I used to be a world traveler. Now I'm a mother of two and I work from home, so I could spend days without talking to anybody other than my own family... this Travelmonth program has completely changed my life! now it feels like if I could bring a piece of the world to my home, it gives me companionship and so much entertainment! and the great thing is that you don't need a one-year commitment, I always prefer short visits. Last time we hosted a traveler (Marisol from Mexico), our toddler packed his bag to go with her the day she was leaving... It is amazing the fresh energy and happy spirit they bring into our home, they have so much love, friendship and fascinating stories to share! it's extremely rewarding for the whole family

Maria

Spain

Muchas veces salir de tu país de origen por motivos de turismo o académicos se convierte en una odisea. Tener que buscar dónde hospedarte, dónde llegar se convierte en un dolor de cabeza. Este fue mi primer viaje hacia Estados Unidos - San Diego. Gracias a Travelmonth pude hospedarme, compartir con una familia, como si fuera la mía propia, sentirme como en mi hogar pero estando en otra parte del mundo. Poder enriquecerse de la cultura, de tradiciones de otras personas del mundo es de las mejores cosas de la vida: su comida, sus hábitos, tradiciones, entender que todos vemos este mundo distinto. 

Todo se convierte en un intercambio cultural, que es algo que no podemos dejar morir en el mundo, compartir el folclore, ese que con el tiempo se ha ido perdiendo en nuestros diferentes países. Disfruté mucho compartiendo con los niños de la familia con la que estaba, pude enseñarles algunos juegos, saludos que tenemos en mi país, a la hora de la cena preparé un plato típico de Colombia, la "Bandeja Paisa", probé la comida japonesa y por fin aprendí a comer con palillos, probé la sopa "Salmorejo" de España, el postre italiano "Tiramisú" preparado por esta linda familia y la au pair italiana Sofia que vino a visitarnos, y ya tendré que llegar a Colombia a preparar. Aprendí de jardinería, corté el césped por primera vez, y un niño de 4 años llamado Yuhki se convirtió en mi profesor de inglés y yo de él de español, un niño muy inteligente pues tan joven ya puede hablar dos idiomas. 

Soy atleta de alto rendimiento y mi motivo de este viaje fue participar en un evento deportivo. Sin embargo me regreso a mi país viendo todos los aspectos en los que me he enriquecido y que me voy a llevar siempre conmigo de regreso a Colombia.

Gracias Travelmonth!

Sebastián

Colombia

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Travelmonth is a great opportunity for former au pairs to travel anywhere in the world. I have no words to show my gratitude to the family that hosted me. They didn't know me and they opened their home and hearts to me. They definitely made me feel at home away from home. 

Mara

Germany

The first traveler we hosted through Travelmonth was Sebastian, a 24-year old elite athlete from Colombia. He came to the US for ten days to participate in a competition at the University. I like hosting males because I am a mother of two boys, and that usually works very well. In such a short time, Sebastian quickly became like a big brother especially for my 4-year old. He carried him on his shoulders everywhere, he taught him the numbers in Spanish, they played together, they read books together, they run together. I remember one afternoon we were at a playground and three older kids started bullying my boy. I was taking care of the baby, and Sebastian quickly jumped in to reinforce him and protect him, it almost brought tears to my eyes that such an ugly scene became the most beautiful one. On his free time at home, Sebastian used to help my husband with gardening, and one day he cooked a typical Colombian dish for dinner: "bandeja paisa". It was very hard for us to say goodbye to him when he left to the airport. Hosting him was such an enriching experience that we felt that the house was like empty for many days after he left. And now we have one big thing in our bucket list: a family travel to Colombia to visit Sebastian! 

Carmen

United States

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With my words I can never express, how thankful I am for the family who hosted me through Travelmonth. They made me feel comfortable right away and they were so caring. They showed me around and I just spent an amazing time with them. Even though I was just staying at their house for 4 nights it felt like we knew each other for such a long time. The next time I'll come back to San Diego I'll definitly going to meet them again. And I would be more than happy to host them in Germany .
Travelmonth.net created a new friendship and gave me such a great experience I otherwise wouldn't have. And what I like the most about Travelmonth is that it is very safe. Every traveler and every host goes through a "background check" so I don't have to worry about safety or fake identities. I'll definitly use Travelmonth again and I can highly recommend it to everybody. Thank you again to the family who hosted me!

Lea

Germany

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Au pair Lea joined our family to visit Southern California just for 5 days. She was a very sweet, young German lady, very gentle, friendly and polite. The great thing of hosting au pairs is that they usually come with the inertia of being part of a busy family. So it was no surprise that Lea perfectly integrated into our family in a matter of seconds. She quickly became my toddler's playmate and best friend, and she was always ready to jump in to help without us even asking. 

We were lucky enough to have her over a weekend (we usually work just weekdays), so we got to spend all day together. We had nice breakfasts in the patio every morning, we showed her the wild seals and sea lions on the beach, we went kayaking on the bay, we visited museums and parks, we played, we laughed,... She gave me a pair of helping hands with the kids whenever I needed it (I could finally have a peaceful shower all by myself!), she helped clean the kitchen after dinner, she cooked a delicious meal for the entire family the night before leaving, and she even took very nice family portraits for us! (she is an amateur photographer)... everything with the biggest smile and a very enthusiastic spirit. 

Thanks to Travelmonth we now have friends visiting from all over the world, who fill our home of dreams and happiness. The values our children are learning about sharing and hospitality are priceless, not to mention all the cultures and languages they are getting exposed to... Travelmonth has completely changed our lives!

Carmen

United States

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