Past participants in the program uniformly
agree that the highlight of their stay was becoming a member of a Venezuelan
family. Generally, Venezuelans possess an incredibly warm and kind-hearted
spirit and are very open and helpful. Nearly all families have hosted
program participants before. All have been chosen for their genuine
interest in sharing Venezuelan life with a visiting program participant.
Each student is matched with a family
based on preferences and requests. three daily meals, double
or single private rooms, a private lockbox for valuables / documents
is provided. The homestay family will also meet each student ar Mérida's
airport upon arrival (along with the Nuevos Encuentros group).
Through interaction, the homestay family
is a vital link to the social and cultural life of Mérida.