What are some general customs that visiting students should follow when living with an Indian host family? What is expected in terms of helping around the house, eating meals, manners and interactions with the family?
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That is an interesting point about how there can be differences between what you expect and what you experience. Were there any other surprises for you during your time in India that you experienced either with your host family or with another aspect of Indian culture?
That is a really great strategy- to tell your family up front that you would need help learning their customs. I am sure that made it easier for you. Could you give us an example of how this did help you during your year?
Thank you for your insight. That is such a good point about the vastness and diversity in India, a person's experience in the north might differ a lot from an experience in the south. I think that can be said about a lot of countries around the world. Could you give us some more information about what a typical family from the north is like and what it might be like to live in a family in North India?
Thanks for sharing,