Given that a language immersion travel adventure requires a lot of planning, students typically book many weeks and even months in advance of their stay. If you are interested in this opportunity, signing up in June or July is generally going to be much too late for this summer.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you have an interest in hosting THIS season. You are never assigned a student without your approval on the student profile, program, and dates so there is NO RISK to signing up. You decide the timing and will have the opportunity to see the specific student’s booking info before you offer to host. If the student agrees, then you are contracted for that particular student and program. Our local reps are here to assist you before and during the student’s stay if you have any questions or concerns.
Foreign visitors may not have even heard of the Massachusetts Capes and more’s the pity. Here are some ideas for fun things to do on the Massachusetts Capes:
Information from Wikipedia
Essex River Cruises and Charters: http://www.essexcruises.com/
Gloucester Harbor Tours including a Lighthouse Tour and a Lobster Boat tour/demo:
Unusual light hiking in Rockport/Gloucester: http://www.walkthewords.com/
Information from Wikipedia
Provincetown, MA – sightseeing is colorful and crazy in the summer and the food is yummy. Plenty of Photo Ops. Climb to the top of the Pilgrim Monument for great views and some history. Race Point Beach or any of a number of beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.
Take the ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard where you can tour shops, have lunch, and/or rent a bicycle for a few hours.
Things to Do in Salem MA
What Wikipedia says
Salem – Boston Ferry
Peabody Essex Museum
House of 7 Gables
Salem Willows – old time amusement park. Hot dogs, etc available here.
A variety of interesting Harbor tours leave from Mahi Cruises at Salem Willows.
Witch Museum, & many other tourist attractions, shopping, dining.
Reasonably Priced places to eat in Salem:
Hot dogs, hamburgers at Salem Willows
Witch’s Brew Cafe
156 Derby St
(same street as the Boston ferry landing & House of 7 Gables
– just head toward downtown from those locations.)
Red’s 15 Central St
Cultural Program Musts:
If your student has booked a Cultural Program, you and your guest select 3 museum vists per week for each week of cultural activities from the list below. (Your guest may have pre-selected his or her preferred sites to visit). For additional weeks on the cultural program, work with your guest to find other places of interest in Boston/Cambridge or your local area.
Cultural Program Listed Activities/Museums:
New England Aquarium
Museum of Science
Museum of Fine Arts
Book a “Hahvahd Tour“, 70 mins. $10 per person.
Led by students – add a nice tip. (unofficialtours.com)
Museum of Natural History
(free on Sunday Mornings 9-noon). Follow with brunch and shopping in Harvard Square?)
Your choice of any other Harvard Museum:
The Cultural program also mentions “any local museum/activitiy” you and your guest wish to include. Other Boston/Cambridge activities to consider (by no means an exhaustive list – if you have found another favorite, let us know!)
List Visual Arts Center at MIT
The Duck Tour
Other Boston Tours
Fun Freedom Trail Tour
The State House in Boston has a free tour.
This is a good tour and worth doing – it works well with a stroll of the Commons and Public Garden and perhaps a snack from the many street vendors in the area.
Hosts – share your ideas and discoveries with us.
- Plan ahead to get Museum passes from your local Library. Each Library seems to have its own group of museum tickets & varying discounts.
- Teachers: Many teachers get discounts to museums – be sure to check.
- Consider making a photo album (in print or online, whatever works best for you & your student) of your adventures for the student to take home. From one host:
I took pictures and printed them out each day to insert into a photo album which he will take home on Sunday. I wrote words on the pictures (it’s easy to add text when using CVS/Walgreen’s/etc.) so that is also something else he could read each day to strengthen vocabulary.
- Hint: tell everyone you know that you are having a visitor.
It is amazing how many ideas people will share about what you and your charge should do (and sometimes people offer to help you out by providing activities as well). We got dinners/lunches/boat trips/field trips that would not have occurred except through the generosity of others who heard I was having a visitor.