Host Families

About the Program

 

As part of the European Schools network, our school takes part in the European Schools Exchange Program. Host families provide a home for students from other European Schools while they study at the ES Bergen.

The program allows students from S5 to study in another European school for the entire first term of year 5, from September to December.

This program offers students the possibility to improve their language skills, usually in their L2 and L3 and to develop their cultural awareness by attending a European School in a different country.

Benefits of Being a Host Family

 

A host family is a vital part of the cultural exchange offering the student the opportunity not only to improve their languages, but also to experience living with another family.

This experience is beneficial not only for the guest students, but will also offer benefits for the hosting family, such as:

  • Your children will be able practice and improve their languages
  • Your children will learn about other cultures
  • Expanding a family very often expands the fun!
  • Your children will gain new friends that will last a lifetime

We had an exchange student from the European School in Varese. I found the experience very nice and it gave a happy atmosphere to our house.  I loved to have someone who was able to speak my same mother tongue also and especially at school, in which my Italian classes are a bit lonely, me being the only one in the class. However not only because of these classes was it nice to have someone who spoke Italian at school because, in a way, it feels like you know someone better if you speak the same language, you listen to the same songs, and you are only seven months of difference. It was special to have her, and I will never forget this experience. It kind of felt like having a twin, which, I can promise you, is really unique.

-Lara

 

Host Family Needed

September – December 2019

To make this exciting opportunity possible for students from other European Schools, we here in Bergen are looking for families who are willing to host the following student wishing to study at our school.

If you are interested in hosting a student, or would you like to receive more information about it, please contact us.

Host Family Testimonials

We had the possibility of hosting an Italian student from the school of Varese for 3 weeks, thanks to the European Schools Exchange Program, promoted by the system of the European Schools.
It was a great experience in every sense but above all, having two daughters of about the same age of our guest, it was very positive for them to spend time with someone who spoke the same mother tongue (not so frequent here, apart with the parents), come into direct contact with  ‘Italy” through a new friend and realize that they have many things in common. They felt linked not only by speaking the same language but also by the fact of being ‘European’. This happens thanks to the type of school they attend and we take the opportunity to thanks the PAC of the ESB to organize this so well and efficiently.
I warmly recommend this experience to all the families whose children do not have a language section  in our school.

-Anna

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