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Host Family Experience

A host family in Sri Lanka who welcome Projects Abroad volunteers into their home.

A big motivation for going abroad is to immerse yourself in the culture where you will be working. Projects Abroad knows living with a local host family is the best way to do that. You do not want to live in a bubble while you are abroad.

You will not live with just any family. Our families are carefully chosen for security, comfort, and friendliness. Many hosts are associated with our programs - for example, a teacher or principal at one of our partner schools or a doctor at one of our medical placements.

Your room will be modest but comfortable. Host families live in secure houses and neighborhoods and are closely screened and monitored, with regular checkups, including before every new volunteer moves in.

A Projects Abroad volunteers in her bedroom at her host family in Ghana.

We also ensure they can provide you with quality home-cooked meals. Food is at the heart of a society so be ready to eat your fill of local cuisine!

In line with our commitment to being a positive influence in the communities we work, host families are decently compensated, but are also interviewed for friendliness and to make sure they are motivated by the right reasons. They will welcome you into their family and home and be eager to share their customs with you and have you teach them about your own culture.

There are some locations where host families are not possible, mainly on the majority of our Conservation projects. But this does not mean we will not have evaluated your accommodation for quality and comfort. Your food will still be provided for by Projects Abroad as well, usually by a local cook.

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