How do I become a Host family?
Good question, where do you start?
The first thing you need to do is find out where your nearest language schools are located. You can do this by using an internet search engine for example www.google.co.uk , www.ask.co.uk etc, or your traditional phonebook or yellow pages.
You will normally need to be within a 10 mile radius of the school. This is because students will normally walk or get public transport to school.
Each school will usually have a website which we recommend you read. It is also good to ask around for any recommendations from friends, family members or people at work. You can also look at our forum pages for school suggestions and comments.
When deciding on a school you need to take in to account the following:
- Has the school got a good reputation ie well established, you’ve heard of it before?
- What are the rates of pay (see financial information page)?
- Distance from your home.
Once you have decided on possible schools make contact with the housing officer who will be able to provide you with further information. It is usual that the housing officer will request a visit to inspect your home. This ensures you meet the standards they require for housing their students. During this inspection they will give you advice on things you need to do, if anything.
If accepted you will be contacted by the school and asked to complete forms for their records. These include personal details, bank details, rates of pay and terms and conditions.
When applying to host students you can request the following:
- Minimum age of student you are prepared to host.
- Number of students you are prepared to host at any one time.
- The length of time each student stays.
- Any food requirements you do not feel you would be able to accommodate.
You do not have to take on a student from a particular country if you feel uncomfortable with for personal reasons.
Once these are completed the school will contact you with potential students to be homed. Once you have agreed on a student you will be sent information on them. This will include their arrival date and time and dietary requirements. They may contact you themselves by phone, letter or email before their stay.
The next stage is to get prepared for their visit!