For many parents and students, their allocated host family is definitely the most important thing for us to get right. We have students from many different nationalities and of all age groups so we are always looking for different types of host families. Some of our families have children at home, others are families who love animals and have pets and we also have some that don’t. Other families have older children who may have left home and who would like to offer their spare room. There is no fixed formula for how to be a good host family but we do know that our host families do a great job and our students really enjoy staying with them. Becoming a host family is very rewarding.
Student welfare is our primary concern, and with that in mind we are very selective when choosing which host families we work with and those we don’t. International students choose to stay in a family home instead of a student residence because they want to experience a friendly English family atmosphere, to be immersed in English culture and to improve their English speaking ability by mixing and interacting with the family they are staying with. They are not simply looking for a room in a house.
Our host families always tell us what a great experience it is for their whole family. Conversations around the dinner table reach far and wide and cover many topics including cultural differences, food, family life and what school is like here. We are always told by our students and host families that great memories are created and they stay in touch with each other for years and years. A few of our host families have also even created such great friendships that they have visited students and their families in their home towns and cities.