The homestays are among the most important features of the Hamilton College program. All homes have been visited and carefully inspected, and every effort has been made to ensure that each family has a sincere interest in getting to know American students. Only hosts who receive high recommendations from former students are retained from year to year.
To ensure a good fit, students fill out a confidential housing questionnaire. Once matched with a family, students are expected to conform to the schedule established by the head of the household. Lunch (usually served between 2 and 2:30 p.m.) and dinner (normally served between 10 and 11 p.m.) are taken with the Spanish family. Students are expected, under normal circumstances, to remain with the family during their entire stay in Madrid.
Every home is equipped with wireless internet. Computer access is provided as part of the program but most students bring with them a personal laptop computer. Wireless internet can be found throughout Madrid. All homes are located within walking distance of public transportation.
Although the program does not provide room and board during winter and spring vacations, students may remain with their Spanish families during these times if they themselves make special financial arrangements with the head of the household, entailing payment of one half of the lodging fee normally paid by the program while classes are in session.
Although I miss the Spanish food and the energetic and gorgeous city of Madrid, what I miss the most is my host family. They were so welcoming, caring and warm and I only wish that one day I can return to Madrid to visit."
ELIZABETH LARSON '16