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Teach English in a Homestay in Italy with Greenheart Travel
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Teach English in a Homestay in Italy with Greenheart Travel

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    5

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

Best Experience of My Life So Far!

I want to say a big, genuine, and heartfelt "thank you" for all the personal touches that Megan (my program manager) & the Greenheart Travel team gave me. My experience in Sicily on the homestay program was transformative and it is, without a doubt, the best experience I have had in my life thus far. I was not prepared to be so fully embraced by my host family and their friends. They took me on every outing, and I celebrated their birthdays, and other special occasions with them. Everything about my time spent there exceeded my expectations and I returned to Canada firmly believing that the world is full of wonderful people and that traveling is the best way to learn about ourselves and the world around us.

When they were dropping me off at the airport and I was saying my last goodbyes, one of the members of the family typed a message for me into the Google Translate app on his phone (yes, google translator is truly a wonderful thing!) He wrote, "Always remember you are a member of our family now," which of course, made me cry (whoops).

I think this pretty much sums up what my month was like for me in Sicily. Greenheart Travel not only gave me an experience to travel, to meet new people, to teach English and to learn another language- you also gave me, in a way, another family half a world away that I will cherish always. I can only hope other members who have completed this homestay program have had as much luck as I did with this experience, and I look forward to members from my Sicilian family coming to visit me and my family this summer in Toronto.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Community

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Support Services

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

My Homestay in Sicily is Great!

I am adjusting very well the family and we are already so close. They are amazing, the girls (my host sisters!) already know a bit of English and I understand Italian so the lessons are going really well. We have done so many amazing things on the weekends already. Everyday is a new adventure. Sicily is so beautiful!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    5

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    9

Falling In Love With Italy

My host family is fantastic, and they've already taken me around to see some great places in the nearby countryside. Rural Italy is so beautiful, I'm happy I'm not placed in a big city. I've also been able to take one of the family's bikes out during the days and explore the nearby town. The adjustment and culture shock was pretty easy for me, and I really love Italy now. Thanks for making this all possible!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    0

  • Support Services

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

A fantastic experience

Living in Italy for 3 months was a fantastic experience! Learning to make gnocchi and ragù sauce from the grandmother of one of my host families was certainly awesome, but the best part would be all the people I met and new friends I made who come from all around the world. A big thank you to Greenheart Travel for helping to make it all possible!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Compensation & Benefits

    0

  • Support Services

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    8

Good experience overall

Overall, my experience on this program was pretty good. It was very relaxed and flexible and my language skills definitely improved. I enjoyed getting to know my host family and experiencing life in Varese, Italy. I would recommend that future participants do as much as they can to learn the local language before you go - especially as regards speaking! It will make a real difference in your experience.

I think one way the program could be improved in the future is to clarify expectations. While the unstructured nature of the program allows for flexibility (which is nice), it didn't feel as though the local coordinator had had any real conversations with my host family as to what to expect, so the first few weeks were a bit stressful. I suppose that’s normal with exchange programs because it’s an adjustment, but it might be worthwhile having some sort of form which host family and guests could read/work through early on in the placement to articulate expectations on both sides!