestay Immersion

Homestay Immersion / Total immersion – unlike any other Xplore programme, experience non-stop authentic American family life.

Homestay Immersion is best suited to teenagers looking for a complete immersion in the English language, social and cultural host family life of the US.

Why choose a Homestay Immersion

Unlike our other language holidays, there are no Xplore organised English classes, leisure activities, excursions or day trips during the programme. This adds the excitement to your trip, allowing your host family to share with you the activities and outings they have planned during their summer break.

All Xplore host families have been chosen specifically for their desire to host an international student for the summer and are excited to share their beautiful state.

Colorado

Located in the wider Denver area, including Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and across the mountain areas of Winter Park, Vail, or Aspen, this homestay programme provides intensive involvement and interaction with a local host family offering a truly special opportunity to experience ‘real America’ and a unique opportunity to practice and improve English language proficiency.

Summers in Colorado are fun and spending time outdoors is popular because the weather is cooler and more comfortable than other areas of the US. Expect backyard barbeques, hikes through the mountains, shopping, family time such as dinner out, trips to attractions or the movies and of course, constant communication in English.

North Carolina

Homestay students in North Carolina will experience life with their host family in either the Charlotte or Asheville area. Time spent with your host family can include trips to museums and hiking in the blue ridge mountains or swimming in waterfalls.

Washington

Washington homestay students are placed around Seattle. Summers in Washington include family game nights, hiking in the national parks, swimming, shopping and spending time with your host family constantly improving your communication in English. 

Every student’s homestay experience will be unique as you will be fully immersed into American life and your families schedule. This opportunity gives you the ability to truly immerse yourselves into the language and gain invaluable communication skills.

What is included?

Here is a list of the main elements included in the camp, please use our table below for more detail:

  • Airport transfers when students arrive / depart at specified times.
  • Single nationality placement in selected homestay accommodation. 
  • Full board(specific dietary requirements can be catered for)
  • 24-hour emergency number and supervision
  • Endsleigh Travel Insurance 

Accommodation

Every homestay family is personally recruited and selected by Xplore for their passion and desire to share their life and home with an international teenager. Whilst living in homestay accommodation, our visiting teens are fully immersed into American family life and are therefore treated as a part of the family, and not as a guest. Our students may sometimes have their own room or they may share a room with a host family sibling of the same gender and similar age or even with a second international student.

In general, host families will choose only one student to stay, however, sometimes a family expresses their wish of hosting two students. If we place two international learners in the same home, they will be of another nationality, in order to guarantee a full cultural immersion experience.

If you have any special requirements, we will try to accommodate you, please let us know in advance.

 

Activities

The decision rests with each individual family how they would like to spend the 3 to 5 weeks with you and how they will share beautiful Colorado. One host family might be very outdoorsy and will love to take you on hikes in the jaw-dropping Rocky Mountains, another family may enjoy the company of friends going shopping or out for dinner. Some families enjoy relaxing and spending the time together and only get active on weekends. 

No matter what, the families we choose planning to get you involved in the community and meeting new friends. Rest assured, you will be very busy!

Dates & Prices
3 Weeks / 4 Weeks / 5 Weeks 3 Weeks - $2,425 / 4 Weeks - $2,899 / 5 Weeks $3,369
Any date after 6th June 2020 - On or before 11th August 2020

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Transfers

We will provide transfers from and to the nearest international airport on both arrival and departure dates.

Food

All meals are included and provided by your new family. It is common for American families to enjoy many different cuisines from around the world, from Asian to Italian, Mexican or French.

We ask our international teenagers to be open minded about trying new food but also to share their food preferences with their family – perhaps even try teaching their host family how to cook traditional foods from your country.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements as we specialise in finding great matches for our students.

 

English

Our Colorado-bound students experience total immersion in the day-to-day life of a local host family. Thus, there are no scheduled English classes with other visiting students, instead you will develop and improve your English in a host family environment, as they speaking it the entire time!

It is important that visiting teenagers have a proficient level of English and are confident in communicating in English at all times.

Care and Supervision

A team of Xplore staff will be available to all visiting teenagers and their host families during the programme. They will introduce themselves at the airport and can be contacted or seen at any if needed using the contact information provided prior to arrival. All Xplore host families have undergone an in-depth application process which includes a personal interview and in-home inspection. We also conduct a criminal background investigation and hold specific training covering cultural differences and importance of communication while hosting and an orientation with our local staff.

International Camp

Our camps are available to children from all over the world, however this full immersion programme does not bring the visiting students together, integration is with your American host family only. 

Integration and immersion is central to how we operate as an organisation, and we encourage teenagers to really get involved with their family. We know that socialising with different cultures can really develop self-confidence in communicating with others.

Travel Insurance

Xplore has partnered with Endsleigh Insurance to provide invaluable cover specifically designed for Xplore students. You will receive a summary of insurance cover after booking, however key benefits include:

  • Cover for over 90 sports and activities are included as standard (full details are available within policy documentation).
  • Cancellation and curtailment of the trip due to accident, illness or sickness.
  • If taken ill or have an accident, Endsleigh will pay emergency medical bills and hospital costs that are not covered by the National Health Service.
  • Additional costs incurred to repatriate, if medically necessary.
  • Reasonable costs to return home if a close relative is seriously ill.
  • Reimbursement if luggage is lost, stolen or accidentally damaged.
  • Endsleigh will help replace passports, or visas if they are lost or stolen.
  • Money stolen either from your person or while locked away, will be replaced.
  • If a student accidentally injures someone or damage their property, Endsleigh will cover legal liability.
  • Advice and assistance to take legal action is covered.
  • Cover for unavoidable or necessary cancellation or curtailment of course before completion due to, death, bodily injury or illness.

As a member of the Advance Payments to Travel Agents (APTA) Guarantee Scheme, underwritten by Evolution Insurance Company Limited, Klub Group Limited complies with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992

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