I stayed with a host mom and I am so happy I did. I dove deep into the culture, and made it a part of my everyday life. There were some times when I would get frustrated with the language barrier, but overall it was totally worth it. I grew in my Spanish, and grew as a person as well.
Central College Abroad welcomes family and friends to visit the program during the course of the semester. There are, however, policies that Central College has instituted for reasons of liability, and also to ensure that the student’s experience abroad is not disrupted. Our experience with long-term visits (10 days or longer) is that they can prevent a student from becoming settled into the host culture, and can encourage extended homesickness.
For the reasons above, all Central College Abroad program day trips and excursions are only available to program participants currently enrolled in the program. Visitors may participate in program activities as deemed appropriate by the director. Also, during visits from family and friends, students are required to attend all classes and required program activities, as missing these necessary elements can compromise a student’s grades and the overall dynamics of the program.
Again, Central College Abroad does welcome visits from friends and family. These visits are encouraged to take place during semester breaks or at times when program excursions are not planned.