Home stays offer you a unique opportunity to experience authentic Ukrainian life while living in the home of a local Russian speaking family. You’ll speak Russian all day long, out of necessity and fun and interest in the family life you see unfolding around you. Accommodation in a host family allows you to get the most out of your language course as it gives you a privileged view of daily life in another culture.
About home stay:
– Your host “family” may be a family with parents and children or a single parent who takes in students because he or she enjoys the company. You wouldn’t be the first to go out on the town together, or to keep in contact with your family after your return home.
– You can choose from a room with breakfast, half-board (breakfast and either a cooked meal in the afternoon at about one o’clock or light dinner at seven) or full-board (breakfast and two meals).
– You’ll eat at local hours and you’ll eat local foods, although the family will take your preferences into account as much as possible.
– You will be given your own house keys, so you can come and go as you please. You will also be able to receive phone calls at the family home.
Taking a student flat offers you more independence than a home stay, while still putting you in a situation where you can practice your Russian (or indeed other languages) with other international students.
Things to know:
- You will have to prepare your own meals, clean the house yourself, and negotiate sharing with other students.
- Your room will include a bed, table or desk, chair and a wardrobe or chest of drawers for storing clothes.
- Each flat has a shared living room with a TV and a fully equipped kitchen with a washing machine, iron and ironing board.
- We do not have telephones installed in the student flats and recommend you make alternative arrangements, such as obtaining a local SIM card for your phone.
- Bed linen is provided but it is recommended you bring your own towels.