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Global Immersions - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Global Immersions specializes in providing quality group homestay services catering to the needs and interests of each and every client.   Our staff spends time discussing and determining exactly what each client wants their visitors to experience during their stay in Boston. We then create a customized homestay program to match these needs and place the visitors with hosts who meet the group's criteria from our extensive hosting network.  The goal is to ensure a positive and educational experience for the visitor and host. This summer we have happily welcomed groups from previous years as well as a number of new groups.  There is not a minimum or a maximum on the length of stay or number of visitors in the group. Global Immersions Homestay provided services for hundreds of visitors this summer ages 14 to 55 from Taiwan, Spain, China, Japan and Italy who attended language schools, universities, and cultural immersion programs all over the city. 

 Living in homestay is the best way to learn firsthand about U.S. culture.  We help our visitors and hosts explore Boston by providing age appropriate events happening in the city during the stay.  The events are fun, often free and varied to cover a wide variety of interests.  Here’s just a glimpse of what some of our Global Immersions groups have done this summer while living in homestay!

TALK visitors celebrate a birthday

The Taiwanese group attended TALK School of Languages at Regis College for the first time this summer!  These high school students came to Boston to improve their English and experience American culture. Our hosts were able to share unique American experiences like the 4th of July fireworks at Gillette Stadium, a hike in the Catskill Mountains, the opening night of a blockbuster movie, a visit and tour to a local fire station and a visit to Boston area beaches. The visitors also enjoyed a tour of Harvard Square, shopping at the Natick Mall and a few visitors cooked authentic Taiwanese dinner for their hosts.

Spanish teachers at Global Immersions Explore Boston Event

The Madrid Regional Ministry of Education in Spain sent another group of middle school teachers to Boston to attend a customized four-week program at Boston University CELOP.  The History/Geography and English teachers, ranging in age from 25 to 55, came to Boston to hone their respective educational fields as they experienced American culture first hand while living in homestay.  Many were able to live with former teachers, and all got to experience the rich history of Boston as they perfected their English. They were able to share 4th of July with their hosts, attend concerts at Tanglewood, visit historic sites like Concord and Lexington and tour Salem and Cape Cod.  Many also attended Global Immersions Explore Boston event at the Institute of Contemporary Art, where we took a free tour of the museum and heard live music from local Berklee College students.

Italian visitors on the USS Constitution 

The Italian group attended EC Boston Junior's Program at Simmons College.  These high school age visitors came to improve their English, experience Boston and learn about American culture while living with our hosts. A few highlights of their homestay experiences included watching the World Cup at an American style BBQ, eating lobster dinners, the IMAX theatre, and making an Italian dinner for their host families to show them what “real” Italian food tastes like!   In addition to the Italy group, we provided homestay services for two large Chinese groups attending the EC Junior's Program at Simmons College.

As Boston’s Homestay Specialists we work hard to ensure each visitor has a positive experience and each group program meets the needs and goals of the client. Our groups this summer have been from all over the world and each had different requests and needs.  We are confident that each visitor had a full immersion into U.S. culture.  They will take a piece of Boston life back home along with their new friendships made while living in homestay.  Check out our photo gallery for images from this summer’s visitors!  

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