Scott Murphy from USA, joined 5-Week Combo (BLCU 4-Week Winter + 1-Week Tutor) in 2011.

Living with a host family is a very unique experience. First, it allows you to learn what a culture is like firsthand from the host family you are living with. Not only will you learn a new language, but you will also learn about the culture that surrounds that language and the people who actually live in that culture. You will have new experiences, you'll learn about new foods, and you'll learn just what it means to be Chinese.

You also grow as a person. You'll grow into new traits like tolerance and patience. You'll learn to open your mind to new perspectives and new ideas. You'll learn to think in the way that your host family thinks and in the same way that people that live in that culture culture think so you'll be able to better understand where they're coming from and why they think the way that they think.

This experience not only allows you to learn, but it also allows your host family to learn a little bit more about you and the culture you come from. It provides you a unique opportunity to dispel some of the myths and negative ideas that they might have towards you, and it also allows you to share the wonderful things about your culture with your family as well. Living with a host family is secretly one of the best experiences that you can have. Not only to learn a new language, but also to learn more about yourself and about the people you will interact with. When you come to Lotus to live with your host family, you will find the experience a thoroughly enjoyable one and also a fantastic one.