Testimonial: Felipe Leonardo Fagundes of Brazil Talks about His Host Family Experience

Thinking about taking Intensive English classes in Boston? If so, you may want to live with one of our host families! Read what Felipe Leonardo Fagundes of Brazil had to say about his host family experience at EC Boston!   Gloria’s house surprised me in all senses. There I found a friendly and warm host mom that loves to help people and do everything to make sure her students feel comfortable. The atmosphere in her house is peaceful and respectful. I lived in a twin room with my Brazilian friend Leonardo. During this time, we also lived with six amazing girls from six different countries. I met in Gloria’s house people from Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. These girls reminded me of my own family in Brazil. I think this is a big unique point of Gloria’s house: to know people of different nationalities. I had lived in other host family, but I didn’t have a good environment to talk and to know people. In my opinion, this is a key point in an exchange program. If you don’t feel encouraged to talk and make friends, you won’t have a good experience. In Gloria’s home I felt like a part of the Storiano family. She cared for me as her soon. I ate good food every day and on Thanksgiving Day, I could invite my friends to a special lunch in her house.   The point is I felt free in her house. There are rules, however, the rules improve the environment and guarantee respect. If you want have enjoy your exchange and feel part of a family, go to Gloria’s house.

Food of the Day Friday: Green Bean Casserole

Happy Friday! And welcome to the last edition of Food of the Day Friday. If you are planning to study in the USA to learn English in Boston during the fall to see the beautiful foliage, you must know that Thanksgiving is a nationwide holiday that takes place at the end of November. We want to make sure you’re prepared to know what will be waiting for you on the table if you are spending it with a host family or American friend, or what you should make or how you can make it if you are trying to host yourself. This week’s food is green bean casserole. The key ingredient to green bean casserole is not what you’d expect, because it’s left out of the name. French’s Fried Onions give this mushy dish the crunch it needs. Although there are many fancy variations of this recipe, many households use the Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole recipe as it is easy, quick and cheap! Find it below. Ingredients 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 dash black pepper 4 cups cooked cut green beans 1 1/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions Directions Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole. 2 Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the bean mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining onions. 3 Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown. Although we have mainly talked side dishes every Friday, don’t forget – there’s no good dinner without good desserts. … Read more

Meet Molly, our new Host Family Coordinator!

Molly, introduce yourself: Hey! I’m Molly! I am from Middlebury, VT (the second least populated state in the country) and I graduated last May from Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. I studied for a semester in Muscat, Oman with SIT and lived with an Omani host family. My whole time spent in Oman was incredible, but I think my most memorable experience was attending a family wedding one of the first weekends I was there. It was located in rural Oman, where the culture is still very prevalent and I learned about dozens of fascinating traditions the whole weekend. Where is your favorite place in Boston? My favorite part of Boston is the esplanade along Storrow Drive – it’s a long walk-way for pedestrians only right along the Charles, and there are tons of spots to sit and read a book or just look at the sailing boats. What is your most memorable moment at EC Boston so far? My most memorable moment at EC so far has been speaking with students on their first day and then running into them a week or two later and already noticing an incredible improvement in their speaking. EC teachers are doing a great job! Tell us a fun fact about yourself: I am a twin! Her name is Clara, we are fraternal, and she is a preschool teacher in Middlebury. She is the coolest person I know! Welcome to the team, Molly!  === EC Bristol offers various English Courses, including IELTS tests in Bristol.  

EC Boston student Juah Bae reports on the best homestay!

If you want to improve your English in Boston and feel scared to adapt to new circumstances, I recommend you live in a home stay. Your host family will be able to recommend nice places and activities, explain how to live in America, and help you feel comfortable.   Homestay can help students feel relieved and can also help their parents since students have a protector unlike students who live alone. When you get off a plane, maybe you feel nervous and embarrassed as everywhere is unfamiliar with you and you are alone in foreign country. However, I did not feel that. The first day when I came here, Angela, my host mother, explained to me about her house and Boston. Also, my roommates suggested me to go out together. They showed me how to use public transportation, and how to go to school and downtown. They became my friends, so if you feel uncomfortable making new friends, it can be also good choice to live in home stay. The most thankful thing I have been experiencing is that I chose homestay. Because of the choice, I met lots of roommates who are always my dear friends and I got used to living in America easier than others. Juah Bae Juah Bae stayed with one of our host families during her stay in Boston. EC Boston’s host family program is a bit different from many schools, our Host Family Coordinator Rebecca Engle personally develops relationships with every host family and has worked with many families for two or three years. She helps to match students to families they will love!

Woonyong Ko’s Experience at EC Boston English School

Student Woonyong Ko writes a few words about the EC Boston experience: It’s been almost 3 months since I started English classes in Boston. Before I came to Boston, I felt a little nervous; I think everyone who has no experience to go abroad feels the same way as me. However, my host mother, Niki, made me feel comfortable by letting me inside her home. She always cares about our health when she makes meals for us, which is the biggest reason to want to stay in her house. Furthermore, when I talk with her and other students, she always tries to listen to what we are saying very carefully, even though our speaking skills are far from perfect. So if you prepare for living in homestay but hesitate to decide it, just try! Speaking is formed by making mistakes.   And lots of students who choose to come to Boston have almost the same reason; the  academic atmosphere in Boston makes me more motivated to study English. That’s true. I guarantee that comparing with other EC schools located in other states, EC Boston has us concentrate to study not just English but other things as well. Come to Boston! And if you see me, please let me know 🙂 Woonyong Ko  

Letter to my Family in Boston

The time I spent there was no different than my home, it was like home and you were like my mum and dad. You are like my second family in the world, in an another continent :). The time I spent with you is unforgettable, you showed me how an American families live in United States, you took me to parties, you taught me about the life style, universities, culture, even how much costly the water and electricity bills are. 🙂  You showed me your kindness, you treated me like I am your son. I felt happy and safe everytime I saw you in the kitchen, when I open that backdoor. You taught me how to live healthy, you even helped me  improve how to do my personal responsibilities at home in a better way. Mrs. Webbe I will never forget your muffins that you put in to that glass thing :))) . I ate most of them when non of the other students are in the kitchen … I admit… :)) I was there living with my own parents in US, You are not my second family actually, you made me feel like you have always been my family since I was born. I will miss you so so so… much! Besides, hopefully visit you again while  I am studying in US, hopefully in Umass… Knowing that there is always gonna  be an open door for me in Boston from you makes me feel so secure. Thank you for having me, and thank god for letting me have you in my life. God Bless YOU! 🙂 Mehmet Gören