1. BE PUNCTUAL FOR MEALS
If you know you are not going to be home for a meal or are going to be late, you must advise the señora ahead of time. If it is a last-minute change of plans, try to call her as far ahead as possible.
2. ALWAYS SPEAK SPANISH IN THE PRESENCE OF FAMILY MEMBERS
Most of the host families do not speak or understand English, and they will assume you are talking about them if you are speaking English. This is one of the very most important ways to show respect and courtesy for your hosts.
3. KEEP YOUR ROOM NEAT AND CLOTHES PICKED UP AT ALL TIMES
Make every effort to be reasonable in the amount of clothing to be washed by the señora. Typically, you should not have to wear more than one outfit per day. The señora will usually wash about once a week. Please do not expect her to do any hand-washing or ironing, and do not abuse the clothing privelege by changing 3 or 4 times a day.
4. BE AS QUIET AS POSSIBLE DURING THE SIESTA AND WHEN RETURNING LATE AT NIGHT
This rule is doubly important during the trips while staying at hotels.
- You can expect three meals per day from your host señora. Talk to your host family if you have special dietary restraints or conditions. Be cooperative, offer suggestions, and try new foods. You may be pleasantly surprised at the new foods you like. You are expected to purchase your own snacks and refreshments.
DO NOT EXPECT TO GO TO THE REFRIGERATOR AS IF YOU WERE IN YOUR OWN HOME.
- It is possible the señora will let you keep soft drinks and snacks in her refrigerator, but you must ask first.