Each graduation, students stand at the podium and thank their friends, parents, faculty and staff. They then turn to look into the eager eyes of their Homestay Families and thank them in Spanish. These members of the NSA community welcome – out of the goodness of their hearts – our students into their homes each Sunday. Students learn Costa Rican culture and customs by attending soccer matches and birthday parties with their families. Their Spanish rapidly improves as they work to communicate with homestay mothers, brothers, sisters and fathers. Students sit with families and share home-cooked meals (always mentioned in their graduation speeches.) In short, our Homestay Families provide our students with unique cultural immersion experiences and a family while away from home.
Thank you to our Costa Rican homestay families who do so much to enrich the experiences of the students at New Summit Academy!