Mixing with the locals on a home exchange is a great way to practice language skills and an especially fun way for children to learn a language while also enjoying a holiday, as in the exchange requested by the following Home Base Holidays (www.homebase-hols.com) member:
‘My husband and I would like to spend two or three weeks in a town/city/village in England with our two children to enjoy a holiday together while offering them the opportunity to experience a different culture and improve their English in a natural way doing what guys of their same age do for example: sports, shopping, going for a walk, meeting people in the streets and ... going to school, of course. So it's important they can attend a good language course in a school in the town of the exchange. Our ideal period would be 11 - 24 July (more or less, depending on flight fees).’
The family’s home exchange offer in the seaside town of Pescara in Italy:
We live in a small flat (90 square metres) in a quiet condominium, five minutes walk from the town centre and from the beach. The sea with its sandy seabed and shallow water is ideal for children. Near the building there is also a beautiful park with a pond and a playground for children. Moreover our town is not far from the mountains: 40 kilometres from the Maiella and 60 km from the Gran Sasso (2900 m), the highest mountain in the Appennines, and both in the National Park of Abruzzo so you can also go climbing (if you can climb) or go on excursions. And last but not least it's 2 hours from Rome by highway or two and a half hours by train.