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We have some requirements for our hosts. You’ll need to be within 30 minutes walking distance from the school. Hosts need to be around to help students adjust to a different way of life. You’ll be their friend and guardian during their stay at the school.
Please see below the criteria adapted from the British Council Homestay Guidelines.
You will receive payment for your student two weeks in arrears and two weeks in advance. Payment goes into your bank at Midnight on Monday, so will be accessible by Tuesday. If your student does not arrive at the weekend then it will be 3 weeks in arrears.
Student arrival on a Saturday or Sunday – Payment will be made 2 weeks after student arrival. Money will be paid into the account 2 weeks after the student arrival on the Friday. The money will be cleared in your account on the Tuesday.
Student mid-week arrival – If student date of arrival is mid-week, payment is different.
Students aged 16+ should be given a key. We do not recommend giving under 16’s a key, as they should not be in the house unsupervised.
Emails will be sent confirming your students arrival. If your student is in a group, text messages will be sent also.
Yes, but students from other schools cannot share rooms with our students.
Hygiene problems mostly occur with younger junior students. They are away from home and would usually be told by parents when to wash their clothes or have a bath. You have a duty of care to be tactful and encourage them to have regular showers/baths. Also remind them to give you their laundry once a week.
It is up to you if you allow your student to use the kitchen. Some students like to cook their hosts’ meals as a thank you.
This is standard for many European countries, middle eastern countries, as well as some others. Communication is the best solution. Either place a sign in your bathroom, or simply explain to your student that toilet paper should be flushed.
“I have been staying with the same host family for the last 10 years. I feel like they are my family, and to describe them as anything other than my family would not be right.” – Graciela, one of the Group Leaders from Argentina.