looking for a low budget (but authentic and good!) homestay for a few weeks in Rio de Janeiro. Preferably somewhere I can do a language course as part of the stay, and stay with a family, eat with them, join in with their life etc!
Has anyone found a company or a family that runs something like this on their travels that they can recommend?
A lot of people I know have taken language courses and participated in the arranged home stays through Casa Do Caminho - Language Center (Casa do Caminho), and overall I hear good things. Homestays are always hit or miss. Sometimes you'll have an overbearing host mother or even a host clearly motivated by money.