My name is Takahiro from Japan. I am going to college in Missouri.
I decided to find a homestay in NY since I wanted to experience American culture for my winter break.
In our host family, we have funniest host mother, and kindest host father. Furthermore, there are also several students who are from all over the world.
Living with people who are from other countries is a good opportunity to learn a lot of things.
I am having a good time with my host family and roommates. We enjoy going out to the city, going to restaurants, watching movies, and chilling out in the living room.
There are various kinds of stores in the city, so you are not going to be bored.
On the Christmas, my host family called the guys who used to live here, and held a Christmas party. I ate great meal with them. We had a great Christmas.
You can experience a lots of things in NY. Please come to NY and enjoy your life in this city!!
5 Tips to make your stay with a “Just Homestay” Hostfamily a successful experience!
Be willing to respect your new environment, be open to learn about your host lifestyle (ask them to participate in their hobbies (maybe you also like to go for a walk in the Central Park, go to the movies (excellent to practice your listening abilities), or just to cook a meal from your country to share your culture with the Host.
Be understanding that NYC is a huge city with an enormous diversity and for instance is important to mention that your Hostfamily is flexible enough to receive you in their home.
Always be “positive” everything comes from your point of view but remember that always has the other side of the road. Living in a new country can be exciting and challenging, trust your hostfamily’s advices about the community that you will be sharing your wonderful presence.
Remember that staying with a hostfamily is about the one to one experience, plant a seed of positive experiences, show your Host your appreciation to their family and be the Ambassador of your country in the USA and at Just Homestay host.
Smile and post your pictures of your great times with your Hostfamily (BBQ parties; Broadway shows, or even having a nice Breakfast with your Host) share in our pagewww.facebook.com/justhomestay
This weekend was fantastic and full of great surprises!
On Saturday morning we went to get groceries to cook lunch… since I saw Seemant and Amir talking in the living room I asked if we could cook Indian food (since Seemant is from India) and I love food, why not have a homemade Indian dish? Right on!
Our family loves Lamb, (and that was on sale too…even better!) and of course Seemant picked the spices that I never heard of, I also wanted Saag paneer which we are obsessed about. Amir (from Italy joined us) I suggested to him to get some stuff for bruschetta as an appetizer) .
We came home, and the bonanza started… Seemant was the super chef of the day and showed us how he prepares the lamb and Saag paneer….I wouldn’t have thought to cook the way he was directing me to, (super secret, can’t tell). In the meantime Amir was preparing the bruschetta (which I learned how to pronounce in Italian!) and even grandma was chopping the onions to help the feast. I cooked the rice “Brazilian style” (which is not done by the rice cooker); Vu( from Vietnam) prepared a delicous dessert made of beans and coconut cream. A few hours later we all sat around the table and made sure Mr. Jones (was happy eating a homemade Indian dish).
This was a great way of getting everybody together and enjoying a simple pleasure. We shared a meal, a family lunch, and taught each other new recipes. This is Justhomestay experience! Can’t wait to do it again!!!
Ps: the best part is to have the left overs for the next day lol. I’m Wilka Jones, thanks for supporting Just Homestay!
NYC “the city that never sleeps” is open to have one more visitor regardless of your length of stay (minimum 2 weeks for JustHomestay students). If your goal is to come to NY to learn English this is a very rewarding and friendly city. You can make friends very easily and find lots of interesting things to do and learn.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk in Central Park. I try to do this as much as I can. The last time I went to Central park I remember sipping coffee and seeing people walking their dogs, running, biking, taking pictures, playing on the lawn, and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. I highly recommend visiting one of NYCs’ many parks and and famous sites. It can be great learning experience and exercise (if you like to walk like me). Besides the great ambiance of Central park, you have a zoo, rose garden, a few lakes and museums. – I went to the zoo last year with my darling friend visiting from Maryland (Laura) and was so excited to see the Polar bears!!! Visiting Central Park and other parks in NYC can be a full day activity and great exercise.
Another great spot is Chelsea; there are great restaurants, coffee shops and an exciting nightlife. The last time I went to Chelsea, I took two ladies (Juliana and Daniela) from Brazil and we had a lovely dinner in a Thai restaurant, got flowers to bring back home, and Wine for Juliana’s dad in Brazil as a souvenir. It was fun!
Of course that along with a long walk along Fifth Ave and Times Square the days can be long…but excitement and energy you must keep it up at all times.
I’m Wilka Jones, and welcome to Just Homestay blog.