- The diameter of your circle will increase fast! Graham is a Kiwi and Marissa is Filipino so I get the best of both worlds. They have a huge circle of friends and a family which I have met. Within several weeks, my circle of connection and acquaintances exponentially grew. Their family and their closest friends have been a great help to me as I assimilated in my new crowd. In fact, my first job was due to Graham’s recommendation and I had successfully secured a job a month after I arrived. Pretty fast as compared to the other ones I knew! Marissa has introduced me to a lot of Filipinos here in Rotorua so I get the chance to mingle with my own countrymen too!
- You get to hitch most of the time. The Kiwis enjoy the outdoors and weekends are especially devoted to it. In a span of two months, together with EJ my friend, I have been swimming in the waters of Ohope Beach in Whakatane, touring the gardens of Hamilton, climbing Mt. Maunganui in Tauranga, walking the streets of Matamata, discovering Auckland, frolicking in the shores of Lake Taupo, buying fruits in Te Puke, seeing the majestic mountains of Tongariro and Ruapehu, and roaming around seeing the best of Rotorua and its surrounding areas. It’s a good way to know the country and traveling offers a lot of benefits to a weary heart.
These I believe are the benefits of living in a homestay. Wherever I will be in the future, I would definitely go back and visit them once again – back to the roots when I first came to appreciate how beautiful New Zealand is.
- You get a family. Probably the best benefit of being in a homestay is getting an instant mom and dad to take care of you. For me I wanted to have the security offered by a foster family. It’s a good way to instill peace of mind to the family you left behind at home. There’s no better way to pacify their anxieties than to know you are here and being taken care of. A homestay family offers a ton of advice and a valuable support once culture shock takes a grip on you and homesickness is limiting you to be what you wanted to become.When my wife and my daughter visited me here three months after I arrived, they generously offered their home and treated my family as their own. It’s soothing to know that someone is out there is looking after you and offering you a mug of warm ginger lemon tea to lift your spirits up. This often comes with a simple note reminding you to eat, stay fit and be healthy!