You may never leave the country again
I studied abroad in Rio, which was awesome, apart from the fact that my study abroad program required students to stay in a host family for the length of the program. Me and others had a few bad stories.
Apparently once I was brushing my teeth too loudly, so my host mom passive-aggressively turned the volume on the TV all the way up. Came out of the bathroom to tell her to turn it down and she erupted into a Portuguese tirade.
Host mom unplugged everything in my room the moment I left it. If I needed to charge my phone/laptop, I had to stay in the room, otherwise she’d barge in and unplug it.
I had a chair next to my bed that I occasionally laid clothes on. Host mom hated this and would leave passive aggressive notes on the chair asking me why clothes were on it. (rdc175)
My host dad was super into homeopathy and had a home business of using magnets to heal ailments. When I got the flu, he had me lie down on his table and then he jiggled my feet for an hour while listing every single body part I have. Every so often, he would pause and then place a magnet on me.
Afterward, he told me that he talked to my body and my body told him I need more B6 vitamins. It did not heal my flu. [deleted user]
I studied in Argentina for a year and lived with a host mother. This woman was very kind, but was nearing 70 and had poor hearing and sight. Also, there was an ant infestation in the kitchen that eventually spread to my bedroom as well.
Long story short, for several months I had to pick through all my food to remove ants, and I woke up several times with ants crawling on me. This is terrible for anyone, but I hate bugs above all things so it was a bit of… an ordeal.
Finally, after months of constant pestering, I got the point across to my host mother that I was going to move to another host family if the the ant situation wasn’t resolved. Again, this lady was nice, but she was old and not really proactive. Anyway, she did finally realize there was a problem and let me put ant traps and ant poison all over the place.
After a few weeks there were still a few ants about (and in fact one of the bathrooms was swarming with them up until I left), but I didn’t notice any more in my food so I decided I could survive the rest of my time without switching host families. (stasinop)