Couchsurfing is a world of fun!!
This, friends, is geography, social studies, LOTE and (ahem!) socialization all in one glorious, rich, natural learner package. And it’s free. No expensive curriculum required. But you do need a.. ah.. couch.
If hospitality is your thing, it’s easy to set up a profile at couchsurfing.org. There is space to describe skills you have to share and things you’d like to learn. Someone in your house learning Spanish? Mention it in the skill share space, and you could find yourself with a native speaker to practice with. Have a passion for music? Mention it, and play with musicians from around the world.
After writing a profile, you can either sit back and wait for people to ask to stay with you, or you can browse people who have posted requests to stay in your area.
Here is Max. He spent a long, long time learning all about biology. He came to stay with us for three days; three very fun days of sharing our culture with a first time visitor to Australia. Did you know Germans don’t eat banana and walnut sandwiches? Or how they feel about the world wars? We know things now about Germany that you won’t read on Wiki.
Here we are at the Daisy Hill conservation centre: Max is meeting his first koala.
With Juls and Daniel, two German musicians with lots of personality!
While there ARE baddies out there, there are also a lot of interesting, gifted, generous people in the world. This is a wonderful way to meet them, and to share a little of the Australian way of life with an international visitor.
Go on.. be daring! :D