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We work with a number of people around York who provide a home for short course students from around the world. Students are typically from China, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
We have courses ranging from one week to four months, with a typical stay being four weeks. Host families are paid a sum per night that a student stays with them.
The home life of a student plays a large part in their overall experience so it's important that we have committed and welcoming host families.
Staying with a host allows students to immerse themselves in the English language and British culture. To make the most out of this time, the student should be treated like family, through conversation, eating meals and doing activities together.
For our hosts, it's a chance to have an international experience right from your own home, meet new people, learn about other cultures and earn some money.
We have expectations around accommodation, meals, activities, travel and health as outlined below.
Students should have access to the internet and be provided with a house key for the duration of their stay.
Students should have their own bedroom including:
If it is not possible to have a desk in the bedroom, they must be provided with a quiet area elsewhere in the house, with a table and chair so they can study at any time.
They should also have access to:
Bed linen and towels should be changed weekly.
Students should have access to laundry and ironing facilities. You may prefer to do the student's laundry and/or ironing, but expectations should be discussed with the student when they first arrive.
A student's time with you may be the first time they have eaten British food. Involving them in the preparation of meals will enable them to see what the ingredients are, and will also be an opportunity of talking to them. Sometimes the students like to cook for their host as a thank you for their kindness during the homestay.
Students will not expect a cooked breakfast, although you may choose to provide this at weekends. Breakfast should normally include:
You may occasionally want to offer cold meats, cheese, fruit and yoghurt.
Lunch is not expected to be provided on weekdays, however if the student is at home at the weekends, they should be offered lunch.
You are expected to provide a daily cooked meal of at least two courses, including fruit and vegetables that is eaten with the host. Fast or convenient food should be limited to once a week.
Students will be told to fit around your daily meal time and to let you know in advance if they are going to be delayed.
If you choose to eat out, it is your responsibility to pay for the student's food as part of the homestay payment.
It is your responsibility to pick up the student staying with you and their luggage from the University on the day of their arrival. Students should not be asked to wait or travel alone by taxi or other means.
It is your responsibility to drop the student and their luggage off on the day of their departure. Students should not be asked to wait or travel alone by taxi or other means.
Travelling to campus
Throughout their stay, classes will usually begin at 9am and finish at 3pm. On the first day of classes, it is your responsibility to bring the student to and from campus. After that you should accompany the student to and from campus until they feel comfortable making the journey alone (if you cannot drive them each day).
You should make the student aware of bus timetables, bus stops (and how to stop and get off the bus), and how much their fare will cost to/from campus to home.
In and around York
You are not expected to provide a taxi service. You should discuss evening transportation arrangements with the student.
We expect the student to inform us if they are ill and will not be attending classes.
If you have any concerns regarding the health of a student, you should discuss it with us directly, by getting in touch on +44 (0)1904 322483 or at email@example.com.
Being away overnight
Hosts should be present everynight for the duration that the student stays with them. We understand that there may be unexpected circumstances, where alternative arrangments should be made, informing us.
Students should not be left alone over the weekend or overnight.
Example activities of things to do with a student may include:
The most important thing to remember is to treat your student as family and inlcude them in as much day to day family life as possible; walking the dog, trips to the supermarket, all of these interactions are important in making your student feel at home.
There are ten requirements that you should meet at all times:
If you are interested in becoming a host or have any questions, please complete the form below with your name, email address and/or phone number and we will be in touch shortly.
Once you have read through what is expected of you as a host, you can submit an application form to provide more details about your home and life.
Once we've received your application we will be in touch to arrange an inspection of your home.
Please note that home inspections currently take place via an online call.