Summer Homestay Program — 2019
Jun 28 - Jul 1, 2019 → Aug 1-4, 2019
Spend your summer in Hungary swimming in the largest freshwater lake in the world, learning the Hungarian language, and exploring parks and museums with your host family. This four-week program gives you the full immersion experience starting with one week of camp at Lake Balaton and three weeks with a host family. You’ll get to discover Hungarian culture from the inside, living the life of a local teenager. You’ll also be able to explore the historic city of Budapest. If you’re looking for more than a typical summer abroad, this could be the program for you.
Old World is the way of life here: families take pride in their roots and honor tradition. Hungary is like no other country: the language, the culture, the history – it’s truly unique unto itself. Since the Hungarian language is not related to any other European language, you might find it challenging to learn at first, but don’t worry, you’ll be able to take lessons.
Your journey will begin in New York, where you’ll meet your fellow AFSers from the US. You’ll learn some essentials for your first days in Hungary and speak with a cultural resource who recently spent time there. Then, you’re off! You’ll travel with a group to Budapest where you’ll be welcomed by AFS staff and volunteers.
Soon you’ll be ready to travel to your host family. You’ll live with them for the remaining three weeks, experiencing life as a typical Hungarian teenager. Your host family could live anywhere throughout Hungary. Most AFSers stay in urban environments near Budapest or other large cities, but it’s also possible that you’ll be in a rural area.
Hungarian parents usually have one or two children, but families tend to be larger in rural communities. You might find that you have older host siblings living at home, as it’s common for children to wait until they’re financially independent to move out.See where past AFSers have lived
One of the most popular and well-known Hungarian dishes is goulash, a stew made with meat, potatoes, and paprika. Paprika is used in many Hungarian recipes and has a warm, piquant flavor. Dishes are typically served with potatoes or noodles and there are lots of delicious breads and pastries to try.
In Balaton, you’ll take language lessons interspersed with cultural activities. You’ll likely find that learning a new language while you’re completely immersed in it is a very different experience than learning strictly in a classroom—you’ll be able to go out into the community and put new vocab to use immediately. After your first week, you’ll begin your homestay. This is your opportunity to practice your Hungarian and immerse yourself in the ins and outs of everyday life. Before the end of the program, you’ll meet up again with your fellow AFSers to share stories and travel together to Budapest.
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.