Summer Homestay: This five-week program will give you the full host family immersion experience. Your time will be largely unstructured, with an emphasis on engaging with your host family and becoming a true member of the community. Most Finns love the outdoors, so you will have the opportunity to see the unspoiled natural playground of Finland in the summer, with vast forests, almost 200,000 lakes, and long days with late sunsets. Many families have summer cottages by a lake where you may spend your weekends, and English is widely spoken so the language barrier will probably not be an issue. Family life is important to Finns. Though structures are diverse, many families are centered on the nuclear family. As a teenager in Finland, you'll likely enjoy a good deal of independence.