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What is a host family?
A host family provides full board and lodging to overseas boarding students whenever their school is closed or they need to come out of school. With the growth of education in the UK, more and more international students are joining schools, colleges and universities over here. International students are especially looking for an authentic experience of British family life and most importantly, the opportunity to speak English in everyday situations. Hence, good host families are always in great demand in almost every town or city in the UK.
What is the host family’s role?
The host family will offer a safe and homely environment in which international students can stay, relax in leisure time and study. Host families provide accommodation, all meals and may help with travel arrangements and possibly social activities for students if they are able to. As a result, the student will benefit from getting a taste of the local culture and an authentic experience of everyday life in this country. By taking care of students, good host families often help the student build confidence and language fluency in a supportive environment.
Who is the student’s guardian?
During the times that you are hosting, your responsibilities are to protect, care for and provide full board and lodging for your student on a day-to-day basis. All the while, the overall guardianship responsibility remains with Quest Guardians, whom you can contact 24/7/365.
Why become a host family with Quest Guardians?
Quest is a family-run business, offering parents from overseas (mainly China) a professional guardianship service for their children when they are away from their home, studying at boarding schools in the UK. The most important responsibility we have is the accommodation of the students in safe, caring and responsible host families when the school closes for short holidays, such as Half Terms and “Exeat” weekends. Our aim at Quest is for hosting students to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience – many long-term friendships between families have started through hosting, with the student and their families wanting to continue the relationship beyond the school years, to everyone’s benefit.
Being a host family is a great opportunity to earn extra income (up to £40.00 per student, per day, so £120.00 for the weekend); also to experience new cultures if you have a spare room and a welcoming and caring disposition. We are experiencing huge demand from students all over the world, but particularly Asia, who would like to stay in a British home for a short break (weekends during term time and during the three Half Term holidays), when they are not in school.
No teaching skills or qualifications are required to become a host family; it is something which often works well as it can be fitted in around your own children/family life. We are looking for more hosts to provide accommodation, meals and lots of friendly support, empathy and patience. You are also encouraged to include students in your own family life and to offer them the opportunity to join you in any activities and excursions you may have arranged for these periods. Students are expected to respect their host family’s way of life and your house rules, in return for being accepted as a family member.
How do I find out more or apply?
If you want more details about becoming a host family with Quest Guardians, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
call us on 01202 882299