HOMESTAY HOST FAMILY
Do the students speak English?
Yes they do, although some students may be more conversant than others.
Can we host more than one student at a time?
You can host up to 3 students at a time for us. If you are hosting students from a different company we do ask that you make us aware of this prior to the arrangement.
What are the availability options to be a homestay host?
Typically we would need a homestay arrangement for our students 3 times in a school term (possibly more), 2 exeat weekends (2/3 nights) or half terms from 9 nights.
How is the student selected to be in a homestay host?
Given the information we gather from you, the student, their parents or agent in relation to hosting (location, room, children ages, pets etc). We match the student as closely as we can with the family that satisfies most or all of the requirements.
What happens if a homestay host has trouble with the student?
Students are expected to be polite and courteous at all times. We have a 24 hour helpline for emergencies or for not so urgent enquiries you can contact us during office open hours 08:00am – 20:00pm. We will aim to sort out the issue to both parties satisfaction. If this cannot be achieved it may mean that we have to find an alternate homestay.
Do homestay hosts get paid, if so when?
Yes you do. Rates are dependant upon your location and facilities (ie ensuite bathroom etc). Our local coordinator will advise you of the rate when they with visit you. We make payment at the end of the homestay arrangement on receipt of the expense form. If you do require payment up front please contact Dawn and she will arrange this.
To become a homestay host, what kind of accommodation is required?
We require full board accommodation in a nicely furnished spare single room as a minimum, with a desk and lamp as most students like to take the time to study.
I work full time, can I still host?
Unfortunately not for us, we require an adult member of the household at home at all times. As we are guardians to students under the age of 18.
Will I need a DBS before I apply?
No, as we undertake the DBS for each family member over 16.
If I take my student out, will I be expected to pay for his/her expenses?
It depends, meals out will be covered in your fee per night. However, cinema trips or entrance fees to local attractions will be reimbursed in full for the student along with transport at 0.45 pence per mile.
Is the student allowed to invite friends and family to my house?
This depends on what you prefer, if its friends or families visiting for the day or for a few hours then we would expect the student to ask your permission.
Frequently students ask for their friends to stay in the same host family as them, for the duration of the exeat / half term. In this instance we would check if you have adequate room (additional bed) or room and make the necessary arrangements with you beforehand.
This is my first time hosting, what if there is something I don’t understand or am unsure of?
Hopefully a lot of your questions, will be answered either by these frequently asked questions or our ‘Host Family Handbook’ however if there is something you are unsure of, you can either email or telephone us. Or when our local co-ordinator comes to visit you, this would be a great opportunity to ask any questions you need answers to.
In case of accident or illness who do we contact?
If the accident or illness is not serious but you would like some medical advice please call 111 (24 hour medical advice line). For serious illness or injury call 999 immediately. In both instances you should also place a call to a member of the Academic Guardians team, our 24 hour line is +44 (0)7931 954106.
My home is also a B&B, can I still host?
Unfortunately not, under no circumstances can we allow any persons over the age of 16 (whether known to you or not) to stay with you overnight at your home whilst hosting one of our students. Unless they have undertaken all the necessary checks that must be performed in order to become a host family for Academic Guardians. Therefore a B & B situation would be unviable.
I am having alterations to my house at the moment, can I still host a student.
This very much depends on the type of work you are having done. For instance if you are having small works carried out that won’t affect your students day to day living, then this is fine. However please bear in mind that you should limit the exposure any contractors have with the student to an absolute minimum. They are not be left alone at any time and must be supervised by you throughout the day.
If they type of work you are undertaking could result in temporary loss of water power or heating (even for a small period of time), excessive noise, dust or losing the ability to cook as normal, we would have to cancel the arrangement.
Brilliant! You're company efficiency is totally amazing and helpful.
Mr Joe Wong, Parent Lancing College
I will need to personally email and thank you and the host family that my daughters stayed with over the weekend for their kind gesture. Their thoughtfulness towards understanding the need for a girl of my daughters age to feel secured and cared for, I am not taking for granted.
It was such a relief when she told me that you had already arranged for a packed lunch and the family provided all their favourite foods.
This ones, (host family) you, certainly hand-picked ! And I thank you for that.! With many like them, there is still hope in the loss of empathy in humanity.
Have a lovely day
Patience Evans, Parent St Mary’s
Thank you for your mail with Peeranut’s travel arrangements attached. Very efficient, as always.
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for all your brilliant support throughout the year and to wish you a lovely summer.
Peter O’Donoghue, Head of Boys Boarding, Bournemouth Collegiate School
Hope things are fine with you. Now the school is over and Sarah is now on her way home...
Therefore, I would like to say thank you for all your kindness and hospitality that has been extended to Sarah all this time. Unfortunately, I didn't attend the Speech Day this year so I didn't have the opportunity to express my gratitude personally to you. Hopefully someday somewhere an opportunity would arise for me to do so.
I wish you and the whole family a joyful summer break...and all the best for the future.
With warmest regards
Rita Tjahjadi, Parent Prior Park College, Bath
Thank you kindly for the travel details that you have sent through for both Natalie and Edith for the end of this term and start of next term - you are very well organised to be this far ahead! Many thanks for clarifying and sending on details for the other girls. It certainly makes life easier when return arrangements are sent in and you are one of the few agencies that does this; much appreciated!
Helen Tomlinson, Head of Boarding, Rye St Antony School
Thank you for your letter.
I have read the letter word by word, and I also told to Shaobo's mother about your letter. We are unable to express our gratitude to you with words and really appreciate your so considerate care and help to Shaobo. And now we could put our minds at ease. It is so good luck for Shaobo to meet you in UK!
Lou Jirong, Parent, Sidcot School
I am very impressed with your smooth and effective organisation. All the very best.
Mark Venn Dunn, Head of Boarding ACS Cobham International School