In our residential schools students live on the same campus where they have their lessons, which bears, of course, many advantages: course participants have all meals together, spend the afternoons, evenings and weekends together - hence it is very easy for them to make a lot of new friends from different countries in a short time.
Our staff will try to create a feeling of being one big international family at the Humboldt-Institut, where all students are integrated, and where German is the only language spoken. Having a chance to practice the target language all day long, even outside of the classroom, will speed up the learning process incredibly, and increase the motivation of the students.
Our teenagers usually share a room with one or several other students, as most of our schools have 2-4-bed rooms, either with shared or en-suite facilities.
We are careful about choosing roommates according to several rules which have proven to be successful: we will match each teenager with someone of the same German language level, so that they can practice their newly acquired skills on equal terms, i.e. without frustrating neither the more advanced, nor the less trained
student. We also make sure that the roommates are of similar age.
We never put two native speakers of the same language in one room, so that the students will hopefully have to use German as their primary language of communication with each other.
Our course fees for teenagers almost always include full board, i.e. we serve them breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, as well as a snack or some fruit during the breaks. In Meersburg students can choose between full and half board. Our kitchen staff is used to catering to this age group and offers tasty and healthy food, while finding a balance between typical German and international dishes. We can also provide meals for students with allergies, dietary or religious food restrictions (e.g. for Muslims).
In the host family, our students stay in single and twin rooms, and will have their breakfast with the family, all other meals will be taken in our school to ensure that they will be integrated in the group of students staying on campus. We have chosen all of our host families very carefully, know them personally, and guarantee that our students will be well taken care of there.
Here, the same rules apply as in the case of residential schools. Most of the families live within walking distance from the school. If the family lives further away, we organize a transfer every day.