Sky is no stranger to homestay living abroad. On this go around, she settles in at her Buenos Aires accommodations and shares how she came to live with her host mom and flatmates. She also shares how this experience can build up your language skills, provides some tips to follow before arriving in your host country, and reveals what her daily dining situation is like.
Two years ago I lived with a host family in Salamanca, Spain, and I had such a positive experience. I could not wait to live with a new family for the next three months. I arrived at my CAPA-assigned apartment after taking a taxi from the airport. Unfortunately, my host mom informed me that she had an accident where she hurt her arm and was unable to take care of me. We called CAPA and they arranged for me to stay with a new host mom and another CAPA student just around the block. A few days later, another girl from CAPA requested to move in with us and CAPA quickly made the accommodations. This is how I came to live with my host mom and two flatmates from CAPA (all with our own room).
My room at my homestay in Buenos Aires.
My living situation is fairly unique. I have found that it is more common that each student will live only with their own host family. It is also possible that families can host for more than one program. For example, when I lived in Spain, students from Italy and China also lived with me. In my opinion, having students from other countries staying in the same apartment is a fun and interesting experience. Apart from learning about more cultures and having more people to talk to at dinner, you will also strengthen your language skills as Spanish may be the only language you all have in common.
Our bathroom at the homestay apartment.
Upon my arrival, my host family already had a few unexpected amenities such as a safe for keeping things like my passport secure and an adapter plug for electronics. I am also one of the lucky ones to have air conditioning. To really know what to expect out of your homestay experience before arriving, I recommend contacting your host family by email or WhatsApp before arriving. CAPA kindly provides some general information about your host family and their contact information a few weeks before your arrival date.
Our host mom leaves out breakfast items on the dining table for us to eat daily.
Each day my host mom prepares breakfast and dinner. Breakfast of cereal, toast, and coffee is left out so that my flatmates and I can eat according to our schedule. Dinner is served at 9 PM and we eat with our host mom. There is always lively conversation and a variety of delicious food. My host mom is extremely nice and does her best to understand my not-so-perfect Spanish and accommodate my flatmates’ and my likes and dislikes.
Check out this park on the way to the Austral campus where our CAPA classes are held.
The apartment is located a short 15-20 minute walk from Cerrito 1250, the Austral campus location where all CAPA classes are located. Along the way there are many places to eat, get groceries, withdraw or exchange money, and there is even a park where people lay out on blankets and dogs roam around. The apartment is also conveniently located 10-15 minutes from a Subte station, the name of the subway that connects the multiple neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.
Sky Dedrick is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2020, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. An Operations and Information Management and Spanish major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.
Sky's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.