I am 22 and have recently moved out from homestay where I had been living for nearly four years.
Saying goodbye to the most wonderful homestay family (host parents plus three cutie dogs) in Dunedin is hard.
During the past three years, I have been asked many times by friends to move out and go flatting.
Since I had been staying with my host family for nearly four years, I have about 15 host sisters.
We are still friends even after separating. Meeting new host sisters while staying in the same house can be interesting.
You never feel lonely as every student is in the same boat - away from home.
This homestay has gradually become my second home.
It has given me a secure and warm feeling.
I still remember that whenever I got home, the first thing I would do was to get changed into pyjamas.
I can say I was really lucky to have my lovely host parents.
They are generous, caring and grateful.
They accept and respect students’ cultures and personalities.
They take care of us not only physically, but also emotionally.
I had so much fun during my stay in homestay.
I liked playing with the dogs at home, playing on the trampoline and watching movies in the lounge (where most of the host sisters gathered and had fun).
Having stayed with them for a long time, they made me understand that communication, trust and respect are very important in life, which is applicable to maintain a good relationship with both the host parents, sisters and brothers.
As you have got no choice but to speak English with them, it is one of the best and fastest ways to improve your English as well as learning the Kiwi slang.
Dinner time (or what the Kiwis usually call tea time) is really important in a Kiwi family.
This is the time where family members gather, communicate and share their everyday lives.
Of course, there are times that you may face problems while staying in homestay.
The homestay ladies can be your final solution when you find it difficult to talk to your host parents.
The homestay ladies are always friendly and helpful. Don’t feel scared. They always greet you with a big smile!
Well, “Good Luck” to my new adventure and “Good Luck” to those who are moving in or staying in homestay. Enjoy life!