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Live Like A Local Or As A Local?

on Sep 4, 2019 10:24:21 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | live like a local
Wish you weren't here! "Live like a local" is a term you find everywhere these days. It's what we say we're going to do to rationalize renting an Airbnb or Home Away for a few days. "Live like a local" has over 6 Billion listings on Google. No wonder it's just something we "willy-nilly" throw out there that we're going to do next time we travel. Living with a carefully screened host family (free room and board) for 1, 2 or 3 months shows us what it's like to live there. Renting an Airbnb does not. Host families eager to learn English don't decorate their homes (usually) with Airspace. They are full of family, clutter, kids, parents and all of their friends! You're not getting that at Airbnb. Tutoring English to a host family in Spain, Italy, France or Germany comes with a lot of experiences. Over at Airbnb you have to buy their new Trips packages. And those won't get you a birthday party with the extended family out in the French countryside. Or a family weekend at the beach in Italy. Or a week of skiing in the Alps in Germany. That's living as a local. As over-tourism, housing crises, and income inequality continue to define urban life in many popular destinations, it appears that tension between “traveler locals” and actual locals has only just begun. “Maybe it shouldn’t be about ‘sustainable tourism,'” she writes. “Maybe what it should really be about is ‘sustainable culture.’ How do we sustain cultures without letting tourists overrun them?” “As a slogan, I’ve found ‘live like a local’ frustrating. Was the intention ever to live like a local? You were there for five days—I don’t know if that can ever be achieved,” Stone said. “On a personal level, though, I’ve found locals to be very kind to me, especially if you take the time to say ‘tell me more’ I want to better understand, tell me about your history family wherever you are.”
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A Solo Traveler's Experience in Milan, Italy

on Jun 21, 2019 12:56:50 PM By | Alexa Puzder | 0 Comments | Tutor In Italy live like a local
Signing up to volunteer to teach English to a family in Italy was the best decision I've ever made in my life. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. It was everything I wanted out of this experience! I also could not have been placed with a better family! They were AMAZING people and we still keep in touch! The family was extremely welcoming and I felt at home immediately. I am welcome back at any time. I am actually in the process of planning a trip back, hopefully permanently!
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The Trip of a Lifetime: Au Pair in France

on May 25, 2019 7:25:00 AM By | Alicia Kravies | 0 Comments | Au Pair live like a local
I decided to become an Au Pair after completing my first semester of nursing school. I was at a time in my life where I did not know exactly what I wanted to do, while everyone around me seemed to know exactly what they were doing. I was in a rut and I needed to shake things up a bit. That's when I found out about GeoVisions Au Pair program.
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Finding a Second Home: Au Pair in Australia

on Aug 8, 2018 2:27:45 PM By | Briana Romi | 0 Comments | Australia Au Pair Abroad live like a local
I first heard about what an au pair was during my first semester at college. Prior, I had no clue that an "au pair" was even a thing. A classmate did a speech on how she went to the Netherlands for 6 months as an au pair through GeoVisions, and absolutely LOVED it. I have always had a spark to travel places and see different cultures, people, and to just live in a whole new experience.
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4 Things I Didn't Expect When I Volunteered to Teach in Italy

on Oct 28, 2016 9:58:54 AM By | Juliana | 0 Comments | Tutor English To A Family Tutor In Italy live like a local
This past summer, I volunteered to teach in Italy through GeoVisions and lived with my host family to help them learn English. When I was there, I wrote about what it was like to be an English language teacher in Italy through 6 inspirational quotes about traveling. 
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