Today, I want to tell you a little about how we get to know our host families.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked our Qingdao Customer Relations Manager Rita Jin, if she could take me with her when she goes to meet a new host family next time. She said yes, and I was quite excited to go a couple of days later.
After a 20minutes bus ride from the city centre, we arrived at the living compound and started searching for the apartment where we were to meet our new host family. The area was really nice and people were helpful. I have seen many living compounds in China already, but this one was bigger than the ones I normally visited. While searching for the right building we found a big frozen lake in the middle and thought that this place would be great in summer for our interns and a really nice place to live while being in Qingdao for an internship or language classes.
After we found the right building, we were warmly welcomed into the family’s home. They seemed to be really nice and had just moved in, so they were apologizing a hundred times about their ‘chaos’ (seriously, it was very clean and comfy and not chaotic or dirty at all). Rita talked to them for quite a while, and it was interesting to see how many questions have to be asked and how long it takes to make sure that the family really wants foreign students in their life. Rita was really great at her job in explaining everything that is important for the family to know about foreign students, what problems might occur, what is expected of the family etc. The host mum also had a lot of questions, especially about the general language level of our interns and if the bedroom they had to offer would be ok. I must say: The bedroom was really, really nice and I would immediately go and live with that family!
I am sure everybody who’s coming to China with InternChina and wants to live in a host family will have a really good time and many great experiences. You will be able to learn a lot about Chinese culture and traditions but at the same time also find out what modern Chinese life is like. Of course you have to restrain yourself a little with going out and partying while you live with a family, especially if they have a young son or daughter, but what you will get in return will definitely be worth it!
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