Why Choose Homestay In Taipei?
Immersion is a huge part about learning Chinese in our opinion and so it shows. Our students who stay with a homestay and learn Mandarin individually will generally always make quicker progress.
Our homestay program is the jewel in the LTL crown. One student, one Chinese family and Mandarin 24/7.
It’s all good and well learning Chinese at school but what about when class finishes?
You meet your foreign friends, drink at foreign venues and make foreign friends. It’s the natural and more comfortable thing to do but we advise against this and the homestay program is a great way of keeping the Mandarin ticking along all day.
Go home, and put in to practice exactly what you learned throughout the day.
You get experience real life in Taiwan, how families live, meet locals and make friends with Taiwanese. It’s an experience very few people get to enjoy and it’s one you’ll never forget, for all the right reasons.
It’s important to us as much as you that every detail is ironed out to your liking, so please do contact us using the live chat, or using the contact form above if you have any questions.
How Do We Choose Homestay Families?
A Trip with the Family
We select our Homestay families in Taiwan very carefully.
It’s not about accepting any family onto the program, they must fit our strict criteria before being accepted to look after our students.
Location, family, level of English, facilities, apartment and many more things come into thinking when selecting our families in Taiwan.
In terms of the apartment they will all boast the facilities you’d expect, WiFi, private bedroom with lock, kitchen, home cooked food, air conditioning and heating.
All bills will be covered in the price.
We strive to make sure apartments are as close to our Taiwan Mandarin School as possible, this is very important to us.
There maybe the exception, where a family fits our criteria perfectly but is located 45 minutes away for example.
When speaking to you about your program we make absolute sure what is most important for you.
If location is hugely important, we will take that into account, if you are a little more lenient about this, likewise, we note this down when selecting your family.
Teach English in Taipei
Teach a member of your Chinese host family English for six hours each week with our Teach English in Taipei program. You’ll teach the family member every week and set the schedule between you.
This could involve six one hour sessions per week, or two three hour sessions as an example.
You will need to be sure to adjust your weekday evening and weekend plans to fit in these teaching hours. All classes will be taught at the home of your host family. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance either, the material of the class will be decided by your family.
Some may wish to focus on certain topics, others may wish to look at reading and writing. The member of the family to be taught English will also be decided by the family. Generally this person will be a child or a teenager but on the odd occasion it maybe an adult such as the father or mother of the family.
How is this different to a standard Homestay?
Teach English – Learn Chinese
There are three differences between the Homestay and Teach English homestay programs:
1 – Motivation to learn English. In a standard homestay the families do not speak English, and have no wish to do so. However, our Teach English families have at least one member of the family who actively wants to speak English, this is where you come in.
2 – Half Price. Due to the fact you are taking six hours out of your week to teach a family member English, we reward you with a huge 50% off the standard homestay price. All facilities are the same as a normal homestay, the only difference inside the household, is the fact you will teach English. This is therefore an ideal option if you really want to come and learn Chinese in Taiwan, but are on a tight budget.
3 – Distance from the School. Our Teach English host families are located further away from the school so you must factor this into your daily plan. Door to door, the journey time will vary but could be up to an hour.