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hosting 101: it's the little things

Oftentimes, the most memorable moments of an exchange experience are the in-between, everyday parts that make up the unforgettable whole.

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Meet Valerio from Italy, our Student Ambassador for the month of February. 

An EF Discovery Tour is your chance to travel to your host country's most exciting destinations with a a group of other exchange students. This year, Lea from Spain went on tour in Boston. Hear about some highlights of her trip below!

Q: Why did you choose to go on a Discovery Tour in Boston?
Lea: I'd seen Boston in the movies and on TV and fell in love with it. I wanted to meet other exchange students and learn about the history of the United States firsthand. 

Q: What was your favorite part of the trip?
Lea: Definitely visiting Harvard. I was very excited about it beforehand. When we were there, we were able to talk with actual students and that was super interesting. 

Q: What does a Discovery Tour mean to you?
Lea: It means visiting different parts of America because they're all so different. I currently live in a small town in the middle of New York state, but when you go to New York City youre in a completely different world. That's one of the reasons why I love America. 


Oftentimes, the most memorable moments of an exchange experience are the in-between, everyday parts that make up the unforgettable whole. It's the "little things"--the late night family dinners, carpool karoke sessions and dog walks around the neighborhood--that frame an exchange year, and ultimately,  create a world of difference. We asked some of our students and host families to share the little things that have made the difference for them this year:

Reading to my little sister and putting her to bed at the end of the day
-Lucas, student from Denmark

Riding around on the combine with my host dad during harvest season
- Giorgia, student from Italy

Finishing puzzles at night with the whole family
-Laure, host mom in South Dakota

Check more memorable moments and "little things"
As a host family, it's not uncommon to find yourself wondering how to provide the best experience possible; how to make the year special 
EF host families come in all different shapes and sizes.