Once you've arranged your english stay for you or your child you can look forward to planning the trip. In order to save you extra expenses and make your trip as easy, enjoyable and as beneficial as possible here are some suggestions and advice before traveling:
- Anglofam will provide all guests and host families who have arranged bookings with special advice, games, exercises and tips for encouraging interaction and maximising opprtunitles to speak English. Make sure you read through these before departing on your journey as there is some preparation and planning you can do. If it is a child who is going on the language stay you can go through this with your child so that they will be prepared. Children may be addicted to smartphones and online games but if they have stimulating activities organised to divert them away from eletronic devices they will actually enjoy themselves much more as well as improving their converstional English.
- Brush up on your English before leaving. Look over your english lessons or read over english phrases that you can practise in your new family home. Watch English TV or DVDs if possible. News programs are particularly good as the english is usually spoken perfectly and with a neutral accent. English news items will also provide a good talking point for those debates or discussions that will greatly help improve your language skills when you are in the host country
- Bring your phrases book or dictionary or any English book that you find helpful and keep them in your on-board luggage. You may have many hours waiting around at airports or on flights and its an ideal time to practise
- Anglofam requests that host families include one laundry wash per full week of stay. For children traveling on short stays this means they whould only need one week's supply of clothes. Many find that if they choose items carefully they can manage with only on-board luggage saving extra baggage expenses and making the journey easier. A good tip may be to only pack clothes which can go into the wash together! Ask the host family if they will provide bath towels as this would save luggage room. However, if you are visiting Ireland or the UK make sure you bring a rain coat and one warm fleece or jumper whatever time of year it is!