Written by Melissa Knowlton

Studying Medicine in Southern California

Satoshi recently spent a month in Irvine, California to observe medical procedures at the University of California, Irvine. During his time here, he learned a lot about American culture and experienced the area through a local's eyes.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

A Month Abroad on Australia's Gold Coast

Martina, a 21-year-old Italian girl and the winner of our "Win back your trip" photo contest, shares her experiences in Maria and Peter's homestay on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Written by Guest Blogger: Vivian Lee

Amazing Japanese Hospitality

Vivian a Travel Blogger from Malaysia travelled to Tokyo with her Mum and little brother. She stayed with Tokyo hosts Yoko and Aki for 4 nights. After a very late arrival, Yoko cooked them a meal of Yakisoba and Miso soup. Vivian knew she was going to enjoy this stay....

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Learning English in Boston

Sunny and her daughter traveled to Massachusetts for three months and experienced what it was like to have a family from another culture. During her time in the USA, she was able to celebrate American holidays like a local for the first time.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Learning English in Dublin

Using homestay.com to find a great place to stay is really easy! I could choose among many families and I found a perfect one! I think it is better staying in a host family than a hotel, for sure! It was perfect! I have no words to describe my stay at Antoinette's house.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Affordable accommodation in Cape Town

Ahamed a doctor from Sri Lanka was in Cape Town for over a week for a medical conference. He chose to stay with Asa and her young family in District Six Neighbourhood to get to live like a true Capetonian.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Third time visit to Iran

Iolanda from Portugal recently travelled to Iran for the third time. Having been to Iran twice before on organised tours she decided to try a different approach this time. She had started to learn Farsi so wanted to meet more Iranians to practise with. Staying in a homestay allowed her to be in close contact with local people (her hosts, their friends as well as their neighbours), which ended up being one of the aspects she liked most.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Cambodia: Slice of Khmer culture and village life

Laura and Taj and from the United States travelled to Cambodia and were in the Siem Reap area to explore the Angkor temples and Tonle Sap. They wanted to stay in a homestay to learn more about Cambodian and Khmer culture. Homestay Host Pheaktra was a perfect way for them to see real Cambodian village life as she is a kindergarten teacher as well as a local tour guide.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Farmstay in Vinales, Cuba

Nina and Michael from Germany travelled with their 18 month old daughter to Cuba. They wanted to learn about the agricultural way of life. They stayed with host Miguel on his farm. He grows mangos, oranges, lemons, tangerines, pineapples, bananas, coconut, guavas and coffee. He also grows lots of vegetables and medicinal plants.

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Homestay in Sydney's Southern Suburbs

Jane from England stayed with Homestay Host Lyn in Sydney. In her words "Lyn's place is not just a homestay, it's a 5 star experience. At just $42AUD per night it's a great value accommodation option for Sydney.

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