Virtual Homestay Experience

The Virtual Homestay Experience offers virtual sessions with an American host in their home. Due to the travel restrictions and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Immersions Homestay wants to continue to provide intercultural experiences for international individuals around the globe. This program connects individuals to a host family, so they can experience daily life in the US virtually while practicing English authentically in and through a relationship with a host family in the U.S.A.

We offer both individual and group Virtual Homestay Experience programs. A group program is customized to meet the needs and learning goals of each client. Our individual programs allow the participant to choose how many sessions per week/per month.  All participants must be a minimum of 12 years old, with Advanced Beginner English skills, and no maximum age to participate in the Virtual Homestay Experience programs.

Group Virtual Homestay Experience programs include:

  • Customized program including dates, number of sessions, and learning goals

  • One-on-one session with an American host

  • 60 minutes per virtual session

  • Online free communication platform used for each session  

  • Conversation starters and activities designed by Global Immersions Homestay for host and participant

  • Support from Global Immersions team throughout program

  • Minimum of two sessions per program and five participants required

A Virtual Homestay Orientation can be added on to any group Virtual Homestay Experience program.  The one-hour orientation will include how to best use the online platform, address fears of speaking in English with the host, what to expect during the virtual program, how to best effectively communicate, review of themes and activities for participants to prepare prior to the program, etc. The Virtual Homestay Orientation is facilitated in English by Global Immersions team and if requested, can be given in English/Japanese. 

The Individual Virtual Homestay Experience programs include:

  • Choice of one or two sessions per week 

  • One-on-one session with an American host

  • 60 minutes per virtual session

  • Online free communication platform used for each session  

  • Conversation starters and activities designed by Global Immersions Homestay for host and participant

  • Support from Global Immersions team throughout program

  • Minimum of one session per week per month 

Our host network represents the ethnic and racial diversity of metropolitan Boston and includes:

  • Families with young children or teenagers

  • Couples with no children

  • Retirees

  • Single parents with children

  • Single professionals

Global Immersions Homestay welcomes all international visitors to the Virtual Homestay Experience programs.  Requirements include a minimum age of 12 years with Advanced Beginner English skills and no maximum age.  Intermediate to Advanced levels are encouraged for a more in-depth virtual homestay experience.  

Contact us today to learn more about our Virtual Homestay Experience programs and pricing!

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Global Immersions, Inc.

P.O. Box 71, Watertown, MA 02471 | Tel: 1 617 484 4055 | Fax: 1 617 321 4009 | Email: info@globalimmersions.com

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