The homestay was the highlight of the trip for me because it exposed me to everyday life in Costa Rica. This has by far been the best immersion experience I have ever had! 
— Alexandra Edwards

The host family experience is by far the best way to completely immerse yourself in the local language and culture. You'll find that our families are very connected in their communities, and have many years of experience working with international guests.   

During your stay, your host family members will be your most influential "cultural ambassadors," personal program liaisons, and, most importantly, your new friends.

Our host families are considered middle class or higher by local standards and live in comfortable homes in very safe neighborhoods.  Each family is interviewed and screened to ensure that the home meets IG Scholar's rigorous homestay standards.

At first I was a little anxious about staying in a complete stranger’s home, but as soon as I arrived I felt very welcomed. My host family was absolutely amazing! They did everything possible to make sure that I was comfortable.
— Katrina Rodriguez (Miami, FL)

Each guest will have a private bedroom, traditional breakfast, internet access, optional laundry service, and, most importantly, a warm and loving environment where you'll soak up everything your host country has to offer. 

An IG Scholar team member will be available 24/7 during the entire program. Therefore if you should ever have an issue with your host family, we'll be there to help you resolve it or relocate you to another family quickly.    

Contact us if you have any questions.