host family living
Hey Everyone.. I thought I would do a post about what it is like living with a host family here in Perú. Each student that studies here in Peru with IFSA-Butler is matched up with a host family. There is only one student per family, which is different than many programs that put many students together. I personally think that it is a much better experience because you are completely immersed in family life here, and you really get to see what it means to live in a Peruvian family. It’s a great way to practice your Spanish skills too!
I absolutely LOVE my host family here. I live in a huge extended family here, and I love every minute of it. This explanation of my host family is going to get a bit complicated.. so bear with me.
I live with a mom and dad here. They are both 73 years old, and they have five children. There two youngest children, a son and a daughter, still live with them. The daughter is married and has a son, and they live with us. In addition, the daughter’s husband has a son from a previous marriage and he lives here as well.
Quick recap: Mother and Father, Son, Daughter + husband + son + husband’s son.
Alright, so that is seven people already..not including me. Then we have two servants that live in our house as well. So that is ten people total, including me that sleep here. However, that’s not all! My host dad is a retired dentist and one of his sons, not the one that lives with us, has taken over the dental practice, and the dental office is the top floor of our house.
So the other son is here during the day, and then his two daughters and their nanny come over after school to study. Needless to say, there is always something going on, but I absolutely love it. I was a little bit worried before I came that I wouldn’t have been matched with a family I would get along with.
I must say that it is just the opposite. IFSA-Butler did a fantastic job of placing me with the perfect family. We share the same morals, values, and religion. I couldn’t be happier here, and they truly consider me part of their family.. they even call me daughter! Below is a picture of me with my host mom and dad!
My family is definitely going to be the main thing I miss when I head back to the United States. It’s hard to believe that I have less than three months left here in Perú. I have already come to the realization that I am not going to be able to go to all the places I would like to, but it gives me even more motivation to come back!