Guide to Levels
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.
“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.
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. The students must not speak the same language i.e. only Spanish speaker – you should not take other Spanish students at the same time as our student. Over 18’s should not be mixed with under 18’s.
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. Please be tactful but encourage them to have regular showers/baths. Remind them to give you their laundry once a week.
It is up to you if you allow your student to use the kitchen. Asian students sometimes like to cook their host families meals as a thank you.
This is standard for many European countries, middle eastern countries, as well as some others. The best solution is to place a sign in your bathroom, or simply explain to your student that toilet paper should be flushed.
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 Go to the nearest weekend after their mid-week arrival date Count 2 weeks onward from that weekend Payment will be on the Friday. The money will be cleared in your account on the following Tuesday.