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Home Sweet Home

Many students report that life with host families enriches Off-Campus Programs.  All Language Study Abroad (LSA) programs include a homestay experience, and some Foreign Study Programs (FSP) do as well.

Following dinner at the Pretoria, South Africa, home of Kopano Mametse (left front), who has served as a host mother for nine Dartmouth FSP students, including Nathan Mazonson ’09 (center), who was there fall term. Mametse says, “They’re all unique, and I learn so much from each one. My child (Nthati, left in pink shirt) is looking forward to going to university, and she was motivated by them.” Simon Nkuna and Sarah Theledi (right), who live nearby, are houseparents to Katie Moerlein ‘08 (middle left). (Photo by Steven J. Smith)
Bari Wien '10 (right) with her host mother, Leonor Cantos, in Barcelona this October. "She has been amazing, spoiling me, cooking delicious meals, helping me with Spanish, giving me tips on how to explore the city," says Wien, a participant on the LSA program. Cantos says (translated from Spanish): "Not only is it an exchange of ideas and a chance to meet different people, but I like being around young people. I feel young, even though I'm a grandmother." (Photo by Steven J. Smith)

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Last Updated: 11/26/08