Housing on World Endeavors Programs Abroad
This is one of our participants’ top questions when preparing for their experience – and for good reason! We know that the details of housing abroad can be stressful, which is why we arrange housing for all of our participants. This eliminates the anxiety of finding the right location and price. So where will you live? That depends on the program and site that you have chosen, and can range from dormitories to shared apartments to host families. There are a few common features with all of our housing options, however. World Endeavors staff work hard to make sure that participants’ housing is safe, clean, and culturally appropriate. We want you to have a great experience when traveling abroad, and our goal is to provide housing that will enrich and enhance that experience. We also make sure that your housing options fit with our values of cultural immersion so that you have an authentic experience abroad and really get a taste for a new culture. And if you encounter any housing bumps along the way, our staff will be in touch with you throughout your time abroad and will work with you to smooth them out.
Housing for Intern Abroad Programs
World Endeavors interns live in a range of housing options, depending on the program site they choose. In some locations, interns have the opportunity to live with local host families, while in the others, shared apartment accommodations are arranged. Because internship placements can be located in various neighborhoods throughout the city, World Endeavors staff aims to place interns in housing that is close to their internship, or that is centrally located and convenient to public transportation.
Housing for Study Abroad Programs
Students participating in many of our study abroad programs will live in dormitories and other on-campus housing. For some programs, host family accommodations are available, and occasionally off-campus shared apartments may be provided. We aim to provide housing that will maximize students’ opportunities to meet new people and build relationships with local students and other international students. We also try to factor in the location of classes when making a housing suggestion. Our goal is not to duplicate your home campus experience but to provide a culturally immersive and academically challenging experience abroad.
Housing for Volunteer Abroad Programs
The living arrangements for World Endeavors volunteers are another exciting part of the immersive volunteer experience. Most volunteers will live in a homestay near their volunteer site. Living with a host family is a great way to learn more about the culture and people of the country you are visiting through an up-close look at food, language, home life, and so on. In fact, World Endeavors alumni have often credited the homestay as the best part of the trip! Host families are experienced with hosting international volunteers and they love the opportunity to share their community with others. The families come in all shapes and sizes – from a grandma to a big family with lots of kids – but the experience is very similar. It is a chance to have a local guide or advisor right under your roof. For some volunteer projects, volunteers will live at their project site due to commuting distances or the presence of ample facilities at the volunteer site. This can also be a great way to grow deeper roots in a community and bond more with local staff and fellow volunteers at the volunteer site.