The Homestay Department offers participants special insight into Moroccan society through experiencing daily life, customs, values, and language. To live with a family is an intensive and rewarding cross-cultural experience through which you are given the opportunity to participate in meals, conversation, and daily activities. There is no better way to learn and improve your knowledge about a culture and a language than to live with a family and experience daily life first-hand.
Our department works with a network of over 150 families to offer homestays in Rabat and village stays throughout Morocco. Most host families have volunteered their homes, motivated by the idea of building cross-cultural friendships. They do not see their home as a hotel. Most families want to get to know you as a person and hope to continue the friendship after the homestay. Host families are carefully selected and screened; some have hosted students before, but for others it is a first-time experience. You will be received as a member of the family and involved in the daily activities of that family, which often include attending family parties, visiting relatives, going to the movies with a host sibling, enjoying long dinners, socializing with the neighbors over Moroccan tea, and exploring medina souks, sites, and city centers together.