Sitio de Mata Homestays

We started the original Sitio de Mata homestay project in 2009

Sitio de Mata, Costa Rica

Imagine: Waking up to the sounds of roosters and the smell of fresh-brewed coffee. Your host mother calls you to breakfast (in Spanish, of course), and your immersion experience begins! “¡Buenos días! ¿Cómo amaneció mi amor? ¿Quiere sus huevitos revueltos o fritos?”

Student Impacts

  • Naturally practice Spanish-language skills
  • Motivate participants to continue developing language skills upon returning home
  • Gain a richer understanding of their own culture by celebrating the differences and similarities between cultures
  • Create lifelong cross-cultural friendships
  • Develop a new perspective of the world

Our Homestay Families

Since we launched our homestay project in Sitio Mata in 2009 it has had an enormous impact on the community. We pay our homestay families more than any other organization or student travel company in Costa Rica. The benefits of this have been numerous, with some of the most important including: Building a community center, sending homestay kids to college, building and improving our neighborhood bus stops, improving access to medical care for our homestay families, home remodels, and more. We are incredibly proud of what we have done with this community, all thanks to the student groups that travel with us.

Meet our Homestay Moms

The glue of our homestay project is our wonderful homestay moms. Most have been involved with our program for over ten years. They know how to make any student feel right at home and they all embrace our homestay slogan of Mi casa es su casa

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