El Salvador’s Culture
Are you seeking a program that provides full Spanish immersion in El Salvador? Look no further!
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and warm hospitality of El Zonte with the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program.
As part of this unique program offered by our Spanish school, you’ll have the opportunity to genuinely connect with the local way of life, improve your language skills, and create lasting memories.
Discover El Zonte
Nestled in the heart of El Salvador’s captivating landscape, SAY ZONTE! is more than just a language school – it’s an embodiment of the country’s rich heritage and welcoming spirit. The Homestay Program at SAY ZONTE! is designed to provide participants with an authentic experience that goes beyond the classroom, allowing them to delve into the daily lives of Salvadoran families while refining their Spanish language abilities.
Live Like a LocaL
Upon enrolling in the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program, you’ll find yourself welcomed into the homes of local families in the charming town of Zonte. You’ll become a part of their daily routines, sharing meals, stories, and experiences. This isn’t just about accommodation; it’s about forging connections and forming friendships that will last a lifetime.
Language and Cultural Immersion
What sets the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program apart is the deep integration of language and cultural immersion. Beyond the structured language lessons offered at the school, you’ll have the chance to practice Spanish in real-life situations, further solidifying your grasp of the language. From bargaining at local markets to sharing stories with your host family, every moment becomes a chance to learn and grow.
How to Join the HOMESTAY-Program
Embarking on your Salvadorian adventure with SAY ZONTE! is easy. Simply write us an email and get in touch with our dedicated team to start customizing your experience. SAY ZONTE! and our local families welcomes you with open arms.
¡Bienvenidos a El Salvador!
SAY ZONTE! HOMESTAY PROGRAM FAQs
What is the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program?
The SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program is an immersive cultural experience. It allows students to live with local Salvadoran families in El Zonte, fostering language learning and cultural exchange in a real-life context.
How does the program enhance my language skills?
Beyond formal language lessons, the program offers daily opportunities to practice Spanish in authentic situations. Conversations with your host family, interactions with locals, and exploring the community all contribute to language development.
Do I have to take Spanush classes with you when I want to participate at the homestay program?
Yes, our homestay program is exclusively for our students who are learning Spanish with us. It’s a crucial part of our concept to provide you with a full immersion experience.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate you in our homestay program if you are not studying Spanish with us in El Zonte.
Is there meals provided?
Yes, your host family offers you a local breakfast from Monday to Friday, and it is included in the price.
You can also cook your own meals, and you will have your own space in the fridge to store your food.
What activities are included in the program?
The homestay program does not include any Spanish classes or activities.
How long can I participate in the program?
The program offers various durations to suit your schedule. Whether you’re looking for a short-term immersion or a more extended stay, SAY ZONTE! can accommodate your preferences. But we kindly ask you to stay at least a week (7 days) with the local family.
The maximum stay is one month!
What support is provided during my stay?
The SAY ZONTE! team is available to assist you throughout your journey, from initial orientation to ongoing guidance, ensuring that your experience is enriching and hassle-free. While we don’t anticipate any issues, rest assured that if any problems do arise, we will be there to support you every step of the way.
ABOUT THE HOST FAMILY
Can I choose my host family?
SAY ZONTE! takes your preferences into account when matching you with a host family. While we can’t guarantee specific matches, we strive to ensure a comfortable and compatible living arrangement.
Where is the host family located?
The house of your host family will be conveniently located within walking distance from our school and the beach, ensuring a maximum 10-minute walk.
Will I get more information about my host family?
Absolutely! Once you’ve been matched with a host family as part of the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program, you will receive comprehensive information about them. This includes details about the family members, their lifestyle, any cultural practices, and general guidelines to help you integrate smoothly into their daily routine. We want to ensure you feel comfortable and well-prepared for this immersive experience.
How much does it cost to stay with a local family?
The cost of staying with a local family as part of the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program can vary depending of the duration of your stay.
Your host family will provide breakfast from monday till friday, which is always included in the price.
For detailed and up-to-date pricing information, please reach out to our team directly through our website. We’ll be happy to provide you with the specific cost breakdown based on your preferences and requirements.
I have seen cheaper places! Why don't you charge less?
We understand that there might be other options available at different price points. However, the value of the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program extends beyond just accommodation.
The pricing reflects the high-quality experience we offer, including the careful selection and training of host families and the overall support provided throughout your journey.
Also, we want to mention that we are an official business with a strong belief in creating a fair and sustainable impact on the local community. We fulfill our tax obligations, as any responsible entity should, and we are committed to ensuring fair compensation for the local families who participate in our program.
Why do you charge an administration fee?
We charge an administration fee of US$25 per stay. This fee is essential to ensure that we can provide you with the best possible service during your stay in El Zonte. It covers the cost of having a dedicated person to oversee your stay and ensure your comfort.
Additionally, we prioritize longer-term stays, typically ranging from 7 days up to one month. We do this to create a more meaningful and comfortable experience for both our guests and host families. Unlike traditional AirBnBs or hostels, our program is centered around the concept of a homestay, where you become a part of the local community and family for an extended period.
This longer duration allows for better integration and a more enriching cultural experience for everyone involved.
How can I pay?
Paying for the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program is straightforward and convenient. You can make payments using major credit cards or cash.
We kindly ask you to pay upfront directly to us (SAY ZONTE!).
Can I negociate with my host family?
While the homestay arrangement is based on a set structure to ensure fairness and consistency for all participants, we understand that open communication is important.
If there are specific concerns or requests you would like to discuss with your host family, we encourage you to express them respectfully.
However, please remember that the pre-determined cost and terms of the program are generally not subject to individual negotiation, as they have been carefully considered to provide a fair and consistent experience for everyone involved. If you have any questions or special circumstances, feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll be glad to provide guidance and assistance.
SAFETY & Comfort
Is El Zonte safe?
Yes, it it! Period.
What if I don't get along with the host family?
While it’s rare, we understand that sometimes personalities might not perfectly align. If you find that you’re facing challenges in getting along with your host family, our team at SAY ZONTE! is here to support you.
We encourage open communication, so if any issues arise, please let us know as soon as possible. We’ll work closely with you to address the situation, explore possible solutions, and, if necessary and feasible, consider alternative arrangements to ensure that your experience remains positive and fulfilling. Your comfort and well-being during your stay are of utmost importance to us.
Will there be any written agreement?
Yes, absolutely. As part of the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program, we provide a written agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of your stay with the host family. This agreement ensures clarity and mutual understanding between you and the host family regarding responsibilities, expectations, and other relevant details. It’s our aim to create a positive and harmonious experience for both parties, and the written agreement contributes to that goal.
And what about the house?
The house provided by our host families as part of the SAY ZONTE! Homestay Program is designed to offer a comfortable and authentic living experience. While the specific amenities and layout may vary from one host family to another, we ensure that each house meets our quality standards.
Typically, you can expect a safe and welcoming environment with basic amenities such as a comfortable bed, storage space, and access to common areas.
Some houses have a shared bathroom. Also, not every house has air condition.
If you have any specific questions or preferences regarding the house, feel free to communicate them, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.