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Become a Host Family

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As well as earning some extra money, hosting students is a great way to bring new cultures into your home. It’ll also teach your kids about other nationalities and different cultures. Everyone gets involved and builds new connections all around the world.

“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.

How to become a Host Family

We have some requirements for our host families. You’ll need to be within 20 minutes walking distance from the school. Host families 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. All homestays should provide the following in order to be suitable for hosting our students:

Homestay accommodation:

  • The hosts treat the student as a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas.
  • No more than four students will be accommodated in homestay accommodation at any one time.
  • The house should represent a proper state of cleanliness and repair.
  • There should be adequate heating and lighting.
  • A sufficiently spacious bedroom with natural light, equipped with an adequately sized bed and adequate hanging and drawer space for clothes.
  • Appropriate privacy from members of the opposite sex.
  • A table for private study or a table in the house they can use to study.
  • Sufficient washing facilities and access to a bathroom, with baths or showers available daily.
  • A change of towels and bed linen each week and an adequate supply of duvets or blankets.
  • A light load of laundry once a week.

Host Family Information

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Host Family Application Form (Editable)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • To welcome students into your home and integrate them into your family life during their stay
  • Explain English traditions and customs such as queuing, manners etc.
  • To provide healthy, nutritious and filling meals (please note many students are used to large breakfasts!)
  • To inform us if your student cannot attend school due to illness etc.
  • 10, 11 and 12 year olds are not allowed out in the evenings without supervision
  • 13 and 14 year olds can stay out until 21:00
  • 15 year olds can stay out until 22:00
  • 16 and 17 year olds can stay out until 23:00
  • 16 + students should be given a key
  • We do not recommend giving under 16’s a key, 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 to 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
  • When students are more than an hour late from activities and have not contacted you. If you cannot locate your student, or their group leader, then leave a message on the emergency phone.
  • Serious injuries or accidents
  • Personal emergencies which mean your student will need moving to a new host family immediately

For general enquiries, arrival times and complaints please call during office hours

  • 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. Please see overleaf for example payments.

Student arrival on a Saturday or Sunday Payment will be made 2 weeks after student arrival
  1. Money will be paid into the account 2 weeks after the student arrival on the Friday.
  2. 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
  1. Go to the nearest weekend after their mid-week arrival date
  2. Count 2 weeks onward from that weekend
  3. Payment will be on the Friday. The money will be cleared in your account on the Tuesday.
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